Meet the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators!

PBS is pleased to present the 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators! This diverse group of 100 tech-savvy educators from across the country was selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. 

Get to know the class of 2015 below. Looking for inspiration for your own class? Check out the Be Inspired, Be an Innovator content collection and discover favorite resources from the 2015 PBS Digital Innovators.

 

Alabama

 

 
Shannon Hill
 

Shannon Hill

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Alabama Public Television
Lincoln Elementary School
Talladega, Alabama

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Shannon is a third grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Talladega, Alabama. She has high expectations for each student in her classroom and works with them to set goals that are challenging. Shannon encourages them to be creative and explore their innovative ideas. She loves incorporating technology and 21st Century Skills into her daily lessons to spark her students curiosity and imaginations. Shannon enjoys helping her colleagues with resources and providing them with the tools they need to make their lessons effective.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Lesson Builder and StoryBoard Tools

 
Faith Plunkett
 

Faith Plunkett

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Alabama Public Television
Monte Sano Elementary
Huntsville, Alabama

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Faith is the Entertainment Technology Academy instructor at Monte Sano Elementary Schools in Huntsville, Alabama. She teaches K-5th grade students programming and video game design skills. Faith also helps the teachers in her building to think outside of the box when implementing technology in the classroom. She is passionate about game-based learning, makerspaces, programming, and cyber security.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Kid Designer: A Comfortable Cardboard Chair

 

Arizona

 

 
Kimberly Reynolds
 

Kimberly Reynolds

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Eight, Arizona PBS
ACYR Center of Excellence High School
Peoria, Arizona

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Kim is a high school CTE teacher at ACYR Center of Excellence High School in Peoria, Arizona. She loves working with her student population and teaching them the skills that will help them break free from multi-generational poverty. As the technology integration mentor, helping all of the teachers effectively integrate technology into their classrooms is one of the most challenging, yet most fun, duties she has. There is nothing like taking a teacher that hates tech and turning them into a believer.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Preparing Your Students for Advanced Technological Education

 

Arkansas

 

 
Tonya Parham
 

Tonya Parham

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

AETN
Marion Middle School
Marion, Arkansas

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Tonya is a seventh grade science teacher at Marion Middle School in Marion, Arkansas. Tonya enjoys creating an environment in which students are leading and engaging each other in discussion. The best part of teaching is when her students not only understand a new concept, but can relate it to current events. This year, her students have taken more ownership in their learning by designing their own research projects to teach the class.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Guts: The Small Intestines and Digestion

 

California

 

 
Julie Del Agua
 

Julie Del Agua

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KVIE
Fern Bacon Middle School
Sacramento, California

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Julie is an eighth grade media production and math teacher at Fern Bacon Middle School in Sacramento, California. Julie loves challenging her students and giving them multiple opportunities to think critically. Her expertise in technology and its uses with purpose in the Common Core State Standards has allowed her to integrate iPads and laptops in her math class for students to share their thinking and critique others’ work.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Scaling from Annenberg Learner’s Learning Math

 
August Deshais
 

August Deshais

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KEET
Ridgewood Elementary
Eureka, California

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August is a kindergarten teacher at Ridgewood Elementary in Eureka, California. As a kindergarten teacher, August enjoys working with our youngest learners as they begin their journey in formal education. He sees hands-on learning and technology as close allies in offering a full, engaging experience to his students.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Improving Your Camera Skills

 
Amanda Haughs
 

Amanda Haughs

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

KQED
Forest Hill Elementary
San Jose, California

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Amanda teaches fifth grade at Forest Hill Elementary in San Jose, California. The best part of her job is watching students get excited about learning and being able to witness the “A-ha!” moments. She is passionate about finding the tool, strategy or subject that each student needs in order to feel inspired and motivated to learn.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Water Vapor Fuels Hurricanes

 
Michael Hernandez
 

Michael Hernandez

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

PBS SoCal
Mira Costa High School
Los Angeles, California

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Michael teaches media arts at Mira Costa High School in Los Angeles, California. He strives to develop passionate storytellers who are prepared to affect positive change in society. His emphasis on creativity, courage and compassion with multimedia storytelling has led him to develop a nationally award-winning program that includes international documentary projects and a renowned film festival. Michael’s favorite part of his job is empowering students to take charge of their learning by becoming independent, critical thinkers who can express themselves in innovative ways.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Art School

 
James McCarthy
 

James McCarthy

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KVIE
Joseph Gregori High School
Modesto, California

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James is a high school broadcast journalism and video arts teacher at Joseph Gregori High School in Modesto, California. He advises the nationally recognized JagNewsNet student broadcast program. McCarthy is a strong advocate for developing digital literacies by combining software and application training with the continued improvement of traditional literacy skills that are reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

 
Cheryl Morris
 

Cheryl Morris

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KQED
Del Mar Middle School
San Rafael, California

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Cheryl is a sixth grade humanities teacher at Del Mar Middle School in San Rafael, California. Cheryl gets to bring more than just a strong educational technology background into her classroom: she also brings puppets. Students become creators using their own puppets and the MacBooks they are issued for the duration of middle school. Cheryl also loves helping her fellow teachers implement new technology into their classrooms and enjoys creating digital media for the school as part of the technology committee.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Skeletons of the Sahara: Part 1

 
Tiffany Norton
 

Tiffany Norton

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KVCR
Roosevelt Elementary
Indio, California

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Tiffany is a fifth grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary in Indio, California. She feels the best part of her job is having the ability to introduce students to new ways of integrating technology into their learning. She has been integrating 1:1 Chromebooks into her 5th grade classroom for the last 3 years and was excited to be the first elementary classroom to begin piloting a district program that integrates 1:1 Chromebooks, 2 LFD monitors with Chromeboxes, and 1 LFD touch monitor into daily instruction.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Multiplying Fractions by Whole Numbers: Recipes

 

Colorado

 

 
Elaine Hill
 

Elaine Hill

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Rocky Mountain PBS
Shrine of St. Anne
Arvada, Colorado

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Elaine is a fifth grade teacher at Shrine of St. Anne in Arvada, Colorado. She really enjoys mentoring and guiding students to discover information on their own and to reap the joys and satisfaction of that learning process. Elaine integrates digital media as a tool for students to use in their discovery process. She has always loved innovation in education and strives to keep up on the latest teaching techniques and tools.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Hoover Dam and Hydroelectric Power

