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 - Brian Carnes
Fourth year EdTech TOSA for the Coachella Valley USD. In the classroom Brian used the iPad daily with his students. As an EdTech TOSA he supports students and teachers with the integration of technology in their lessons. Part of his responsibilities are curriculum development. He helped develop curriculum for courses such as SAMRai, ISTEcs, and an iPad boot camp for students. All of these courses are designed to further the integration of TPACK.
SECRETARY - Maricela Hernandez
Dr. Maricela Hernandez, is a passionate educator serving Coachella Valley Unified School District students and teachers since 2007. She currently supports teachers integrating EdTech tools as an Educational Technology Teacher on Special Assignment. Prior to this position, she served students as an elementary school teacher. As a classroom teacher, she worked with her site administration as an EdTech Site Technology Lead teacher to support other teachers integrating technology into daily lessons. She also participated in the Positive Behavior Interventions Systems (PBIS) Steering Committee to implement PBIS at her site and improve student academic success and behavior. Maricela also served as a Parent and Community engagement lead teacher at her school to improve the school-home connection. She enjoys learning about innovative EdTech tools and the integration of strategies and pedagogies to support all students. She’s also a wife and mother of four children and enjoys volunteering in her church working with youth and young adults.
TREASURER - Eduardo Rivera
Eduardo was a ninth grade Algebra teacher for five years at his alma mater, Cathedral City High School. Currently, Eduardo serves the teachers, administrators, and staff of Palm Springs Unified School District as an Instructional Technology TOSA. He graduated from the University of California in Irvine and received his credential and his masters from National University. Eduardo has been teaching since 2008 and has also participated in the 24/7 program, which gave students apple laptops to use for all of their core subjects.
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST - Jennifer Dean
I am a 1st grade teacher in Desert Sands Unified School District at Amelia Earhart Elementary School of International Studies. This is my 4th year teaching. I taught TK and 2nd grade in Illinois and have taught 2nd grade and 1st grade in California. I completed my M.S in Instructional Technology in December. I am also a Seesaw Ambassador and Google Certified Educator Level 1 and Level 2. I recently applied for a Google Trainer certification as well. I love technology and am always looking for awesome ways to integrate it into the classroom.
EVENTS & MINI GRANTS COORDINATOR - Don Brown, D.Ed
Began integrating technology in Beaverton, Oregon with videodisk and MacClassics. From there, he became a district trainer for curriculum and was his building tech coordinator. When he became an administrator for a virtual school, his technology learning reached a new level. After returning to the classroom to experiment with blended learning, he was a hired as West Regional Implementation Manager for for a major technology company. He has since returned to the classroom in Palm Springs Unified School District.
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.