PRESIDENT - Edward Simoneau
Edward Simoneau is the Educational Technology Coordinator for Coachella Valley Unified School District. As a teacher, Eddie's passion was providing the best education possible for students, which included using the latest technology resources available to help students develop 21st century skills. After 5 years of teaching, he used his experiences to train other teachers with using technology as a Educational Technology Teacher Training Teachers (T3). As Coordinator, he has a major role in CVUSD’s deployment of over 20,000 iPads as a key developer of logistical action plans. In addition to the deployment, Eddie's focus is to develop a professional development program that supports the needs of both students and teachers in preparing for the Common Core and building a 21st century learning environment. Eddie enjoys connecting with other educators and can be reached through Twitter @Simonometry.
VICE PRESIDENT - Karen Foerch
Karen Foerch is an Educational Technology Specialist with the Palm Springs Unified School District. She began teaching in 2004. Her class was a part of a 24/7 laptop program. Karen loves using technology in the classroom and supporting other teachers to do so as well. She has recently earned her Masters in Education Technology. Karen hopes to use her experience and passion with technology in her position to help students be successful in the current and coming technological ages by supporting teachers in developing their skills in computer literacy. You can contact her on Twitter @kfoerch and by visiting www.psusdtech.weebly.com or www.appsinclass.com.
TREASURER - Lee Grafton
Lee Grafton is an Education Technology Specialist for Palm Springs Unified School District. She is dedicated to serving the teachers and students in the 25 schools across the communities of Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Rancho Mirage, and Thousand Palms to provide all with the skills needed to be literate in our global society. Lee is enthusiastic about collaborating with teachers in the district to make this happen. “We have such talented teachers in our district. With the help of this amazing team, we can ensure that Palm Springs Unified leads in meaningful technology integration.” Prior to coming to Palm Springs 14 years ago, Lee was a 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade teacher, Education Manager at Ameritech and BDM, and a professor at Wright State University and Miami University. Lee is an active member of CUE and regularly presents at national and state conferences. She has a Masters and Doctorate in Organizational Communications from Bowling Green State University, Ohio and a Masters in Educational Administration from California State University, San Bernardino.
WEB SPECIALIST - Blanca Lemus
Blanca Lemus is a 6th grade math and science teacher at Nellie N. Coffman Middle School in Cathedral City. Throughout her 8 years of teaching experience, she has explored ways to engage her students with hands-on activities, project-based units and most recently, using iPads and Chromebooks in the classroom not only to actively engage but to redefine her teaching. Blanca is a firm believer that in order to prepare students for the 21st century, technology is a major component in getting them there. You may contact her at @blemus28.