Meet the contributors to Navigator. These intrepid explorers of education chart and travel the sometimes placed, sometimes tumultuous, always interesting expanses of US education Feel free to explore their posts and communicate with them directly. Put your mark on this map with us!
- Adam Percival
Adam Percival heads the science curriculum team at CompassLearning. He has degrees in Physics and Science Education, and enjoys the challenge of translating educational research and best practices into engaging online learning experiences. Prior to designing curriculum for CompassLearning, he taught middle school science in Brooklyn, NY. In his spare time, Adam enjoys reading, playing ultimate, and taking his dog Clooney for walks.
- Adam Sopko
Adam is the managing editor of LearningStarts.org, a parents guide to education and learning now.
- Adrienne Albregts
A Purdue University graduate, Albregts' interest in education started while interning abroad at the Tricycle Theatre in London, England. Albregts is now the manager of online and social media marketing at Compass Learning in Austin, Texas.
Alina Gorniak has more than ten years of experience in the field of education. She began her career in education as a high school science teacher, and has also served as an instructional designer and online course facilitator for Region XIII. Most recently, Alina was the Science Implementation Coach for Austin ISD. In her two years at Compass Learning, Alina has worked as an Assessment Specialist, a Subject Matter Expert, and an Instructional Designer. Alina graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BS in Dietetics and from the University of Toledo with a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.
- Alison Anderson
Alison is the managing editor of GettingSmart.com. Throughout her years in the classroom, Alison found incredible value in attending educational events and conferences, is an organizer as well as regular attendee of edcamps, and is a member of ISTE and an active member of the OAts (Oregon Academic Technology Society) Board. On the Getting Smart team, Alison transfers that energy while covering these types of events for the blog and shares the benefits and inspiration a great education conference can give all educators. She holds a degree in Secondary Education and English from Marquette University and a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.
- Alvin Crawford
Alvin Crawford is a guest author on www.GettingSmart.com.
- Amanda Marquette
Amanda Marquette served as the 2012-13 co-editor of the student news magazine, The Lone Star Dispatch, at James Bowie High School. Offered in print free of charge to all 3,000 students and staff at JBHS, the publication also appears online at http://my.hsj.org/tx/austin/bowie. Amanda has worked all four years of her high school career as a student journalist reporting, editing, photographing, and designing pages using graphic design software. She plays varsity soccer and has also been nominated for the campus' "Who's Who for 2013." She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.
- Amanda Ronan
Amanda Ronan is the manager of Reading/Language Arts curriculum design at Compass Learning. Previously she was a classroom teacher for ten years and continues to be passionate about social justice issues and providing excellent educational experiences for all kids. Amanda has a BA from Arizona State University and M Ed from Loyola Marymount University. When she’s not at Compass Learning, she can be found at home, reading a good book, writing stories, or relaxing with her wonderful husband and their two adorable dogs.
- Amy Jenkins
Amy Jenkins is the VP of Marketing at Education Elements and works closely with districts, states and foundations considering implementing personalized learning. Prior to Education Elements, Amy worked in strategy consulting at the Monitor Group, at NewSchools Venture Fund helping them with human capital investments and as both a middle school teacher and non-profit after-school provider. Amy has an MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Dartmouth College.
- Amy Roskelley
Amy Roskelley blogs at Super Healthy Kids in order to provide tools and resources to help families live better and be healthier. Superhealthykids.com has recipes, meal plans, tips, ideas, and more
- Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller currently serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD. He travels internationally, working with educators in his many areas of expertise, which include: project-based learning, game-based learning, online and blended education, culturally responsive teaching, educational technology, and standards-based instruction and assessment.
