Meet the voices and experts behind our Connect IT: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Technology content series. Please join the discussion on Twitter by using the #ConnectIT hashtag.
David, a former aerospace engineer, physics educator and school district CIO, has assisted school districts with selecting and implementing technology solutions to help them improve teaching and learning. David holds master’s degrees in both educational leadership and educational technology, and he’s a Google Certified Deployment Specialist, Administrator, Trainer and Educator, as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator.
Amy has a particular interest in utilizing technology to engage students in reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing as well as visually representing content to foster learning. She was a teacher in Chicago Public Schools, an instructional coach with the Chicago High School Redesign Initiative, and a teacher and literacy specialist in a large suburban high school.
Nate, aspiring weatherman and astronaut turned educator, loves to learn and connect with others via Twitter. He is the co-founder of two Twitter chats, #LeadUpChat and #divergED. He is currently authoring two books, one about instructional coaching and the other about mathematics instruction. Before joining CDW•G, he was a national consultant with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Previously, he was the director of elementary curriculum and instruction for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. He has also been a high school science teacher, elementary assistant principal, high school assistant principal, university adjunct professor, and he was an education supervisor at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
Eric provides school districts with insight, resources and strategic advice for successful and sustainable technology implementations. He also presents at educational technology conferences, delivers keynotes and co-founded ConnectIT, a blog focused on bridging the gap between education and technology. Prior to joining CDW•G, Eric worked as a high school special education teacher and instructional technologist in a one-to-one district. He also has experience as an adjunct professor. Before becoming an educator, Eric spent seven years on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade as a clerk and commodities trader.
Mike, a veteran of K–12 education, is passionate about transforming learning. He has made it his mission to impact our future by finding a variety of ways to invest in our students. Having spent time as a classroom teacher, part-time administrator, committee chair, club sponsor, athletic coach and a learning community leader, Mike believes that his role at CDW•G can only further his reach. His new day-to-day in K–12 is spent having strategic conversations that start with the why, end with the what, and always focus on what’s most important for our students and their future, not what’s easiest for us.