epiccommunity - Practitioner Board Bios

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  • Technology Director/Social Studies
  • Northern Potter School District
  • Ulysses, PA
As technology facilitator for Edgecombe Early College High School in North Carolina (2003-2010), Brent helped coordinate a successful 1:1 laptop program at his school that was expanded for the county. As technology director for Northern Potter School District (2010-present), Brent has organized a 1:1 mobile learning device initiative for 5th-9th grade students and is orchestrating a bring your own device program (7-12) in January. Brent lives in Kinney, PA with his wife, three children, two goats, and six chickens.

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  • Managing Project Director
  • Education Development Center, Inc.
  • Headquarters: Waltham, MA; Office: Gardiner, Maine
Dr. Pamela Buffington, Managing Project Director and Senior Technology Associate at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), has extensive experience as a professional development leader, assessment developer, mathematics and science teacher, school and district technology coordinator, and has taught education and technology courses at the higher education level.

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  • School Transformation Coach
  • NC DPI
  • Raleigh, NC
Dr. Frank Creech works for NC DPI as a School Transformation Coach. His career began as a high school social studies teacher and coach. Frank served as a principal in Wake County, NC for eight years where his schools were recognized for innovative technology integration and collaborative learning and teaching cultures. Frank was a facilitator at NC DPI’s first IMPACT Academy and has presented at state level media and technology conferences.

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  • Superintendent
  • Mooresville Graded School District
  • Mooresville, NC
Dr. Mark Edwards currently serves as Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville NC. As a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools, he was named eSchool News Magazine’s 2002 Tech Savvy Superintendent and received the Harold W. McGraw Prize In Education in 2003. He is currently launching his second district 1:1 laptop initiative, equipping more than 5400 students in the Mooresville district with 21st century skills via laptops and interactive boards.

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  • Technology Director
  • Perquimans County Schools
  • Hertford, NC
Two-three sentence bio.: Victor Eure earned a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from East Carolina University. He has served as technology/media director for Perquimans County Schools since 1992. He has been instrumental in gaining statewide and national recognition for the district through numerous grants including the Impact grants for showcasing the impact of media and technology on student achievement, and most recently a STEM Initiative grant to increase student participation in STEM courses and occupations. His areas of interest include project/problem based learning, distance learning, and 1:1 learning environments.

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  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
  • University of Kentucky
  • Lexington, KY
Molly H. Fisher is an assistant professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Kentucky and co-director of UK's P20 STEM Innovation Lab. She teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses for students in STEM Education programs and the elementary education program. Her research interests include teacher stress, burnout, and retention along with professional noticing among preservice elementary teachers. Dr. Fisher also works with the North Carolina Virtual Public Schools as a mathematics department instructional leader and teacher.

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  • CEO, Next Generation Learning
  • Educurious Partners
  • Seattle, WA
Dr. L. Michael Golden, Ed.D. is currently CEO, Next Generation Learning at Educurious Partners, a start-up education company addressing some of today’s most perplexing education challenges. He also provides management consulting and advisory services to large education companies, institutions and government entities. His previous roles include Corporate Vice President, Education at Microsoft Corporation, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Marketing at Pearson Education, and Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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  • Principal, Granville Early College High School
  • Granville County Schools
  • Creedmoor, NC
I am the founding principal of Granville Early College High School. We were the first one to one laptop school in our school district. I am the 2011-2012 Granville County Schools Principal of the Year.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction Director, Arts Education & World Languages
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School
  • Wilmington, NC
Currently as NCVPS Curriculum and Instruction Director, Mrs. Hart is responsible for teacher retention/recruitment, managing Arts Education and World language course development, serving on outreach and partnership teams, co-managing teacher staff development. She has served in public education since 1996 as a business and marketing teacher and the Lead Technology Teacher for Middle and High Schools for the Alamance-Burlington School System (ABSS). She has also taught for the Alamance Community College. Prior to NCVPS, she served as ABSS District Distance Learning Advisor. She served as the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) President and served as 2009 Conference Chair. In November 2010, she was invited to be the keynote speaker for 1st International Symposium on Bilingual Education in Bogota, Colombia, South America.

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  • Principal
  • Clay Virtual Academy, Clay County School District
  • Green Cove Springs, Florida
Dr. Saryn L. Hatcher has served public education for the past 15 years as a teacher and administrator. He has worked as an art history instructor for the K-12 environment as well as an adjunct professor for graduate students in educational leadership and instructional technology. Currently he serves as the principal of the Clay Virtual Academy in Clay County Florida, an online virtual school for K-12 students. Dr. Hatcher is also involved with converting face-to-face classes into online models as an instructional designer creating online courses in his role as a logistics officer in the United States Navy Reserve. He received his Bachelors degree in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University, Masters degree in Educational Leadership and also a Doctorate degree in Instructional Technology & Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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  • Spanish Teacher, MCS World Language Department Chair
  • Mitchell High School
  • Bakersville, NC
I am a graduate of ASU in Spanish/French Education and a National Board Certified Teacher in Spanish. I have been teaching Spanish at MHS 14 years.

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  • Science Teacher
  • JF Webb School of Health and Life Sciences, Granville County Schools
  • Oxford, NC
I am a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and I have been teaching science for 9 years. I am married and have 2 wonderful children; Reagan, 4 and Riley, 8 months. I enjoy reading, swimming and spending time with my family.