- Andrew Rotherham
Andrew J. Rotherham is a co-founder and partner at Bellwether Education, a non-profit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Rotherham leads Bellwether’s thought leadership, idea generation, and policy analysis work. He also writes the “School of Thought” column for TIME Magazine and the blog Eduwonk.com. Rotherham is the co-publisher of “Education Insider,” a federal policy research tool produced by Whiteboard Advisors. Rotherham previously served at The White House as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration and is a former member of the Virginia Board of Education. In addition to Bellwether, Rotherham has founded or co-founded two other influential education reform organizations including Education Sector and served on the boards of several other successful education start-ups. He serves on advisory boards and committees for a variety of organizations including Education Pioneers, The Broad Foundation, and the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. (CALDER). Rotherham is on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Mind Trust, is Vice Chair of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and serves on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
- Ann Henson
Ann Henson, Compass Learning Vice President of Customer Service and Support, is passionate about the connection between what we’re learning about the brain and how that can impact the way we teach. Before she joined the team 26 years ago, Ann served as a District Instructional Technology Director, where she also happened to be a Compass Learning customer. She has a BS in Math Education from Oklahoma State University (Go Cowboys!). Keeping Ann on-the-go are her two children, four grandchildren, two Great Danes, Zeus and Hera, and her elderly Basset Hound, Violet.
- Annie Evans
Annie Evans is an Implementation Manager at Compass Learning who lives in beautiful Denver, Colorado. As a former high school computer science teacher, she loves helping schools successfully integrate technology. Annie is a graduate of Westmont College with a B.S. in Computer Science and holds a Colorado Teaching License. She is also the proud mom of a rescue dog and loves hiking, snow-shoeing, and cooking.
- Annie Murphy Paul
Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. A contributing writer for Time magazine, she writes a weekly column about learning for Time.com, and also blogs about learning at CNN.com, Forbes.com, MindShift.com, PsychologyToday.com and HuffingtonPost.com. She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Slate, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. She is currently working on her latest project, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, to be published by Crown in 2013.
- April McAnally
April McAnally is the Customer Marketing & Communications Manager for Compass Learning. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, April has a degree in Corporate Communications. In school, April remembers that her favorite projects always found a way to involve her own personal interests, like the time she got to make paella and other regional dishes for her 6th grade class as part of a research project on Spain. She’s passionate about working with a company that places such high value on personalized learning. When not working, April enjoys cooking, yoga, and visiting the dog park with her pups, Birdie and Georgia.
- Arthur VanderVeen
Arthur VanderVeen is the vice president of business development and strategy at Compass Learning. As the former district administrator in New York City, Arthur founded and led the NYC Innovation Zone (iZone), an active community of 165 schools using digital technologies and innovative instructional approaches to personalize learning to the needs of individual students. Under his direction, the iZone launched the largest district-level, online and blended learning program in the country. Arthur earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, his master’s degree in divinity in educational psychology from the Princeton Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s degree in English from Colorado College.
- Beth Kimberly
Beth Kimberly works for Playworks as a social media manager. Before bringing her passion for play in education online full time, she worked with youth in schools all around the San Francisco Bay area.
- Blake McCaig
From a family of teachers and authors, Blake McCaig’s passion for education began from a place where desire for excellence met creativity. She’s a Compass Learning marketing professional by day, singer, foodie, wine geek by night. Blake studied at Texas A&M University and The Texas Culinary Academy. One day, she hopes to discover her hidden superhero powers and invent something really cool.
- Brenda Beeler
Brenda Beeler works in facilities management at Compass Learning. She was a longtime volunteer in Round Rock Independent School District and a court-appointed mentor to high-risk teens in Williamson County. Currently a member of the Compass Learning Cares Committee, she is excited to be involved in working with employees to serve the community.
- Chris Cotter
Chris Cotter has worked at Compass Learning since 2007 as an instructional designer, developing science and math activities for middle and high school students. Before joining Compass Learning, Chris taught every (non-biological) science and math course offered in a typical high school, served as a K-12 director of math, science, and technology, and even ventured into the educational game business for a time. Chris graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Geology, and from the University of Arizona with an M.S. in Astronomy and an M.A. in Science Education. Chris is the proud father of two curious teenage sons whose academic interests will prevent him from retiring anytime soon.
