ASTE 2017-18 Board

ASTE Board Members for the 2017-18 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. The focus of the board’s work this year is to “promote and encourage appropriate use of tech for the improvement of instruction and educational management and to promote and encourage membership and participation in ASTE as a forum for professional engagement.” 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 Adams has taught for 16+ years in a wide variety of content areas ranging from ELL to Social Studies to Health with two years as a Technology Integration and Effective Instruction Coach. Staying in one content area would be boring right? Amanda is passionate about technology integration for the nurturing of knowledge in young minds. Currently, Amanda is in her fifth year of teaching online and blended courses. She can be seen around Seward riding her bike and wearing a tutu.District: Kenai Peninsula Borough Region: Southcentral Twitter:@amsuad

President Elect – 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. He has been known to load emulators and program BASIC on unsuspecting staff computers when they go on vacation. Find Bill on Twitter – (Consider it a challenge…)

Past PresidentLuke 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, and was most recently named a “20 To Watch” Educational Technology Leader by the National School Boards Association. District: Yukon-Koyukuk School District Region: Interior Twitter:@lmeinert

Treasurer – Jason Fastenau 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 – Jodi Mar 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.

Anchorage Representative – John Trampush has spent the last 30 years serving as an educator in Alaska. He’s taught students in every grade from kindergarten through graduate school, across much of Alaska’s geographic and educational terrain; from two-room, bush school houses, to large urban middle and high schools. He also helped found Highland Academy, a technology rich, standards-based charter school in the Anchorage School District. His background is as a philosophy, humanities, social studies & educational technology teacher.  At present he works in the Anchorage School District as a member of their Professional Learning Department. His primary educational interests are in collaborative technology, project-based learning, and the cultivation of collective intelligence in teachers & learners.  Find John on Twitter @AlaskanTraveler

Interior Representative – Scott Holmes has been in the education field for the past 9 years, 7 of those being in Alaska.  He was recently selected to be the Principal at Tok School in beautiful Tok, Alaska!  Scott joined the ASTE Board in 2016 as the Interior Representative.  You can find Scott on Twitter @scottholmes83



Northern Representative –  Brittnay Bailey has been an educator in Alaska for the past six years, and loving every minute of it. She started out as a Language Arntly finds herself as the Educational Technology Specialist for the North Slope Borough School District, servicing eleven schools in seven villages across the Slope. An advocate for teachers, she is passionate about making sure instructors have the skills and information needed to fully support their classrooms.  These days you can find her in Utqiaġvik (the village formerly known as Barrow), learning how to cross country ski and building her certifications in an effort to become an insufferable know-it-all in all things Google~ District: North Slope Borough School District Twitter: @BrittnayBailey

Southcentral Representative  – Jeffrey Blackburn, Educational Technologist of the Mat-Su School District. Jeffrey has been an educator in Alaska for 9 years and currently supports and trains teachers in integrating technology and instruction throughout his district. He believes strongly in the power of inquiry based instruction and personalized learning. Jeffrey works to ensure that technology enhances student learning and enables the best in our students by focusing on Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication.

Southeast Representative – Jon 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 Representative – 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. @verystillnorth



DEED Representative – Sam Jordan has been an educator for 17 years, and has worked in Oregon, New Jersey and Alaska. He has taught students from Kindergarten through 8th grade and served as a district and state program administrator.  His background is in disability education, disability law compliance, education equity and curriculum accessibility.  Sam currently serves as an administrator for special education programs at the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.  When not in his cubicle, he’s usually chasing his kids around all the awesome places in Juneau.  Find Sam at @saminjuneau

At-Large Representative – Keith Zamudio:  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


Advocacy Chair –  Damon Hargraves currently resides in Kodiak, Alaska with his wife, two boys & girl, and works in the Kodiak Island Borough School District as the District Director of Technology, and was previously the administrator of Kodiak’s distance learning program and also the assistant principal at the middle school.  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.  Damon is also a founding member of #akedchat, so join the conversation on Twitter, and follow him at @damonhargraves.

Ididacontest Chair – Sam McPhetres is the Computer Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at the Haines Borough School District in Haines, Alaska, where he manages a K-12t laptop and tablet 1 to 1 program.  Sam teaches Digital Design, Video Editing and incorporates aspects of the iDidaContest into his classroom lessons.  As the iDidaContest Chair, Sam manages the contest, creates and distributes the postcards to ASTE Members and schools, facilitates the judging of over 400 entries a year, and announces the winners at the ASTE iDidaNight Celebration each year. Follow him @smcphetres.

Volunteer Chair – Amanda Duvall is from Sitka School District, and is the middle school technology teacher. She currently teaches an introduction to technology class, robotics, coding, using Apps for fun, and game design. She coordinates the Sitka SD technology committee in supporting staff technology use. In the past Amanda has taught kindergarten and first grade and been a technology coach in the Anchorage School District. As the Volunteer Chair she supports the network leaders, supports network events, organizes volunteers for the conference and manage the Leadership Awards for ASTE. In Amanda’s free time she enjoys training for marathons (runcations) and baking.

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.” Gaining new competences, building relationships, and assuming new roles. Capable of constant adapting and constant learning and growing. Past President of ASTE, Alaska Society for Technology in Education and currently Executive Director. Manage registration software for exhibitor and sponsor booking, attendee registration, abstract management, session scheduling, speaker booking, creating marketing emails, and social media communication. Acted as Consultant in the implementation of one to one initiatives in the classroom by writing and developing web content for a four day professional development curriculum for teachers, sponsored by Intel Corporation, to help teachers learn how to integrate technology in a one to one classroom. In this training, teachers learn about personalization of learning when implementing a one to one environment. 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.  Twitter @auntie_g or @asteconnect