Hapara Certified Educator Profiles
We are a community of educators united by a passion for transformative pedagogy and meaningful edtech integration.
Afzal Shaikh is the Technology Learning Specialist at The York School in Toronto, Canada. In this role, he helps integrate technology within the IB PYP curriculum at the K-5 level. He insures that teachers are introduced with new application, tools and strategies that can enhance their skills within the classroom. Working alongside teachers, his embedded PD sessions model allow him to effectively integrate technology into everyday educational practice.
In 2013, Afzal was chosen to participate in the Google Teacher Academy in London, England to become a Google Certified Teacher. This certification has resulted in an explosion of his Professional Learning Network and given Afzal the opportunity to present at various Google Summits across Canada. Afzal is also the Co-Leader of the Google Educator Group in Ontario, where he actively inspires and empowers educators all around the world to better meet the needs of their students through technology solutions.
Having Hapara for three years now I’ve realized that it is the single most important tool in our digital toolkit. Becoming a Hapara Certified Educator has allowed me to engage and share with other educators who are also catalyst for change.This Certification program helped me to reflect on my teaching and assisted me in becoming a better educator.
Aida Awad is a Science teacher and department head as well as a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and Hapara Certified Educator. She presents at conferences and workshops, and provides technology integration training across the country for K-12 and higher education.
Aida serves on several professional organization boards including: the Geological Society of America Education Committee and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. She earned a B.S. in Geology and a B.A. in Political Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois.
When you learn in context, you learn differently. The Hapara Certified Educator program focuses on learning the Hapara tools in the context of truly effective, research based pedagogy.
This is how we should be teaching! This is how students learn!
At the ripe old age of 34 I decided it was time for a career change and went to University while being a fulltime Mum of 2. I completed a BSci and a BTeach and finally started teaching at 38. I have never looked back. I teach at Kildare Catholic College and I teach Mathematics, Science, Physics and Business Services and I am a Science Assistant Coordinator.
I love trying to find new ways in which to deliver the maths content to my students and frequently use Game Based Learning and songs to help them learn and enjoy maths more. I am currently undertaking my Masters of Education (KNDI) and focusing on building the technology skills of the Science department.
The HCE program really helped me to focus on the use of Hapara to support pedagogy. It was a complete move away from the usual technology tools focus and shifted the focus back onto teaching and student learning.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about how Hapara supports Student Agency, Differentiation and providing fast feedback. I now feel confident about answering the questions about why our teachers should be utilising Hapara within the classroom to support their students learning.
The international collaboration that this program encourages is a valuable gift to any participant.
Amy has been teaching elementary school for 21 years. She holds a MA degree in curriculum & instruction and a MA degree in elementary math education. Along with being a 6th grade teacher, she facilitates monthly tech training class for teachers in her district. In addition to being a coach for her school’s award winning Science Olympiad team, she is a CUE Rockstar Teacher, Wonder Grant Teacher Alumni and a Hapara Certified Educator. To her family, Amy is a baseball mom, a dance mom and the number one fan for her husband’s Volkswagen drag race team. In her free time she an avid daffodil photographer.
Because I completed the Hapara Certified Educator program, I have a clear understanding of pedagogy first approach. It has helped me to have a more meaningful understanding of the limitless resources available for learning. Designing digital content through the Hapra Instructional Management Suit has transformed my classroom and the way my grade level team collaborates.
Amy is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, tech geek, Star Wars nerd. She holds an MA in Educational Technology, and has been teaching 5th grade for the last ten years, and now serves as an Instructional Technology TOSA for her District. Amy has extensive experience implementing GAFE and 1:1 Chromebooks in her own classroom. She enjoys presenting at conferences and sharing her passion with other educators.
The HCE program was a great learning experience. I have used Hapara tools in my classroom for the past few years, but was fascinated to learn about its founding pedagogies and philosophies. I now have a very strong sense of pride when I share with people what I learned throughout HCE. As teachers, the most important thing we can do is connect with our students and make learning valuable and engaging. Hapara helps makes this possible.
Andy Hammons has taught 6th grade for eight years within Hesperia Unified School District. He’s functioned as a team technology leader, ed-tech pioneer, and computer club mentor for the elementary schools he’s taught at. Andy’s hosted enterprise grade open source LMS, CMS, and remote conferencing solutions for educational institutions, businesses, and individuals since 2007. He’s a founding member and certified GeoGebra User with the GeoGebra Institute of California, a member of the Free Software Foundation, and now a Hapara Certified Educator!