- Cindy Arseneaux
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Cindy Arseneaux serves as the marketing campaign manager at Compass Learning. Throughout her academic career, Cindy was fortunate to experience wonderful teachers with unique approaches for applying learning in and out of the classroom. Originally from Connecticut, she moved to Austin in the summer of 2011, just in time to experience the 100-degree weather! She brings with her more than six years marketing experience, and is excited to continue to spread the word about Compass Learning’s innovative education solutions to schools and districts throughout the country.
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- Dayna Laur
Dayna Laur has been a high school social studies teacher in Pennsylvania for twelve years. Over the past three years, she has worked closely with the Classrooms for the Future initiative in Pennsylvania, presenting to teachers, instructional technology coaches, and higher education faculty members on ways to integrate project-based learning in a technology rich environment. She was also featured as the model teacher for Authentic Based Classroom Instruction as produced by the National Institute for Professional Practice. Dayna received a B.A. in history from Virginia Tech, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Pittsburgh, and an M.S. in 21st Century Teaching and Learning from Wilkes University.
- Derrick Shreve
Derrick Shreve, Inside Account Executive for Compass Learning, hails from a family of educators including department heads, librarians and special education teachers. As a father, Derrick is passionate about helping children excel academically. He sees digital learning as one tools in their educational tool box. A graduate of McNeese State University in Louisiana, Derrick met his wife Rachel way back in the in fourth grade; they and their one year old son, Grady, live in the Austin suburbs.
- Diana Britton
Diana Britton, earned bachelor’s degrees in English: Creative Writing as well as a BFA in Ceramics. Passionate about making a difference in education she has taught and assistant taught at various educational schools as well as programs in Connecticut. She has been a CompassLearning team member since 2010.
- Dr. David Palumbo
Dr. David Palumbo is VP of Professional Services for Compass Learning. As evidenced by his resume – which includes teacher, research scholar, academic administrator, entrepreneur, and corporate executive – David is passionate about the business of learning: the people, processes, and technology that work together to help students learn better and faster. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan and graduate degrees in Educational Psychology and Instructional Technology from West Virginia University. David credits Uniontown Area Senior High School teacher Mrs. Margret Emelson for challenging him to think with the right side of his brain, and to this day, he references her as an example of the power of education to shape creativity, innovation, and success. David is also an accomplished chef (mostly of Italian food, as a nod to his heritage), as well as a self-professed hoarder of good wine.
- Eric Loeffel
Eric Loeffel has led Compass Learning since 2005. During that time, the company achieved a major turnaround and became recognized as the leading U.S. provider of K-12 educational software, winning the EDDIE awards in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011, and taking BESSIE awards in 2009, 2010, and 2011. He led Compass Learning’s relocation to Austin, Texas in 2006, and recently led it through its change of control to Marlin Equity Partners from Readers Digest Association and its acquisition of Renzulli Learning. Prior to joining Compass Learning, Eric was president and CEO of Isochron Data Corp., a venture capital-backed software company in Austin, Texas. He enjoyed similar success as the president and CEO of OnQ Technology, Inc., a private international semiconductor services company. Prior to that, Eric held various positions at Intuit, the makers of TurboTax, Quicken, and QuickBooks. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from San Diego State University and an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
- Erich Pelletier
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (Master of Arts - Radio-TV-Film), Erich Pelletier has served in a wide range of roles in the eLearning industry for nearly a decade. He focuses on web design and video production as the Interactive Marketing Manager at Compass Learning.
- Fabian Aguilar
Fabian Aguilar is a virtual implementation manager at Compass Learning's Impact Teacher Academy. He has degrees in History and Instructional Technology. Prior to designing and delivering virtual professional development for Compass Learning, Fabian taught high school social studies in El Paso, Texas.
- Fred Waugh
As vice president of marketing, Fred brings more than 15 years of successful marketing leadership experience to Compass Learning. Fred has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.
