Meet the Connecticut Leadership Council

Joe Fromme- Chair

Joe currently serves as an education technology specialist for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford, CT.  CREC is one of six regional education service centers in the state, which serves thirty-five public school districts in and around Hartford.  Joe works extensively with school teachers and administrators, assisting them in the integration of technology tools into all aspects of education.  Joe’s passion is helping teachers learn how to use technology to increase student achievement.  Joe has been a DEN Star Educator since 2006.  He has conducted numerous workshops on the benefits of using Discovery Streaming and Discovery Education Science to enhance classroom instruction.  He recently attended the Discovery Education Network National Science Institute, where he learned new strategies for using DE Science and had the opportunity to collaborate with other educators from around the country.

Jane Cook- Blog Coordinator

Jane Cook is a Staff Development/Literacy and Educational Technology Specialist at EASTCONN, a Regional Educational Service Center in Willimantic, Connecticut.  EASTCONN is one of the six Regional Educational Service Centers in the state and serves the 36 school districts in northeastern Connecticut, “The Quiet Corner”.  Jane has over 30 years of experience working in the field of education.  She specializes in working with teachers and students in grades K through 12 integrating technology across the curriculum and developing literacy skills and strategies.   Jane also works as the Technology Program Leader at the Connecticut Writing Project at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  She maintains their Web site at and presents workshops and seminars that to help educators integrate technology and literacy to support teaching and learning.  Jane maintains a personal blog at

Pam Skelly- Events Coordinator

Pamela Skelly has been a teacher for 31 years, working with grades preK-12 teachers and students. During the last 14 years, Pam has worked as a Technology Education and Curriculum Development Specialist at EASTCONN, a Regional Education Service Center in northeastern Connecticut. As a STAR educator, she has been presenting Discovery Education Streaming and Discovery Education Science throughout the region during the last year. Pam appreciates that her job involves a variety of content areas and grade levels.

Ann Barney- Blog Team

Barbara Haeffner- Blog Team

Barbara Haeffner has been in the field of education for the past 20 years. Her experiences in the classroom have provided a foundation to her current position as an Educational Technology Specialist. Barbara has provided districts throughout the state professional development in all areas of educational technology. She has coordinated numerous interdistrict grants which have provided students and teachers from various districts the opportunity to become virtual partners and work collaboratively to develop an authentic task that extends their classroom curriculum. Barbara’s efforts have enabled students to work towards developing proficiency and confidence to meet the demands of the 21st century. Barbara has been privileged to share her work with other educators at state and national technology conferences. Her educational experiences have included advance graduate studies in the fields of elementary education, educational technology and educational leadership. Recently she has completed the SMART Master’s Training program and is a STAR Discovery Educator.

Lynn Reedy- Blog Team

Lynn Reedy has over 15 years of experience in education. She began her educational career as a language arts and math teacher. During the past five years, she has been working as an Educational Technology Specialist assisting various schools both in Connecticut and Mississippi with technology integration in all subject areas. While in Mississippi, Lynn received over $65,000 worth of technology equipment through various grants she was awarded. Two of the schools Lynn worked with have become SMART Technologies Showcase Schools, recognized for the innovative usage of SMARTboards in the classroom. In 2006, Lynn was awarded the Mississippi Technology Educator of the Year from the Mississippi Technology Educators Association. In April of 2009, Lynn was the featured educator for Mimio.  Lynn is a SMART Exemplary Educator, a Mimio Master Trainer, a Mimio Certified Trainer, and a Discovery Star Educator.  Lynn currently works in Connecticut as an Educational Technology Specialist for Stafford Public Schools and a consultant for the EASTCONN Regional Educational Service Center. Lynn maintains an educational website at

Howard Gunther- Event Team

Howard Gunther has been an educator for over 34 years. His fascination with using emerging technologies in the classroom led to him to his current position as an Educational Technology Specialist at ACES. His position focused on technology planning, staff development and working with teachers and students to promote the integration of technology into the K-12 curriculum. He holds a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Mt. Senario College and degree in History from Wesleyan University
Steve Sokoloski – Blog Team


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