Midwest Spotlight Educators

New for 2013: The goal of this new recognition is to honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. This is reflected in increased knowledge, improved skills and academic achievement by integrating technology into their instructional practices.

2013 Midwest Spotlight Educators

Bill Bass

Bill Bass is a former middle and high school English teacher who now works with teachers as an Instructional Coach in the Parkway School District and an adjunct professor of educational technology for Missouri Baptist University. As a speaker, writer and professional developer, he focuses on systemic and sustainable integration of technology into classrooms at all grade levels. He is Co-President of Educational Technology Association of Greater St. Louis, a Google Certified Teacher and DEN Star Educator, Member-at-Large for the ISTE Innovative Learning Technology SIG, and co-author of the ISTE book, From Inspiration to Red Carpet. Follow him on Twitter at @billbass.

William Chamberlain

William Chamberlain received his BS in Elementary Education from Missouri Southern State University and his MA in Curriculum and Instruction from William Woods University. He is a trained eMINTS teacher as well as a facilitator for the Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree projects and a Fablevision Ambassador. He teaches sixth grade at Noel Elementary school in Noel, Missouri. William is also an adjunct professor for Crowder College. Follow him on Twitter at @wmchamberlain.

Linda Dougherty

Linda J. Dougherty, high school librarian and district library chair at Northwest R-1 School District, is surprised by her reputation as a social media maven and tech toy geek. Linda belongs to the ISTE’s Special Interest Group Media Specialists, SIGMS, where she has built her PLN by presenting at the 21st Century Digital SIGMS Playgrounds.  She is a member of ALA, AASL, ASCD, MASL, MSTA, is a DEN Star and Google Apps for Education District Administrator. Linda blogs and tweets with the Geek Tribe, aka, TL Virtual Café librarians. She believes strongly in being an advocate for digital citizenship for teachers and students. Follow her on twitter at @ldougherty.

Don Goble

Don Goble is in his 8th year teaching full-time at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, MO. Don serves as the Broadcast Technology, Film & Multimedia Instructor, Co-Director of LHS-TV, and a Ladue School District Video Producer. He coaches the Varsity Rams Baseball team. In addition, Don speaks on the national circuit at educational conferences all over North America. He serves as an Executive Board Member in charge of Media Relations for the Save A Life Campaign, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Megan Meier Foundation, which serves to end cyberbullying. Don is a dedicated Apple user, and was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011. He was also named as the 2011 Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Educator of the Year by the Gateway Media Literacy Partners. And in 2012, Don was named as an award winner for S'Park Scholar Media Mentor through Ithaca College in New York. Follow him on twitter at @dgoble2001.

Ben Grey

Ben Grey, as Chief Information Officer for Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123, strives to create a relevant, 21st century learning environment that engages all students in the process of learning and developing the traits to think deeply. He also works to implement an integrated communications strategy that provides strong connections between staff, students, parents, and the community. He is a professor in the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University where he teaches the course, “Technology in Literacy Instruction.” To read more about Grey’s work, please visit either http://d123.org or http://bengrey.com/blog. Follow him on twitter at @bengrey.

Greg Lawrence Greg Lawrence is currently the Technology Facilitator for the Wentzville School District. As a former computer and vocal music educator at the middle school level, he has seen and is motivated by the engagement technology creates. Greg has been instrumental in training and supporting Wentzville's 200+ high school educators as they began their 1:1 Student Initiative. He has worked with many school districts and presented at many regional and state conferences. He is a Discovery STAR educator, serves on the METC Advisory Board, ETA of STL Board, is a SMART Certified Trainer, and an adjunct professor for Missouri Baptist University. Follow him on twitter at @greglawrence. Not only was Greg choosen as a Midwest Spotlight Educator but he has also been awarded with the ISTE Making IT Happen award for 2012. This was awarded by the METC ISTE Affiliate which is a fellow program of Cooperating School Districts along with the METC Conference.
Sean Nash

Sean Nash is currently a District Instructional Technology Specialist, Marine Biology teacher, and technology integration consultant. A former instructional coach, Sean has delivered countless hours of professional development for teachers and principals at a variety of grade levels. His visionary leadership over the course of his 20 years in education has always been grounded in ways to move classrooms toward a more student-centric future. Sean is on a continuous quest to ensure technology implementations at any grade level are grounded in the teaching and learning process. Sean works and resides in St. Joseph, Missouri, with his wife, Erin, and preschool daughters, Delaney and Neve. Follow him on twitter at @nashworld.

Josh Stumpenhorst

Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher from Naperville, IL. He is an ISTE Emerging Leader, OfficeMax Innovative Educator, Those Who Excel Classroom Teacher Nominee, ICE Educator of the Year, Illinois Education Association Educator of the Year and the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. He has presented technology and education topics at Illinois ASCD Conference, Illinois Reading Conference, Illinois Computing Educators Conference, EDCamp Chicago, Reform Symposium 3, and ISTE. In addition to presenting, Josh blogs about his experiences at www.stumpteacher.blogspot.com and you can follow him on twitter @stumpteacher.

Krissy Venosdale

Krissy Venosdale is a third through sixth grade gifted education eMINTS teacher for the Hillsboro R-3 School District.  She believes learning should be all about inquiry, creativity, and authentic experiences.  She’s passionate about STEM education, photography, differentiation, and educational technology. By sharing her own passions with the students she works with, she hopes that they will find their passions and be inspired to reach for the highest star. When she’s not teaching, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter. Follow her on twitter at @ktvee.

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