Get to know the educators who are excited to bring you EdCampSWCT!
@robpennington9 Robert Pennington is an Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Site Director at Rowayton Elementary School (AP) in Norwalk, CT. He is a lifelong learner who attends and presents at conferences. He recently presented at ISTE and ASCD Leader to Leader conference. Rob has presented on Building Teacher Leaders Google Classroom, and breaking down the walls of your classroom. He loves all things technology and is always trying to implement new tools to personalize learning for all students. He believes in collaborating with others to foster conditions that create a highly relational and 21st century learning environment where creativity is nurtured and student learning is revered.
@iplante Sharon LePage Plante has been in special education for over 23 years. She currently works at The Southport School in Southport, CT an independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities. As well as a classroom teacher, she is Chief Technology Integrator, focusing on how the tools of technology can support the learning of skills and enhance academic development. Sharon is the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Certified. She is the past chair of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Commission on School Growth and Collaboration and the 2016 recipient of the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Award. Sharon is the co-author of Using Technology to Engage Students With Learning Disabilities released January 2016 by Corwin Press. She regularly presents on educational and assistive technology as a member of the Southport CoLAB.
@atragg Amy Traggianese is an elementary visual arts educator and has been an art essentialist at Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, CT, since 2001. A former kindergarten and first grade teacher, she has over 30 years of experience integrating the arts into different educational settings. Amy specializes in integrating technology and student choice into the art curriculum and has created EdCamp-style professional development for her colleagues. She presents at local and national conferences, and each summer at the CT HOT School Summer Institute. Amy is also a lifelong learner, an active educator voice on Twitter and a writer for Education Closet.
@mr_hutchinson_ Sean Hutchinson watched many trends in education, but nothing has significantly altered his learning and teaching like technology. The Internet and digital devices have changed the way he interacts with parents, colleagues and most importantly, my students. Sean is currently teaching in Stamford, CT where he has had the pleasure to learn and grow for the past 14 years. In addition, Sean is a Technology Professional Development Leader, which gives him a chance to help teachers and parents learn how to use technology to support student learning. He is passionate about making technology accessible to everyone by working to close the “second digital divide.” He attends the “University of Twitter,” where every click expands his mind. When Sean is not teaching, he loves being a dad to 3 amazing daughters, growing a loving relationship with his wife and learning martial arts.
@robinsonchris7 Christie Robinson has been teaching general education students English Language Arts, Social Studies, science to sixth graders for 11 years. Lover of infusing problem solving, the writing process, design thinking, with the use of technology to develop products to redefine or modify with an innovation mindset is what drives her. During her childhood, Christie and her Dad would always set up and ideate televisions, telephones, and computers, so her knowledge of computers and technology comes naturally. In her undergraduate courses, Christie was introduced to the SMART board and upon starting her teaching career was the first in the building to use and teach others to incorporate technology into the classroom. She earned a Bachelors of Science with her Elementary Certification from Central Connecticut State University. After graduating and earning her bachelor’s degree, Christie immediately completed her Masters of Science, Teacher Leadership and Administration, at Central Connecticut State University. Two years later Christie earned a second Master of Science, Administration from the University of Connecticut (UCAPP). Currently, she is STEM Teacher in Residence and Lead Technology Coach for Norwalk Public Schools working under the Director of STEM and Chief of Digital Learning & Development. In this role she supports, coaches, and develops professional learning opportunities for NGSS, Math Curriculum, and the Tech Coaches at each school site. Christie has also spoken at conferences in the tri-state and national conference such as ASCD about implementing anchor charts, language skills across the disciplines, and middle school reform. Christie believes that student centered learning while implementing collaboration, higher order thinking skills, technology, and effective instructional routines allows for students to be the heavy lifters for being productive college, career, and civic ready citizens. In her free time Christie sits on the edge of her seat watching the Giants and Yankees and teaches the best student ever, her daughter Aubrianna.
@JeffBradbury Jeff Bradbury is a Google for EDU Certified Innovator & Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert & Trainer, and a TEDx Speaker. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the Top 50 Educators Using Social Media at the inaugural Bammy Awards and was nominated three times in the category of Innovator of the Year. More recently, in 2019 EdTech Digest recognized Jeff as one of the Top 30 Educators in Educational Technology.