The HCE course was more thought provoking and useful than I had anticipated. The scope of the course was very thorough and went far beyond a cursory exploration of yet another digital classroom tool. The collaborative course activities meshed with such a diverse and talented group of international educators allowed for deeper learning and a rich exchange of ideas. I look forward to sharing Hapara with fellow educators to facilitate easier collaboration creating and delivering personalized project based learning pathways.
Anna Klein has been teaching chemistry at Maine East High School for 27 years. She has worked with Google and Hapara applications since 2011.
Anna is a Google Certified Educator and has presented at several conferences such as IETC, ICE, D207 Taste of Tech and Waukegan’s Google N’ More.
She loves to travel, read, garden, cook and spend time with friends and family.
The HCE Program was an extremely rewarding and enriching experience. My favorite part of the experience was being able to work with and learn from like-minded individuals. The HCE program gave me the confidence and expertise I needed to be able to lead and inspire educators to use Hapara’s functionality to enhance their pedagogy.
Anthony Speranza is a Certified Google for Education Trainer and Innovator, Hapara Certified Educator, and the 2014 DLTV Educator of the Year as awarded by Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria. He is passionate about contemporary spaces, pedagogies, and collaborative practises amongst educators.
During his time at St. Mark’s he established several digital literacy initiatives, developed cybersafety programs, and introduced a range of technologies for learning across the school.
Recently he completed a small scale research project involving 1:1 classrooms whilst studying his Masters Degree in Education (ICT). Currently he is implementing a 1:1 Chromebook and BYO mobile device program in the middle and senior years, and is supporting teachers and students from Foundation to Year 6 to utilise a range of technologies, including Google Apps For Education.
Anthony has consulted with a range of schools who have “Gone Google”, and aims to bring the best out of organisations for transformational change. He is an avid speaker and facilitator at the local, national and international level.
The HCE program was an excellent example of contemporary and global education – practical, relevant and useful learning that could be contextualised by willing participants, guided by a knowledgeable facilitator who used electronic spaces and communities to connect colleagues over vast distances.
Beth is the Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist for Gering Public Schools in Nebraska. She also teaches a social studies class. Her class serves as a model classroom to demonstrate innovative uses of technology. Beth is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer. She loves to travel and presents at conferences around the country.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.
Beth was an Air Force brat who has lived in Kansas, Missouri, Germany, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, Wyoming, and Nebraska. She claims the Lone Star State as her home, but she will eventually end up back in Missouri on the family farm.
Being part of the HCE program provided me with a completely different perspective on how other educators incorporate Hapara. I got so many ideas for ways to design Workspaces to increase student agency!
I am responsible for supporting teachers in my district as they begin to embrace GAFE and figure out how to use technology to transform teaching and learning. I cannot imagine doing this without having access to Hapara. The HCE program provided me with access to others who are using Hapara in unique and innovative ways. I have already shared some of those ideas with the teachers in my district. The HCE Google+ community has quickly become my lifeline!
Bill Corcoran is a Learning Technologies consultant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board in Ottawa, Canada. He has recently moved from the classroom into this system role, spending the last 9 years in Junior (4-6) Classrooms.
Bill is a father to three wonderful boys, a technology enthusiast, a lifelong learner and a Samaritan on the Digital Road. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, playing hockey, strumming the guitar and cheering on the Ottawa Senators, his favourite NHL team.
The HCE program was such an enriching experience. My goal for the program was to connect with educators around the world and to learn from others and support my development pedagogically with Hapara tools and Google Apps for Education. The HCE program delivered! As we discussed how our students can become “agents of their own learning”, we too developed “Teacher Agency” … allowing us to explore and have a say in our own learning!
Carrie is currently an EdTech facilitator who works with secondary schools and teachers in Fremont County School District #14. A veteran science teacher of 25 years (advanced placement biology, environmental science and general biology), she holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a masters degree in biology.
The HCE program was beneﬁcial to deepening my knowledge of Hapara tools and helping me focus on the pedagogy of sound learning using technology. Instruction needs to be learner-focused, not focused on the technology. I felt this certiﬁcation met that criteria.
