Ann Brucker is a Technology Integration Specialist for Billings Public Schools. She taught 4th and 5th grade for 15 years before turning to the tech side, and since taking this new challenge she has become a Nearpod Certified Trainer and author, Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer and proud geek. She is part of the Teacher Leadership Initiative, and serves as a board member for the Montana Council for Computers and Technology in Education. Her motivation stems from seeing the way technology engages students, and it's her mission to harness that energy so that students will one day become ideators and iterators.
Shelly Stanton is also a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in Billings, but before that she was a Libby Logger. She is proud of having the Life of a Logger and is excited to share what she learned since 1995. She is grateful to those who gifted her with an education in Libby. She has taught high school business for 14 years, including this past year while being a full time (TIS). In the last 5 years, Shelly has come to realize all her achievements stem from a great education and parents! She earned her Google Teacher Certification, Google Educator Trainer statu, and has become a Nearpod Author and Certified Trainer. She has her National Board Certification in Career and Technical Education, and is a state facilitator to help other teachers meet that goal. She serves as a state coach for the Teacher Leadership Initiative and was a part of the Take Charge America team for 7 years.
Dana Grupenhoff is a Business and Technology Teacher at Noxon High School. She's been in this role for the last 13 years (and 4 years in Lincoln, MT before staying home with her kids). Dana is an Adobe Certified Instructor, MOUS certified, Google Certified Educator and Career Pathways Leadership Certified. Dana believes that if we don't change the way we educate, we won't have much to teach! Technology is the way our current students and especially those in the future learn and communicate. Dana believes we need to jump on board or we will lose them (or our jobs...). Dana is passionate about technology in education across the board, not just in the "computer lab". She understands the true fear that a lot of "experienced" teachers feel when looking at integrating technology and strive, through professional development and staff relationships, to ease the first BIG, scary step. Dana is also passionate about Career and Technical Educate which goes hand in hand with Technology. Dana is working on my masters in CTE and have put in my name for the board of the National Career Pathway Network.
Kyle Brucker is the Director of Technology for Billings Public Schools which has over 3,000 staff members and 16,000 students. Add on the multi-million dollar budget he handles along with everyday technical difficulties, and you have got yourself a guru of technology. Prior to coming to Billings Public Schools, Kyle was the Assistant Vice President of Information Services at Kampground of America's corporate headquarters. Not only is he an expert at helping techs and teachers, but he also is a spreadsheet wizard. Computer programming is in his heart and blood, and it is easily communicated by this computer geek who has the pedigree of a true "Googler". Thanks for volunteering your expertise to No Bull, Google Rocks!
Katie Wilcox is a third grade teacher in Billings Public Schools, but before that she was also a Libby Logger. She has been teaching a total of 11 years, with her first year being in Early Literacy Intervention and Kindergarten (back when Kinders only came for half days!). She has been in the third grade classroom now for 10 years at Highland Elementary. During her first 5 years of teaching, she received awesome training on how to increase literacy amongst her learners. Now she has expanded her repertoire to include technology. She has had the great opportunity to be part of a professional development program called TILT (Teachers Integrating and Learning Technology), and is excited to share how she incorporates technology into her everyday classroom. Katie is an expert teacher who utilizes many theories, including number talks, and her ability to reach every student in a differentiated manner is one all teachers should strive to achieve.Thanks for volunteering your expertise to No Bull, Google Rocks!
Glenda Seward hails from the Mid-Prairie Community School District in Wellman, Iowa. She has teaching experience from the preschool to the college-level but spent the past 15 years loving life as a Family and Consumer Science teacher before transitioning to her current position as a Learning Design Coach for her school district. She is Nationally Board Certified in Career and Technical Education and was a national trainer with the Take Charge Today team for 8 years. On spare evenings, she teaches blended early childhood courses to pre-service teachers for Kirkwood Community College. Thanks for volunteering your expertise to No Bull, Google Rocks!
Deana Elder is the Technology Support Coordinator for Billings Public Schools. She began her career in education in Libby, Montana in 1990 as a paraprofessional at Libby Middle School. She moved to Winnemucca, Nevada to teach computers at Sonoma Heights Elementary School to all students, Grades K-4. She was also part of the Norther Nevada Technology Consortium that provided training for teachers and administrators throughout Northern Nevada. In 2001 Deana moved to Billings, Montana and worked as a computer tech for ten years before moving to her current position. Now she coordinates the deployment and management of technology in the district and supervises fifteen computer techs in the school district. Her personal classroom experience gives her an insight to the needs of students and teachers and strives to guarantee that the 7,000 computers, 5,000 Chromebooks, and 3,000 iPads are working for everyone everyday.