2014 Midwest Spotlight Educators

This recognition is to honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers. This is reflected in increased knowledge, improved skills and academic achievement by integrating technology into their instructional practices. The METC 2014 Midwest Spotlight Educators were selected by the METC Planning and Advisory Committee. 

April Burton

April Burton teaches French at Francis Howell Central High School, and currently serves as Francis Howell School District’s Teacher of the Year.  In her 14 year teaching career she has taught English and French in grades 8 through 12. April understands the power that technology has in the classroom and serves on her school’s Greek Squad which helps to provide teachers with information on the trends in Educational Technology. As a large proponent of the flipped classroom, April has been featured in national and international articles, as well as has had her own articles published in professional journals. April has provided hours of professional development to teachers across the globe. Her website provides teachers with the information that they need to transition to a successful flipped classroom.  You can follow April on Twitter at @MmeBurton.

Megan Chambers, Amy Taylor

Megan Chambers is a Library Media Specialist at Lee's Summit West High School. She earned her Master of Library Science from the University of Central Missouri and is a former social studies teacher. Her career focus has been on combining the elements of research, technology and project based learning. Amy Taylor is also a Library Media Specialist at Lee's Summit West High School. She earned her Master of Information Technology from the University of Central Missouri and her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. She is a former social studies teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. She has focused on building meaningful collaborative relationships with students and staff that promote learning. 

Megan and Amy have worked together at the Lee's Summit West High School Library Media Center for the last eight years where 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. They have presented numerous times at national and state conferences; Megan and Amy strive to provide relevant information that leave participants inspired. They are both active members of the Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians and the Missouri Association of School Librarians. Follow them on twitter @Amy_Taylor_71 and @mchambers31. Checkout the LSWHS Library Website, on twitter @lswlmc or on Pinterest at LSW LMC.

Nick Cusumano

Nick Cusumano is in his 19th year of teaching Theatre & Film at Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri. At Fort Zumwalt, he serves as his building’s Instructional Technology Representative and leads the Fort Zumwalt Instructional Technology Force.  Nick is a Google Authorized Education Trainer.  Last May he became a Google Certified Teacher at the Sydney, Australia, Google Teacher Academy. Last July he was one of the keynote speakers at Google in Education: Technology & Awareness Summit in Kansas City, Missouri.  He co-hosts the TheatreCast podcast on the Edreach Network http://edreach.us/theatrecast and in his blog http://edtech4theatre.com he showcases, creates, and curates content focused on educational technology resources for Theatre and Film teachers. Follow Nick on Twitter at @edtech4theatre.

Robert Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon currently serves the community of Affton as the Director of Technology and Innovation. Over his 18 years in education, Dr. Dillon has worked tirelessly to provide unique experiences and opportunities for students in a variety of secondary schools in St. Louis. Dr. Dillon is a co-founder of edcampSTL, and has worked to build a vibrant network of collaborative learners in Saint Louis and beyond. He is an author, presenter, and writer about ideas and next practices in education. Follow him on Twitter at @ideaguy42.

Kelly Gilchrist

Kelly Gilchrist, a National Board Certified Teacher, is in her fourteenth year of teaching full time in the Hazelwood School District. She has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade and she was the McCurdy Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2008. Kelly received her BS in Elementary Education from Missouri Baptist University and her MA in Educational Leadership and Administration from Arkansas State University. Kelly is a certified Promethean Trainer and currently serves as a trainer in her district. She has presented at many local conferences and presented at her first ISTE conference in San Diego. She was chosen as a Featured Teacher for the Promethean Planet website, as well as having won an Activboard 500 for having the most downloaded lesson on Planet. In addition, Kelly also won a set of ActivExpressions for her contributions on Promethean Planet’s teacher forums. Kelly is recognized world wide for her flipchart lessons. She loves helping other educators create eye-catching, interactive, engaging, and fun Activinspire flipchart lessons. Kelly is the co-creator of the website AmazingClassroom.com and blogs about her journey through education with technology on her blog. Follow her on Twitter at @MrsKGilchrist.

Gina Hartman
Gina Hartman is a former high school business education teacher who has worked as an Educational Technology Specialist in the Francis Howell School District for the past 7 years. She also teaches and designs graduate level instructional technology courses for Missouri Baptist and Lindenwood University. Gina has designed and delivered countless hours of professional development for teachers and administrators at all grade levels. Her passion for integrating technology into teaching and learning shines through in her workshops. She is a certified eMINTS Instructional Specialist, former Co-President of the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis and she has been awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen Award and V.C. McCluer Award for being a leader in the field of educational technology integration in K-12 schools. Gina enjoys connecting and collaborating with other educators and helping them building their Personal Learning Network (PLN), so she created the Twitter4Teachers wiki. You can follow her on Twitter @ghartman or visit www.ginahartman.com.
Chris McGee

Dr. Chris McGee is a curriculum coordinator for the Webster Groves school district located in the St. Louis suburban area. His thesis was entitled “The Correlation of Standards-Based Grading and the Performance on Standardized Assessments.” Dr. McGee is passionate about technology. Since his first year of teaching he has been a leader in technological advancement in education within each of his school districts he serves. He serves president of Webster University's alumni board of directors. He has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator. For more information on Dr. McGee visit his website www.drchrismcgee.com, or connect with him on twitter at @cmcgee200.


Heidi Morgan

Heidi Morgan is a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher in New Lenox, Illinois. 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 currently the Vice President of DeICE, the Joliet area chapter of Illinois Computing Educators. She is a DEN STAR Educator, and her class presented in Discovery Educator Network’s Digital Learning Day’s Don’t Worry...Get Appy. She has presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference, Illinois Education and Technology Conference, Raising Student Achievement Conference, and T21 Con at Illinois State University. Follow her on Twitter @heidiamorgan

Christine Ruder

Christine Ruder is a third grade teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School in the Rolla Public School District in Rolla, Missouri. She has taught 1st, 3rd, and 4th grades and has a Masters degree in Computer Education from Fontbonne University. She is passionate about using technology with her students from digital photography to blogging to learning basic coding skills. Christine believes in integrating technology with her students so that they can create, connect, and collaborate beyond the walls of the classroom. Christine also believes learning should be relevant, authentic, and active because she wants her kids to become thinkers. She also 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.


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