- George Rislov
George Rislov is Senior Marketing Manager at Compass Learning, working primarily in the area of partner marketing. He has been at CompassLearning since July of 2007. As a former social studies teacher and education policy maker, he believes in providing students the tools they need to be independent and critical thinkers in a rapidly changing world. He holds a BA in History for the University of Texas-Dallas and a MEd in Secondary Education from the University of North Texas, with a specialization in Gifted Child Education. His early interest in history led to repeated readings of the classic world history textbook, Modern History, by Carl L. Becker, beginning when he was eleven years old. He went on to teach World History for twelve years. George lives in Austin and is owned by two totally spoiled Boston terriers, Zac and Django.
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- Heriberto Arellano
Heriberto Arellano works as a bilingual first grade teacher at Austin Independent School District. "Herbie" loves working with children, and hopes to take his knowledge of teaching and helping children to further regions that are in need.
- Jeannine Depaul-Nelson
Jeannine, who earned her bachelor's degree in science in secondary education and has a Master of Liberal Arts with a history emphasis, taught U.S. history and social studies for seven years at Owen J. Roberts High School in South Coventry, PA. A mother or three children and tennis enthusiast with seven years of coaching experience, she lives in Philadelphia, PA. Jeannine has worked for CompassLearning for eight years.
- Jeff Brantley
Jeff Brantley is the director of product development at Compass Learning.
- Jenifer Coldiron
Jeni Coldiron’s passion for education stems from the teachers in her life who encouraged her to learn and discover her strengths at her own pace. That passion led her to a lifetime of teaching: first to her younger siblings, then as a teacher and parent. Now as the Sales Enablement Manager at Compass Learning, she provides teachers and students with new opportunities to learn, think and succeed. Jeni has a master’s in education from Ohio University and a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University. A nature and camping lover, she and her husband, Mark, have two twenty-something children.
- Jess Young
Jessica Smock is a doctoral candidate and Glenn Fellow in Educational Development and Policy at Boston University. Her dissertation is about the experiences of high-achieving Boston public school girls who later attend New England boarding schools. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she was a teacher and curriculum coordinator in independent and public schools for more than a decade. Visit Jessica's blog at http://www.schoolofsmock.com/
- Jessica Smock
Jessica Smock is a doctoral candidate and Glenn Fellow in Educational Development and Policy at Boston University. Her dissertation is about the experiences of high-achieving Boston public school girls who later attend New England boarding schools. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she was a teacher and curriculum coordinator in independent and public schools for more than a decade. Visit Jessica's blog at www.jessicasmock.com.
- John Costilla
Prior to joining Compass Learning as the western region vice president of sales, John Costilla helped launch and build WeAreTeachers, an education social community and Facebook application. John's background includes 20 years of experience in education. He has been a senior member of key organizations in the education and technology industry.
- Joseph Renzulli
Joseph S. Renzulli is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut, where he also serves as director of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. His research has focused on the identification and development of creativity and giftedness in young people and on organizational models and curricular strategies for total school improvement. A focus of his work has been on applying the strategies of gifted education to the improvement of learning for all students. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and was a consultant to the White House Task Force on Education of the Gifted and Talented. He was designated a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut. Although he has obtained more than $20 million in research grants, he lists as his proudest professional accomplishments the UConn Mentor Connection program for gifted young students and the summer Confratute program at UConn, which began in 1978 and has served thousands of teachers and administrators from around the world.
- Karen Lemmons
- Kathi Whitley
As Marketing Communications Specialist at Compass Learning, Kathi Whitley enjoys spreading the word about the exciting, innovative people and initiatives positively impacting K-12 education around the globe. Kathi’s high school English teacher, Nancy Vittor, ignited her love for the written word, which she pursued as a journalism major at the University of Texas at Austin. Her two “almost grown” daughters keep her heart smiling, her mind racing, and her life invigorating.
