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2019 – 2020 ASTE Board

Your ASTE Board Members for the 2019-20 ASTE year.

 

We are a working volunteer Board, and as such we look forward to fulfilling ASTE’s mission of promoting access to technology, connectivity to information resources, and technology integration for all Alaskan learners. ASTE Board Members participate in the governing of the ASTE organization by teleconference and online meetings. We have three face to face opportunities each year. Being a member of ASTE provides opportunities for leadership in your educational region.

President Amanda Duvall is from Juneau, and is a Federal Programs Director for the Department of Education and Early Development. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, been a technology coach, and taught middle school technology as well as coordinated a district technology committee in supporting staff technology use. In Amanda’s free time she enjoys training for marathons (runcations) and baking.

President Elect Amanda Adams has  taught for 18 years in a wide variety of content areas ranging from ELL to Social Studies to Health including Educational Technology and Effective Instruction coaching. Currently, she is involved in the professional development realm as the Personalized Learning and Student Success Specialist for the Kenai Pen District. Her work intertwines deeply with current research and innovative practices. She is passionate about intentional technology integration for the enriching the student experience. She has served on the ASTE board for 4 years, including being the Southcentral Rep and President for the 2018 conference.

Past President Bill Burr has been a teacher, principal, Tech Director, and a number of other positions in Alaska for 20 years and first attended ASTE 1998. He has served on the ASTE Board since 2010 serving as an Interior Rep., Treasurer, and President in 2016. He currently resides in Delta Junction working for the Delta/Greely School District as the Assistant Superintendent. Believes very strong in the future of AI technology but sometimes wonders if AI believes in him. Find Bill on Twitter – (Consider it a challenge…)

Treasurer

As the Treasurer for the last five years, Jason has been a leader in the development of a sustainable financial plan and detailed budget for ASTE. This position requires a detailed understanding of the current and historical budget and finances of the organization as well as the logistics of running a conference.  Jason’s experience as Treasurer for the last five years, and nine total years on the ASTE board has allowed him to develop the skills and working relationships with contractors to be an effective Treasurer. As Treasurer, Jason helps guide the board financial decisions, works to educate the board about finances and organizational budgets, and works extensively with the ASTE contractors.

 

Jason has worked as a teacher and technology specialist in Alaska for 18 years, and currently serves as the Director of Technology in the Cordova City School District.

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SecretaryJodi Mar has been teaching on Prince of Wales Island for the last 13 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 nine years she has been an ASTE member and has attended the yearly conference. 

Anchorage RepresentativeSarah Petersen started her Alaska teaching career in 2004 at Iditarod Elementary in Wasilla, Alaska. In 2005, Sarah moved to Anchorage, Alaska and began teaching fourth grade at Ocean View Elementary. At Ocean View, Sarah served in many technology leadership roles including: Lego robotics coach, Building Tech Contact (BTC), Technology Teacher Leader (TTL), Technology Integrated Leader – Technoloy Teacher Leader (TIL- TTL), and ASTE Board member (5 years). During her time at Ocean View, earned Master’s Degree in Educational Technology through the University of Alaska Southeast. Sarah joined the EdTech team in Anchorage in 2009. In this role, she has been noted as a leader in technology integration. She has earned titles such as Apple Distinguished Educator, SMART Exemplary Educator, and LEGO Master Educator. Sarah currently works as an innovative Learning Facilitator in Anchorage, and she encourages teachers to use technology connect, create, and collaborate

Interior Representative

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 passionate about providing innovative services and solutions for our Alaskan students. He founded esports Alaska in 2018 that had over thirty teams compete in its inaugural season. The National School Boards Association named him a “20 To Watch Educational Technology Leader”, and he was honored with ISTE’s Making IT Happen award. Connect with Luke on twitter @lmeinert.

Northern Representative Brittnay Bailey landed in Alaska Jan 1, 2011, for what her family thought would be a five month adventure.  But, as many of us do, she absolutely fell in love with the beauty and the culture of this unique state, and in January of 2015 purchased her first home in Alaska, finally and unequivocally being able to answer the question, “when are you coming home?” with “I am home.”  