Chris is a level 2 Google Certified Teacher currently working as a Technology Instructional Coach in the Richland School District. In this role he gets to work directly with teachers to plan and teach lessons and units in classes integrating new Ed-Tech into the curriculum. He is also tasked with providing PD at a site and district level related to the seamless integration of Ed-Tech. In a previous life, Chris taught High School ELA and began honing his skills in using technology to blend, flip and transform the learning his students were doing in school.
When he’s not teaching you can probably find him at a show or traveling. Chris is a music lover, road-trip wanderer, bike rider, adventurer, WSU Cougar, simple living enthusiast(er).
I’ve taken many certification courses over the years, and they often range from anywhere from uncomfortable to frustrating. With the HCE program, my experience was much different. This program was more hands-on than most. It was awesome to be in a cohort, where we can share ideas,struggles and successes was awesome! The support provided by our facilitator, Allison Winston, was incomparable.
The HCE experience drove me to think outside the box and be creative in my thinking about using the technology. I am now more focused on integrating within the context of solid pedagogy focused on improving student learning. It also allowed me the opportunity to apply information about Hapara to real world situations right here in my school, my district and beyond.
Cynthia has been a 5th and 3rd grade teacher for 9 years. She worked her way through college as a computer technician and brought her love of technology to the classroom. She is now serving Santa Fe Christian Schools as an EdTech Coach and enjoys empowering other teachers to integrate technology. Cynthia is also a Level 2 Google Certiﬁed Educator. She blogs at teachingtechnix.com.
Going through the HCE program was so beneﬁcial! It was a lot of work, but I enjoyed the process. I had used Hapara tools and knew them well, but this program made me think deeply about how to integrate the Hapara suite into the classroom to impact student learning in a positive way. All the work was well worth it and I’m thrilled to be a part of the Hapara extended family.
My name is Dan Hauptman and I am an instructional coach w/ technology in the Palmdale School District. This is my first, almost complete, year as an instructional coach. For 10 years, I was in the classroom teaching 5th grade. I have always pushed the boundaries of technology in my classroom. I was the first to get a “tablet” 10 years ago, first with an ipad in the classroom being used, and 1st going 1:1 with laptops. This year, as a coach, I helped train 125 teachers with our 4000 Chromebook rollout.
The HCE program is top notch. You may think it is just another program to sit through and click the boxes, but you would be wrong. The program is setup to make you think about the practice of teaching, and really analyze the idea of learner agency. When I entered in the program, I had a pretty good foundation in Hapara. As I progressed through the program, I realized I was not only teaching the use of Hapara all wrong, but I had to look at myself and at my practice of teaching adults. I am a better teacher now that I have progressed through the program.
Thank you to Allison and the Hapara staff. You guys are truly remarkable.
Eleni Kyritsis is an IB PYP teacher at Firbank Grammar, an Independent School in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, Hapara Certified Educator, the host and founder of TeachTechPlay, and the creator of the Genius Hour Fair. Eleni is the 2016 Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria Educator of the Year. She incorporates a range of technology into her classes to enhance teaching and learning. Eleni is always looking for new and exciting ways to integrate technology into the classroom to provide rich resources to help foster and support student learning.
The HCE program deepened my understanding of the Hapara tools and enhance the way I use them in my everyday teaching and learning. It allowed me to share my own ideas with other like minded educators and gain an insight into how others use Hapara around the world.
I am an English teacher, poetry slam coach, and instructional coach at Maine East High School. For the past 13 years I have taught in Maine Township District 207 after working at Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago for 3 years. For the past 14 years I have coached poetry slam teams which participate in Louder Than a Bomb, the Chicago youth poetry festival, as well as several other slams around Chicago. In 2010 I founded Louder Than a Lawnmower, the north suburban poetry festival now in its sixth year in existence. Over the last two years I have served as an Instructional Coach at Maine East, working with teachers to support best practice in the classroom.
Outside of school I like to play games and walk my dogs with my wife and two kids. I also play basketball, run obstacle course races, and love to buy shoes.
I took the HCE course to plan better units, differentiate lessons and gain a better overall understanding of Hapara and all of its functionality. Throughout the course I not only learned about Hapara, but was able to create units and initiate them into my courses right away. The Workspaces I created allowed me to be very organized, differentiate easily, see progress and grade student assignments, while making everything readily available for students. I am excited to continue to grow as an HCE, as well as coach other teachers on the functionality and power of Hapara.
