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2015-16 Board

2015-2016 Board of Directors

Bill Burr – President:

Bill has been a teacher, principal, Tech Director, and Asst. Superintendent in Alaska for 19 years and first attended ASTE 1998. He has served on the ASTE Board since 2010 and currently resides in Delta Junction working for the Delta/Greely School District. He has been known to freeze solid in winter and return to activity after the spring thaw.

Luke Meinert – President Elect: 

Luke Meinert is the Director of Technology for the Yukon-Koyukuk School District. He holds master’s degrees in both Educational Technology and Educational Leadership. Luke’s managed a variety of 1:1 deployments including MacBooks, iPad, and more recently Chromebooks. He’s passionate about exploring emerging technologies that improve student achievement. Find Luke on Twitter @lmeinert.

Thérèse Ashton- Past President:

 Thérèse Ashton, Tanana City School District, Superintendent/Principal, Interior Region.

Jason Fastenau – Treasurer: 

Jason is the current ASTE Treasurer, and has also served as the board Secretary for several terms in the past. Jason has been in Alaska as a teacher and technology mentor for the last nineteen years, and is currently the Director of Technology for the Alaska Gateway School District.

Jon Kludt-Painter – Secretary: 

My name is Jon Kludt-Painter My teaching experience ranges from 3rd-12th grade over the span of 20 years. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Lewis Clark State College (1995). In 2010, I earned a M.Ed. Educational Technology degree from UAS, and then began working as a technology director and digital integration support person for Petersburg School District. I work with teachers to implement new and emerging technology with the goal of supporting teachers at the exact time they need support. My days are spent supporting staff, monitoring the network, teaching computer repair, and computer aided drafting and manufacturing. Using technology to do what was once impossible without it, is my passion. It is the interaction between the student and the teacher that most assuredly maximizes learning in a technology-rich environment.

 

 

Erika Schneider – Western:

Erika Schneider is a middle school teacher in Dillingham, where she has taught since 2012. Prior to that, she taught for four years in the Bering Strait School District. Ms. Schneider is the Western Region Representative on the ASTE Board.

Vacant- Northern:

 

 

Sam McPhetres – Southeastern and iDidacontest Chair

Sam McPhetres is the Computer Science Teacher at the Haines Borough School District in Haines, Alaska.  Being in a small district like Haines, Mr. McPhetres wears multiple hats including webmaster, 1 to 1 manager, trouble-shooter, network specialist, server manager, and repairs.  In addition to his technical responsibilities, Mr. McPhetres teaches classes for grades seven through twelve ranging from basic computer skills to digital design and media rich classes.  He is also a adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, teaching a dual credit computer literacy class to Tech Prep Students across the state of Alaska.

Tracie Weisz – Interior: 

Tracie is a longtime classroom educator with many years of experience integrating edtech in the classroom, as well as instructional support for beginning teachers with edtech.

Wade Roach – Anchorage: 

Wade Roach is a teacher at Dimond High School in the Anchorage School District specializing in engineering and computer science.  He teaches freshmen and seniors in the Dimond PLTW Engineering Academy and a variety of students in AP Computer Science.  He is the FIRST Robotics Coach and has coached robotics for 16 years.  Wade is involved with Career and Technical Education at his school and at the district level working with groups to develop engineering and IT pathways and curriculum.

Amanda Adams – Southcentral :

Amanda Adams has been an educator for 17 years, inspiring students from the steppe of Kazakhstan to the bush villages of Alaska. Currently, she is a teacher with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Passionate about people, places and their cultures, Amanda has taught Language Arts, Social Studies, Heath, Art, and ELL. While serving as a technology and effective instruction coach for her most recent school district, Amanda was able to tap into and curate the myriad of solutions available in today’s dynamic world. She now brings those solutions to her students in her role as a Distance Learning teacher based in Seward, Alaska.

Cara Heitz – At Large

Chairs

Sam McPhetres- iDidaContest  Chair 

Sam McPhetres is the Computer Science Teacher at the Haines Borough School District in Haines, Alaska.  Being in a small district like Haines, Mr. McPhetres wears multiple hats including webmaster, 1 to 1 manager, trouble-shooter, network specialist, server manager, and repairs.  In addition to his technical responsibilities, Mr. McPhetres teaches classes for grades seven through twelve ranging from basic computer skills to digital design and media rich classes.  He is also a adjunct professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, teaching a dual credit computer literacy class to Tech Prep Students across the state of Alaska.