 

Connecticut

 

 
Robert Pennington
 

Robert Pennington

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

CPTV
Roton Middle School
Norwalk, Connecticut

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Robert is a 7th/8th grade social studies teacher at Roton Middle School in Norwalk, Connecticut. In the district, he is the lead tech coach and provides training and resources to support teachers integrating technology. 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. The best part of his job is when he makes history come alive for his students and when he assists colleagues in their growth.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Writings of the Ancient Maya

 
Barbara Johnson
 

Barbara Johnson

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Connecticut PBS
Jack Jackter Intermediate School
Colchester, Connecticut

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Barbara is a librarian and information literacy specialist at Jack Jackter Intermediate School in Colchester, Connecticut. She thinks that inspiring and enabling students to become the designers of their own learning is the best part of her job! Barbara loves watching her students’ learning become personalized and engaging through the integration of inquiry and arts into their Library Media program. She believes that students of all ages have questions, they just need to be taught how to find their answers.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Media Arts: One Minute Media Arts Lesson

 

Delaware

 

 
Gail Morris
 

Gail Morris

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WHYY
George V. Kirk Middle School
Newark, Delaware

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Gail is a middle school business and comptuer technology teaher at George V. Kirk Middle School in Newark, Delaware. She believes the best part of her job is when former students return to visit and tell her how valuable her class has been to them in their current high school and/or adult lives. When Gail gets a visit, her former students really make her feel even more confident that choosing to be an educator was the best decision for her.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Can a Computer Play Jeopardy?!

 

Florida

 

 
Suzanne Banas
 

Suzanne Banas

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WLRN
South Miami Middle Community School
Miami, Florida

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Suzanne is a middle school science teacher at South Miami Middle Community School in Miami, Florida. Environmental-related topics permeate all parts of her educational plan especially as it relates to the American lifestyle. She encourages her students to strive for a sustainable society while protecting natural resources and the environment. She believes her classroom offers an effective alternative to reduce and prevent violence in school and at home.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: At the Core of Climate Change

 
Bobbi Starling
 

Bobbi Starling

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Florida Custom | WUSF/WEDU
Woodland Elementary School
Dade City, Florida

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Bobbi teaches fourth and fifth grade at Woodland Elementary in Dade City, Florida. Additionally, she leads the Robotics and Technology Clubs at her school. Bobbi believes her role as an educator is to facilitate learning. She believes digital literacy plays an important role in this mission. Seeing her students focus, engage, question, collaborate, program, create, test, modify and re-design bring her great joy.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: What is a Robot?

 
Jamie Wardley
 

Jamie Wardley

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WJCT
Palencia Elementary School
St. Augustine, Florida

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Jamie is an elementary art teacher at Palencia Elementary School in St. Augustine, Florida. Being able to inspire future generations of innovators and educators to combine their creative skills with the latest technology applications and devices on a daily basis is the most rewarding and fulfilling experience Jamie could imagine. Teaching at the first digital conversion school in St. Johns county, Palencia Elementary, alongside an extremely innovative staff and administration has allowed her to be a part of the exciting future of digital learning and the future.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Tesselations

 

Georgia

 

 
Kristen Brooks
 

Kristen Brooks

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Georgia PBS
Woodstock Elementary School
Woodstock, Georgia

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Kristen is a technology integration specialist at Woodstock Elementary School in Woodstock, Georgia. She is in her 20th year of teaching, where this school year and opened the first iPad Lab in her district. As an educator, Kristen uses project based learning and a show what you know approach with her students. Her favorite part of being the iPad Lab Teacher is seeing 100% engagement and collaboration among students while they are in her class.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Behind the Scenes: Greenscreen

 
Angela McDurmon
 

Angela McDurmon

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Georgia PBS
Oconee Middle School and Georgia Virtual School
Watkinsville, Georgia

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Angela is a middle school social studies teacher at Oconee Middle School and Georgia Virtual School in Watkinsville, Georgia. She appreciates the original thinking and creativity of her students. Angela enjoys using technology to offer them engaging activities that improve understanding and promote additional discovery. She is dedicated to empowering and motivating students to become lifelong learners and responsible digital citizens.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Mission US: For Crown or Colony?

 
Pasha Souvorin
 

Pasha Souvorin

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Georgia Public Broadcasting
Phoenix High School
Atlanta, Georgia

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Pasha teaches video production at Phoenix High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, which is a non-traditional high school of choice for Gwinnett County Public Schools. He asserts that the best part of his job is watching students build confidence as they set their own goals, choose their projects, and ultimately take responsibility for their own learning by using online tutorials to overcome the challenges they will face along the way. Pasha describes his job as preparing students to be lifelong learners in a world where almost any knowledge is a few clicks away on a handheld device.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Prosthetics | Teachable Moment

 

Guam

 

 
Thomas Petra
 

Thomas Petra

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

PBS Guam
St. John's School
Dededo, Guam

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Tonya is a seventh grade science teacher at Marion Middle School in Marion, Arkansas. Tonya enjoys creating an environment in which students are leading and engaging each other in discussion. The best part of teaching is when her students not only understand a new concept, but can relate it to current events. This year, her students have taken more ownership in their learning by designing their own research projects to teach the class.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Cyber Codes

 

Idaho

 

 
Jewel Shea
 

Jewel Shea

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Idaho Public Television
Potlatch Elementary School
Potlatch, Idaho

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Jewel is a sixth grade teacher at Potlatch Elementary School in Potlatch, Idaho. She feels that she has the best job as a sixth grade teacher. Not only does she regularly implement her love of media and technology in her classroom community, but she learns from her students about technology. Her classroom is a hub of digital learning with Google Chromebooks. She believes technology and children are always changing and growing to meet and shape the demands of society.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Cultivating Leadership Through Self-Acceptance and Leadership

 

Illinois

 

 
Scott Hagedorn
 

Scott Hagedorn

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WTTW
Ludwig School
Lockport, Illinois

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Scott is a fifth grade teacher at Ludwig School in Lockport, Illinois. He enjoys finding innovative ways to keep his students engaged in learning. Recently he created an audio podcasting studio where students collaborate to produce a daily morning show. Students use iPads in this studio, as well almost every lesson Scott teaches, as digital resources are an essential part of his classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: President for a Day