Evyan* is the Educational Technology Coordinator for Battle Ground Public Schools in Washington. In (what feels like) a past life, she taught Reading Intervention and Drama to hilarious students at a difficult—yet rewarding—Title I high school in Tampa, FL. Once she’d had enough of humidity and excess of Walmarts, she moved clear across the country, sight-unseen, to Vancouver,
WA, where she now lives in her Dream House with her adopted, knucklehead dog Steven and totally-chill cat Monkeyface.
Evyan leads the district, including several cohorts of teachers, through the glittery maze of Google Apps for Education. She spends most of her workday fighting the good fight against explicitly teaching technology and–instead–battles to arm students and teachers with tools to be creative, self-sufficient, and flexible in the digital world.
*pronounced EH-vee-yin (not like the water)
The HCE experience allowed me to actually pause and think about pedagogy and teaching–as opposed to teaching tools. Often, there isn’t time for real reflection when you’re running around rolling out a new program or product (or it doesn’t feel like a priority when you have a mile-long to-do list), but HCE coursework forces you to stop and process. Plus, you get to do so alongside peers who are also trudging through the sometimes-messy world of meaningfully teaching with technology, and that sense of community is priceless.
Hi! I am a special education teacher, case manager, English co-teacher, and most recently, a department instructional coach at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. I have been fortunate enough to work with some great educators, and have had the opportunity to co-present workshops, both in district and out, on the integration of tech tools in the classroom to use for formative assessment. Although I am NOT a techie by any means, I am an edtech enthusiast, and consider it to be an integral part of any sound pedagogy.
Outside of my classroom walls, I enjoy spending time with my awesome and talented family. I love a good bootcamp style workout, reading the latest young adult lit, and playing the cello to relax…although I am pretty sure my cello playing does not have the same calming effect on those listening to me play. Seven years ago, I also became a founding member of the Galactosemia Association of Midwest America (GAMA) after my second daughter was born with galactosemia (go ahead, Google it). Our family is committed to educating others about this rare, metabolic disease.
As soon as I heard about the HCE program, I knew I wanted it. I joined the program hoping to learn more about how Hapara could assist me in creating purposeful, guided, individualized and differentiated instruction to best meet my students’ needs. However, what I got out of the program was so much more. It helped me become a more reflective educator. I was able to move deeper into my own thoughts and ideas about pedagogy, and my own teaching practice. Technology can be the great equalizer, both for learners and for teachers. However, there needs to be a definite shift in using these tools in a meaningful way, and not just as the latest toy in the classroom. Matching purpose to outcome is key. Hapara makes this shift possible and attainable. I look forward to helping others use Hapara to discover meaningful ways to build on their pedagogy and instruction.
As a Hapara Certified Educator, I am so excited to be connected to this community of educators, connected by Hapara, and sustained by our passion and drive for our craft.
Harmony Cano has worked for Pasadena Unified School District for 10 Years. Eight of those years were spent teaching 6th and 8th grade ELA and Social Studies at Washington Middle School. The past 2 years, and this current school year, she is working as an Educational Technology Coach supporting all teachers in the adventure of integrating tech into their classrooms. When not in a classroom, coaching or planning, Harmony loves to spend the day at Dodger Stadium with her son.
Our district has been using Hapara now for 2 years, and it is a tool that makes technology integration feel safe and accessible for both teachers and students.
Being able to participate in this program has not only equipped me to better support our teachers, but it has connected me with innovative educators all over the world! I truly appreciate the experience Hapara Certified Educators gave me.
Heather Rentz is an Educational Technologist for Buffalo Trail Public Schools in Wainwright, Alberta.. She has been a classroom teacher for 15 years in a wide range of classrooms from Grade 1 to Grade 12. She is currently working with students and staff in her division to implement ethical and responsible digital citizenship practices. She is also working as a learning coach with other educators to create inquiry and technology based projects to enhance education and collaboration. As a 21st century educator, she is constantly changing and evolving her teaching philosophy.
Heather loves adventures and she loves to travel. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and three children in the summer and the winter. Besides being a Hapara Certified Educator, she is also a Google Certified Educator and a devoted life-long learner!
