Liz Walhof, Lewis-Palmer School District #38 -
Liz comes to the InnEdCO board with a background as a secondary teacher, ed tech specialist, professional developer, and now as the Director of Instructional Technology and Professional Development for Lewis-Palmer School District #38 in Monument, Colorado. A 17-year veteran of public education, Liz has also presented across the country on using innovative technology tools to encourage students and staff to passionately engage in lifelong learning.
Liz is a member of the Colorado Association of Leaders in Educational Technology (CALET), the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE), and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). She enjoys learning a new role on the InnEdCO board.
Liz is married and has four children in K-12 public education. She loves to travel, lived overseas in high school (Papua New Guinea) and college (Spain), and had visited six of the seven continents by the time she was thirty. Unfortunately, no one has invited her to visit Antarctica…yet.
Email: email@example.com. Follow on Twitter: @ejwalhof
Ben Wilkoff, Aurora Public School District
Vice-President - Programming & Partner Academy Chairperson
Ben is the Director of Blended and Personalized Learning in Aurora Public Schools. He led the Personalized Professional Learning efforts in Denver Public Schools. He has taught middle schoolers English. He has managed online communities for Edmodo and been an Online Learning and Technology Resources Specialist for Douglas County Schools.
Ben was named the Totally Wired Teacher of the year in 2007 by Edutopia and has blogged at Learning is Change since 2004. He is married to his favorite person, and loves his three children quite a little bit. He is passionate about personalized learning, technology with purpose, and creating at least one new thing every day. In short, he teaches, and learns. A lot.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter: @bhwilkoff
Kelly Sain, Boulder Valley School District -
Conference, Leadership, and Google Chairperson
As an award winning educator, Kelly is committed to ensuring that technology enhances, engages, and motivates students to learn. As the Director of Educational Technology for Boulder Valley, she draws from many diverse experiences focused on educational technology: a classroom teacher, an educational consultant, a university instructor and a district K-12 technology leader. She has a long history in staff development, focusing on integrating technology into teachers’ curriculum and classrooms so that students create, investigate, connect and learn via digital environments.
Her primary focus is on creating engaging professional learning communities for all stakeholders. She emphasizes putting the devices and tools into students hands so they are creating their own learning and emphasizes having students publish their work for authentic audiences.
Kelly is a passionate learner and is always looking for new avenues to engage students through interactions with technology that address the 4Cs of 21st century skills: creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, communication, and collaboration.
Kelly has presented and attended InnEdCO for many years before coming into the board of directors role. She has also presented at several national and local conferences including ISTE, Rocky Mountain Google Apps Summit, National School Board Conference, and TCEA. Kelly received Teacher of the year award in 1998 for Highland Park ISD and in 2007 for Douglas County School District.
Email: email@example.com. Follow on Twitter: @kjsain
Greg Miller, Cheyenne Mountain School District - Treasurer
Greg lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two-year old daughter. He currently serves as District Integration Coordinator at Cheyenne Mountain School District. His position helps promote the use of technology to further standards-based curriculum and 21st century skills across the district.
Greg provides professional development to school staff by including video-based, as well as traditional face-to-face training, modeled classroom integration, and grade-level planning sessions. He works closely with teachers to integrate new technology and information literacy into the classroom as staying current with technology is paramount in preparing our children for current and future life skills. Greg is a Certified Apple Associate and a Google EDU Certified Teacher.
The journey has just begun, and Greg is always looking to connect with like-minded people. His passion is to continue to bring together innovative practices and learning models to promote the advancement of 21st century skills.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter: @gregmillerCO
Sheila Bowman, Weld RE4 School District - Hospitality & Registration Chairperson
Sheila serves as a District Level Instructional Technology Specialist at the Weld RE4 School District in Windsor, Colorado. After several years of elementary classroom experience, the draw to help teachers learn to harness the power of technology to engage, empower and inspire their students, allowed her to make the move to the district level. Sheila holds a B.S. in Human Development/Family Studies, a minor in Early Childhood Education, and a Master’s of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.
