2019 ATLIS Annual Conference
Advisory Committee

 

Susan Bearden HeadshotSusan M Bearden
Education Consultant (Washington, DC)
Susan is strategic, growth-oriented technology leader and education consultant. From 2016-2017 she served as a Senior Education Pioneers Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Educational Technology where she led the 2017 update of federal government’s K-12 school infrastructure guide, Building Technology Infrastructure for Learning and served as the department liaison for broadband connectivity, privacy, and digital citizenship. Previously, Susan served as the Director of Information Technology at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Florida. Awards include being named to the Center for Digital Education’s 2015 list of “Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers,” the 2015 “Making IT Happen” Award from the Florida Society for Technology in Education, and the 2014 Bammy Award for School Technologist of the Year. 

MaryGrace Blubaugh
IT Operations Coordinator
Cannon School (Charlotte, NC)

Carrie Brown
Director of Curriculum and Technology

Trinity School of Midland (Midland, TX)
During her 17 years at Trinity, Carrie has been a classroom teacher, information technology instructor, reading specialist, Intermediate School Division Head, and Director of Literacy and Curriculum.  This past January she stepped into the role of Director of Curriculum and Technology. Carrie is passionate about helping teachers and students use technology to curate, evaluate, and create learning. Carrie holds a BBA - Marketing from Texas A&M University, a M.Ed. - Reading from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin,, and is a Certified Academic Language Therapist.  Although Carrie was eventually called to become a teacher, her love for technology started with her first job out of college working for Dell Computers. Carrie is an avid reader and golfer. She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters, Mary and Ashlin, one dog, Duke, and a fish, Dandelion.

Jared Colley
English Department Chair

The Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)
A Texas native, Jared studied English and philosophy at University of Texas at Austin before receiving his M.A. at New York University with a specific focus on interdisciplinary studies. For many years, Jared taught literature and history at various independent schools both in New York and in Oklahoma before joining Oakridge, where he teaches literature and humanities courses in the upper division. He enjoys presenting on topics like gamification, online collaboration, and human-focused design, and as a consultant, he has assisted schools with rethinking classroom design, instruction, and innovation. As co-director for programming, Jared helps organize the annual LLI Southwest Conference, which takes place in February at The Oakridge School. He was also named an OESIS Network Leader, affording him the opportunity to create and curate PD content for schools across the nation while also managing the OESIS English teacher listserv. Most importantly, Jared does what he does because he is passionately committed to the joyful work of building relationships with students and fellow faculty both in and outside the classroom.

Hiram Cuevas
Director of Academic Technology
St, Christopher’s School (Richmond, VA)
Hiram started his career at St. Christopher’s School in 1991 as a middle-school science teacher where he was instrumental in the development of its integrated science curriculum and of technology use in the classroom. Throughout his tenure, Mr. Cuevas has managed the deployment of St. Christopher’s and St. Catherine’s websites and student information systems, as well as the deployment of St. Christopher’s 1:1 BYOLaptop program. In 2015, St. Christopher’s was recognized as the Spotlight School at the Lausanne Learning Conference.  Hiram has also served as the chair for the VAIS Technology Committee, has been on WhippleHill’s/Blackbaud’s advisory board for seven years, is a Google Certified Administrator, and cohosts the ATLIS G Suite User Group.

Jason Curtis
Director of Technology and Information Resources

Hockaday School (Dallas, TX)
Jason began his career in education as an elementary school teacher, working with 1st, 4th, and 5th grades. After teaching, Jason moved into instructional technology, and from there to technology administration. The Hockaday School is a Consortium member at the Center for STEM Education for Girls, and Jason was a founding trustee for the Online School for Girls (One Schoolhouse). His passion is transforming the relationship between tech departments and school communities. He has served at Hockaday for the last six years after previously leading technology programs at Houston Christian High School and Laurel School. He lives in Richardson with his wife, three kids, two dogs, a cat, a tortoise, and a goldfish.