- Keishla Ceaser-Jones
Keishla Ceaser-Jones wishes she could have a degree in everything...philosophy, geography, media studies, communications, public relations, economics, religion, public policy, really everything! A graduate of the University of Houston and self-proclaimed school nerd, Keishla is a member of the Compass Learning strategic sales team. She believes great digital curriculum allows teachers to differentiate for students more effectively and helps students take control of their learning. Keishla loves watching sports, reading and hanging out with her husband.
- Kelly Blair
Kelly Brizendine Blair is the director of curriculum and instruction at Compass Learning. After spending years teaching, coaching, and researching for various institutions across the United States, she returned home to Austin, Texas and joined the Compass Learning team. Kelly has a serious passion for all things education, including language, literacy, professional development, technology, and innovation.
- Kelly Ernst
- Kiki Lewis
Prior to joining Compass Learning, Community Manager Kiki Lewis worked as a community moderator and coordinator for Microsoft’s Xbox Community. She was also the community manager for a videogame website and magazine where she met and mingled with community members from all over the world. In addition, Kiki has spent the last year and a half teaching Journalism and Science in South Korea. Kiki recently moved to Austin from Chandler, Arizona and is eager to see all the sites Austin has to offer! She has one child, Zachary, who is a combat medic in the U.S. Army and is currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas. Kiki earned her Bachelors of Arts in Behavioral Science and Masters of Arts in Forensic Psychology. She enjoys reading, adventuring, and playing with her puppy.
- Kimberly Cox
Market Research Analyst Kimberly Cox is a former science teacher with a passion for the inquiry-based approach to instruction and learning. She is enthusiastic about 21st century learning and the growth of instructional models like project-based learning and blended classrooms. Kimberly describes herself as a lifelong learner, an attribute that inspired her to teach in the classroom and now to help teachers and students through her role at Compass Learning. Kimberly holds a B.S. in physics and education and a M.Ed. in special education and reading. She enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and the performing arts.
- Krystal Bellamy
Krystal Bellamy has been with Compass Learning in 2007 as the Curriculum & Instruction department, and in 2010 transitioned to the Impact Teacher Academy, where she can work more closely with teachers and schools. A graduate of Western Illinois University and the University of Phoenix, Krystal is the mom of three boys and a former teacher of grades K-12. She believes she is a better blog contributor than a bio writer. Life-long learning is her greatest passion.
- Kurt Bauer
Kurt Bauer is the Marketing Communications Writer and Editor for Compass Learning. Kurt has spent two decades in the education space, first as a middle school and high school English and history teacher, and then as an editor for one of the largest publishers of K–12 educational print and digital content in the United States. He believes that his position with Compass Learning now affords him the opportunity to advocate for growth and adaptation in education, with the objective of improving the learning experience for all students as soon as possible. A graduate of the University of Texas, Kurt is grateful to his ninth grade English teacher for pointing the way to a career in writing. When not at his keyboard, Kurt is likely to be riding, repairing, or blogging about bicycles.
- Laurie Nissen
Laurie Nissen is a human resources professional at Compass Learning.
- Linda Kraft
- Lisa Dreyer
Lisa Dreyer is a Compass Learning account executive and a native Floridian. She is proud to be a product of the Broward County school system and a graduate of the University of Florida. She is passionate about providing blended learning opportunities to all Florida-based K-12 students. Lisa is an avid boater and angler.
- Lisa Kennedy
Lisa Kennedy is an expert in the field of curriculum and instruction development. A former middle school teacher, Lisa is a self-confessed “assessment nerd” who has specialized in K-12 assessments for more than a decade. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and history and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. Lisa is inspired by the way technology can shift educational paradigms, but deeply believes nothing can transform students’ lives like the passion and commitment of an outstanding teacher.
- Lisa Wycoff
Lisa Wycoff has been with Compass Learning since 2004 and is the Virtual Learning Manager. Prior to joining the Compass Learning team, she taught in the Dallas, TX area. Lisa holds a B.Ed from Hardin-Simmons University and an M.Ed from TWU.
