CTE Summer Digital Learning Conference 2012:

Keynote Speakers and Facilitator

Keynote Speaker:

Michael Gorman, Southwest Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne. Mike is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. Past experience includes overseeing the Integrated Solutions Block, a 21st century program serving 1050 students integrating technology with core standards, at Woodside Middle School near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He currently serves as the One to One Laptop Initiative Coordinator in Southwest Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne.

Invited Facilitator and Presenter:

Monica Cougan, Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). Monica is currently Director of CILC Business Development and K-12 Services. Her early work as Director of Community Connections for CILC aided in the development and implementation of the CILC Community Vista series connecting the K-12 community to the community at large in an academically based study of real-world issues utilizing problem-based learning and technology applications. This program has been successfully implemented in a number of school settings and academic programs throughout the United States. Monica currently works with members of the CILC staff to support implementation solutions customized to meet the needs of education, as well as business entities. These integrated solutions include customized packages, services and product solutions for schools, districts, consortiums and businesses.


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Melissa DeWitt began her career as a middle school math and science teacher in 2001. She joined Hoosier Academy during its launch in 2008. During this time, she served as a Lead Teacher in the blended setting prior to transitioning to the Indiana Virtual Pilot School, working with the Department of Education towards the implementation of the state’s first fully-online public school. She currently serves as the Director of Academics for Hoosier Academies, the state’s largest blended learning and virtual charter school system.

Elizabeth Tinder received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and Master’s from Ball State University and is an alumna of Purdue University’s Leadership Development Program in vocational and special education. She has been a public school teacher (Lang. Arts and German) and school counselor in Indiana since 1987. She has organized and implemented initiatives in vocational programming, dual-credit opportunities, and distance learning. She currently serves as the Director of Academic Assessment & Student Services for Hoosier Academies.
Mrs. Tinder resides in Muncie with her husband, a middle school PE teacher & driver’s education instructor, and four children.

Shannon Hare started her teaching career in 2007 after graduating from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. After beginning her career teaching in North Carolina, she relocated to Indiana and joined Hoosier Academy Muncie in 2010 as a middle school teacher. During her time in the classroom, she worked hard to develop best practices in a blended learning environment and developed the school’s RTI program. She now serves as the Academic Team Leader for the Hoosier Academy Muncie Learning Center.

Laura Carnes loves her role as Technology and Staff Development Coordinator with Hoosier Academies. Making education effective and efficient through technology integration has always been a professional strength beginning with her first elementary classroom in 2005 and is a passion she shares with the teachers she trains today. She is an Indiana University graduate with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Education with a focus on Technology. Laura enjoys teaching and training virtually, making educational, pop music parodies and spending time with her family and small menagerie of pets.

Danielle Blewett and Bethany Moore, both Hoosier Academies veteran teachers will take part in a demonstration of key technologies and instructional resources.

Pete Just is the Chief Technology Officer for MSD of Wayne Township. More information forthcoming.

Libby Lawrie is the Virtual Education Specialist and Physical Education Teacher for the Achieve Virtual Academy of MSD of Wayne Township. Libby Lawrie recently retired after 34 years of teaching. Mrs. Lawrie received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and master’s degree in education from Butler University. She has spent 21 years teaching biology, science, health and physical education in the classroom and 13 years teaching in the virtual environment. Mrs. Lawrie is also an adjunct instructor for the IUPUI School of Education, a national presenter, a My Big Campus Trainer and a virtual education evangelist. She is a member of iNACOL, ISTE, Future of Education, Global Education and Skype Educators. She has received an IPL Golden Apple Award and was honored as Creative Biology Teacher of the Year.

Tara Kingsley, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University – Kokomo. Tara received her undergraduate degree from Purdue University and both her Master's and Ph.D. from Ball State University in Elementary Education with a focus on Reading, Technology, and Research. She spent ten years as a public school teacher before transitioning to higher education. Tara's research interests revolve around the new literacies skills needed to successfully read in online environments.

Westfield-Washington Schools:

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Maria Esterline, Systems-Analyst/Instructional Technology Coordinator, Westfield Washington School District. Prior to starting this current position in 2010, Maria worked in Westfield Washington Schools for 9 years. She began as a Fifth Grade teacher after graduating from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She taught 6 years as a Fifth Grade teacher and 1 year as a Sixth Grade teacher at Westfield Intermediate School. She completed her Masters in Technology Education from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis in 2007. Currently in this position, she services K-12 teachers and students at WWS with bridging the gap between technology and curriculum by sharing various ways to embed technology in the classroom.

Dave Mundy, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Systems, Westfield Washington Schools. Dr. Mundy is in charge of curriculum and technology integration for the district. He recently earned a doctoral degree focusing on formative assessment. Prior to working in central office, he served as a principal and administrator at various grade levels for seven years. He also served as a 7 - 12 grade teacher for 8 years.

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration:

Doug Meyer, CILC. Doug provides training sessions world-wide via videoconferencing and webinar. He works with organizations to customized professional development solutions utilizing collaborative technology. Doug taught Language Arts, Mass Media, Speech Communications and Theater for 11 years before joining CILC. His teaching degree is from Ball State and his masters degree in Communications and Information Science is also from Ball State University.

Tonia Carriger, Director - Professional Development Services, CILC. Tonia develops, coordinates and manages professional development spotlights, training and videoconferencing event management for CILC. She has taught middle and high school English/Language Arts. Tonia’s teaching degree is from Ball State University and her masters degree in secondary education is from Indiana University,

Program | Presenters | Webcast | Lunch | Reception | Sponsors | Exhibits | Location | Being Downtown & Baseball
An eLearning Regional Conference funded in part by the Indiana Department of Education.