Advisors

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Henry Adam Henry Adam Health Advisor

Until recently, Dr. Adam was a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College and studying as a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow at Yale University, he graduated from the State University of NY-Upstate Medical Center in 1979, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Following Pediatric Residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, he was a Fellow in General & Behavioral Pediatrics and then Joined the faculty at Einstein. His clinical work at Jacobi Medical Center has focused on children with complex chronic illnesses, especially pediatric AIDS. As an educator, Dr. Adam directed the Pediatric Reside, Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center, has received the Lewis Fraad Teaching Award, and been elected to the Leo Davidoff Teaching Society. Dr. Adam is the editor of the In-Brief Section of Pediatrics in Review, and he is an editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics' textbook and website.

Kristen Ahne Kristen Ahne Mental Health Advisor

Ms. Ahne received her M.A.P.D in school psychology from Farleigh Dickinson University and her SAC certification and BA. from Montclair State University. Ms. Ahne was inducted into Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology. Currently, she is a school psychologist for the Jersey City Board of Education in New Jersey. She works closely with teachers, families, and students to provide behavior modification and instructional strategies and techniques in anger and crisis management She provides counseling, administers assessment and creates individualized education plans. Previously, Ms. Ahne has worked as a special education teacher providing Instruction for students with special needs and as a group therapy co-leader at West Bergen Mental Healthcare Center for Children and Youth in the AD/HD and Aspergers Related Services department.

Michael Baer Michael Baer Physical Sciences Advisor

Mr. Baer teaches earth and space science, physics, and chemistry at South Adams High School in Berne, Indiana. He earned his B.S.Ed. from Indiana University in Biology/Chemistry Education and his M.A. in Physics and Astronomy Education from Ball State University. He has experience as a teacher, department chair, coach, Dean of Students, Director of Student Guidance, youth pastor, and crisis intervention counselor. Mr. Baer has received many teaching honors, among them the NEA/White House Commission Distinguished Teaching Award; the Indianapolis Star Distinguished Teacher Award; American Energy Producers Teacher Vision Award; and a Walmart Teacher of the Year award. He also received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship award, with which he spent six months digging for dinosaurs, meteorites, and Anasazi artifacts across the American southwest Mr. Baer delight in creative endeavors and spends time exploring; composing and performing music; writing curricula for professional development, and participating in youth ministry.

Patrice Dawkins-Jackson Patrice Dawkins-Jackson Reading Advisor

Ms. Dawkins-Jackson received her M.Ed in early childhood education from the University of Central Florida, where she also received her Florida child care director credentials and her B.S. in early childhood education. Currently she is a kindergarten teacher at Dunwoody Springs Charter School in Atlanta, Georgia. She serves as a Georgia State Site Coordinator for her school and liaisons between teachers and administrators and works as a mentor for first-year teachers and students. Ms. Dawkins-Jackson is the recipient of an IBM Literacy Grant which helped her purchase materials that foster vocabulary development research skills, phonic awareness and a SMARTer Kids Grant, which provided funds to purchase SMARTboards and SMARTboard materials for her school.

Jon DeRew Jon DeRew Science Advisor

Mr. DeRew teaches chemistry at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, IL. He completed his undergraduate work in biology education at Illinois State University. His love of science and dedication to inquiry-based activities are augmented by his passion for integrating technology Into education. Mr. DeRew is constantly looking for new ways to incorporate technology into his everyday lessons. He helped plan and train teachers at The Feast a professional development seminar centered on technology.

Ali Eeds Ali Eeds Social Studies Advisor

Ms. Eeds graduated from the University of California at Davis with a bachelor's degree in history, a teaching credential in social studies, and a master's degree in education. She's been teaching at Vacaville High School since 2004 and has taught a myriad of subjects, including government, economics, and American law (though her favorite subject is world history). Ms. Eeds has served on the Vacaville Unified School District's Pacing Guide and Curriculum Committee and has been the district, High School Technology Coordinator since 2007. In addition, Ms. Eeds was named teacher of the year for Solano County for the 2008-2009 school year. Her instructional style is student-centered and includes frequent hands-on activities and technology-based lessons. In order to bring history alive for her students, she integrates photos, music, and film into her Power Point lectures, and she creates video podcasts for her students as study tools.

Netia Elam Netia Elam Life Sciences Advisor

Ms. Elam received her B.S. in biology and secondary education from Salisbury University in Maryland, and then began her teaching career at the middle school level in Vermont Ms. Elam also taught middle school in North Carolina and Maryland before settling in Virginia as a biology teacher at Forest Park High School. During her tenure at Forest Park, she earned the Educator of the Year award for 2006-2007, and was also a finalist for the Washington Post Outstanding Teacher award in 2007-2008. Currently, Ms. Elam is working at Bull Run Middle School as an Instructional Technologist where she assists other educators in incorporating technology into the curriculum.

