The Design Team

 

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Billy Corcoran

Billy Corcoran (@MisterCMaine)
Billy is a 3rd grade teacher & adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine. He’s a former physical education & health teacher, athletic director, & coach at Saints Peter & Paul School in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Billy holds a B.S. in Economics from Salve Regina University, a M.Ed. Education – Teaching & Learning, from the University of Southern Maine, & a M.Ed. Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. Billy is passionate about fostering a love for learning & building relationships. He’s a strong advocate for what is best for students. Billy believes strongly in creating student-centered learning environments infused with meaningful integration of technology where pedagogy drives best educational technology decisions. He’s witnessed students thrive & develop 21st Century competencies when they pursue significant content of passion through in-depth inquiry, where they have a voice & choice in their learning path & production/publishing of their work, therefore a strong supporter of the Project-Based Learning & Genius Hour models. Billy is an avid runner & loves to stay active. He was born & raised a beach bum and is a huge New England sports fan, former college hockey player, & a golfer.

SUPERPOWER: Collaboration
BLOG/WEBSITEmistercmaine.org

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Becca Redman

Becca Redman (@MsRedmanEnglish)
Becca Redman is a high school teacher & adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Maine. Her teaching experience spans a range from English/Language Arts to Career Preparation & Alternative Education to Educational Media & Technology. Becca is dedicated to developing authentic curriculum through purposeful technology integration & community connections. She is profoundly inspired by her students, colleagues and PLN. When not engaged in a Twitter chat, EdCamp, or other professional adventure (often related to proficiency-based learning), Becca can be found exploring Maine’s landscape for new geocaches or untraveled trails. During evenings and rainy days, she is likely analyzing pop culture or finding documentaries that expand her cross-content knowledge of anything and everything.

SUPERPOWER: Word Wizardy & Charisma
BLOG/WEBSITE: beccaredman.com

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Dan Ryder

Dan Ryder (@WickedDecent)

Dan likes turtles.

High school English teacher by title, idea wrangler/design thinker/school change maker/student empowerer/head scratcher/fist clencher/belly laugher by practice, Dan Ryder has spent the better part of twenty years teaching English at Mt. Blue Campus in rural college town, Farmington, Maine. In that time he has instigated takeovers of the college radio station, piloted student-led personalized learning program, shepherded a pop culture elective into canon, and co-created a ninth grade interdisciplinary Humanities course. His classroom practice continues to evolve as he now adopts an empathy-fueled, human-centered design thinking approach to teaching and learning, blending digital and analog tools and experiences in an effort to foster critical thinkers and problem solvers.

A moderator of #dtk12chat and #edchatme, follow him @wickeddecent on Twitter, Instagram, and Medium. Keep tabs on his efforts to walk the talk on his classroom blog at flight307.blogspot.com and with his co-conspirators at Wicked Decent Learning.

SUPERPOWER: Design Thinking & Improv

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Jen Michaelis

Jennifer Michaelis (@MichaelisMath)
Jennifer has been a high school math teacher since 2000. She’s taught in public schools in North Carolina, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, and spent one year at an amazingly awesome middle school in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as “the” 8th-grade math teacher. She’s taught everything from pre-algebra through AP Calculus and has a hard time picking a favorite. A practicing attorney, Jennifer is outspoken about education policy issues. Her teaching philosophy is simple: do what’s right for the students in the room. Always willing to try new things, Jennifer shares her successes (and failures), as well as Interactive Notebook resources and countless other things, at her blog.

SUPERPOWER: “So Many!”
BLOG/WEBSITE: michaelismath.blogspot.com

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Jon Pratt

Jon Pratt (@jonpratt)

Jon is the Assistant Head of School for Academics at Foxcroft Academy, an independent town academy in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, serving both local day students and international boarding students. A former life sciences teacher, Jon joined the “dark side” (aka became an administrator) after he discovered a passion for designing curriculum and professional development while earning his Master of Science in Teaching degree at the University of Maine. An unabashed geek AND nerd, he’s also passionate about proficiency-based education, technology integration, and the value of professional networking. Jon is a family man at heart, loves spending time with his wife and two sons, and enjoys cooking, reading, and outdoors-y activities.

SUPERPOWER: Making technology bend to his will
BLOG/WEBSITE: TwitterBig Wave Learning (updated rarely post-children…but aspires to get back to writing soon!)

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Jonathan Werner

Jonathan R. Werner (@MaineSchoolTech)

Jonathan is a Library & Instructional Technology Specialist (LITS) at the Library and Learning Commons in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and President Elect of the ISTE Librarians Network. After teaching English in Pennsylvania for several years post college, he made the CVE (Critical Vocational Error) of becoming a lawyer. Once he awoke from that nightmare, he returned to teaching English when he and his family moved to Maine in 2005. Though he will always be an English Teacher at heart, he is now the happiest LITS in America, spending his days sharing books and iPads with the fantastic teachers and students at Cape Elizabeth Middle School and High School. You can learn more about his work on Twitter (@maineschooltech) where he is a co-organizer of #1to1techat, and where he regularly contributes to #edtechchat and #tlchat.

SUPERPOWER: Slaying the Sit & Get PD Dragon
BLOG/WEBSITE: www.cape.k12.me.us

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Matt Drewette-Card

Matt Drewette-Card (@DrewetteCard)
Matt has taught Pre-Kindergarten, fourth grade, middle school, high school, graduate school, and is currently the Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment Coordinator for AOS #94 (centered in Dexter, Maine).  Matt’s educational passions include proficiency-based learning, design thinking, technology integration, systems and structural change, and long walks on the beach.

SUPERPOWER: Ideation.
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Andy Wallace

Andrew Wallace (@andrewtwallace)

Andrew Wallace has been a technology director in Maine for the past 15 years. Educated as a librarian, he has a keen interest in blending traditional & digital literacy, instructional space design, and exploring new models of technology integration and learning commons staffing. He’s the treasurer of ACTEM (Maine’s ISTE affiliate) and serves as the state’s public school representative for the National Center for Educational Statistics. Wallace was named the 2014 Administrator of the Year by the Maine Association of School Librarians. His mother is proud that he’s joined the faculty of the University of Maine as an adjunct instructor. In his spare time he tends to his very old house, his family and their chickens.

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