 
Julie Heintz
 

Julie Heintz

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WTTW
Thornton Fractional North High School
Calumet City, Illinois

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Julie is a high school science teacher at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, Illinois. She enjoys the perpetual learning that comes with being a teacher and believes that she learns as much from her "kids" as they learn from her. The best part of her job is watching a student’s confidence skyrocket when a new concept is understood. Her profession is constantly challenging her to come up with new and innovative ways to educate students in a ever-changing world.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Physics Chapter 13 Lesson 03 – Color

 
Peter Van
 

Peter Van

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WTTW
Lindblom Math & Science Academy
Chicago, Illinois

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Peter teaches Honors Economics, Honors Civics, and Advanced Placement Economics and coaches the competitive policy debate team at Lindblom Math & Science Academy in the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Peter has spent the past five years at Lindblom striving to improve his practice so that he can provide his students with the best opportunities possible. His favorite part of his job is watching students make connections between class material and their lives and then using their knowledge to challenge the status quo.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The March @50

 

Indiana

 

 
Matt Miller
 

Matt Miller

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WFYI
Turkey Run Junior/Senior High School
Marshall, Indiana

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Matt is a high school Spanish teacher at Turkey Run High School in Marshall, Indiana, where he has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. After trying to do the traditional "teach by the textbook" for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and so do his students.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Si a la Cultura El Yo-Yo

 
Kyle Schulenborg
 

Kyle Schulenborg

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WFYI
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, Montana

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Kyle teaches fifth grade at Towne Meadow Elementary School Carmel, Indiana. The best part of his job is being creative – making digital discoveries and immediately embedding those into the fabric of his teaching as well as empowering colleagues to ignite student learning with new pedagogical approaches. Through technology workshops, one-on-one support, and an after school iTech club, he encourages students and teachers alike to produce products of learning that are intensely creative and uniquely personal.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: 21st Century Learning

 

Iowa

 

 
Cindy Herren
 

Cindy Herren

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

IPTV
Brookview Elementary
West Des Moines, Iowa

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Cindy is a K-5 Technology Teacher at Brookview Elementary in West Des Moines, Iowa and has a master’s degree in Integrating Technology in the Classroom. This is her 15th year in education, and is inspired every day by the creativity and enthusiasm shown by students when they are allowed to drive their learning. By bringing real-life context and technology to the curriculum through an inquiry-based learning approach, students are encouraged to become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Get Your Tech On Collection

 
Melissa Hill
 

Melissa Hill

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

IPTV
Central Decatur High School
Leon, Iowa

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Melissa is a high school English and psychology teacher at Central Decatur High School in Leon, Iowa. She believes she has one of the best, if not the best, positions at Central Decatur. Here, she has the ability to see nearly 200 students a day, giving her the opportunity to enhance the lives of her students and fellow colleagues with the use of technology.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Shakespeare: Standard Deviants

 
Audrey Sturtz
 

Audrey Sturtz

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

IPTV
Manson Northwest Webster Jr/Sr High School
Manson, Iowa

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Audrey is a high school science teacher at Manson Northwest WebsterJunior/Senior High School in Manson, Iowa. She enjoys her position as a science teacher as it allows her to spark excitement and curiosity within students on the various concepts of science they experience on a daily basis.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Your Favorite Small Animal

 

Kansas

 

 
Annie Brock
 

Annie Brock

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KCPT
Holton Middle/High School
Holton, Kansas

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Annie is a library media specialist at Holton Middle/High School in Holton, Kansas. In addition to managing the middle and high school libraries, she plays an important role in technology integration and training. She is especially passionate about educational technology, and enjoys helping teachers and students solve problems, streamline processes, and make relevant, purposeful use of technology tools and digital resources in the classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Theodore Roosevelt: Foreign Statesman or Bully

 
Brandi Leggett
 

Brandi Leggett

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

KCPT
Prairie Ridge Elementary School
Shawnee, Kansas

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Brandi teaches third grade at Prairie Ridge Elementary School in Shawnee, Kansas. Her favorite part of her job is helping her students discover the unknown. She teaches students how to think critically and be in control of their learning. Brandi loves helping students develop into risk-takers, where they understand failure is a part of learning and stepping stone to becoming successful.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Using the Scientific Inquiry: What is Scientific Inquiry?

 
Bill Welch
 

Bill Welch

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KPTS
Derby High School
Derby, Kansas

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Bill is a high school biology teacher at Derby High School in Derby, Kansas. He thinks he is lucky because he gets to work with students doing real science projects that also involve the use of technology. Bill thinks the best thing about what he gets to do is actually learn with the students. He also enjoys the challenges that new technology introduces.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Wolves of Yellowstone: EARTH A New Wild

 

Kentucky

 

 
James Allen
 

James Allen

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KET
Oldham County High School
Goshen, Kentucky

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James is a school librarian and technology coordinator at Oldham County High School in Goshen, Kentucky. James’ lifelong interest in technology led him to the path of becoming a school librarian. The favorite part of his job is keeping technology updated in his school and discovering new tools and services that both students and teachers can leverage to improve learning experiences.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Motor Racing Research

 
Susan Cintra
 

Susan Cintra

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

KET
Madison Central High School
Berea, Kentucky

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Susan teaches sophomore English and is the Yearbook advisor at Madison Central High School in Richmond, Kentucky. Susan’s classroom is a 1:1 iPad class where students explore the elements of language and literature in a paperless environment and explore their ideas through their own digital creations and connections. The best part of Susan’s job is building connections with her students and watching and guiding them as they navigate the rocky road that is high school.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Shakespeare on Film

 
Jennifer Montgomery
 

Jennifer Montgomery

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KET
Eminence Independent Schools
Eminence, Kentucky

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Jennifer is an English and Spanish teacher at Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, Kentucky. Every day she gets to work with a group of students who are helping a small village in Posoltega, Nicaragua with the most basic of needs, such as clean water. Seven students are even traveling there with her in March of 2015 to meet the people they are working with face-to-face.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Simple Solutions

 
Kate Wintuska
 

Kate Wintuska

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KET
Jody Richards Elementary School
Bowling Green, Kentucky