Sheila has presented at ISTE, InnEdCO (Colorado Affiliate of ISTE) and Colorado Association of Libraries around Professional Development, Visionary Leadership, and Instructional Technology Pedagogy, and serves as a guest lecturer for pre-service teacher courses at the University of Northern Colorado. Sheila serves on the Board of Directors for InnEdCO and spends her days at school supporting teachers and coaches, and developing fresh and relevant Professional Growth experiences for educators, administrators and their students at Weld RE4.
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Brandon Petersen, Microsoft in Education - Sponsorships Chairperson
Brandon is an admitted geek, pop culture junkie, and fan of learning all things techie. When Brandon gets the time he loves to see new movies, hang with friends, learn new things from colleagues, swim, and play games. Brandon currently serves as the Microsoft Learning Consultant for Microsoft in Education. He spends his time in schools across Colorado providing free PD and Support in Skype, Sway, OneNote, and Minecraft: Education Edition.
Brandon, as well, is co-founder, with Penny Potts, of #COllapporative - an educational network which provides free, year-round professional development opportunities focused on best practices for integrating digital tools into classrooms. Brandon has worked as a Field Support Specialist for Denver Public Schools, and a Teacher and Course Developer for Douglas County School District.
Over the past year, Brandon has developed a huge appreciation for Computer Science and the power it plays in a lot of jobs in our world. Brandon enjoys exploring that world and figuring out how to best prepare everyone for the skills needed to fill careers within Computer Science.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter: @denpetersen
Linda Horne, Challenge 2 Excellence Charter School - Secretary
Linda loves to learn new things and expand beyond her comfort zone. Linda goes to different conferences and help organize regional Geek Camps and EdCamps. Linda currently fills three different positions at the school where she has been for the past 12 years: Director of Educational Technology, English Language Development Coordinator, and School Assessment Coordinator.
Linda excels at supporting anytime, anywhere learning. Linda uses her organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills to build systems that empower learners and leaders.
Email: email@example.com. Follow on Twitter: @lindaphorne
Mia Williams, Associate Professor of Curriculum Studies & Educational Technology at University of Northern Colorado - Higher Education Partnerships Chairperson
Listed as one of the nation's 50 top technologists, transformers, and trailblazers, Mia has served as secretary on the ISTE Board and has coordinated the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNCO) Educational Technology and Technology, Innovation and Pedagogy programs for the past 4 years, and also coordinated its EdD in Educational Studies program.
Mia looks forward to building partnerships between InnEdCO and higher education institutions throughout the state with the goals of disseminating and inspiring innovative practices, engaging in-service and pre-service teachers, and creating year-round learning opportunities for Colorado's education community.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow on Twitter: @mktechteach
Nannette McMurtry, St. Vrain Valley Schools - Marketing and Communications Chairperson
Nannette is an award-winning educator both at the local and national levels, recognized for her implementation of technology in the classroom. Ever since she began her teaching career over a decade ago, she has implemented 21st century learning pedagogy in her curriculum and class environment as well as provided mentoring and training experiences for other educators as part of district leadership teams and roles.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in English from a small private school in Texas and went on to earn her Masters in Education with specializations in Curriculum, Instruction and Teacher Leadership from Lamar University in Houston, TX. She has served as a classroom teacher and understands the benefits of technology first-hand through her own student’s experiences and believes that this background empowers her to help other teachers make the same leap into technology.
In her current role, Nannette is an Instructional Technology Coordinator for St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont, CO, and she is excited to help other students, teachers and administrators experience the power of educational technology and it's impact on student learning.
Throughout her career, she has presented at both local and national conferences including ISTE, Rocky Mountain Google Apps Summit, Technology in Education (a Colorado State conference), as well as hosting district conference days on iPads, Web 2.0 tools, Google Apps and best instructional practices with technology. Nannette is a passionate learner and reader—she’s always looking for new technology to discover and try. But ultimately, her greatest joy comes from watching teachers and students experience the power of learning, collaborating and creating through meaningful experiences using technology!
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