Educators share stories from inside the educational world to showcase the powerful and significant impact that educators have. But what about you? Who was the educator who had the greatest impact on you? What was it about this educator that was special, or made you feel special? What could we all do to be that person for someone else?
Podcast Host & Communications Director
Ever passionate about how we can better educate children, Josh Gauthier is always looking for new ways to engage students. As a former Business Educator, he taught from 3rd grade all the way to 12th grade. Josh is currently a technology training specialist for the School District of De Pere and is excited about influencing teacher collaboration and having a greater impact on student achievement. Josh has participated in and organized several Edcamps, and has presented at conferences such as ISTE, SLATE, WEMTA, TIES and the Midwest Google Summit. Ultimately, Josh wants to see every student succeed and strives for himself and others to use technology to improve learning for all. Josh is a Google for Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. He occasionally blogs at mrgtechchats.blogspot.com and has his presentations archived at tinyurl.com/gauthierpresents.
Mandy Taylor has spent seventeen years in the elementary classroom, teaching grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade. She recently transitioned into an Instructional Coaching position and has a passion for literacy, a love for learning, and a commitment to advocating for personalized professional development. She is a Teacher Consultant with the Central Texas Writing Project, has served as the co-director for the last three years, and serves on the Leadership Board. Her beliefs center around the importance of relationships, humor, authenticity, and love. She is a connected educator who reflects on her practice by connecting with others on Twitter, Voxer, Google, and with actual real-life humans.
Producer & CEO
Jason Bretzmann is an award-winning social studies teacher, Innovation Integrator, and national speaker from Wisconsin. He has delivered engaging and practical presentations throughout the United States and in Canada on personalized professional development, flipped learning, and effective educational technology use. He is co-author and publisher of “Personalized PD: Flipping Your Professional Development” and “Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class.” He is the creator of the Game of Stories professional development card game. He is also the president and founder of The Bretzmann Group where he is a consultant on personalized PD, flipclass, and edtech strategies. Jason has been learning with his students and encouraging innovation since the mid-’90s.
Committee Member & COO
Jarod Bormann is a Technology Integration Specialist at the Keystone Area Education Agency in NE Iowa. He received his Masters in Instructional Technology through the University of Northern Iowa, and is currently an adjunct professor for the same masters program. Jarod taught middle school and high school English for seven years in one of the first 1:1 iPad schools in Iowa. He is an ISTE presenter and was recognized as the 2014 Iowa Safe Schools Educator of the Year. Jarod blogs at bormannbytes.com and professionallydriven.com. An annual presenter at the Keystone KPEC Conference, Iowa Technology & Education Connection (ITEC Featured Speaker), as well as other educational tech conferences throughout the midwest, he is an ITEC Iowa Board Member and co-hosts the Next Level Learning podcast. Connect with Jarod via Twitter @jbormann3 or email email@example.com
Kenny Bosch has been an educator and coach since 1999 earning his Master’s Degree in Education through the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse as part of their blended education program, and has taught A.P. U.S. History, U.S. History and World History. Since 2012 he has been an educational consultant and has presented at local seminars and workshops. He is co-author of the award-winning book “Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class.” Kenny was named the 2013 “Outstanding Educator” by Lawrence University for his ability to connect with and inspire students. He is a Doceri certified teacher.
Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon Area School District in Ripon, Wisconsin where she supports and encourages educators to create innovative change and divergent teaching in their classrooms. In addition, Mandy supports professional learning as Director of the Collaborate, Inspire & Innovate Conference in Ripon, WI, as well as her Organizer and Public Relations Coordinator roles for edCamp Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She consults with school districts around the state in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, as a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Canvassador, and has presented on similar topics at conferences such as Midwest Google Summit, TIES in Minnesota, the Wisconsin Technology Initiative, and ISTE.