Jennifer Davenport
Director of Technology

The Avenues School (New York, NY)
Jennifer has spent 18 years in educational technology, 14 of which have been in K-12 environments. While Jennifer’s background is in systems and operations, she has a keen interest in progressive education and technology integration. She began her time in K-12 at The School at Columbia University (NY) as the Systems Administrator. She subsequently served as the Director of Technology at Saddle River Day School (NJ), Systems and Network Administrator at Riverdale Country School (NY), Director of Technology at The Speyer Legacy School (NY) and now serves as the Director of Technology at Avenues: The World School (NY). She served as Co-President of the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists in 2017-2018 and presently serves on the NYSAIS Committee for Educational and Information Technology. She lives in the Bronx, New York, with her partner and spends her free time cycling, hiking, skiing.

Jeff Dayton
Director of Innovation and Technology
The Madeira School (McLean, VA)
Jeff joined the independent school world in 2000 as the network operations manager after a long career in business environments. He brings a wealth of technology experience, having worked in the field since 1982, beginning with mainframe computers at Tyndall Air Force Base. At The Madeira School, he continues his passion for learning and teaching as a member of the Student Life faculty and as an 11th-grade advisor. In addition to his work at Madeira, Jeff has worked with Campus Outreach Services, The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. An avid tennis player, Jeff and his family live in Springfield, Virginia.

Jeff Diedrich
The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX)

Dr. Wesley Fryer
Technology Director

Casady School (Oklahoma City, OK)

Laura Hollis
Director of Technology

Saddle River Day School (Saddle River, NJ)
Laura is responsible for overseeing all tech-related purchases, campus initiatives, and integration projects at SRDA. She also teaches classes in the IDEAS lab makerspace and video production studio, founded the TEDxYouth club, and coaches the lower school ski team and RoboRebels robotics team. She enjoys collaborating with students and teachers who are interested in using technology to enrich lessons and projects. She has served as a technology integrator at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City, as well as Director of Instructional Technology, Fifth Grade Teacher and Community Service Director at St. James’ Episcopal School in Los Angeles, CA. She lives in Mahwah, New Jersey, with her husband and three sons.

Jayme Johnson
Head of Lower School

St. John’s Episcopal School (Dallas, TX)
Jayme is an educational technologist specializing in curriculum integration and utilizing web based resources in the K-12 classroom. In addition to her role as Head of Lower School at SJES in Dallas, she provides parent education sessions and leads customized professional development workshops for K-8 teachers. She previously served for 15 years as the Director of Academic Technology at a Los Angeles area PK-6th grade independent school. Jayme is a Google Certified Innovator andholds an MA in Educational Technology and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Larry Kahn
Chief Technology Officer

Trinity Valley School (Fort Worth, TX)
Larry has 36 years experience leading all phases of technology implementation and integration, including research, planning, and strategic execution in both the business and education sectors. For the past 16 years, he has led K-12 independent schools, boarding and day, single sex and coed, as they have harnessed technology in service of learning. Larry served on the Innovation Task Force for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Educator by the International Society for Technology in Education Independent School Educators Network. As CTO at TVS in Fort Worth, Larry oversees the school's Academic Technology, Operational Technology, and Information Technology.

Jason Kern
Assistant Head of School for Innovation and Learning

All Saints Episcopal School (Tyler, TX)
Jason has spent 22 years in education as a coach, teacher and administrator and has been at All Saints for the last two years, where he continues to pursue his interests in school design and the maker mindset. During his career, Jason has begun Integrated Media and Entrepreneurship programs in addition to establishing 1:1 learning initiatives and redesigning multiple physical and digital learning environments. Jason is a Google Certified Innovator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and has served as a TEDxYouth Curator.