I found that the Hapara Certified Educator program was both challenging and fulfilling. I learned so much about the power of Hapara’s products and the benefits for all students and teachers. I personally reflected on my own teaching practices to improve student engagement. I found new and exciting ways to use Hapara Workspace to encourage differentiation. I also enjoyed meeting and collaborating with so many like-minded professionals from all around the world.
James is a former math teacher who is now working as an education and data consultant with Amplified IT. He works with schools and districts to implement technology success plans, and identifies or creates solutions to problems educators face in today’s classrooms. He is Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, and publishes much of work to his website.
Completing the Hapara Certified Educator course was a great experience. Not only did it build my fluency with the tools, but reinforced a focus on good pedagogy.
Learning outcomes were always the heart of the course activities. They encouraged reflective learning and community-building within the group.
Jen Struebing is a fitness and health enthusiast, former ice-hockey player, scuba diver, competitive stair racer and Ironman. Now, she’s focusing her attention on being the best mom, wife and teacher she can be. She teaches English/ESL at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. She loves her job and looks forward to going to work every day.
Simply put, Hapara helps me be a better teacher. With Highlights, I can direct my students to practice Digital Citizenship and with Workspace, I can design a curriculum that meets the needs of all my students. Hapara allows me to give immediate feedback and differentiate the activities I provide for my students. During the HCE program, I gained confidence with my Hapara skills and now I want to convince my peers to integrate it in their classroom so we can share the power of Hapara.
Jessica Peters has seen the impact technology can have on student learning and now helps teachers use technology more effectively with their students. After teaching math for several years with a class set of devices (iPads, then Chromebooks), she saw how much more engaged students were and how much easier it was to differentiate practice when devices were available.
When not nerding out on technology and education data, she can be found hiking, kayaking, and exploring America’s National Parks.
Hapara is the tool that I always wished I had when I was teaching, so I could have spent less time making tinyurls and standing at the back of the room watching screens. The HCE course was an opportunity for me to deepen my understanding of Hapara and how it can help our teachers with differentiated learning. I loved learning about the pedagogy behind the functionality and look forward to sharing it with our teachers!
Hi, I’m Jody Blackmore, a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. I truly believe that technology can be a powerful learning tool for students and teachers. Integrating technology into classrooms in a purposeful way is a large focus in my current role and has always been a personal interest. Previously, I taught at a Hutterite Colony school (kindergarten through grade nine in a one-room school with no technology) and served as Team Leader for the Colony teaching team.
I have three smart, talented children and a wonderful, supportive husband. Without my family life would be terribly boring. Together we love taking part in sports, being outside, reading and sometimes just being lazy. 🙂
The HCE program was not the tools based learning I initially expected. Instead, we took a deep dive into the pedagogical theories and practices behind the creation of the Hapara tools. This approach caused me to re-think not only the use of Hapara tools but also the way I present new tools to the teachers I work with. When we put a stronger emphasis on the reasons to use the tools, we look harder at how to use them effectively. This approach helps inspire people to take the jump into the scary and often overwhelming land of “the new”.
Julian is a Grade 4 Teacher with the Ottawa Catholic School Board. He is an enthusiastic and outgoing person who tries to embed as much fun as possible into every learning situation. Julian is passionate about education and how students can become even more inspired using technology to enhance and augment their everyday learning and achievements! He strives to break down the four walls of the classroom and build global learning partnerships that are meaningful to students in a 21st century learning environment. Julian used to work at Starbucks and since then has been coffee’s biggest fan. His favourite drink is a White Mocha Americano!
What can I say? The HCE Program was an amazingly enriching experience that gave me a more in depth perspective into what Hapara stands for in education. Not only did I get to learn the ‘nitty gritty’ of the program, but I had the chance to explore how meaningful and influential the tool can be in a modern day classroom. It was a wild adventure, but I can wholeheartedly say that I am walking away with the confidence and enthusiasm to inspire students, teachers, parents, and administration throughout their educational journey. Hapara doesn’t only make learning visible; it makes learning possible.
Karen Black is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education. She teaches Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering) classes and Video Game Programming in the Sumner School District. She is a coach/advisor for robotics and broadcast clubs.
An avid photographer, Karen can be found out early or up late in all weather to “get the shot”.
Over the past few years I’ve experimented with a variety of methods for differentiating instruction and encouraging students to be self-directed learners. My goal entering this program was to discover what Hapara had to offer and see how it would fit into my classroom.