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Kate is a first grade teacher at Jody Richards Elementary School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The best part of Kate's job is the opportunity to be always learning. From collaborating with her coworkers to online collaboration through her teaching blog (The Brown Bag Teacher), Kate enjoys putting this learning into practice in the classroom. As a 1st grade teacher, Kate believes in creating authentic learning experiences for her students. Transforming her classroom into a rainforest, boot camp, or a surgery suite are norms for her Kentucky students.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Straw Tower

 

Louisiana

 

 
Allie Segura
 

Allie Segura

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

LPB
St. George's Episcopal School
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Allie is a technology instructor and coordinator at St. George’s Episcopal School in New Orleans, Louisiana. She describes herself as more of a life-long learner than a teacher. She feels she has the best job in the world, because not everyone can say that they get paid to learn every day. She is amazed at how technology has brought about such educational evolution and student empowerment. Allie hopes to continue to facilitate that progress by continuing to assist both students and teachers at her school to seek out and utilize digital tools that empower and inspire them.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Technology Timeline

 

Maine

 

 
Kymberli Bryant
 

Kymberli Bryant

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

MPBN
Spruce Mountain High School
Jay, Maine

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Kymberli is a high school English teacher at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay, Maine. She also serves as a Technology Teacher Leader for the school. Kym loves creating immersive lessons for her English students and working with other teachers to help them incorporate digital media in the classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Broadway: The American Musical

 

Maryland

 

 
Tema Encarnacion
 

Tema Encarnacion

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Maryland Public Television
Glen Burnie High School
Arnold, Maryland

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Tema is an ESOL teacher at Glen Burnie High School in Arnold, Maryland. She enjoys engaging students in meaningful, hands-on, cross-curricular projects that encourage students to take purposeful action to improve their lives, their schools and their communities. Most recently, her students participated in From Students to Stewards in which they are learning about the Chesapeake Bay to then become experts about their watershed in order to teach local elementary students and their families about it too.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: What is a Watershed?

 
Carly Shockey
 

Carly Shockey

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Maryland Public Television
Emma K. Doub Elementary School for Arts & Technology
Hagerstown, Maryland

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Carly is a second grade teacher at Emma K. Doub Elementary School for Art and Technology in Hagerstown, Maryland. Miss Shockey is fortunate to work at an Apple Distinguished School where every student has a 1:1 iPad to use as a tool in daily instruction. Carly also serves as an Advisor of the FSEA, a guest lecturer at Frostburg State University in Hagerstown, and is the Lead Technology Teacher of PALS, a Summer Literacy Program in downtown Hagerstown. Miss Shockey hopes to influence students by encouraging creativity, and instilling grit, confidence, and perseverance.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Get Your Tech On: Tech Resources

 

Massachusetts

 

 
Jennifer Judkins
 

Jennifer Judkins

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WGBH
Lynnfield Public Schools
Lynnfield, Massachusetts

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Jennifer is the Technology Integration Specialist for the Lynnfield Public Schools district in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Having taught for many years as a Science teacher at the middle and high school levels, she knows first-hand how technology can extend learning and engage students in ways that challenge them to higher levels of thinking. Jennifer believes the most rewarding part of her job is working directly with teachers and students to help them gain confidence in their use and understanding of how technology can be used to enhance learning.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: NOVA Cybersecurity Lab

 
Charlotte Corbett
 

Charlotte Corbett

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WGBH
Horace Mann School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Allston, Massachusetts

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Charlotte is a technology teacher and specialist at Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Allston, Massachusetts. She has committed her professional life to improving academic and life outcomes for students from kindergarten through university. In her position, she brings her expertise in accessibility, digital technologies, universal design, and her innate creativity to bear on lesson plans and extracurricular STEM based activities. Her favorite part of her job is when that moment in her students when information becomes knowledge and is incorporated into future learning experiences.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies

 
Kerry Gallagher
 

Kerry Gallagher

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WGBH
Reading Memorial High School
Reading, Massachusetts

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Kerry is a high school history teacher at Reading Memorial High School in Reading, Massachusetts. She loves helping students research, plan and create products like documentaries, infographics, and multimedia blog posts that reflect their learning in her history classes. Kerry works hard to connect her students with professionals and experts outside of her school with field trips and video chats. She believes that technology allows students to learn from the world outside of their school building even while they are within the four walls every day.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Columbian Exchange

 
Kara Wilkins
 

Kara Wilkins

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WGBH
Bartlett Community Partnership School
Lowell, Massachusetts

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Kara is a seventh and eight grade social studies teacher at Bartlett Community Partnership School in Lowell, Massachusetts. She loves to have students explore a concept by being immersed in an online game or having them truly understand a topic by using technology to create an artifact that exhibits understanding. Technology is not a special treat in her class. Rather it is part of the everyday routine that helps students become independent and explore the world around them.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Daily Life in the Colonies: Liberty! The American Revolution

 

Michigan

 

 
Trapper Hallam
 

Trapper Hallam

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Detroit Public TV
Eisenhower High School
Shelby Township, Michigan

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Trapper is a high school math teacher at Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, Michigan. Trapper is inspired to provide an environment rich in diversity of learning where students can explore learning unique to them and relish in watching their self-aware confidence grow. He also enjoys finding and using new technology to incorporate into this environment to lead to new avenues which he is still just discovering.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Get Your Tech on Collection

 
Karen Bosch
 

Karen Bosch

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Detroit Public TV
Southfield Christian School
Southfield, Michigan

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Karen is a PreK - 8 Technology teacher at Southfield Christian School in Southfield, Michigan. She enjoys working with both students and teachers, helping them to explore the innovative and creative ways that they can use technology to expand their knowledge and document their learning. Her students use both computers and iPads to develop unique projects that include augmented reality, Minecraft, book trailers, and published eBooks.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: 60-Second Presidents

 
Heather Gauck
 

Heather Gauck

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WGVU
Harrison Park School
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Heather is an elementary special education resource teacher at Harrison Park School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She spends her days infusing technology into small groups and full class settings. She presents at conferences on the topic of using iPads to increase Higher Level Thinking Skills, engagement and differentiationShe loves observing her students enthusiastically create and show what they learn through the use of technology.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Electric Company: Transformer - h -