Scott Lieberman
Director of Technology

Alexandria Country Day School (VA)
Scott began working in technology in 2000 at Green Hedges School in Vienna, VA. While at GHS, Scott was given the opportunity to design, install, and support the school's first network. After GHS Scott moved on to Flint Hill School, where he helped develop, implement, and support the school's first 1:1 MacBook initiative. During this time, he nurtured a thriving robotics program, participated as a chair of a school-wide TEDxYOUTH event, led numerous workshops, and contributed to the school becoming an Apple Distinguished School. Currently, Scott’s passions have led him into 3D printing prosthetic hands, exploring underwater robotics, and designing project-based science curriculum.

Matthew Lipstein
Director of Technology

St. Andrew’s School (Austin, TX)
At St. Andrew’s, Matthew leads a strong and diverse team of educational technologists, information technologists, and library media specialists focused on creating a transformative learning environment for students and faculty in a K12 setting. Previously, Matthew served as the Director of Technology at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School and then at the Spence School, both in New York City. He and his family moved to Austin in 2012, where he worked at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School before transitioning to St. Andrew’s Episcopal in 2014. In all of these roles, Matthew has strived to foster a collaborative, creative, and fun environment where teachers, students, and technology department members can do their best work. A frequent presenter at educational conferences, Matthew also enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, and hosts an FM radio show in Austin.

Jennifer Makins
Director of STEM Education
Parish Episcopal School (Dallas, TX)

Lauren Marold
Preschool -LS Computer Science & Engineering Coordinator

Greenhill School (Dallas, TX)
Lauren has been working in educational technology serving Dallas Independent schools for the pat 11 years. She began her career teaching K-4th grade technology classes and has worked with PK-12 students and faculty over the course of her career in independent schools. Currently in her 3rd year at Greenhill School, pursues her passion for professional learning and helping to develop teachers as tech integrators and innovative thinkers, which has driven her to pursue a second masters in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University. She was a member of the 2018 cohort of ECATD, the Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Institute at ATLIS, and she is excited to start her newest endeavor as a Lausanne Learning Teaching Consultant this school year. Lauren lives in Addison, Texas, with her husband and their two children.

Colleen McNeil
Director of Information Technology
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (Alexandria, VA)
Having started out as a high school Computer Science teacher in 1996, Colleen serves on the CoSN K12 Cybersecurity Committee in addition to her role at SSSAS. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York and a master's degree in Educational Technology from George Mason University. Thus, she can understand both how technology works, and why it may at times drive us crazy.

Elana Milstein
The Potomac School (McLean, VA)

Now in her eighth year at The Potomac School, Elana spent her first four years as Middle School Academic Technologist for grades four through six. In this position, she started a 1:1 laptop program, inaugurated a faculty iPad initiative, and facilitated a Digital Learning Team. Currently, Elana is the Technology Operations Coordinator and runs the day-to-day operations of the Technology Department.

Kate Ogden
Academic Technology Coordinator

The Lamplighter School (Dallas, TX)
At The Lamplighter School, Kate focuses on collaborating with PreK-4th grade teachers and administrators to integrate technology into daily lessons. Kate also provides customized professional development opportunities and oversees the school’s PreK-4th grade coding program, CAD and 3D printing integration, the student produced news broadcast Flash, project-based curricula, and and augmented reality activities school-wide. Kate was recently published in NSTA.

Shandor Simon
Director of Technology

Latin School of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Brian Sossamon
Director of Technology

Trinity Episcopal School (Austin, TX)
Brian has worked in Education almost 20 years, including for two of the largest public schools in North Carolina, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Union County Public Schools. He also worked as a networking and systems administration professional before joining Charlotte Latin School as Senior Network/Systems Admin and then Interim Director of Technology before transitioning to Trinity Episcopal where he leads all aspects of technology at Trinity, a 1:1 school with 800 plus devices. Brian manages an extensive support structure and Academic emergent program with STEAM guidelines for all classroom interactions.  

