I was born and raised in the border town of Calexico California. I have been married for over a decade and have three daughters. I earned my bachelors’ degree in Social Science (teaching) from San Diego State University and then a Masters’ Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix. I come from a family of teachers. Nine members from my family are currently serving as teachers or administrators including my father, brother and wife. I have been a high school science teacher at Brawley Union High School since 2008 where I have taught all of the following subjects: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy & Physiology. I hold a clear credential in all of the subjects I’ve taught in addition to social science. I have also served as an Academic Coach (20%) during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. In 2013 I earned an award for “Distinguished Teacher of the Year” through the Brawley Chamber of Commerce. I am also a Google Certified Educator. Recently I was appointed as a Board Member for the Heber Elementary School District. Some of my extra curricular activities include coaching, journalism, and public address announcing (sporting events).
Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and PBS Digital Innovator, Amy Rosenstein teaches elementary school in Westchester County, N.Y. where she shares her enthusiasm for technology with her students. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Cornell University as well as a Master’s in Elementary Education. Traveling the world via Skype with her students to places like Hong Kong, India, and Kenya, she incorporates digital storytelling, blogging, self-publishing and other web tools into her classroom. Co-founder of TeachSDGs.org and recipient of the 2013 Pioneer Award, she is the author of the Scholastic eBook titled 10 Fresh Ways to Incorporate Technology into the Classroom.
Annelise is a documentary filmmaker, educator, and Youth Participation Manager at KQED. Her films have aired on national and regional public television outlets, and she teaches film studies at Diablo Valley College. She loves very spicy food, and traveling to places where people make it.
The California Academy of Sciences is a leading scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. It is home to an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and research and education programs, which engage people of all ages and backgrounds on two of the most important topics of our time: life and its sustainability. Founded in 1853, the Academy’s mission is to explore, explain and sustain life. Visit www.calacademy.org for more information.
CaT Bobino has her B.S. in Biology and is currently an education intern at KQED. She enjoys sharing her love of science through media, public speaking, and outreach programs. CaT is finishing up her Masters in Biology at CSU East Bay and plans to do more media work and help change the image of a scientist. You can contact her on Twitter at @intheknowshow or go to her website catbobino.com
Chris Sloan teaches high school English and media at Judge Memorial in Salt Lake City, Utah. A doctoral candidate in the hybrid Ph.D. program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology at Michigan State University, his research focuses on student motivation and digital composition. He has been a teaching consultant with the National Writing Project since 1993.
Crystal Browning teaches English Language Arts in the Multimedia Technology Academy at Monache High School in Porterville, CA. She currently serves as the English Department Co-Chair. She is passionate about creating a safe and loving learning environment through mutual tolerance and transparency. She laughs, cries, and learns alongside her students. You can reach her on Twitter @MrsBteachagape.
David Cutler is a dedicated independent school teacher at Brimmer and May, an independent school in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he teaches United States History, Latin American History, United States Government, and Journalism. A 2013 Teacher of the Future for the National Association of Independent Schools, Cutler’s writing about education has appeared in Edutopia, The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and Independent School Magazine. Cutler attended Brandeis University as an undergraduate with a major in History and minors in Latin American Studies and Journalism. He holds an M.A. in Comparative History, also from Brandeis. Follow him on Twitter @SpinEDu.
Derek Lartaud came to the Bay Area after nearly five years of researching schizophrenia and diabetes at Yale University. Determined to tell visual stories, he’s worked for the BBC, Al Jazeera America, TIME, PBS, and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He has a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a master’s degree in journalism. When not holding a camera or editing a story, he’s trying to rebuild his 1969 Honda CL350.