Hope & Lou Gerbi Hope & Lou Gerbi Math Advisors

Mr. Gerbi received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and his Masters Equivalency in Elementary Education from St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He has been teaching in the East Allegheny School District for 15 years. During his tenure he has taught language arts, social studies, science, and math in both 5th and 6th grade. Currently he is a 5th grade math and science teacher at Logan Middle School. He has worked on the curriculum writing team for his district in the area of math science and reading. Lou has also served as a consultant for a math textbook producer. Mrs. Gerbi also received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and her Masters Equivalency in Elementary Education from St Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She has been teaching in the East Allegheny School District for 10 years. During her career as a teacher in the district Hope has taught language arts, social studies, science, and math in 1st 2nd, 4th and 6th grade. Currently she is a 6th grade math and science teacher at Logan Middle School. Mrs. Gerbi has also worked on the curriculum writing team for her district in the areas of math and social studies. She has been a member of the Math Science Collaborative of Southwestern Pennsylvania, which coordinates and focuses resources to improve math and science education regionally and to raise student achievement Mr. and Mrs. Gerbi have both been the recipient of numerous Great Idea Grants from the Mon-Valley Education Consortium, and they have been nominated for teacher of the year by former students.

Steven W. Goss Steven W. Goss Technology Advisor

Dr. Goss has been a teacher and educational administrator since 1995. He received his Ed. D. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also holds a B.S. in Art Education. Dr. Goss has instructed a diverse student audience, including K-12, undergraduate, and graduate learners. Currently, he teaches courses concerning information design and online education. He also serves as the Vice Provost of Digital Learning at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Goss's research interest include online learning, digital arts, and web design. He has received awards for his presentations on online learner-centered engagement and has had articles published by Cabinet and P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

Shana Gutterman Shana Gutterman Art Advisor

Mrs. Gutterman received her BFA in Package Design and an Associates Degree in Advertising Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked in the toy industry as a package designer and then as a product manage, where she helped create and design educational toys. Mrs. Gutterman started teaching art when she moved to Florida. She teaches art for grades K-8 at Martin J Gottlieb Day School, where she collaborates with the 21st century teaching team to incorporate digital media platforms into her everyday lessons. She enjoys teaching her students how to create art with mediums such as paint, clay, wood, and wire, and she is passionate about bringing 21st century tools into the art room.

Jennifer Jensen Jennifer Jensen Technology Advisor

Mrs. Jensen received her M.A. in information and learning technologies from the University of Colorado at Denver. She earned her professional license for elementary education and her B.A. in social science from the University of Northern Colorado. She has over thirteen years of teaching experience, and she is currently the instructional computer resource teacher at Clear Sky Elementary School in Castle Rock, Colorado. There she works closely with stud.nts and leads instructional sessions for fellow educators that guide and inspire them to integrate technology Into their classrooms. Mrs. Jensen is passionate about integrating Web 2.0 tools, blogging, digital storytelling, Google Earth, PowerPoint presentations, and interactive whiteboards to enhance learning and encourage creativity. She is the recipient of the International Reading Association Presidential Award for Reading and Technology, among other honors.

Karl C. Jolliffe Karl C. Jolliffe Arts and Technology Advisor

Karl C. Jolliffe received his B.A. in communication with a concentration in music from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He currently serves as a music teacher at Rainbow Academy in several cities around New Jersey. He is passionate about teaching music from different genres, cultures, and time periods with his students. Specifically, he enjoys exploring African percussion instruments and beats with his student. He has played guitar for over thirteen years and has written and recorded two records released by Eyeball Records. In addition, he has served as an instructor in an after-school aviation program, where he led students to build and fly model planes and explore the science and engineering of aviation.

Dacia Jones Dacia Jones STEM Advisor

Dacia Jones holds double majors in Elementary Education and Music as well as a Masters in Math Foundations. She is currently pursuing a STEM Specialist degree with the NASA Endeavor Program. A science and STEM educator for more than 20 years, Ms. Jones is a Professional Development STEM Consultant for Discovery Education and an Educational Game Specialist for Escape the Classroom in Washington, D.C, where she teaches staff and students how to implement STEM curriculum into everyday instruction. Her alter ego, Dr. Drizzle, gets to wear a lab coat, lead labs for 500+ students a day, and blow things up. She is a regular presenter at the National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) conferences; along with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Discovery Education in-person and virtual events, and SxSWEdu in Austin, Texas. Ms. Jones is a champion of virtual field trips and is passionate about introducing students to opportunities that await them when they leave the classroom.