 
Erin Klein
 

Erin Klein

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Detroit Public TV
Brookside Lower School
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Erin is a second grade teacher at Brookside Lower School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She is an award winning educator, national keynote speaker, author, and mother who has been twice selected to serve on the Scholastic, Inc. Top Teaching Team based in New York. In 2014, Erin was selected to serve on the state of Michigan’s Voice Fellowship, through America Achieves. Through this initiative, she was invited to be a part of the national Teach to Lead summits through The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the United States Department of Education.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Curious George STEM Collection

 

Minnesota

 

 
Peter Bohacek
 

Peter Bohacek

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

TPT
Henry Sibley High School
Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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Peter teaches at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights Minnesota. He teaches physics, and develops videos and curriculum for the Direct Measurement Video Project. Although having two jobs in one is demanding, Peter is re-engerized every day by his students' willingness to work, to think, and to learn. He also finds inspiration and motivation while collaborating with other teachers, both in his school, and in the teaching community.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Homegrown Particle Accelerators

 
Lockie Chapman
 

Lockie Chapman

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

TPT
Orono Middle School
Long Lake, Minnesota

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Lockie is a middle school visual arts teacher at Orono Middle School in Long Lake, Minnesota. She loves being an art educator and bringing out the creativity in her middle school art students on a daily basis. Using today's digital tools heightens their engagement and understanding of the world they live in. In addition, Lockie also enjoys teaching pre-service art educators at the University of Minnesota in the summer and connecting their technical skills with current practices.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: KQED Arts Collection: Animation

 
Tracy Hare
 

Tracy Hare

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

TPT
Becker Middle School
Becker, Minnesota

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Tracy is a middle school visual arts teacher at Becker Middle School in Becker, Minnesota. In her classroom, Tracy strives for deepening her students’ 21st century skills by encouraging them to practice critical thinking, solve open-ended problems creatively and work together to produce, connect and share their artwork. The best part of Tracy’s day is when students use technology and digital methods to enhance connections between classroom lessons and real world experiences.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: KQED Art School – Elements of Art: Color

 

Missouri

 

 
Patricia Brown
 

Patricia Brown

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Nine Network
Old Bonhomme Elementary
Saint Louis, Missouri

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Patricia, known as “MsEdtechie”, is a Technology Integration coach for Ladue School District in St. Louis, Missouri. As an elementary technology integration specialist, she breaks down traditional classroom walls by creating a culture that fosters collaboration, creativity, communication, and authentic learning through digital media. The best part of her job is connecting with educators around the world, and empowering them with practical ways to integrate technology in their classrooms using unique strategies.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross

 
Kelly Gilchrist
 

Kelly Gilchrist

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Nine Network
McCurdy Elementary School
Florissant, Missouri

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Kelly is a third grade teacher at McCurdy Elementary School in Florissant, Missouri. Kelly believes that using technology in today’s classroom is a must. She loves to see students’ excitement when it comes to digital learning, and loves to help unleash their creativity.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Mountain Scramble: An Ecosystem Game

 

Montana

 

 
Jessica Anderson
 

Jessica Anderson

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Montana PBS
Powell County High School
Deer Lodge, Montana

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Jessica teaches earth science, astronomy, physics and oceanography at Powell County High School and Montana Digital Academy in Deer Lodge, Montana. She loves facilitating learning in a blended-gamified classroom. Her favorite part about teaching in this environment is the flexibility blending provides and that she is able to interact 1:1 with each student every day. Jessica is passionate about helping students learn to fail, self-manage their learning, and gain collaborative skills in the classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Soils Around the World

 
Michele Holmes
 

Michele Holmes

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Montana PBS
Seeley Lake Elementary
Seeley Lake, Montana

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Michele is a K-8th librarian and technology coordinator at Seeley Lake Elementary in Seeley Lake, Montana. She loves the challenge of learning and sharing about technology tools that help both students and teachers. Elaine believes in the power of networking with other teachers in the school, state, and world to share tools and resources. It is these things that help students learn, create, share, and excel in our digital world.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Fact and Opinion: Parents, Teens, and Texting

 
Neil Murray
 

Neil Murray

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Montana PBS
Chief Charlo Elementary
Missoula, Montana

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Neil is an elementary special education teacher at Chief Charlo Elementary in Missoula, Montana. Neil has studied and practiced using assistive technology and digital media to promote improved academic and social outcomes for students with low-incidence disabilities. He strives to meet student needs by using video-self modeling (VSM) and e-books, providing access to augmentative alternative communication (AAC), and by incorporating digital media into systematic instruction to increase student engagement.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Super Why’s Book Jumble

 

Nebraska

 

 
Sabine Fleshner
 

Sabine Fleshner

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

NET Television
Millard Central Middle School
Omaha, Nebraska

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Sabine is a world language teacher at Millard Central Middle School in Omaha, Nebraska. She believes she has a great career because she gets to work with every student to prepare them for the 21st centuryand to develop their communications skills in German. She enjoys that her job fosters challenges, her learning and professional growth, and discovering of new tools that help to make her students successful.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: How to Make an Infographic with Easel.ly

 

Nevada

 

 
Robert Coggan
 

Robert Coggan

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Vegas PBS
Garside Junior High School
Las Vegas, Nevada

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Robert Coggan is a middle school science at the Garside Junior High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Coggan has been a teacher for 20 years and is also a disabled Army Veteran. Mr. Coggan teaches in a 1:1 class with iPads and computer based programs and teaches his students the importance of digital citizenship. According to Robert, the best part of his job is to build his students excitement about learning. He believes the key to engaging students is to find ways to connect academic lessons to students’ lives and passions outside of the classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

 

New Hampshire

 

 
Ellen Fisher
 

Ellen Fisher

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

New Hampshire Public Television
Frances Richmond Middle School
Hanover, New Hampshire

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Ellen is a seventh grade social studies teacher at Frances Richmond Middle School in Hanover, New Hampshire. Prior to teaching in the U.S., Ellen lived and worked in countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She seeks to incorporate these diverse experiences in her teaching, thus bringing the world into her classroom. The best part of her job is the “Aha” moment when a student’s eyes light up with newfound knowledge, and suddenly the world tilts slightly on its axis.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Road to Revolution Game

 

New Jersey

 

 
Debbie Adams
 

Debbie Adams

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

NJTV
Elizabeth Haddon Elementary School
Haddonfield, New Jersey

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Debbie is a third grade teacher at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary in Haddonfield, New Jesery. She loves making a difference in children's lives, helping them become lifelong learners, and preparing them to become responsible citizens. Her favorite aspect of her role is working with children and inspiring them to be the best they can be.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Comparing Fractions: Bubble Gum Blowing Contest

