Past Midwest Spotlight Educators

The METC Conference created the Midwest Spotlight Educator recognition in 2012. We honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. Midwest Spotlight Educators must be a certified educators in Missouri or Illinois and demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection using technology to improve teaching and learning. To be considered to be a spotlight educator, one must apply or be nominated. Those chosen as Midwest Spotlight Educators are eligible again for the honor five years after they have received it. Here are our past spotlights:

April Burton (sq)

2014: Foreign Language teacher April Burton is a large proponent of the flipped classroom, and has been featured in national and international articles, as well as has had her own articles published in professional journals. She was featured in 2014 keynote speaker Lodge McCammon's presentation on flipped instruction. You can follow April on Twitter at @MmeBurton.

Ben Grey (sq)

2013: Ben Grey, as a Chief Information Officer, strives to create a relevant, 21st century learning environment that engages all students in the process of learning and developing the traits to think deeply. He is a professor in the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University. Follow him on Twitter at @bengrey.

Bill Bass sq2013: Bill Bass is a former English teacher who now works with teachers as an instructional coach and is an adjunct professor of educational technology for Missouri Baptist University. He is a Google Certified Teacher and DEN Star Educator, member-at-large for the ISTE Innovative Learning Technology SIG, and co-author of the ISTE book, From Inspiration to Red Carpet. Follow him on Twitter at @billbass.

2014: Chris McGee is a curriculum coordinator. Since his first year of teaching, he has been a leader in technological advancement in education. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is a co-founder of edcampSTL, which takes place annually the weekend before METC. Chris was named a Peabody Energy Leader in Education. Follow him on Twitter at @cmcgee200.

Christine Ruder (sq)2014: Christine Ruder is an elementary school teacher. She is passionate about using technology with her students from digital photography to blogging to learning basic coding skills. She provides technology support for the teachers in her building and district and enjoy sharing ideas with teachers everywhere. She is an enthusiastic supporter of edcamps and was a member of the edcampSTL planning team. Follow her on Twitter @jhox.
Don Goble (sq)2013: Don Goble serves as broadcast technology, film & multimedia instructor, co-director of LHS-TV, and a district video producer. Don is a dedicated Apple user, and was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011. He was also named as the 2011 Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Educator of the Year by the Gateway Media Literacy Partners. Follow him on Twitter at @dgoble2001.
2014: Gina Hartman is an educational technology specialist. She also teaches and designs graduate level instructional technology courses for Missouri Baptist and Lindenwood University. She is a certified eMINTS Instructional Specialist and she has won the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and V.C. McCluer Award for being a leader in the field of edtech integration. Gina created the Twitter4Teachers wiki. You can follow her on Twitter @ghartman.
Greg Lawrence sq2013: Greg Lawrence is a technology facilitator. Greg was instrumental in training and supporting his district's 200+ high school educators as they began their 1:1 student initiative. He is a Discovery STAR educator, serves on the METC Advisory Board, ETA of STL Board, is a SMART Certified Trainer, and an adjunct professor for Missouri Baptist University. He has also won with the ISTE Making IT Happen award. Follow him on Twitter at @greglawrence.
Heidi Morgan sq2014: Heidi Morgan is a 6th grade reading and language arts teacher. She is passionate about technology integration and is always looking for new and innovative ways to create the best 21st century learning environment for her students. She strongly believes that kids can change the world and gives them every opportunity to start while in her class through global collaborative projects. She is a DEN STAR Educator. Follow her on Twitter @heidiamorgan.
Josh Stumpenhorts sq2013: Josh Stumpenhorst is a 6th grade Language Arts and Social Science teacher. He is an ISTE Emerging Leader, OfficeMax Innovative Educator, Those Who Excel Classroom Teacher Nominee, ICE Educator of the Year, Illinois Education Association Educator of the Year and the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. In addition to presenting, Josh blogs about his experiences at Follow him on Twitter @stumpteacher.
Kelly Gilchrist sq2014: Kelly Gilchrist is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th grades. She is a certified Promethean Trainer and is a trainer in her district. She was chosen as a Featured Teacher for the Promethean Planet website and won an Activboard 500 for having the most downloaded lesson. Kelly also been recognized for her contributions on Promethean Planet’s teacher forums. Kelly is the co-creator of and blogs. Follow her on Twitter at @MrsKGilchrist.
Krissy Venosdale sq2013: When Krissy Venosdale honored as a spotlight educator, she was a third through sixth grade gifted education eMINTS teacher. She’s passionate about STEM education, photography, differentiation, and educational technology. By sharing her own passions with the students she works with, she hopes that they will find their passions and be inspired to reach for the highest star. Follow her on Twitter at @ktvee.

2014: Library Media Specialist duo Megan Chambers and Amy Taylor worked together for several years. Megan's career focus has been on combining the elements of research, technology and project based learning. Amy has focused on building meaningful collaborative relationships with students and staff that promote learning. Their mission has been to create a teen friendly atmosphere that fosters a love of reading while developing students who are literate in 21st century skills and use information responsibly. Follow them on Twitter @Amy_Taylor_71 and @mchambers31.

2013: Linda J. Dougherty is a high school librarian and district library chair. Linda belongs to the ISTE’s Special Interest Group Media Specialists, where she has built her PLN by presenting at the 21st Century Digital SIGMS Playgrounds. She is a member of ALA, AASL, ASCD, MASL, MSTA, is a DEN Star and Google Apps for Education District Administrator. Linda blogs and tweets with the TL Virtual Café librarians. She believes strongly in being an advocate for digital citizenship for teachers and students. Follow her on Twitter at @ljdougherty.

Nick Cusumano sq2014: Nick Cusumano teaches theatre & film. He serves as his building’s instructional technology representative and leads the district Instructional Technology Force.  Nick is a Google Authorized Education Trainer, and Google Certified Teacher. He co-hosts the TheatreCast podcast on the Edreach Network and in his blog he showcases, creates and curates content focused on edtech resources for theatre and film teachers. Follow Nick on Twitter at @edtech4theatre.

Bob Dillon sq2014: Robert Dillon is a director of technology and innovation. Over his 18 years in education, he has worked to provide unique experiences and opportunities for students in a variety of secondary schools in St. Louis. Bob is a co-founder of edcampSTL, and has worked to build a vibrant network of collaborative learners in St. Louis and beyond. He is a presenter and writer about ideas and next practices in education. Follow him on Twitter at @ideaguy42.

Nash Sq2013: Sean Nash is a district instructional technology specialist, marine biology teacher, and technology integration consultant. His visionary leadership over the course of his 20 years in education has always been grounded in ways to move classrooms toward a more student-centric future. Sean is on a continuous quest to ensure technology implementations at any grade level are grounded in the teaching and learning process. Follow him on Twitter at @nashworld.

2013: William Chamberlain is a trained eMINTS teacher as well as a facilitator for the Wet, Wild, and Learning Tree projects and a Fablevision Ambassador. He teaches sixth grade. William is also an adjunct professor for Crowder College. Follow him on Twitter at @wmchamberlain.

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