I am very happy with the ability to create groups in the Workspace. This works especially well in my Video Game Programming class where students work through a series of games at their own pace. As I assign a student to a group they see goals, resources, assignments, and rubrics that are specific to where they are in the progression.
Kati Tilley is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches English Language Arts at Lake Stevens High School. A technology mentor, KT not only teaches AP English Literature and English 10, but helps her peers integrate technology into their classrooms. Also, KT is a Core Advocate and volunteers time to the Washington Language Arts Council as their Executive Board Secretary–an NCTE affiliate. Currently, her professional area of interest includes researching and learning about digital literacy.
When KT isn’t working, she spends her time with her two sons (9 and 4). Some of her hobbies include the following: traveling, gardening, baking, astronomy, sketching, and writing. Though, she also enjoys binge watching TV shows on Netflix (or anything she’s saved up on her DVR).
When I started the HCE program, my only goal was to figure out how to use Hapara well enough to explain it to others in my building. The HCE program exceeded this expectation. The certification course is set up through Workspace, and I really enjoyed experiencing Workspace as a student before I attempted to use it as a tool in my teaching. In the course itself, we explored pedagogy, the latest research in best practices (for integrating technology), and were able to discuss our learning with one another. The HCE program is about so much more than Hapara, it’s about good teaching in a digital environment; it’s about empowering our students; it’s about fostering 21st-Century skills. After completion of the course, I feel ready to share what I’ve learned, not just in my classroom or building, but with anyone who will listen!
Kellie is a Primary School teacher with over 20 years experience in all year levels. She has also undertaken a number of different leadership roles during this time. Kellie is currently teaching at Sacred Heart PS. Newport, in the Western Suburbs of Melbourne.
Kellie believes in lifelong learning and taking up opportunities to continually improve her knowledge and skills.
Outside of school Kellie enjoys a variety of arts and crafts, reading, cooking (a sweet tooth means many desserts and slices!), Pilates and walking help to keep her healthy and relaxed.
Being part of the HCE program was both a challenging and rewarding experience. It challenged me to reflect on my own teaching beliefs and approaches. It both reinforced and extended my knowledge. Interacting in a professional learning community with like-minded educators was a privilege. Incorporating the use of Hapara into my teaching has improved student engagement and outcomes.
Kyle is the Technology Coordinator at Tuckerton Elementary school in New Jersey. Kyle is a Google Certified Innovator, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator, and now a Hapara Certified Educator. He is passionate about connecting students and teachers globally. He is also an adjunct professor at Stockton University where he teaches a digital literacy course for undergraduates that prepares them for their intended careers.
The Hapara CE program allowed me to see past using Hapara as just a management tool and begin to utilize it as a truly diversified instructional platform.
I am currently the teacher librarian at Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced Studies in Portland, Oregon. I have worked as a teacher librarian for almost ten years and was a classroom English teacher for six. I also spent several years as an adjunct faculty member in Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education Library Media Education program.
The HCE was one of the most beneficial professional/educational opportunities that I have had. Not only did it give me insight and training on using Hapara, but more important, the training focused on using technology in conjunction with best pedagogical practices. It helped me not only better focus the work I do with students, but also how I support my colleagues.
I am, first and foremost, a classroom teacher. My 37 year career has mostly been in Richland School District classrooms. I took a leave for two years to help establish and teach in Canada’s first university-wide writing program at the University of Winnipeg. This tenure in college teaching convinced me that high school was where I belonged, but it also showed me the power of technology as a tool for facilitating learning. Most recently, my role as a Classroom Support Teacher allows me to work with fellow classroom teachers, in all disciplines, to continuously grow and refine instruction to increase student achievement.
HCE was my first foray into the student world of digital learning. It was an eye opening experience that I will use to help me help others learn Hapara. How so? Well, as a student, the course was a challenging blend of hands-on and theory, group and individual, face-to-face and online. So, while I learned a lot about the content of the Hapara IMS, I also learned that effective PD for Hapara must, like the IMS itself, be crafted to meet and respect a broad continuum of learner needs. The point being: if teachers do not find this amazing tool worth the toil, it will never become a part, let alone the heart, of their teaching and their growth as an educator.