 
Kate Baker
 

Kate Baker

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

NJTV
Southern Regional High School
Manahawkin, New Jersey

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Kate is a high school English teacher at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Kate's favorite part of her role as a classroom teacher is fostering students' excitement for literature and sharing that excitement with colleagues and parents. Kindling that spark, Kate's goal is to ignite students' fire for life-long curiosity and learning that extends beyond the binding of a book.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes

 
Deana Baumert
 

Deana Baumert

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

NJTV
Matawan Aberdeen Middle School
Brick, New Jersey

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Deana is a middle school ELA teacher at Matawan Aberdeen Middle School in Brick, New Jersey. She believes that the best part of her role is inspiring students to cultivate their unique abilities. Deana believes that education should be as limitless, inspiring and cutting edge as today’s technology.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Video Games I Off Book

 
Jeffrey Bradbury
 

Jeffrey Bradbury

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

NJTV
North Brunswick Twp. high School
Pennsauken, New Jersey

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Jeffrey is the Director of Orchestras for the North Brunswick Township School District in North Brunswick New Jersey. He is the author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with Your Students and the creator of TeacherCast.net, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards. Jeff enjoys teaching, broadcasting, playing violin, conducting, and spending time with his wife and their one year old triplets.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: PBS LearningMedia Lesson Builder and Storyboard Tools

 
Jesse O'Neill
 

Jesse O'Neill

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

NJTV
Warren Hills Regional High School
Washington, New Jersey

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Jesse is a high school literature and history teacher at Warren Hills Regional High School in Easton, Pennsylvania. He likes to create opportunities for students to think deeply about issues that matter. If he gets to make funny voices along the way, so much the better.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Abolitionist Map of America

 

New Mexico

 

 
Clara Pena
 

Clara Pena

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

New Mexico PBS
Kirtland Middle School
Kirtland, New Mexico

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Clara teaches eighth grade science at Kirtland Middle School in Kirtland, New Mexico. Inspired by Albert Einstein that "the supreme art of the teacher is to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge," Clara has introduced her students to film-making to explain and explore complex scientific issues. Her students are tasked with storyboarding, script writing, image and music selection, and videography to prepare two minute short films about various subjects, including renewable energy sources.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Statistical Variability: Time (to) Travel

 

New York

 

 
Jillian Cafarchio
 

Jillian Cafarchio

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WNET
Millbrook Middle & High School
Millbrook, New York

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Jillian is a middle and high school art and graphic design teacher at Millbrook Middle and High Schools in Millbrook, New York. Teaching her young students advanced technology and graphics programs that she did not learn until college is an exciting part of her job. She loves seeing her students grow from 6th graders into mature high schoolers and sharing a love of art and design with them.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Art of Logo Design I Off Book

 
Andrew Drozd
 

Andrew Drozd

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WNET
Academy of Urban Planning
Brooklyn, New York

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Andrew is a computer graphics teacher at the Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn, New York. He believes students succeed academically when they see the value and meaning behind their effort in school. Andrew is passionate about facilitating creativity through authentic learning experiences such as designing print media for local New York City businesses and organizations.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Is Photoshop Remixing the World? I Off Book

 
Denise Grandits
 

Denise Grandits

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WNED
St. Amelia School
Buffalo, New York

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Denise is a middle school literature teacher at St. Amelia School in Buffalo, New York. She believes that the role of education should be to develop students' critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. As such, digital media and the affordances of technology should be skillfully implemented in every classroom. She loves that her students are so willing to try new ways of knowing in the classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Shakespeare’s Language I In Search of Shakespeare

 
Bonnie McClelland
 

Bonnie McClelland

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WNET
Albany Avenue Elementary School
North Massapequa, New York

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Bonnie teaches wonder-filled and energetic kindergartners at Albany Avenue Elementary School in North Massapequa, New York. She enjoys finding different ways to keep them engaged through an even balance of hands-on activities and digital learning. Bonnie believes the best part of her job is being able to nurture and inspire such young, inquisitive minds.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: PBS Kids Lab

 
Dylan Ryder
 

Dylan Ryder

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WNET
The School at Columbia University
New York, New York

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Dylan is an educational technologist at The School at Columbia University, the university’s K-8 laboratory school in New York City, New York. His goal is to help students use technology safely, responsibly and creatively - with particular attention to engineering, computer science and design. Always pursuing innovative pedagogy, Dylan has published articles on teaching computer programming to young students and has delivered workshops on integrating computer science and engineering into K-12 education.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?

 

North Carolina

 

 
Jennifer Beach
 

Jennifer Beach

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

UNC TV
Clemmons Elementary
Clemmons, North Carolina

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Jennifer teaches third grade at Clemmons Elementary in Clemmons, North Carolina. She loves teaching because of the opportunity she has to inspire and motivate students and teachers alike. She loves that no two days are the same! In addition, she revels in finding new strategies and ways to create a love of learning in her students!

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Reading Strategies from The Electric Company

 
Beverly Owens
 

Beverly Owens

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WTVI
Discovery Place Education Studio
Shelby, North Carolina

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Beverly is a technology teacher and Program Manager of Professional Development at Discovery Place Education Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Mecklenburg County. She creates hands-on, STEM-based, interdisciplinary programs for educators.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Aquabot SciGirls Game

 

Ohio

 

 
Kelly Croy
 

Kelly Croy

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WBGU
Oak Harbor Middle School
Oak Harbor, Ohio

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Kelly is a seventh grade English teacher at Oak Harbor Middle School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. He loves helping his students become better communicators and discussing great literature. His students use technology to share their work with an authentic global audience. Kelly is the host of the Wired Educator blog and the Wired Educator podcast on iTunes and is the author of the nonfiction leadership book, Along Came a Leader.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Literature Circle

 
Kristofer Doran
 

Kristofer Doran

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Western Reserve
Trumbull Career & Technical Center
Girard, Ohio

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Kris is an interactive multimedia teacher at Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Girard, Ohio. He loves teaching his problem based learning class because each student has an opportunity to tailor the program to their interests. His students have been able to take advantage of the differentiation and succeed in their own ways. He also loves that his class is always changing and so he must continue to learn.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Great Depression: Creating Narrative through Photography

