Get to know the educators who are excited to bring you EdCampSWCT!
@robpennington9 Robert Pennington is an Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Site Director (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 20 years. She currently works at Eagle Hill School in Southport, CT an independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities. As well as a classroom teacher, she is Director of Technology, 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 current chair of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Commission on Technology and in the spring received 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 and host of Learning Differently Radio podcast on Bam Radio Network. Additionally, she is also a co-founder of #edtechchat (Mondays 8pm ET) and #ctedu (Tuesdays 8pm ET), both weekly Twitter chat.
@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 25 years of experience integrating the arts into different educational settings. Amy specializes in integrating technology into the art curriculum and has created EdCamp-style professional development for her colleagues. She recently presented at the Connecticut and Rhode Island Art Educator State Conferences and the CT HOT School Summer Institute. Amy is also an active educator voice on Twitter and co-facilitator of #ctedu.
@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 and Social Studies to sixth graders for 9 years. During her childhood Christie and her Dad would always set up 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 her 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, Christie continues to teach English Language Arts and Social Studies at Roton Middle school, but as taken on the role of being a Technology Coach for the Norwalk Public Schools and an Emerging Leader through New Leaders. Christie has also spoken at conferences in the tri-state about implementing anchor charts and language skills across the disciplines. Christie believes that student centered learning while implementing collaboration, higher order thinking skills, technology, and facilitative moves 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.
@mrsapia_teach Jimmy Sapia is a passionate and dedicated sixth grade Individuals and Societies in Stamford, CT. He is proud to be an active member of the Twitter educational community. He is an organizer for #EdCampSWCT, a moderator for #ctedu, technology professional develop leader in his district, and a believer in a high tech/high touch blended learning approach to teaching. He was chosen as a 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader and a PBS local digital innovator. Jimmy was nominated for the Bammy of 2015 Elementary School Teacher of the Year. Jimmy was also the Stamford, CT Teacher of the Year in 2014-2015. He is a certified administrator, presenter, and speaker that has presented at various conferences in the tri-state area about literacy and technology. He believes in taking risks and working collaboratively to augment student achievement. Jimmy is also integral in bringing the “Choose Love” Social Emotional Learning curriculum to his school as one of the only piloting schools in the nation. He loves children’s literature and strive to become better everyday. He is a husband and father. Follow me on Twitter @mrsapia_teach
@AlexaSchlechter Alexa Schlechter is an Elementary Technology Leader with the Danbury Public Schools in Danbury, CT, where she is responsible for helping teachers in 13 elementary schools integrate technology into their classrooms. Formerly, she was an English teacher and Technology Coach at Norwalk High School in Norwalk, CT, where she was was nationally-recognized by MindShift and NPR for the innovative project-based units and assessments that she created. Throughout her career in education, Alexa has focused on project-based learning, professional development in technology, and implementing paperless classrooms. She is also a Google for Education Certified Educator and Trainer. She has presented on Google Apps for Education, blogging in the classroom, and life as a tech coach at various conferences throughout the country. A forever learner, Alexa is in the processing of earning her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of Connecticut. Her youngest students are her five year old daughter and six year old son, who both love to ski and swim together with her husband.
@MrsSmith167 Melissa Smith is a 3rd grade teacher at Julia A. Stark Elementary School in Stamford, CT. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario and her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Bridgeport. Melissa recently completed her 6th year in Educational Technology with the University of Connecticut. Growing up she loved playing school in the basement, while telling her Dad how to navigate the computer and she managed to find a way to incorporate both in her classroom. She believes that technology shouldn’t take the place of the student teacher relationship but when the two are merged students have an unprecedented avenue to excel.