Lindsey Stevens is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher who lives in Tacoma, WA. She has been a high school teacher of social studies and English for fourteen years. This year has been her first year out of the classroom as a full time mentor teacher. She loves to spend time with her kids, be crafty, and read. She is very passionate about teacher leadership and how she can grow herself and others.
She currently blogs for corelaboratewa.org and has been doing that for over two years.
The HCE program was a learning stretch for me. Most of the other members seemed to be technology specialist; I however, am not. I was able to do some great networking and solving of my own problems. I feel that I have greatly upped my game in my ability to help teachers use this tool in their classrooms and maximize results and student learning.
I am also excited to use the new platform for some of the adult learning sessions I am planning in the near future.
Lindy Hockenbary is the founder and trainer at InTECHgrated Professional Development. Lindy is a business and FACS teacher who found her passion with training and technology integration. Lindy’s strength and passion is helping teachers utilize technology as a seamless instructional tool for learning. Lindy is a Google Certified Trainer and Educator, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer. When not working in the education world she enjoys the outdoors, fitness, and crafting knitted and quilted creations.
We teach how we were taught. Therefore, I am always looking for professional learning opportunities for myself that model the digital, 21st century teaching practices that I work with teachers to develop. The HCE program was one of the best professional learning opportunities I have experienced. Effective learning strategies were modeled, and I loved the focus on pedagogy over tools.
Louise has been teaching Grade 6 for the last nine years, in the west of Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about student’s directing their own learning, trialing new initiatives across the curriculum and designing engaging and innovative learning experiences for her students.
Most recently, Louise has taken over the role, ICT Leader of Teaching and Learning at St Peter Apostle, Hoppers Crossing.
In her downtime, Louise enjoys playing basketball. This hobby has seen her travel to America, New Zealand and various locations around Australia, representing various state and national teams.
I found completing the HCE accreditation very rewarding. I loved the way learner agency and differentiation were explored and enhanced by each of the Hapara tools.
The experience was enriched by the collaboration and sharing of experiences with educators from around the world, all with different roles within their educational settings.
Personally, the way in which we learn and teach Mathematics in Grade 6 completely changed through the use of Workspace. The student growth data increased dramatically and my experiences and learnings throughout this HCE process strongly contributed to the increase in effect size.
Mark Emmons is an Instructional Coach for Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, IL. His experience includes 12 years teaching in the social sciences, with a focus on Economics and Sociology.
Mark is a Google Certified Trainer and has worked with Google and Hapara applications since 2012.
This is Mark’s second career, having entered the teaching profession after retirement from 25 years in the professional publishing and training industry where he was a principal and officer at a large privately held firm serving the needs of the financial services industry.
The best part of the HCE program?
The opportunity to interact and learn from a diverse group of like minded individuals from across the world. The focus is on pedagogy and not just the tool.
As an instructional coach, understanding the environment within which other schools operate provides insight and offers solutions that can be applied locally. HCE provides that opportunity.
Martha Campos has served in several capacities in Educational Technology. She began working in the IT Department as a Student Information Systems Coordinator and a Systems Analyst. She was an Instructional Technology Specialist for 15 years before she decided to become a Computer Information Teacher. During her tenure as a teacher, she established many initiatives that involved Digital Citizenship and Computer Information Systems for high school students and was involved as an IT consultant to establish 21st Century Digital Literacy Curriculum at a district level.
Amongst her passions, she enjoys teaching teachers new technology solutions to enrich the classroom experience for all grade levels. Martha holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Computer Science and a M.A. in Educational Leadership.
Enrolling in the HCE program was so much fun! Exchanging so many wonderful ideas with others who share your passion was a great experience! Having navigated so many tech tools over the years made me appreciate Hapara even more. Students and teachers alike are enjoying all the wonderful and meaningful pedagogies that have shifted the way we learn. I’m happy that HCE allowed me to be the catalyst for change.
Meghan is Digital Learning Specialist for Edina Public Schools, in Edina Minnesota. She has taught middle school math, 6th grade science and 1-3 reading and math over the last 11 years. In her current role, she works with teachers in the classroom to support teaching with technology. She is a Google Certified Innovator and loves to continue to learn and grow as an educator.
In her spare time, she loves to garden and be outdoors. She enjoys traveling and hopes to one day visit Australia.
One of the best parts about being in HCE is the ability to meet so many great teachers from around the world. The other part that I loved was the program focused on good teaching first, then showed us how Hapara fit into good practice to make it even better.