- Lucas Duclos
Lucas DuClos has worked as a teacher in Spain, Italy, and at home here in the U.S. where he currently teaches literature, film, and writing at The Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island. DuClos likes systems thinking, all things design, mindfulness, and anything else that helps us make room in our thinking, our learning, and our lives. You can learn more about what he's up to now at his current project's website www.curation.io, which explores curation as a way to collect and synthesize all the things we create as we learn. He holds an EdM from Harvard University and manages to say something in Italian every day.
- Luis Guido
- Mandy Fricke
Mandy Fricke is a student at Brooklyn College and works for www.elearners.com, where she helps manage their online community for masters programs. In her free time she enjoys biking, traveling, and reading in coffee shops.
- Meagan Pollock
Meagan Pollock is an engineer, educator, researcher, consultant, and advocate for women and minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Meagan's work and research focuses on improving equity and accessibility to engineering for all. As a consultant, Meagan has worked for both the non-profit and private sector developing curriculum, programs, and conducting research. Currently, Meagan is a Doctoral Candidate at the Purdue University School of Engineering Education, and is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Meagan received a B.S. in Computer Science from Texas Woman’s University, and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, she worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Connect with Meagan at www.MeaganPollock.com, @MeaganPollock on Twitter, or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/EngineeringEducationConsulting.
- Melanie Pritchett
Melanie Pritchett is the Director of Education Policy for Compass Learning, where she is responsible for linking product development, sales, and service with state and federal education policy issues and research. Prior to joining Compass Learning in May 2006, Melanie held positions as Director of Literacy Initiatives for the University of Texas System’s Institute for Public School Initiatives, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational System Alignment for the University of Texas System, Assistant Commissioner for Statewide Initiatives at the Texas Education Agency, Director of Reading & Language Arts for Dallas ISD, and principal in the Aldine Independent School District in Houston, Texas. A graduate of Texas A&M University and Sam Houston State University, Melanie is a past president of the Texas State Reading Association and has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the field of reading.
- Michael Bistline
- Millie Tavarez-Aponte
Millie Tavarez, manager of corporate training programs at Compass Learning supports all newly hired personnel with the corporate onboarding process. She implements coaching/training programs internally dealing with product and best practices and promotes leadership skill development. Her love for education stems from her personal experience as a second language learner and support from her teachers. Helping students of diverse needs to grow academically and personally is her passion; letting them know that all goals are possible is her mission. Millie is a graduate of Baruch College in New York City and has a Masters Degree in Education with a Bilingual Extension from Adelphi University in New York. As a proud Teach for America alumni, she taught in Queens, New York. She loves to read and spend quality time with her family.
- Nancy Sindelar
Nancy W. Sindelar, Ph.D., is consultant to schools across the country in the areas of standards-based curriculum and assessment alignment, collection, use and interpretation of student test data, teacher mentorship and the development of high functioning teacher teams. Nancy has authored numerous books and articles of interest to educators, including Assessment Powered Teaching and Using Test Data for Student Achievement. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, a master’s degree from DePaul University, a certificate of advanced studies from Concordia University, and a doctor of philosophy degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
- Nick Sheltrown
Dr. Nick Sheltrown is Director of Learning Analytics at Compass Learning. Throughout his career, Nick has been a leading voice in leveraging data to improve student learning outcomes. He has held senior leadership positions in data and analytics K-12 and university settings. Nick is a former high school math teacher, district technology director, and he has taught for eight years at the university level. He holds a MA and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, and a MBA from the University of Michigan. He was one of five individuals appointed to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s Council for Educator Excellence.
- Nora OLeary Roseberry
Nora O'Leary-Roseberry is Compass Learning's lead instructional designer for social studies. She is an alumna of the University of Iowa and currently is pursuing her master's degree in Liberal Arts.
