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Education is constantly changing, providing a myriad of previously unavailable opportunities. Through the power of technology, teachers and students connect globally, collaborate and solve problems in real time. Connections occur in-person or online, blended, synchronous or asynchronous. Teachers are co-learners with students, modeling best practices to meet each student’s educational needs and passions. Effective professional development for educators guides the social process of learning, inspires, challenges and excites. Along with keeping abreast of new research and current trends, professional development leaders must model passionate learning and innovative thinking in an environment where every participant is valued. 

Work experience

July 2017present

Director of Technology Innovation

Katz Hillel Day School

The Director of Technology Innovation works with administration, faculty, students, and parents to support the mission of The School.  This includes:

  • Commitment to motivate and inspire children to achieve their personal best using technology responsibly and respectfully
  • Involving parents as partners in their children’s technology use
  • Serving as the lead person for the technology and Maker program
  • Partnering with faculty to develop the most effective environments for student learning utilizing best practices in technology integration.
  • Empowering students through technology to become better learners and communicators.
Jan 2017May 2017

Conference Planner 

ATLIS, Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools
  • conference coordinator
  • development and organization of ATLIS’s annual conference
  • liaison with vendors and conference sponsors
Jul 2015Sep 2016

Program Director

The Edcamp Foundation

Develop, oversee, and monitor a variety of Edcamp initiatives through the entire lifecycle.  Implement strategic plan.  Create and manage systems for overseeing multiple programs.  Write reports to record progress around program development and implementation.  Serve as the main point of contact for existing program priorities, including Foundation Support Program, edcamp-in-a-box, Leadership Summits, Impact Grants, and Edcamp Labs. Hire and supervise interns to support program work. 

Sep 2013Jun 2015

Director of Professional Development


Plan, organize, manage, market, execute and evaluate regular and on-going professional development opportunities, including statewide conference, workshops, affinity group meetings, lectures and webinars. 

Responsible for maintaining, securing and increasing non-dues revenue through corporate sponsorships, grants, gifts and vendor support.

Jun 2013Present

Executive Committee

ISTE Independent School Educators Network

The Independent School Network offers a unique opportunity for independent schools and public schools to connect regionally and at a distance to share educational technology innovations, strategies and best practices to develop professional development partnerships.

Dec 2009Jan 2014

Co-founder, Co-organizer, Board Member

Edcamp Philly/ Edcamp Foundation

Co-founded and organized independent professional development event, Edcamp. This is an event that promotes organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. Since our first Edcamp in May of 2010, over 1000 Edcamps have taken place around the world using this unconference model and our wiki. The success of Edcamp led the organizers to form a foundation. The mission of the foundation is to support free Edcamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together.

Jul 2008Jun 2013

Technology Coordinator

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Student Instruction

  • Enthusiastic, self-directed technology instructor. Teach use of technology tools to support classroom learning
  • Teach basic computer skills, facilitate learning in a multimedia lab, use a storyboard, green screen, film and edit video, and create presentations to extend classroom learning
  • Developed and ran highly successful after-school and Saturday Technology workshops 
  • Advisor to the iCHAt (Upper School Technology Activity). Supervise global connections project

 Curricular Integration

  • Frequently meet with K-12 teachers to plan innovative, technology infused lessons
  • Collaborate with teachers around the world to locate and evaluate creative, successful uses of technology in the classroom
  • Technology Representative to the Project Based Learning Team
  • Respectful and thoughtful team member, identify pedagogically sound integration of technology that will support established curriculums, improve the delivery of educational content 

Research, Planning and Implementation

  • Researched and developed five-year Technology Integration Plan
  • Responsible for keeping abreast of the latest educational technology tools and their effectiveness 
  • Purchasing recommendations to enhance the academic program

Professional Development Leader

  • Co-founded and organized independent professional development event, EdcampPhilly
  • Responsible for technology based professional development
  • Provide technology lessons for individual teachers 
      Jul 2006Jun 2008

      Lead Teacher (grade two)

      Chestnut Hill Academy
      • Developed curriculum and provided instruction
      • Integrated technology when technology provided the best tools to meet the curricular objective
      • Faculty representative to the Technology Committee
      Aug 2001Jun 2005

      School Nurse and Health Teacher

      The Wyndcroft School

      As the first school nurse for this independent school, I was responsible for the development and institution of a comprehensive school health program. I computerized all records, developed informational letters to address a wide range of potential health concerns, managed state health mandates and staffed the health room. Additionally, I developed a comprehensive and sequential first through eighth grade health curriculum. 