 
Stephani Itibrout
 

Stephani Itibrout

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WVIZ/PBS ideastream
Medina High School
Medina, Ohio

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Stephani is an English teacher and blended learning teacher at Medina High School in Medina, Ohio. Sephani knows that learning is messy, and Blended Learning is especially messy. She loves seeing the lightbulbs illuminate above her students' heads when a seemingly chaotic project suddenly clicks into place.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Michael Palin’s Hemingway Adventure: Paris

 
Heidi Weber
 

Heidi Weber

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

CET
Loveland Elementary School
Loveland, Ohio

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Heidi is a gifted intervention specialist for third and fourth grade students at Loveland Elementary School in Loveland, Ohio. Being a facilitator to self-directed student learning is the best part of Heidi’s job! She sets up the environment, connects students with activities and tools, and lets them pursue the learning in passionate and often unexpected ways! Heidi loves to learn right along side her precocious students.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The U.S. Presidency

 
Jay Wise
 

Jay Wise

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WVIZ/PBS ideastream
Copley-Fairlawn Middle School
Copley, Ohio

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Jay is an eighth grade American history teacher at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School in Copley, Ohio. He has spent a score and four years as a social studies teacher and also serves with the Ohio Department of Education as a Network Regional Leader in Social Studies, presenting technological and curricular implementation of Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Aside from his regular 8th Grade American History teaching duties, he currently enjoys an unofficial, volunteer role as technology coach with colleagues within and outside of his district, helping teachers to use curriculum to drive their technology integration.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Explore Colonial Boston

 

Oregon

 

 
Nichole Carter
 

Nichole Carter

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Neil Armstrong Middle School
Forest Grove, Oregon

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Nichole is an eighth grade English teacher at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove, Oregon. She currently uses the flipped classroom model with 150 students, as well as incorporates a blended learning environment in a 1:1 iPad school. She loves that things change from day to day, and period to period, due to the students and teachers that she gets to work with regularly.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Buzz about Fact and Opinion

 

Oklahoma

 

 
Shelly Fryer
 

Shelly Fryer

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

OETA
Positive Tomorrows
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Shelly is a third/fourth grade teacher at Positive Tomorrows in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She loves sharing differentiated, digital lessons with her students which help them explore their own interests and experience academic success with reading and writing. Since all her students are homeless, they lack many experiences outside their own lives. By providing them with new experiences inside and outside our classroom, Shelly helps them get excited about learning and develop a positive self-image as capable, successful, and responsible individuals.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: What is the Design Process?

 
Jamie Hill
 

Jamie Hill

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

OETA
Sequoyah Middle School
Edmond, Oklahoma

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Jamie is a middle school Spanish teacher at Sequoyah Middle School in Edmond, Oklahoma. Technology is disrupting education and the traditional roles of teacher and learner. Collaborative, peer to peer learning, organic exchanges of ideas and teachable moments abound in her day. She loves watching students learn how to use all these wonderful tools and resources that were not available when she first began her career.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Printable Prosthetic Hands

 
Angela Timmons
 

Angela Timmons

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

OETA
Jenks West Elementary
Jenks, Oklahoma

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Angela is a first and second grade teacher at Jenks West Elementary in Jenks, Oklahoma. The best part of her job is that she is fortunate enough to be able to share her knowledge of technology with her students and colleagues and be allowed to learn from them in return. Technology is constantly changing and Angela challenges herself to remain on the cutting edge of best practices in education to better prepare her students and colleagues for the future.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Hot Tech Tools for Today’s Classroom Webinar

 

Pennsylvania

 

 
Vicky Hsieh
 

Vicky Hsieh

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WQED
Environmental Charter School at Frick Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Vicky is a second and third grade literacy teacher at the Environmental Charter School at Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her literacy classroom facilitates student investigation and encourages active citizenship through the integration of technology, environmental literacy, and place-based learning. Digital media is used as an authentic resource and communication platform to build upon core literacy skills. Her favorite part of being a teacher is helping students make connections with their local and global community, and inspire others through their work.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: America Revealed

 
Jessica Thomas
 

Jessica Thomas

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WHYY
New Foundations Charter School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Jessica is a technology teacher at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She enjoys her job because she gets to work within a school community that encourages student voice and takes innovative approaches to developing student work. Jessica is motivated by opportunities to challenge students to think outside of the box to discover new information, apply different learning strategies and utilize digital resources to learn. She loves that she is able to touch on different core subjects but also assist in building 21st Century Skills that are transferrable to all environments: both inside and outside of the classroom.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Mission District Street Art: Visual Art

 

Rhode Island

 

 
Debra Ramm
 

Debra Ramm

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Rhode Island PBS
Sarah Dyer Barnes
Johnston, Rhode Island

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Faith is the Entertainment Technology Academy instructor at Monte Sano Elementary Schools in Huntsville, Alabama. She teaches K-5th grade students programming and video game design skills. Faith also helps the teachers in her building to think outside of the box when implementing technology in the classroom. She is passionate about game-based learning, makerspaces, programming, and cyber security.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Ten Fun Facts About Engineering

 

South Carolina

 

 
Amanda Kruysman
 

Amanda Kruysman

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

SCETV
Gold Hill Middle School
Fort Mill, South Carolina

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Amanda is an eighth grade English teacher at Gold Mill Middle School in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is a firm believer that students should be provided with a hands-on, real-world based education that prepares them not only for higher education, but also provides them the opportunity to be responsible, contributing global citizens. She believes the best part of her job is helping students realize that their potential is truly unlimited and providing them with resources to grow.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Roadtrip Nation Leaders

 

South Dakota

 

 
Lori Keleher
 

Lori Keleher

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

South Dakota Public Broadcasting
Huron High School
Huron, South Dakota

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Lori is a geometry and earth science teacher at Huron High School in Huron, South Dakota. She is also an instructor for the DIAL (Dakota Interactive Academic Link) Virtual High School. As her State’s first National Board Certified Teacher in the area of adolescent and young adulthood mathematics, Lori provides candidate support for fellow teachers attempting National Board Certification and also serves as an instructional coach in her district. She says the best part of her job is the 1-to-1 iPad initiative at her high school and finding apps to help her students achieve.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: STEM Career Labs Video Collection