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  • Magnet Coordinator
  • W. G. Pearson Elementary School, Durham Public Schools
  • Durham, NC
I have worked as a teacher, a Technology Facilitator, and an administrator for the last 12 years in North Carolina. As a teacher, my focus with technology was to become more efficient in my work. As a tech facilitator and an administrator, my focus grew to include developing sustainable, collaborative learning communities that focused on student engagement. Today, November 30th is my final day at WG Pearson as I am moving to the United Kingdom in a few weeks. The next chapter will certainly be an adventure.

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  • Instructional Technologist/Project Coordinator
  • The Friday Institute For Educational Innovation at NC State University
  • Raleigh, NC
Nancy has been an educator for over 13 years, working as a classroom teacher, technology facilitator and central office instructional technology coordinator. In her current role as an Instructional Technologist, Nancy works with district leadership and principals across North Carolina to design and deliver training for educators as they create 21st century classrooms.

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  • English Teacher, Asheboro High School
  • Asheboro City Schools
  • Asheboro, NC
Chandra Manning is a NC Teaching Fellow and 1999 graduate of UNC-Greensboro. Currently in her 13th year of teaching, all at Asheboro High School in Asheboro, NC, Chandra teachers Senior English and serves as department chairperson. She earned National Board Certification in 2005 and was named Asheboro City School’s Teacher of the Year in 2009.

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  • Math Instructor
  • NC Virtual Public School
  • Raleigh, NC
A finalist for 2011 National Online Teacher of the Year, Emily currently teaches with the OCS Blended Learning division of NCVPS. A graduate of NC State University and the College of St. Catherine with almost twenty years of experience as an educator, she maintains a philosophy that every student deserves to be taught by engaging, skilled, caring, knowledgeable, and passionate instructors.

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  • NCVPS Instructional Leader, Success 101 Instructor, NBCT Teacher
  • North Carolina Virtual Public School
  • Raleigh, NC
I am an 11 year veteran teacher who has taught English, creative writing,and newspaper/journalism; facilitated computer instruction and created my own Moodle courses for teaching face to face in a computer lab setting. I taught 9 years face to face before deciding to go 100% virtual in the fall of 2010. I have been teaching with the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) since the summer of 2007 and am currently an Instructional Leader for NCVPS for the CTE/Success 101 department. I love it!

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  • CTE/Technology/Media
  • Surry County Public Schools
  • Dobson, North Carolina

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  • Spanish Teacher
  • Watauga County Schools and Appalachian State University
  • Boone, North Carolina
Carmen teaches secondary Spanish at Watauga High School and Intermediate Spanish and Foreign Language Methods at Appalachian State University. She serves on the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) board as the Communications Director. Carmen was a NC Teaching Fellow and has been for 18 years.

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  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Louisburg, North Carolina
After years as a fourth grade teacher, an instructional technology facilitator, and an NCDPI Technology Consultant, Chris now serves as Chief Technology Officer in a growing school district outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to daily tasks, Chris works with the schools to implement professional development opportunities that will allow teachers to seamlessly integrate technology (white boards, GPS devices, tablets, etc) in the NC Standard Course of Study. In his free time, he follows the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, runs the greenway trails of Raleigh, and spends time with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Assistant Director of Learning Technologies
  • College of Education, NC State University
  • Raleigh, NC
Bethany V. Smith is the Assistant Director of Learning Technologies for the College of Education at NC State University. She has worked in Middle School & High Schools, as well as Industry, before coming to work at the College of Education. Bethany conducts technology integration training both at the university and state-wide level.

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  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Mooresville Graded School District
  • Mooresville NC
Scott is CTO for one of the only public school systems in the nation to issue laptops to every child in Grades 3-12 and has been Technology Facilitator and the first CTO for two other North Carolina school districts. He is the past president of North Carolina Technology in Education Society, an ISTE affiliate, and is on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA). Holding a degree in mathematics education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Appalachian State University, Scott also received his educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction from UNC at Chapel Hill.

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  • Principal
  • W. G. Pearson Gifted & Talented Magnet Elementary, Durham Public Schools
  • Durham, NC
Four years of introducing staff and school leaders to the mobile environment. School based leader with 1:1 mobile devices, three with middle level and 1:1 iPod touches, this year with elementary and 1:1 iPads. National speaker including: The Mobile Learning Experience 2011 Keynote, FETC 2011 Presenter, Apple Distinguished School 2009-10, 2010-11, CHCCS Principal of the Year 2010-2011, Apple Education Leadership Summit 2011 Presenter, MacWorld 2010 Presenter, Abilene Christian University National Online Conference Presenter July 2009, NCTIES Best Session Award 2009, NC Virtual Public Schools Beta Partnership 2008-2009.

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  • Instructional Technology Facilitator
  • Pamlico County High School
  • Bayboro, North Carolina
I have been employed with Pamlico Co. School system for 19 years. I taught math, science, and computer education in the middle school for 6 years. I moved to the elementary school where I served as Media Coordinator and technology integration specialist for 12 years. Two years ago I transferred to the high school where I have been the Instructional Technology Facilitator and chairperson for our school's 1:1 Laptop Initiative.

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  • Instructional Media and Technology Facilitator
  • Asheboro City Schools
  • Asheboro, NC
I am married to Bob Williams and we have 3 grown (and married) sons and a grandson. I received my MLS from UNCG in 1990, was an elementary media coordinator for 10 years, and have worked in my current position since 1999. I enjoy reading, cooking, walking, being with family and friends, and of course, using technology.
Instructional Technologist/Project Coordinator
The Friday Institute For Educational Innovation
Raleigh, NC
Nancy has been an educator for over 13 years, working as a classroom teacher, technology facilitator and central office instructional technology coordinator. In her current role as an Instructional Technologist, Nancy works with district leadership and principals across North Carolina to design and deliver training for educators as they create 21st century classrooms0.