Congrats to our Local 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators!
The 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators program rewards 100 tech-savvy K-12 educators from across the country who are serving as leaders in the education technology space and incorporating digital media in classrooms to promote student engagement and achievement.
Congratulations to our local innovators representing New York and New Jersey!
Jillian Cafarchio is a middle and high school art and graphic design teacher at Millbrook Middle and High Schools in Millbrook, New York. Teaching her young students advanced technology and graphics programs that she did not learn until college is an exciting part of her job. She loves seeing her students grow from 6th graders into mature high schoolers and sharing a love of art and design with them.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Art of Logo Design I Off Book
Andrew Drozd is a computer graphics teacher at the Academy of Urban Planning in Brooklyn, New York. He believes students succeed academically when they see the value and meaning behind their effort in school. Andrew is passionate about facilitating creativity through authentic learning experiences such as designing print media for local New York City businesses and organizations.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Is Photoshop Remixing the World? I Off Book
Dylan Ryder is an educational technologist at The School at Columbia University, the university’s K-8 laboratory school in New York City, New York. His goal is to help students use technology safely, responsibly and creatively – with particular attention to engineering, computer science and design. Always pursuing innovative pedagogy, Dylan has published articles on teaching computer programming to young students and has delivered workshops on integrating computer science and engineering into K-12 education.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Is Code the Most Important Language in the World?
Bonnie McClelland teaches wonder-filled and energetic kindergartners at Albany Avenue Elementary School in North Massapequa, New York. She enjoys finding different ways to keep them engaged through an even balance of hands-on activities and digital learning. Bonnie believes the best part of her job is being able to nurture and inspire such young, inquisitive minds.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: PBS Kids Lab
Jeffrey Bradbury is the Director of Orchestras for the North Brunswick Township School District in North Brunswick New Jersey. He is the author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging with Your Students and the creator of TeacherCast.net, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today. In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards. Jeff enjoys teaching, broadcasting, playing violin, conducting, and spending time with his wife and their one year old triplets.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: PBS LearningMedia Lesson Builder and Storyboard Tools
Debbie Adams is a third grade teacher at Elizabeth Haddon Elementary in Haddonfield, New Jesery. She loves making a difference in children’s lives, helping them become lifelong learners, and preparing them to become responsible citizens. Her favorite aspect of her role is working with children and inspiring them to be the best they can be.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Comparing Fractions: Bubble Gum Blowing Contest
Kate Baker is a high school English teacher at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, New Jersey. Kate’s favorite part of her role as a classroom teacher is fostering students’ excitement for literature and sharing that excitement with colleagues and parents. Kindling that spark, Kate’s goal is to ignite students’ fire for life-long curiosity and learning that extends beyond the binding of a book.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Romeo and Juliet with Joseph Fiennes
Deana Baumert is a middle school ELA teacher at Matawan Aberdeen Middle School in Brick, New Jersey. She believes that the best part of her role is inspiring students to cultivate their unique abilities. Deana believes that education should be as limitless, inspiring and cutting edge as today’s technology.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: Video Games I Off Book
Jesse O’Neill is a high school literature and history teacher at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, New Jersey. He likes to create opportunities for students to think deeply about issues that matter. If he gets to make funny voices along the way, so much the better.
Favorite PBS LearningMedia resource: The Abolitionist Map of America