 

Tennessee

 

 
Sharon Clark
 

Sharon Clark

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

WLJT
East Side Intermediate
Brownsville, Tennessee

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Sharon is a fourth grade ELA and social studies teacher at East Side Intermediate in Brownsville, TN. The quality deemed most enjoyable about her role is the opportunity to be creative while empowering students and fellow educators with the knowledge and necessary skills needed for success. She feels that as the face of education continues to change, the task of learning remains the same. Sharon strives to prepare others to excel in every facet of life regardless of circumstances.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Generation Like: You Are What You "Like"

 
Connie Fink
 

Connie Fink

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

NPT
University School of Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee

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Connie is a fifth grade social studies at University School of Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee. At the core of her instruction are inquiry-based projects embedded with skills promoting a problem solving mindset. She is always amazed by her students’ curiosity and creativity. Her favorite part about teaching is the energy in the room when her students are actively learning. She feels fortunate to be an educator in the 21st century where the opportunities to connect and learn with others are endless.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Calculated Acts: Civil Disobedience and Social Change

 

Texas

 

 
Natalie Cannon
 

Natalie Cannon

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KLRU
Westlake High School
Austin, Texas

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Natalie teaches various levels of Latin and co-sponsors The WHS Latin Club at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. Natalie began teaching middle school at St. Gabriel's Catholic School before moving to Westlake High School, where she has now taught for six years. Her favorite part of her job is finding delight in using modern technology to enliven an ancient language for my students.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: A Roman’s Eye View

 
Paul Eyler
 

Paul Eyler

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

KERA
Tyler ISD
Lindale, Texas

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Paul is a science teacher and District Science Facilitator for Tyler ISD in Lindale, Texas. He has taught for over 13 years and loves to see students transformed into scientists and thinkers by imparting an excitement for learning and a thirst for tackling the hard questions.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The New Rules of Robot/Human Society | Off Book

 
Louise Morgan
 

Louise Morgan

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KERA
Sycamore Elementary School
Fort Worth, Texas

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Louise is a second grade teacher at Sycamore Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas. She designs her lesson plans to not only inspire authentic student learning and creativity, but to also promote digital citizenship and responsibility. She models digital age work and learning with frequent video conferencing and collaboration with other classrooms, authors, and experts. Students also learn digital citizenship by participating in several global projects each year including International Peace Day, Dot Day, the Global Read Aloud, and World Read Aloud Day.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Electric Company Collection

 
Linda Salinas
 

Linda Salinas

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KMBH
Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy
Harlingen, Texas

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Linda is a high school social studies department chair at Dr. Abraham P. Cano Freshman Academy in Harlingen, Texas. She says the favorite part about being an educator is having the privilege to encourage and inspire her students and fellow teachers. Linda fulfills her passion by building a collaborative learning environment that focuses on creativity, communication and critical thinking in both her classroom and department professional learning community.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Economics: It’s More Than Oil

 

United States Virgin Islands

 

 
Francis Callwood
 

Francis Callwood

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WTJX
Charlotte Amalie HS
St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

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Francis is a music teacher in the St. Thomas/St. John school district of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The best part of his job is that he gets to use technology in all of his classes. He also gets to help his students develop that which comes from their hearts as they use music coupled with technology to creatively express themselves in his music technology class. Apart from a teacher, he is a church musician, a steel pannist in local hotels and is a Sergeant First Class in the 73rd Army National Guard Band

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Theft or Tribute – Copyright Criminals

 

Utah

 

 
Merinda Davis
 

Merinda Davis

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

KUED
Lakeridge Jr. High School
Orem, Utah

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Merinda is a middle school social studies teacher at Lakeridge Jr. High School in Orem, Utah. Specializing in international and 21st century education, Merinda has initiated sustainability focused international projects and real world problem solving for her students. She engages her students, so that they feel empowered to make a positive impact and become media creators rather than just consumers.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Get Involved in Your Water Future

 

Vermont

 

 
Beth Evans
 

Beth Evans

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

Vermont Public Television
Burlington High School
Burlington, Vermont

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Beth is a high school ELL teacher at Burlington High School in Burlington, Vermonth. Beth knows she has the best job ever: teaching students and teachers. She believes that with students, the joy comes with bringing laughter mixed with learning; with teachers, it comes with spreading understanding and sharing professional knowledge.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Character Conflict: Language Immersion

 

Virginia

 

 
Holly Kincaid
 

Holly Kincaid

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

WVPT
Skyline Middle School
Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Holly is a middle school art teacher at Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The best part of Holly's job as art educator is getting to guide students in developing their own creative voice. She believes that art can connect different curricula and cultivate an engaging, reflective and transforming learning environment. She is passionate about art education and loves to advocate the power of art.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Art of Screaming in Color: Scape Martinez, Graffiti Artist

 

West Virginia

 

 
Megan A. Bacorn
 

Megan A. Bacorn

2015 Local PBS Digital Innovator

West Virgina Public Broadcasting
Union Elementary School
Buckhannon, West Virginia

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Megan is a fifth grade teacher at Union Elementary School in Buckhannon, West Virginia. She has taught for thirteen years, and each year she learns right along with her students something new and creative. Virtual field trips, interactive blended learning tools and engaging content through technology allow her students to become innovators themselves. Observing students perform, showcase and publish their own creative work, is her masterpiece.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Illuminating Photosynthesis

 

Wisconsin

 

 
Jennifer Schlie-Reed
 

Jennifer Schlie-Reed

2015 Lead PBS Digital Innovator

Wi Media Lab
Stocker Elementary School
Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Jennifer works as a Library Media Teacher for the Kenosha Unified School District at Stocker Elementary School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. In her position, Jennifer designs inquiry-based learning experiences built on academic standards for her elementary students that utilize digital tools and encourage creativity. The best part of her job is watching students develop and utilize 21st Century skills in a meaningful way through authentic creation.

Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: PBS NewsHour Extra Daily News Story Collection

 

The application period for the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program is now closed.


Who is a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator?

  • A tech-savvy K-12 educator with a passion for using digital technology and media.
  • A leader with a desire to empower their peers and share strategies around digital media integration.
  • An active sharer of content and ideas through social media.
  • A PBS Education ambassador that embraces life-long learning, collaboration and recognizes the power technology has to inspire students.