- Precious Goodson
Precious Goodson resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been a public school educator for over ten years. She has earned a Master of Education degree from Lesley University, and simultaneously serves as a classroom teacher in Georgia’s finest Title I schools. She integrated Compass Learning Odyssey’s curriculum into her instruction while earning her Educational Specialist degree from Lesley University. She presently teaches a technology-based course for Georgia State University’s Saturday School for Scholars and Leaders.
- Race Fan
All posts from this profile are entries from Compass Learning's essay contest, "What Can You Learn From Racing?" Details can be found on our company Facebook page: www.facebook.com/compasslearninginc.
- Rey Junco
Dr. Reynol Junco is a researcher who studies the effects of social media on college students. "Rey" became interested in the power of technology to help engage students during the first year he taught after graduate school. In the syllabus, Rey listed his AOL Instant Messenger (IM) screen name as one of the ways students could contact him. He quickly observed that introverted students were much more likely to be engaged during class discussions if they communicated via IM outside of class. Since then, Rey has been fascinated by the connective potential of emerging communication technologies and their ability to assist educators. Rey's work has been cited in major news publications such as the New York Times, NPR, PBS, Time, US News & World Report, USA Today, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Mashable.
- Richard Zumbrun
Richard Zumbrun is retired from the Air Force and now works as a paraprofessional for first grade students. Richard is committed to raising funds for his son Jared's scholarship established after he passed from cancer. Jared's relentless pursuit toward education, even knowing he would die, has been an inspiration to students and families across the nation. Richard wishes to bring more exposure to his son's story in order to inspire other teens and to keep Jared's legacy alive.
- Riley Johnson
Riley Johnson designs science curriculum at CompassLearning. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Civil Engineering.
- Rob Thatcher
Rob Thatcher is an Instructional Specialist at Compass Learning serving schools largely in the Southern Region of the U.S. Rob taught high school mathematics in El Paso, Texas, and then middle school and high school mathematics both face-to-face and virtually in Michigan before moving to Tennessee and joining Compass Learning in 2010. While in Michigan, Rob coordinated a statewide initiative to increase algebra readiness for 8th graders; he was successful in launching a first-of-its-kind program with 13 math and science directors, 180 instructors/facilitators, and 2,400 students. Rob holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University. He has been happily married for 19 years and has two lovely teenaged children.
- Robert Dillon
Robert Dillon serves the students, staff, and communities of Maplewood and Richmond Heights in Saint Louis as principal learner in the middle school. He has established himself as a passionate presenter and writer about the future of education and innovative practices. Dr. Dillon was named as Emerging Leader in Education by Phi Delta Kappan in 2012, been honored by the National School Boards Association in 2013 as one of their 20 to Watch in area of educational technology, and his blog, "Principally Speaking," has been named in the 50 best blogs by school leaders.
- Sarah Fudin
Sarah Fudin works in community relations for University of Southern California Rossier School of Education's online masters programs. USC Rossier Online provides the opportunity for current teachers to earn a Masters in Education online and for prospective teacher to earn a Masters in Teaching online. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running, reading, and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.
- Shara Turner
Shara Turner, Compass Learning’s Math Manager, has been in education for more than 10 years. Shara is a National Board Certified Teacher and Certified Master Mathematics Teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development from The University of Texas at Austin and her Master of Education degree from Texas State University. Shara stays busy running the PTA at her son’s school, cheering her children on at dance and swimming and taking family lake trips.
- Sheri Watkins
Sheri Watkins is the co-creator of “Saving Face for Parents of Tweens,” an online program helping parents coach their tweens to become smart digital citizens. A mom and a former middle school teacher, Sheri holds a M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. A noted public speaker in the Midwest, Sheri delivers information to parents, teachers, and students. In addition, she is a social media manager with Hay There Social Media. Find Sheri on Twitter @SheriWatkins.
- Stephanie Bruno
Stephanie Bruno is the Social Media Specialist at Compass Learning. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Stephanie believes that with social media, educators can better foster collaboration and discussion, create meaningful dialogue, exchange ideas, and boost student interaction. She loves traveling and snuggling with her golden retriever, Ava.