      Sep 1997Dec 1999


      Widener University

      Bachelor's of Science

      Widener University


      Chestnut Hill Hospital School of Nursing

      Projects and Presentations

      Recommendation Letters


      • SXSWedu, Advisory Committee, April 2013 to present
      • ISTE, International Society for Technology in Education, member since 2008
      • PAECT, Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology, member since 2008 

      Projects and Presentation

      • November 2017, ShiftinEdu, Empower Your Faculty
      • Feb 2017, NAIS, Aligning Faculty Professional Growth with your School's Mission 
      • Feb 2016, NAIS, Ahead of the Curve, Growing a Culture of Innovation at Your School
      • Dec 2015, TABS Conference, UnConference for Independent School Educators & Administrators
      • Dec 2014, TABS Conference, Tailor Made Professional Development
      • May 2014, The Falk School, The Connected Educator
      • March 2014, ASCD, Five Ways to be a Connected Educator
      • Feb 2014, NAIS, Think Outside the Box, A World of Professional Development Opportunities
      • Dec 2013,TABS, Learning and Sharing with Educators Around the Globe 
      • June 2013, ISTE, Global Connections Help Solve Real World Problems
      • March 2013 Tweeter and Blogger for TABS Global Symposium
      • Feb 2013 Official Blogger for NAIS 2013 Annual Conference
      • Feb 2013, NAIS "Revolutionize Your Professional Development"
      • April 2012 Microsoft Innovative Educators Regional Forum, selected to attend National Forum at Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington in July 2012
      • April 2012 #140cuse conference speaker "Social Media Gives Wings to Learning"
      • March 2012 NAIS Challenge 20/20 School Teams Solving Global Problems Together
      • Nov 2011, Global education Conference, Authentic Learning Experiences for Elementary Students, a U.S. - Uganda Connection, Enhancing and Extending Classroom Learning Experiences through Video Conferencing
      • Aug 2011,#140edu conference, speaker, "Global Connections for Elementary Students"
      • June 2011, ISTE , Global Challenge 20/20, Global Collaboration Project
      • June 2011, ISTE , Getting your Student Blog Noticed, Student Showcase
      • June 2011, #140char conference NYC, speaker,  "Creating Authentic Learning Experiences for Kids Using Online Global Connections" 
      •  2011 NAIS Global Challenge 20/20 program
      • May 2011,PAECT Capital Student Technology Showcase,  4th grade Culture Studies Blog 
      • ISTE 2010 "edcamp: Planning, Organizing and Executing an Unconference Like No Other"

      Professional Development

      • NAIS Annual Conference, February 2016
      • TABS Annual Conference, December 2015
      • NAIS Annual Conference, February 2015
      • TABS Annual Conference , December 2014
      • ASCD Annual Conference, March 2014
      • SXSWedu Annual Conference, March 2014
      • NAIS Annual Conference, February 2014
      • TABS Annual Conference, December 2013
      • PAISTA, October, 2013
      • ISTE Annual Conference, June 2013
      • TABS Global Symposium, March 2013
      • NAIS Annual Conference, February 2013
      • Intersection event, Google, January 2013
      • Creative Computing Workshop, MIT Media Lab, August 2012
      • Microsoft Innovative Educator U.S. Forum, July 2012
      • NAIS Annual Conference, February 2012
      • d school, Institute of Design at Stanford, 2011
      • Apple Collaborative Media Seminar 2011
      • Educon 2.2 (2010) and Educon 2.3 (2011)
      • ISTE, 2008, 2010, 2011
      • EdcampHarrisburg 2011
      • EdcampNYC 2011
      • EdcampPhilly 2011
      • TEDxNYED, 2011
      • EdcampNYC 2010
      • Future Media Concepts, 2010, 2-day iWork training
      • NJAIS, 2010
      • TEDxPhilly, Volunteer organizer, 2010
      • EdcampPhilly 2010
      • Apple Learning with iPod and iPad Mobility Seminar, 2010


      Registered Nurse

      PA State Board of Nursing


      Dr. Aggie Malter, Director of Accreditation, PAIS

      Francis Yasharian,  Harvard University, Doctor of Educational Leadership

      Pete DiDonato, Director of Innovation, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

      Awards and Recognition

      • 2012 Thomas Ambler Award
      • 2012 Selected to attend Microsoft National Innovative Educator Forum
      • 2011 NAIS Teacher of the Future 
      • 2010 Chestnut Hill Academy Trustees Fellowship