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Mike McCann

Follow Mike on Twitter at @mccann1776.

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Mike McCann is currently in his first year as an assistant principal at Black Hawk Middle School in the Warren County R-III School District. Previously, in the Wentzville School District, he was a seventh grade social studies teacher and then a instructional technology coach. In 2014, Mike was selected to attend Google Teacher Academy and became a Google Certified Teacher (now Google Certified Innovator) and is currently on the planning committee for the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In 2013, he attended the Technology Leadership Academy at EducationPlus. As an instructional leader, Mike strives to help encourage and motivate teachers to want to use technology in the classroom as a way to engage students. He is also helping to boost parent involvement at Black Hawk Middle School through the use of social media.

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Kimberly Lindskog

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We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Kim Lindskog is a part of the Teaching, Learning and Accountability team as a Library Systems Support Specialist in the Parkway School District. She embraces her role in supporting librarians and sharing her knowledge with districts across the area by regularly presenting at conferences including ISTE, METC, M3, MASL and SLRLN. Kim’s focus is to help define what it means to be a digital age librarian, craft spaces that promote individual and community growth and create opportunities through transformative ideas that change the connection from the past to the future for library programs. Kim is able to work with both students and adults to make technology integration, reading and information literacy an authentic part of the classroom experience.

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Michelle Schmitz

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We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Dr. Michelle Schmitz
is in her 11th year as an administrator in the Liberty Public School District. Dr. Schmitz is an elementary principal who is reimagining and rethinking education to meet the needs of today’s learner. Schmitz opened EPiC Elementary where Every Person is Inspired to Create. It is a learning environment that is re-imagining education based on three pillars: empowering creativity, equipping students and engaging communities. Dr. Schmitz believes that as we navigate through the 21st century, there is an incredible sense of urgency to foster a culture of leaders who will continue developing our complex world. It is our responsibility and obligation to teach students the acquisition process of developing new ideas and redesigning existing ideas. In its first year EPiC Elementary had over 1,500 visitors. It an environment where visitors can see “together, we can transform education.” 

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Manuel Herrera

Follow Manuel on Twitter at @manuelherrera33.

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Over the past 12 years Manuel Herrera has served learners through several roles in education. From the beginning of his career as a middle school Special Education teacher, Manuel has advocated that students be given the opportunity to leverage technology as a way to create, connect and share their learning. He believes that when students are driven by their own passions and curiosity, they have the opportunity to create their learning and teach others. Currently, Manuel is the Coordinator of 1:1 Programming for the Affton School District, located in south St. Louis. He is also a member of the leadership team for the educational non-profit ConnectEd Learning. Manuel has presented at conferences in Illinois, Missouri and Texas, including SXSWEdu, METC, EdCamp, ActivEducator and RCET-SW. Manuel holds his M.Ed Administration.

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Valorie Stokes

Connect with Valorie on Twitter at @See_Spot_Read

We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Valorie Stokes serves as the library media specialist for Platte County R3 High School and coordinates the district’s K-12 library program. Valorie collaborates with educators and their students at all levels to help them effectively use technology to enhance learning.

From 2008-2011, she led the National Writing Project’s Web Presence Facilitation Team and presented about her experiences at several of the national NWP Annual Meetings. She has also taken an active role in creating professional development experiences and teaching graduate courses in teaching with technology for the Prairie Lands Writing Project at Missouri Western State University. In her work,  Valorie encourages the thoughtful and purposeful exploration and use of technology and embraces the 4 C’s as lenses through which to think about and work with technology resources and tools.

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Heather Essig

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We’re excited to share our MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR bios on The Connected Classroom! These K-12 educators demonstrate motivation, engagement, transformation and connection while using technology to improve teaching and learning. They will share their best practices at the MIDWEST EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY COMMUNITY CONFERENCE in February. This year, we have educators from across the state of Missouri presenting. The METC 2016 MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATORS were selected by the METC Conference committee.

Heather Essig teaches advanced placement/ college credit biology and 6th grade science at Visitation Academy, a 1:1 environment, in St. Louis, Missouri. She has created a blended classroom environment where learning is enriched by technology as students actively model, explain, experiment and explore science.  Heather is always looking for new ways to use technology to do real science investigations including robotics, computer models and bioinformatics. She is the 2015 Loeb Prize winner for Teaching Excellence in Science and Mathematics and is a member of the AP Biology Leadership Academy. Heather is the current David and Marilyn Kirk Fellow for the Washington University Institute for School Partnership.

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EducationPlus’ Best Practices Conference returns this November. This is an exciting day of collaborative learning designed specifically for elective and exploratory teachers in grades 6-12. Participants will be able to choose from 20+ specialized break-out sessions created by local and regional area instructional leaders to foster innovation. Educators will also participate in teacher’s choice sessions designed by participants, for participants, where they will connect with thought-leaders, collaborate around topics of interest, explore best practices in your content and enhance classroom experiences. Specific content areas of discussion include classroom practices in fine and performing arts, CTE (FACS, engineering, industrial technology, business), health/PE plus world languages. Registration is open now for the November 6th conference at Ft. Zumwalt North High School.

Best Practices Collage

Best Practices Conference 2015: EnrichEd Learning for Elective and Exploratory Teachers. Learn more by clicking here.

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