Amanda Duvall – Volunteer Chair:

Amanda Duvall is from Sitka School District, and is the Intervention Teacher K-1. As the Volunteer Chair she supports the network leaders, supports network events, organizes volunteers for the conference and manage the Leadership Awards for ASTE.

Keith Zamudio- Communications Chair :

Keith Zamudio has been an educator for thirty-five years, twenty-nine in Alaska. Keith is currently the Technology Director for the Cordova School District in Cordova, AK where (among other duties) he manages a K – 12 1 to 1 laptop program. He has been exploring the use of instructional technologies as a learning tool since 1984.

 

In-Coming Board Members, 2016-17

Interior Representative

Scott Holmes has  been a Principal/Teacher in the Alaska Gateway School District for 3 years and has implemented and facilitated a number of digital initiatives within the district. These have included facilitating virtual Instant Challenges, implementing UAV/Drones curriculum, and designing and promoting virtual PLC’s. Scott will work with the ASTE board to increase the amount of collaboration that happens between schools around the state in order to provide students with a richer educational experience.

 

Southeast Representative

Jon Painter

Jon’s teaching experience ranges from 3rd-12th grade over the span of 20 years. In 2010 he earned a M.Ed. Educational Technology degree from UAS, and then began working as a technology director and digital integration support person for Petersburg School District. Jon works with teachers to implement new and emerging technology with the goal of supporting teachers at the exact time they need support. His days are spent supporting staff with digital resources, monitoring the network, teaching computer repair, and computer aided drafting and manufacturing. Using technology to do what was once impossible without it, is his passion.

 

Treasurer

Jason Fastenau

Jason is the current ASTE Treasurer, and has also served as the board Secretary for several terms in the past. Jason has been in Alaska as a teacher and technology mentor for the last nineteen years, and is currently the Director of Technology for the Alaska Gateway School District.

Secretary

Keith Zamudio

Keith Zamudio has been an educator for thirty-five years, twenty-nine in Alaska. Keith is currently the Technology Director for the Cordova School District in Cordova, AK where (among other duties) he manages a K – 12 1 to 1 laptop program. He has been exploring the use of instructional technologies as a learning tool since 1984.

 

At- Large Representative

Jody Mar

 Jodi has been teaching on Prince of Wales Island for the last 12 years.  She is currently the Technology Coordinator and a teacher for Klawock City School District.  Her time is split between technology implementation for the district and integrating technology into the classroom.  Jodi works with fellow teachers and staff to provide students with access to technology tools, resources and challenges to help them understand the digital world.  For the past eight years she has been an ASTE member and has attended the yearly conference.  She is honored and excited for this new challenge as an ASTE board member.

Advocacy Chair – Damon Hargraves

Damon Hargraves currently resides in Kodiak, Alaska with his wife, two boys & girl, and works in the Kodiak Island Borough School District as the assistant principal at Kodiak Middle School, and was previously the administrator of Kodiak’s distance learning program.  Damon has worked to develop blended learning environments and project based learning environments (i.e. Student Broadcasting) for kids since 2005 when he started his education career in Bering Strait School District.  He then went on to work at Drury University and Missouri State University to develop online curriculum and facilitate professional development of learning tools.  Since being at Kodiak Middle School Damon has helped to develop the Pickr app, which has greatly increased scheduling efficiency of needed interventions for students.  This has empowered students to pursue the enrichments that interest them and that allow them to go deeper into content.  One example is the newly established Kodiak Middle School Student Broadcasting Team, founded by Damon, that broadcasts a live newscast biweekly and also streams special events around the community on a regular basis.  Damon is also a founding member of #akedchat, so join the conversation on Twitter, and follow him at @damonhargraves.

 

Communications Chair – Ryan Stanley

Ryan is a parent and President of the Juneau Community Charter School board. He is also Director for the SERRC TechOps team where he’s been working to help Alaskan schools make better use of technology since 1999. Ryan’s focus is technology management and he provides the vision and leadership to make sound decisions and design effective solutions. You’ll find him at the drawing board or with his head under the hood, upgrading human and computer systems to help organizations better accomplish their goals.