- Stephanie Echeveste
Stephanie Echeveste works in community relations for the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s MAT online. Among other programs, USC Rossier Online provides the opportunity for prospective & current teachers to earn a TESOL degree. Stephanie has taught English on the northern coast of Spain, created crazy clothes for Betabrand.com and most recently lived in the mission district of San Francisco. In her free time, Stephanie likes to blog, eat black sesame ice cream and explore Shaw.
- Stephanie Park
Stephanie Park is a junior at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy. She is the entertainment editor at "The Liberator" and the president of the LBJ/LASA Red Cross Club. She enjoys volunteering and over winter break she elected to go to South Korea to work at a leper colony.
- Student Correspondent
Austin-area high school students are reporting on SXSWedu as student correspondents. Their posts will share a student's perspective on this major industry event and the conversations education leaders are having.
- Sushil Patel
Sushil heads the Customer Support & Services team at CompassLearning. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and has held several positions in the technology industry since 1999.
- Suzanne Bazarian
Suzanne Bazarian is Director of Content Operations at Compass Learning. Prior to joining the Compass Learning family in 2006, she taught special education for 12 years. Suzanne holds a B.S. in Psychology and M.Ed in Special Education both from the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about helping teachers and students succeed.
- Tiffany Sumner
Tiffany Sumner is a freelance writer for eLearners, where she writes articles on a wide range of topics. In her spare time she reads, writes fiction, and watches way too many cat videos online. You can follow her on Google+.
- Todd Silvius
Todd works as the cyber program technology facilitator for Quakertown Community School District in Pennsylvania.
- Tom King
For almost 40 years, Tom King has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saint Thomas in the School of Education, teaching graduate level courses in technology and school reform. He is currently employed there as Senior Adjunct faculty. He provided primary leadership for the design of new degree and certificate programs in educational technology and school reform. In his earlier professional career, Dr. King was a math teacher, school district administrator and the founder of the renowned Saturn School of Tomorrow in St. Paul, Minnesota, a reform-based school toured by over 10,000 visitors, including President George H. W. Bush, who cited the school for its leadership and innovation. Tom remains committed to "more kids learning more" and seeing the lights go on in the eyes of all learners. In particular, he loves having his 9 grandchildren teach him new things about technology.
- Tom Vander Ark
Tom Vander Ark is author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and founder of GettingSmart.com. Tom is also CEO of Open Education Solutions and a partner in Learn Capital, a venture capital firm investing in learning content, platforms, and services with the goal of transforming educational engagement, access, and effectiveness.
- Vera Marie Reed
Vera M. Reed is a freelance writer and has contributed to several education blogs and sites such as Accredited Online. She loves sharing her tips for great online education tools and encourages teachers to incorporate technology into their classroom to create a more creative and dynamic learning environment.
- Victoria Louis
Victoria Louis is the product marketing manager at Compass Learning. Victoria received both an MBA with focus on Marketing Strategy and undergraduate degree from the School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. She is experienced in global strategy, brand marketing and advertising communications, and has worked with Shell Oil and Kraft Foods. Victoria, her husband Gene, and dogs, Lily and Bo, reside in Austin, Texas.
- Wallace Weatherspoon
Wallace Weatherspoon serves as the Video Studio Manager and has been with Compass Learning since February 2008. He comes to Austin from Long Beach, CA, where he taught credit recovery for high school students, and adults earning a high school diploma. At Compass Learning Wallace has served as a Math Instructional Designer, Video Instructional Designer, and Video Director. He earned a BA in Acting/Directing from Long Beach State and a MS in Educational Administration from Cal State Fullerton.
- West High Bros
West High Bros is a group of Iowa City students who send positive messages to other students, highlighting their classmates’ accomplishments. "If we can change just one life, just make one person's day better, then we'll have accomplished our goal."