Andrea Keller Andrea Keller Special Education Advisor

Andrea Keller received her B.A. from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas in Interdisciplinary studies with a focus on special education. She is currently working toward her M.S. in educational technology from Lamar UnNersity in Beaumont Texas. She started teaching in 2002 in Amarillo, Texas teaching in a pre-school program for children with disabilities classroom and then moved to Irving, Texas where she continues to teach. She has taught in a pervasive developmental disorder K-3 unit for the past four years and is passionate about using 21st-century technology with her classroom. Although her students are often low-verbal or non-verbal, she adapts and modifies so they can participate in podcasting, vodcasting, and video conferencing. Ms. Keller has received grants to get webcams in every PDD classroom, along with a campus set of WII remotes and materials to create Wii remote Interactive whiteboards. She currently leads students in Destination Imagination, an after-school activity in which teams work to solve mind-bending challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.

Teryl Magee Teryl Magee Technology Advisor

Ms. Magee has been a teacher since 2000. She received her B.S. in History and Elementary Education and her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Ms. Magee began her teaching career with kindergarten students at Dogwood Elementary and is now teaching fourth grade at Mooreland Heights. She has been nominated for several awards, Including Disney's Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she was named to the National School Board Association's .20 to Watch' list of education technology leaders. Ms. Magee is passionate about integrating technology into the curriculum, thus preparing her students to be productive 21st-century citizens. Her students create movies, podcasts, and more and engage in learning with students from across the United States and beyond. Another passion of Ms. Magee's is helping teachers, from kindergarten to high school, learn how to use technology in effective ways in their classrooms.

Maresa Pittman Maresa Pittman Health and Phys Ed Advisor

Coach Pittman teaches physical education to students from Kindergarten through 5th grade at Lively Elementary in Irving, Texas, where she herself attended. She received her Master's of Education in Kinesiology from Dallas Baptist University. She also has B.S. in Kinesiology with Teacher Certification and a minor in Mathematics from Dallas Baptist UnNersity in Dallas, TX. She plays soccer and volleyball and loves to dance around for fun. She likes cooking and making new recipes that use hidden vegetables. Coach Pittman is passionate about teaching her students healthy lifestyles and encouraging them to get moving and get active. She also instructs other teachers how to use fitness in their classes in order to get students learning and moving together. She loves integrating technology into her PE gym through digital exercise presentations, dance videos, social media, camera fitness presentations, song writing, and other digital resources for classroom instruction. And she loves making up new songs and educational videos that help teach or lead students in various activities, games, and lessons.

Andrea Rafanelli Andrea Rafanelli Social Studies Advisor

Ms. Rafanelli teaches social studies and drama at Lyndon Academy in Woodstock, GA. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in government and politics. After realizing her true passion lay in history and the social sciences, she went on to receive a master's degree in social studies education from Long Island University. Ms. Rafanelli served as the head of the social studies department for Fulton County School Systems for many years. Many of her former students have become social studies educators themselves. She has written curricula, tested standards, and worked as a mentor for fellow teachers in both public and private schools. An avid traveler, Ms. Rafanelli uses her experiences to bring history alive for her children and her students.

Kim Tulloch Kim Tulloch Social Studies Advisor

Kim Tulloch has been a New York City teacher for more than 25 years. She currently teaches K-5 science in Brooklyn. She has an MSEd from Hunter College and a second master's in Transformative Literacy from CCNY. Kim has written social studies curricula for NYC and has participated in multiple Teaching American History Grants. She loves learning, photography, yoga, and spending time in nature.

Linda Vasu Linda Vasu English Advisor

Ms. Vasu teaches English and literature at an independent school in Greenwich, CT. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in French literature, and studied psychology as a graduate student at Yale University. She also received a PhD (ABD) in semiotics and literary theory from Columbia University. Ms. Vasu has taught literature and humanities at every level from 2nd grade through graduate school. She helps students integrate critical thinking with creativity, and teaches strategies for writing effective arguments. Ms. Vasu has served as Executive Director of REACH Prep, a skills-building college placement program for underserved youth. She is a frequent speaker at educational conferences on the topics of curriculum design and technology integration. In her spare time, she is an avid cyclist and enjoys long hikes in the woods with her ever-curious Jack Russell terrier, Monty.

Jonathan Wolf Jonathan Wolf Physics Advisor

Jonathan Wolf is an Adjunct Professor of Physics at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. Before that, he taught high school physics in New York City and Westchester County. He has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Physics at Hofstra University and SUNY Farmingdale State College. Jonathan loves videos and animation - and can quote Moby at length.