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.
Lynn Reedy- Blog Coordinator
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 http://www.lynnreedy.com
Pam Skelly- Events Team
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.
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.
Howard Gunther- Events Coordinator
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
Jane Cook- Blog Team
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 http://www.cwp.uconn.edu/ and presents workshops and seminars that to help educators integrate technology and literacy to support teaching and learning. Jane maintains a personal blog at http://teachinginthe21stcentury.edublogs.org/.
Heather Galotto- Blog Team
Heather Galotto has been an educator for over 4 years. She went to Central Connecticut State University and earned a bachelors in Elementary Education with a major in English and a minor in geography. She is presently finishing her masters at American International College in the area of Reading Specialist. She has been a sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher. Heather is a Mimio Master and a Discovery STAR Educator. Heather enjoys working with students and staff to incorporate the use of technology into the classroom. She presents at workshops on Mimio and Discovery Education.
Steve Sokoloski – Blog Team
Robin Metaj- Event Team
Robin Metaj has been an educator for 14 years. She was a first grade teacher for 9 years before moving to her current position as Media Specialist at Great Oak Middle School. Robin has provided leadership on several collaborative projects across the curriculum, and has coordinated 4 technology integration grants. Most recently, she obtained a 21st Century Learning Environments grant, and will be working with a 6th grade cohort on creating, accessing and sharing digital content across the curriculum. Her education includes a Masters in Education, and she is now working on her 2nd Masters in Instructional Media in a program developed by Wilkes University and Discovery Education. Robin is a Glogster Ambassador, and a Star Discovery Educator. When Robin is not teaching, she enjoys travel, and spending time with her family.
David Andrade – Blog Team
David Andrade is a Physics Teacher and Educational Technology Specialist in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is the author of the Educational Technology Guy blog, where he reviews free educational technology resources for teachers, discusses ways to use technology to improve teaching and learning, and discusses other issues in education. He is also a professional development trainer and presenter at conferences, helping educators learn new and innovative ways to educate students. He is also a Discovery Education STAR Educator and member of the CT DEN Leadership Council. He also is a TL Advisor for Tech and Learning magazine and writes for them. David was an aerospace engineer for ten years before becoming an educator. He holds a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Walden University. He is also currently working on a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. His wife is also a teacher and teaches high school Biology and Environmental Science.