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Work experience

Jul 2011Jul 2013

Assistant Principal

Shivela Middle School - Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Jul 2002Jun 2011

Teacher - Grade 5

Tovashal Elementary -- Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Dec 2007Jun 2008

Interim Assistant Principal

Tovashal Elementary -- Murrieta Valley Unified School District
Aug 1996Jun 2002

Teacher - Grades 4 & 5

Sunset Lane Elementary -- Fullerton School District


Tier 1 Administrative Services Credential

California State University San Marcos

Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential w/ CLAD Emphasis

California State University Fullerton

Master of Arts

California State University Fullerton

Bachelor of Science

California State University Fullerton



Teacher of the Year

Tovashal Elementary School

Teacher of the Year

Sunset Lane Elementary School

"Above and Beyond" Service Award

Fullerton School District

Assistant Principal of the Year

Shivela Middle School


iPod Flash Cards


What I've Learned...10 Lessons from the Classroom (and Office)

Everyone loves a good story, and after 16 years as a classroom teacher and administrator, Brent has an abundance of them to tell. Be inspired as he transparently shares some of his experiences (both successes and failures) in the classroom and front office, along with the invaluable lessons learned from these experiences. Whether you're a first-year teacher or a 20-year veteran, join Brent for Story Time with a message.

Extreme Makeover: Classroom Website Edition

You already have a classroom website, but now you want to take it to the next level. Learn from an experienced teacher how to transform your website by incorporating dynamic, practical, and easy-to-implement ideas. See how adding elements like audio, video, widgets, and student contests/clubs can not only provide your visitors with quality information, but a reason to return to your site again and again. The cost? Nothing but a little time, as all of the ideas shared can be implemented using already-installed software or free web resources!

Educational Technology:

Without Why, How is Irrelevant

Too often, new technology tools are introduced to teachers in a "how-to" format, without first giving them a reason to use these tools. Presentations like this can leave teachers thinking, "That's a great tool, but how does it apply to my classroom?" Let Brent inspire your teachers as he shares some of the "whys," as well as several specific "ways" teachers can use educational technology in their classrooms.

Podcasts and iPod Flash Cards: Study Tools for the 21st Century

Don't compete with iPods and the Internet, technology that constantly vies for your students' attention. Leverage it. Harness the tools that students already own and use on a daily basis. Learn from a classroom teacher how to easily create podcasts and iPod flash cards to help students review material and study for tests. Classroom examples, video tutorials, and web links will be provided. Don't let technology get in the way of your students studying - make it part of their studying!

About Brent

Brent Coley began his career in education in 1996. He spent his first six years in the field teaching 4th and 5th grade in Fullerton School District in Orange County. In 2002, he moved to Murrieta where he taught 5th grade for nine years at Tovashal Elementary. After 15 years as a classroom teacher, Brent stepped into the role of Assistant Principal at Shivela Middle School where he enjoyed his role of supporting teachers and parents as they support their students. In 2013, he moved to Alta Murrieta Elementary School where he is currently serving as the school's Principal. He is also an Instructional Technology Leader in his district, helping teachers infuse technology into their teaching to maximize student learning.

Brent attended California State University Fullerton and earned a bachelor's degree in Child Development in 1995, his teaching credential a year later, and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2000. He returned to school at California State University San Marcos and earned an administrative credential in 2007.

Mr. Coley is passionate about educational technology. Whether it's podcasting, math review videos, or digital (iPod) flash cards, he's always looking for new ways to incorporate technology into education. His philosophy regarding educational technology boils down to this -- a) technology has the "cool" factor for students, and b) kids are already using things like the Web, iPods/iPads, and cell phones, so educators should do everything they can to leverage this technology for educational purposes. 

Though he is no longer in the classroom, the resources on his award-winning classroom website are still accessible to students and educators, and through his blog, Brent shares his thoughts and resources on teaching and educational technology. He loves sharing with other educators and has been a presenter at regional and state educational technology conferences. Click here for more information on Brent's presentations.

When not working, Brent loves spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys reading fantasy novels and playing golf.