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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.
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.
Dr. Jared Ali is an Assistant Professor of Entomology, with a focus on chemical ecology, at Pennsylvania State University. There, he runs a chemical ecology research laboratory and teaches Entomology and Ecology. He earned a Masters in entomology and applied ecology at the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in entomology and nematology from the University of Florida. After a postdoctoral fellowship in ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University, he taught Biology classes at Michigan State University. Jared enjoys finding creative ways to engage students and lab mentees in the science of ecology and exploring the natural world from an insect's point of view.
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.
Mrs. Cinquegrana teaches math at New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics-Statistics from Columbia University in New York City and her M.S. in Adolescent Education in Mathematics from Pace University in New York City. She has taught math since 2007, and currently teaches 8th grade Algebra in a K-12 school. She is also the middle school math team coach, competing at all levels through programs such as MathCounts. At her school, along with teaching, she is the Programming Chair and Math Instructional Leader for grades 6-8. Mrs. Cinquegrana began her teaching career as a NYC Teaching Fellow. She became a National Board Certified teacher in 2012. Since 2016, she is an MfA Master Teacher. Through Math for America, she is continually collaborating with other STEM teachers and attending Professional Development to grow her craft. When not absorbed in the world of math, she is a Crossfit coach, loves sports and travel, and is raising two boys with her husband, Chad.
Jules Csillag is a licensed speech-language pathologist and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology from McGill University, and her Master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. She continues to be research-driven and shares best practices through workshops and by presenting at national and international conferences. Ms. Csillag has worked in a variety of settings with children and adults with diverse learning needs. She currently works in an autism inclusion program based out of NYU, as a writer and consultant (with companies like Understood.Org), and as an adjunct faculty member at Pace and Adelphi University. She is the author of Differentiated Reading Instruction: Strategies and Technology Tools to Help All Students Improve (Routledge, 2016) and also enjoys disseminating research and practical strategies through various educational publications. Ms. Csillag is passionate about increasing access to evidence-based education for all types of learners, including educators.
Vanessa D'Egidio is a 7th grade social studies teacher in New York who is passionate about teaching for social justice. She loves engaging students in critical thinking, discussion, and action around social issues both in and out of the classroom. Vanessa received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, where she completed the Childhood Education Program, and her graduate degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked in a variety of grade levels from primary through middle school. A member of the advisory board for the nationally renowned organization, Teaching Tolerance, Vanessa contributed as a curriculum writer to their K-12 literacy-based anti-bias curriculum, Perspectives for a Diverse America. She enjoys facilitating workshops on issues related to identity, equity, and justice. Vanessa was recently awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program grant.
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.
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.
Joanna Drusin is a high school librarian at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York. She earned her B.A. from Brandeis University, a Masters of Science in Adolescent English from Fordham University in 2008, National Board Certification in Adolescent English in 2011, and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Long Island University in 2017. She has taught in the NYC public schools since 2006, and prior to becoming a school librarian worked as an English teacher of 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. She loves collaborating with classroom teachers and supporting students with research, website evaluation, ethical use of information, and how to pick an excellent book. When not pursuing a great novel or giggling with her family, Joanna is busy painting, making music, traveling, biking through Brooklyn, and pursuing photography.
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.
Betty Ann Fish is the Department Chair for Physical Education at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, PA. She is recognized as a pioneer and innovator in Physical Education and integrating multiple disciplines into the Physical Education curriculum. Sharing her love of physical activity not only with those in her community, she is a sought-out presenter on physical education and academic connections, locally, nationally and internationally. She also strives to make global connections for her students: They have Skyped to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada and Sochi, Russia; and they have worked with students in Abu Dhabi and Dubai to design ways to make their communities more physically active. Betty Ann is the 2015 SHAPE America National Physical Education Elementary Teacher of the Year; she is a Google Certified Innovator; and she has been honored for her years of service to the profession by The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education Recreation & Dance. Betty Ann also serves as a middle school coach and is an avid bicycle rider.
Dr. Foote received her Ph.D. and M.Ed. in School Psychology from Temple University and her B.A. in Psychology from Glassboro State College. She is certified in the state of New Jersey and Pennsylvania and currently practices full-time in the public school system in Pennsylvania. Dr. Foote holds a specialization certificate in Early Childhood and Infant Development. As part of her employment in the school system, she is versed in working with elementary and middle school students and their families and completes special education evaluations as part of the diagnostic process for Child Study Teams. She also specializes in consulting with parents and teachers on a variety of childhood disorders that impact learning and development, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, developmental disorders, mood disorders, and other educational handicapping conditions. Previously, Dr. Foote worked as a Social Worker in the children’s mental health system in New Jersey as a Clinical Case Manager and Home Visitor.
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.
