MEET THE FABULOUS ECGlobal TEAM

Debra Reymundo Atchison has been in the educational technology field for 25+ years. She earned her Master’s degree online in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University in 1999. Since this time, she has taken her technology training skills out of the public schools and into the rest of the world. She has worked as an international trainer, training in countries such as Tanzania & Kenya, Africa, Ukraine, Croatia, Turkey and Austria to name a few. She has led large school districts to numerous successes in technology through her school, district and state technology leadership positions. Debra has taught technology applications on a college level and has even been the personal home-school teacher for comedian Eddie Murphy’s own children. Mrs. Atchison has vast experience in online learning as well. She has written, designed and even taught online courses for continued learning credit and collegiate environments. Debra’s enthusiastic, patient and interactive approach to professional development leaves educators not only with new skills, but also motivation, excitement and passion for implementing technology best practices into their curriculum as soon as they return to their classroom. Debra is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Google Apps Certified Administrator. She is also the co-founder of EdChange Global and EdChange Global Classrooms.  Both are 24-hour online learning experiences for teachers and students around the world with over 2,200 classrooms from 60 countries participating.

Though Cassie Reeder has been in the education field just over 7 years, she has a well rounded, well connected portfolio. After earning her Masters in Elementary Education with a specialization in Educational Technology from the University of Florida in 2011, her teaching career began in the Tampa, FL area. The next four years of her elementary teaching career took place in Richardson ISD, where she met Debra Atchison and Jaime Donally, two relationships which have proven to be life changing. During this time, she also attended her first edcamp, got a twitter account, and made countless connections with other educators while working to build her PLN. As a co-founder of EdChange Global, she has dedicated a great deal of time during the fall and summer of the past 4 years to create a space for educators and students to connect and collaborate in a comfortable online environment, learning at their own pace, about the topics they desire. Cassie wore many hats during her two years as a Promethean education consultant, from social media manager, and creator of support resources to training development and delivery, and she will forever be grateful for the skills and growth opportunities provided. Though just starting out on this new journey as an independent education consultant, as of June 2018, Cassie has high hopes that her innovation and creativity, impressive work ethic and continued collaboration with various members of her PLN will prove this is where she is meant to be.

Ms. Desiree Alexander, Ed.S. is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is currently the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences nationwide. She holds various certifications, as well as multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer, Google Innovator, Apple Teacher 2016, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer. She is one of the 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 A+PEL Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, and a campus 2015 Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com. 

Future Ready Teacher Librarian

Katie McNamara is a Future Ready Teacher Librarian currently teaching at North High School in Bakersfield, CA and Fresno Pacific University. She holds an MA in Literacy and three California credentials: Teacher Librarian Services, Reading Specialist, and Single Subject Teaching: English. She is an active member of the California School Library Association, currently serving as Southern Region Section 1 Rep and Conference Committee. Additionally, she serves on Kern Council Teachers of English (KCTE), is a MackinTYSL (Transform Your School Library) Advocate, #calibchat co-founder, and Ed Change Global organizer. She stays active in planning, badging, and presenting her local CUE, affiliate CUE, and Edumatch events. As a Teacher Librarian, Katie McNamara has had ample experience in connecting her students to the best digital resources and digital resource management available. Katie has helped students and teachers alike maximize the tools available to be innovative learners and lesson planners, respectively. Katie is passionate about preparing students for colleges and careers, and she makes a conscious effort to emphasize the importance of responsible digital citizenship including the shift to digital leadership in all of her teaching, which ranges from ESL to GATE K-12+ students.

Katie recently launched Bootcamp PD. She is an ambassador of literacy and innovation and thrives on learning and discovering new ways to make learning enjoyable. Her latest discoveries include hyperdocs and AR/VR. Katie is passionate about inspiring and empowering others. One of her greatest joys comes from the ripple effect of helping a teacher who then uses that in their classroom and then shares with another teacher and so on. Create. Inspire. Empower. Repeat. She is also a proud boymom.

Owen Nesbitt

Digital Learning Specialist Passionate about EdTech

EdTech advocate David Guerin said that “Classrooms do not need technology nerds that can teach. They need teaching nerds who can use technology.” That last sentence sums up Owen Nesbitt.  He has spent two decades dedicated to the betterment of students and teachers alike. Teaching is his magnum opus and his raison d’etre. He has taught every class possible in secondary English. He still grades the AP test. As a digital learning specialist for the past five years, he has been the standard bearer for best practices and innovation. His grounding and passion for academics and learning in general combined with his constant search for tools that engage students and make teachers more efficient is what makes him an excellent technology integrator.  

EdTech Consultant

Lindy Hockenbary is an instructional technologist whose passion is helping educators utilize technology to enhance learning experiences. She has spent her career in the education field working as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer, professional development trainer, and technology integration specialist. Through these experiences, Lindy realized the need for quality instructional technology support for teachers and schools. To help meet this need, Lindy currently works as a freelance educational consultant facilitating face-to-face, video-conference, and online trainings for educators across the globe. Her repertoire of expertise is vast and highlighted in her education and edtech certifications: Google for Education Certified Trainer and Educator Level 2, Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer, Minecraft Certified Trainer, Hapara Champion Trainer and Consultant, and Master of Educational Technology degree.  In addition, she focuses on virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), maker learning, and game-based learning in education.

EdTech Consultant

Bio coming soon.

Instructional coach for Montgomery ISD, Keenan Elementary

I am a graduate of Lamar University with a Master's in Educational Technology Leadership. I truly love being an instructional coach for Montgomery ISD. This year is my 2nd year as a campus coach, and I am so happy to be at our newest elementary school, Keenan Elementary. I have taught grades 1-4, and I am also a technology integration mentor for my district. I hold 2 Teacher of the Year distinctions and, in 2015, I was a top 4 finalist in HEB's Excellence in Education in the "Leadership Elementary" category. I am an educator that encourages and motivates others to reach far beyond the classroom walls to make the learning more meaningful and inspiring. I have a true passion for working with other educators and students to encourage them to make and foster global connections.

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