2020-2021 Board Members

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 Adams

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District – Lead Innovation Designer

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 District. Her work intertwines deeply with current research and innovative practices. She is passionate about intentional technology integration for enriching the student experience. She has served on the ASTE board for 5 years, including being the Southcentral Rep and President for the 2018 conference.

Past President Amanda Duvall

Department of Education and Early Development – Federal Programs Director

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 Bill Burr

Delta/Greely School District, Assistant Superintendent

Bill Burr has been a teacher, principal, Tech Director, and a number of other positions in Alaska for 23 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 and 2019. He currently resides in Delta Junction working for the Delta/Greely School District as the Assistant Superintendent. He is an avid supporter of modernizing education and the path that digital education can make in the classrooms of the future. He exists online but in the world of Google, all references send you to the comedian. He’s funny, but not professionally funny.

Treasurer Jason Fastenau

Cordova City Schools, IT Director

As the Treasurer for the last five years, Jason has been a leader in the development of a sustainable financial plan and a 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. 

Secretary Jody Mar

Klawock City School District, Technology Coordinator

Jodi 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 Representative Sarah Petersen

Anchorage School District, Learning Facilitator

Sarah 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 – Technology Teacher Leader (TIL- TTL), and ASTE Board member (5 years). During her time at Ocean View, she earned a 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 Dan LaSota

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Instructional Designer

Dan lives in Fairbanks, works at UAF, and has been involved in Alaska education and public policy for 30 years. One of his goals in serving on the ASTE Board is to see how the University can better serve K-12 teachers and students across the State.

Northern Representative Amy Eakin

Northwest Arctic Borough School District, Director of Technology

Amy Eakin is the Director of Technology for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District. This is her 4th year in this role and 23rd year in education and the NWAB region of Alaska.  Amy previously taught math, science, and technology in Noorvik Aqqaluk School and Kotzebue Middle High School. She is a certified Apple technician and Apple teacher. Amy was recently awarded the ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Award for 2019 and firmly believes that children should be empowered through education and technology.  She is motivated by continually learning and spending time with her family.

Southeast  Representative Matt Gore

Southeast Islands Technology Director.

Matthew Gore is an Alaskan computer science innovator and educator. Starting at age 12 supporting a variety of businesses and their IT needs he continued down this path as one of the first students in Anchorage School District’s experimental programs for Student Administrators in IT. Continuing in a long pattern of IT support for organizations. After attending the University of Alaska System seeking an Education in Photography, Matthew becomes a partner at Studio B in Anchorage, AK. Continuing in the search for meaningful impactful work Mathew was called to become an educator returning to the university system to become a Special Education Teacher, at the same time serving on the local board for Public Radio. Realizing his full potential, and experience, the Wrangell School District hired him as Technology Director, the role which he has served for over four years. During this time pioneering Computer Science Education at Wrangell Public Schools. Converting from a Computer Apps model to a Computer Science Model of education. Now serving as Southeast Islands Technology Director. Before: Technology as Culture Now: Technology is Culture Future: Technology makes Culture

Southcentral  Representative John  Notestine

Mat-Su Borough School District, CTE Teacher

John is a STEM teacher at Wasilla High School and a 21st-century educator. This is his 15th year of teaching and in that time, he has been the Alaska STEM teacher of the year, Alaska FTC (First Tech Challenge) Robotics coach of the year, a BP teacher of excellence, participated in numerous scholarship committees, worked as the MSEA union’s bargaining spokesperson, and served on several educational boards. John pioneered and developed the digital media, computer science, and robotics programs at Wasilla High School. His current teaching load includes Broadcast Journalism, AP Computer Science, Robotics, and Digital Media courses. John is an avid outdoor enthusiast disguised as a tech-nerd. His addictions include mountain biking and whitewater kayaking. This year he participated in numerous races including the Susitna 100 and Iditasport Ultra-Marathons.

Western  Representative Josh Bullock

Dillingham City School District, Technology Director

Josh 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 Chair Damon Hargraves

Kodiak Island Borough School District, Director of Federal Programs

Damon 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 an online curriculum and facilitate the professional development of learning tools.  Follow him on Twitter at @damonhargraves.

Schedule Chair and DEED Representative Brittney Bailey

Department of Education and Early Development – ELA Content Specialist

Since landing in Alaska on Dec 31, 2010, Brittnay Bailey has lived in 6 houses, owned 5 vehicles, visited 23 villages, climbed 4 mountains, and adopted one cat. She has taught children how to write and adults how to right click on a Mac. She has thrown many a dance party and gone swimming in the mighty Yukon River. She has loved many different aspects about being in Alaska, and is excited to embark on her newest journey: living in Anchorage and working for the Department of Education and Early Development as the ELA Content Specialist, with a side serving of Ed Tech. You can often find her at the Atwood Building downtown, or hanging with the moose on the trails behind her house.


Ididacontest Chair Sam McPhetres

Haines Borough School District, Technology  Coordinator

Sam McPhetres is ASTE’s iDidaContest Chair. The iDidaContest is a multimedia contest that showcases student and teacher’s digital projects from all over Alaska. Categories include movies, photos, podcasts, apps, and more. Winners of the iDidaContest are announced during the iDidaNight Celebration at the ASTE Conference each year and are listed on the website. While not serving on the ASTE Board, Sam is the Computer Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at the Haines Borough School District in Haines, Alaska.

Executive Director Genie Siedler

Eugene, Oregon, ASTE Executive Director

Genie is retired from Mat-Su Schools in 2011 and currently lives in Eugene, Oregon, where, as a grandmother of two school-age children, I volunteer at Adams Elementary where I teach the Meet the Masters Art program to elementary classrooms. Her role at ASTE began as a frequent attendee since 1995, where, in 2007, she received the ASTE Leadership Award. In 2009-11 Genie served ASTE as a Board member and President for the 2011 Conference, and finally as the Executive Director for 7 years. As an Educational Technologist in the Mat-su, Genie planned and implemented training and professional development, organized and produced annual teacher technology academies and wrote and delivered credit coursework through Alaskan universities. Twitter @auntie_g or @asteconnect