Ms. Cathie Gillner is a computer science teacher at Dorseyville Middle School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal's Certification from Carlow University, and her Bachelor of Science in elementary and early childhood education from Clarion University. Ms. Gillner has taught advanced reading and language arts for over 15 years spanning from first through seventh seventh grade. She engaged students with gamified vocabulary opportunities, along with a project-based approach to literacy. Cathie was selected as a 2014 Pennsylvania Keystone Technology Innovator and was named a 2014 and 2015 Champion Of Change. Ms. Gillner has presented on various literacy topics at SXSW EDU and ISTE.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Mr. Jones is a middle school STEM and science teacher for Bloomington Public School District 87 in Bloomington, Illinois. Mr. Jones received his B.S. in Middle School Education at Illinois State University and later completed his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently working on another M.A. in Educational Administration and Foundations. Mike is a trainer for The Moveable Feast, a professional development seminar centered on technology, and has presented at numerous science and technology conferences across the country. He loves the potential NGSS can bring to the classroom by empowering students through inquiry. When he isn’t teaching or organizing STEM events for students and teachers, Mike enjoys reading, board games, and lock picking.
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.
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Margaret Lambert-Migas has been teaching middle school science for nearly a decade now. Margaret received her B.S. from Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Her foray into biological fieldwork took her to the high sage-brush deserts of Oregon, the sandy, cactus-laden deserts of NW Mexico, and the cool, windy reaches of the Barren Islands, Alaska. After graduation, she spent two years serving as an AmeriCorps member at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Olympia, WA as the Education Coordinator and then again in Barre, VT as an AfterSchool Specialist for a local community non-profit organization. After teaching at a private Virginia K-8 school for 4 years, Margaret decided to return to school for her Masters in Teaching which she received from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where Margaret currently lives and teaches. When Margaret isn't teaching science, she loves performing aerial dance and teaching others to dance. She can be found hanging upside down from a hoop in the air, out on a bird walk with her husband, or snuggled up with her cat, Mohawk.
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.
Kerri J. Malloy (Yurok/Karuk) is a Lecturer in the Department of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University where he teaches in the Law and Government pathway of the degree program. He is the Student Learning Community Coordinator for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences working with faculty, staff, and students to develop first year experiences for incoming students. He received his Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law from The University of Tulsa College of Law, and both his Bachelors of Arts, in Native American Studies and Economics, from Humboldt State University. He has worked for fifteen years for federal recognized tribes in California. In all his teaching and research, he interweaves comparative genocide analysis to demonstrate how United States Federal Indian Policy was used as a mechanism to depopulate the indigenous land holders of North America.
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.
Ms. Rafanelli teaches social studies and drama at Frey Elementary, Cobb County Schools in Ackworth, Georgia. 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.
Dean has been the Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory since 2000. He is a renowned educator, author, national popularizer of astronomy and an expert in observational astronomy. Dean is the co-host of Star Gazers, a new twist on an iconic backyard astronomy program which airs on over 100 PBS stations around the world. He is the author of the books "Facts From Space!" hit the shelves in October 2016 and "100 Things to See in the Night Sky" came out this November. Dean is a Contributing Editor to Sky and Telescope Magazine and a contributor to Astronomy Magazine, where he won 2008 “Out-of-this-World” Award for astronomy education. Dean has written over 120 astronomy articles for the Cincinnati Enquirer, blogs for the Huffington Post and is regularly featured on television and radio. Since 2012 Dean has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, and recently began an astronomy podcast with Anna Hehman called "Looking Up!" At the Cincinnati Observatory, he has developed his skills as a dynamic writer and public speaker who brings the complicated field of astronomy down to Earth for students of all ages.
Jade Robinson-Sierra teaches 4th grade at P.S. 9 in Brooklyn, NY. She has been a teacher since 2001, and appreciates the variety: No two children are the same, and no two days are the same. Her favorite subject to teach is history. It's an excellent vehicle of knowledge that allows us to learn about who we are because of who we were. Jade not only teaches in Brooklyn, but she hails from there as well. She appreciates the borough's variety of perspectives and diversity in culture, economics, and politics. Jade loves to read, think, listen, and converse with others. She is also the mother to three zany children and an equally zany husband.
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.
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.
Shana White is a veteran educator and a Constellations Fellow in the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. She has spent 14 years teaching health and physical education in both public and private schools in the metropolitan Atlanta, GA region. She also served as an instructional technology coordinator in Gwinnett County Public Schools. A passionate advocate for marginalized groups in education, Shauna has an unwavering commitment to providing opportunities for all students to engage in unique and relevant learning experiences. She believes in purposeful disruption of the status quo and encourages teachers to exercise autonomy and utilize meaningful collaboration to better meet the needs of all students. Shauna has received accolades for her teaching and work in ed tech: She was named a 2017 Outstanding Ed.S Scholar in the Bagwell College of Education Kennesaw State University for Instructional Technology, a ASCD 2017 Emerging Leader, and a 2016 PBS Lead Digital Innovator for Georgia.
Esther Wojcicki is a internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, which focuses on empowering students through the teaching of media. It is the country's largest scholastic media program, with 700 students, 10 publications, and a 25,000-square-foot Media Arts Center. Wojcicki's method, detailed in her book How to Raise Successful People, uses the acronym TRICK, which stands for trust, respect, independence, collaboration and kindness. She is also the founder of the Global Moonshots in Education and the Journalistic Learning Initiative. She has three honorary doctorates.
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.