 
Brittnay has spent most of her time in rural districts, having started her tenure in the tiny village of Nunam Iqua as their language arts teacher, then after 2 and a half years was tapped to become the district educational technology coordinator for Lower Yukon School District.  After three years of traveling around a district the size of Ohio (from whence she came, funnily enough), she decided she just wasn’t north enough, and headed up to Barrow, later to be renamed Utqiaġvik, to be their ed tech specialist.
Now Brittnay is thawing out in Anchorage, and has joined DEED’s new office in the city she calls home.  As ELA Content Specialist she is looking forward to working with and supporting districts all over the state, as well as getting the chance to revisit her old stomping grounds.

Southcentral  Representative My name is John Notestine, and I am honored to be a STEM teacher at Wasilla High School; but more importantly, I am proud to be a 21st-century educator. What is a 21st-century educator? To me, it means that I will do whatever is necessary and possible to prepare my students for the future. I recognize the need for professional growth in education, and I go above and beyond to ensure that my students benefit from that knowledge. This is my 15th year of teaching, and in that time, I have been the Alaska STEM teacher of the year, a BP Teacher of Excellence, participated in numerous scholarship committees, worked as our union’s bargaining spokesperson, and served on several educational boards. I pioneered and developed the digital media, computer science, and robotics programs at Wasilla High School. My current teaching load includes Broadcast Journalism, AP Computer Science, Robotics, and Digital Media courses. Aside from education, I am also an avid outdoor enthusiast disguised as a tech-nerd. My addictions include mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. This year I will be participating in several of the Alaska Ulta-Marathons including the Susitna 100 and IditaSport races.

Southeast RepresentativeJon Painter’s teaching experience ranges from 3rd-12th grade over the span of 23 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.

Western  RepresentativeJosh Bullock has been a classroom teacher, itinerant Ed Tech specialist and/or Tech Director in the State of Alaska for the past 13 years. He has taught math, science, reading and many technology related areas. His love for learning and encouraging others is a common theme in his work. Josh is currently serving the Dillingham City School District as the Technology Director. Last year marked Josh’s tenth ASTE conference where he has often presented sessions. Josh is known to many around the state for his advocacy for technology and increased bandwidth in Alaska, particularly in rural Alaska.AA

Advocacy ChairDamon Hargraves currently resides in Kodiak, Alaska with his wife, two boys & girl, and works in the Kodiak Island Borough School District as the Director of Federal Programs.  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.  Follow him on Twitter at @damonhargraves.

Communication Chair Andy Chlup has been in K-12 education since 2001 as a teacher, technology coordinator, and district administrator. He is passionate about coding in schools, design thinking, and digital learning. Before he moved back to Alaska, he was very active in AzTEA (Arizona ISTE Affiliate), was recognized by National School Board Association as a “20 to Watch Educator”, and was part of a team that won the Sylvia Charp Award for district innovations from ISTE. Andy currently lives in Anchorage with wife and three children and works as the Senior Director of IT Applications and Educational Technology for the Anchorage School District.

Ididacontest ChairSam McPhetres is the Computer Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at the Haines Borough School District in Haines, Alaska.  Sam teaches Digital Design, Video Editing, 3D Printing, Coding, middle school, and high school general application classes.  As the iDidaContest Chair, Sam manages the contest, creates and distributes promotional information to ASTE Members and school districts across the state and facilitates the judging of over 600 entries.  Winners are announced during the iDidaNight Celebration at the ASTE Conference each year and are listed on the ASTE.org website

At Large Representative Keith Zamudio has been an educator for thirty-seven years, thirty in Alaska. Currently, Keith is the Technology Director for the in 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. District: Cordova School District Region: Southcentral

Executive Director Genie Siedler:  Consider me a versatilist: “Versatilists are able to apply a depth of skill to a progressively widening scope of situations and experiences, equally at ease with technical issues as with business strategy.” Of the many hats I have worn I am most proud of being Past President of ASTE, and currently Executive Director. Previously, as an Educational Technologist in the Mat-su, I planned and implemented training and professional development, organized and produced annual teacher technology academies and wrote and delivered credit coursework through Alaskan universities. Retired from Mat-Su Schools and currently in Eugene, Oregon, I wear a Grandma hat and a Volunteer hat at Adams Elementary where I teach the Meet the Masters Art program to elementary classrooms. Twitter @auntie_g or @asteconnect