William (Bill) Stites
Director of Technology

Montclair-Kimberley Academy (Montclair, NJ)
William has been involved with educational technology at Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) since he was a student-teacher at the school in 1993. Now in his 25th year at the school, he has served in numerous roles, including primary school technology instructor, technology coordinator, web site manager, third grade teacher, Irish Studies program associate director, and Director of Technology. While at MKA he has overseen the development of the school’s 1:1 Learning Initiative, which was recognized as the “Spotlight School” during the 2012 Lausanne Learning Conference and as an Apple Distinguished School (2013-2017). William also serves as blogger-in-chief for edSocialMedia and is a senior collaborator with Educational Collaborators. William co-hosts the ATLIS Information Systems User Group as well.

Paul Tidmore
Director of Educational Technology

Parish Episcopal School (Dallas, TX)

Stacy Tippens
Educational Technology Specialist

The Madeira School
Stacy is in her fifth year as an Educational Technology Specialist at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia. She has worked in the fields of Education and Information Technology since 1997. Stacy will complete her Master’s degree in Education with a specialty in Blended and Online Learning Environments from George Mason University in December 2018.  As an Ed Tech Specialist, she has a passion for helping others innovate in all areas of education, because engagement is about innovation, not technology. A committed leader of girls and global education, Stacy has contributed Madeira’s STEAM initiative, developed an audio recording program on campus, editedThe National Coalition of Girls' School's podcast, PEP Talks, co-chaired the DC-area Independent School STEM/STEAM PLC, and served on the 2018 ATLIS Conference Planning Committee.

Steve Uhr
Director of Technology

Fort Worth Country Day School (Fort Worth, TX)
Steve began his career in education as a Biology teacher at Prince George High School in Virginia. A family move to Baltimore, Maryland, introduced Steve to the world of independent school education. He led the technology program at Dahan Day School in Baltimore for 13 years before joining the administration at Fort Worth Country Day in 2006. Steve deeply believes in the role independent schools play in our society and the role they fulfill in the national educational community.  At FWCDS, Steve is chiefly responsible for all aspects of educational technology, as well as the school’s institutional technology needs. He works daily with faculty, staff, and administration to ensure their technical needs are met and to broaden their instructional approaches related to technology. Student learning and engagement, consistency, customer service, and communication are areas of focus. Steve’s wife, Kathy is the Head of Lower School at another area independent school, and they have twins in the 11th grade at FWCD.

Michelle Vaughn
Director of Technology and Modern Learning

Oakridge School (Arlington, TX)
Michelle's career in education spans 29 years and includes teaching at the elementary level, coordinating and directing educational technology initiatives, designing and implementing curricula, serving as an adjunct professor at the university level, and now directing modern learning at Oakridge. In addition to managing her team, mentoring teachers and students, and facilitating professional development, Michelle enjoys travel, sports, music, fast cars, hiking, and running.

Krissy Venosdale
Innovation Coordinator

The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX)
At Kinkaid, Krissy runs the Lower School’s maker space, “The Launch Pad,” supports classroom teachers, and oversees the 4th-grade live morning news broadcast, KLSTV.  She loves incorporating creativity and technology in authentic ways, helping teachers grow, and seeing kids experience the true power of being global citizens.  

Vinnie Vrotny
Director of Technology

The Kinkaid School (Houston, TX)
Vinnie has focused his 32-year career on developing ways to best leverage technology in meaningful and authentic ways for learners. He is currently in his fifth year at Kinkaid, where he is responsible for all aspects of technology across every division, department, and constituency group on the school’s campus. Prior to his arrival in Texas, he was the Director of Academic Technology at the North Shore Country Day School (IL) and Quest Academy (IL) for 21 years. As a technology leader and NAIS Teacher of the Future, Vinnie is currently  focused on implementing technology enhanced learning environments for all learners, including designing physical and virtual learning spaces and environments, developing a balanced, human-centered approach to our use of technology, and creating a secure environment for the school’s users. Vinnie has taught mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science, and coached athletics.