Hi! I am a 4th grade classroom teacher that enjoys integrating learning techniques to promote student engagement. I have enjoyed being given the chance to provide and lead workshops in hopes that our school of 520 students, get the opportunity to experience learning with technology. My passion for learning, technology, and teaching has inspired me to be more intentional in creating lessons where all students feel successful and motivated to learn. I am always looking for exciting ways to integrate technology into the classroom to help promote and support student learning.
I have enjoyed becoming a member of the HCE community. This program gave me the opportunity to reflect on my lessons and how I was dealing with the 21st Century learner. The program has provided me with instructional practices that helped me think about how I create lessons and how I am fostering to the needs of all types of learners.
The focus on Hapara pedagogy throughout the HCE course has helped me grow as an educator.
Nadjib is a third culture kid and now works at international schools similar to the ones he attended growing up. He has taught technology classes at all grade levels, coached teachers as a tech integration specialist, and is now the Director of Technology at an international school in Venezuela.
Nadjib loves languages, is passionate about education, appreciates smart design, and is hooked on technology.
The HCE program was a valuable learning experience. It’s the kind of professional development that has a strong impact on educators’ approaches to teaching and learning. The focus on pedagogy is what makes the HCE program really stand out. It has profoundly changed the way I look at planning and implementing professional development. I highly recommend it!
Nichole is a Technology Integration Specialist for Richland 2 School District, one of the ﬁrst GAFE and 1:1 computing districts in the United States. As a technology leader for the district, she is continually searching and learning for the most innovative ways to transform learning and teaching in the classroom. Her education passion grows as she provides teachers with training and sustained support to develop transparent technology use so our students are prepared for the 21st Century future.
As an advocate for using the Hapara tools in the classroom, the HCE program was a perfect opportunity for me to master Hapara as an asset to educators. Not only did I learn how to use the tools, I learned how to use them seamlessly on a routine basis. Hapara designed these tools with purpose, meaning, and engagement in the classroom to redeﬁne teaching and learning. They truly know the pedagogy behind what they do and developed tools to match that transparent use in the classroom. Being part of the HCE program helped me learn these foundations and make connections with people worldwide to share experiences and expertise.
Paul teaches drama, music, visual art, and media. He is constantly seeking new ways to innovate instruction by utilising the power of technology, and is passionate about encouraging other educators to do the same. Paul is a Level 2 Google Certiﬁed Educator. He blogs at techeduarts.blogspot.com.au.
The HCE program gave me an opportunity to reﬂect on my teaching habits though using a very familiar classroom tool, Hapara. It proved to be rewarding in that now I have an even greater understanding of the importance of reﬂective teaching practices. With the accreditation, I feel more conﬁdent in guiding other staﬀ in developing their own skillsets in the classroom.
Paula Di Domenico, Ed.D is the department chair for student supports at Leyden District 212. She also serves the district as an instructional coach. Paula teaches a variety of literacy and education courses as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University, Lewis University, and National Louis University.
Prior to becoming an instructional coach, Paula taught both English and developmental reading courses to high school students.
The HCE program gave me an opportunity to ensure I focus my professional development efforts on sound pedagogy and then leverage technology to meet the pedagogical goals.
I appreciated the opportunity to learn with and from colleagues across the country who are focused on similar work.
Paula has been a computer science, graphic design and web design teacher as well as technology integration specialist for 11 years. Paula is currently a teacher on special assignment as an instructional technology coach for K-12, helping other teachers embrace technology in a 1:1 classroom.
In going through the Hapara Certified Educator program I learned so much. The growth that I gained at the hands of my peers in the program will serve me well as I coach my peers to embrace technology.
I now have the skills to be a leader in my district in Hapara and show my fellow teachers all the options for differentiating instruction.
Phill is a Learning Coach with Wolf Creek Public Schools. He started his teaching career at Bluffton School teaching junior high math and science within a one-to-one environment for eight years. For the past two years he has shifted into a coaching and support role for teachers, helping them learn and grow as they build their pedagogical and technological toolboxes.
Phill grew up and continues to live in Sylvan Lake with his wife and young son. In his spare time he loves to play a variety of sports and read avidly!
The HCE is a unique program as not only does it develop your comfort and understanding of how Hapara products work, but more importantly it helps develop an understanding of how to best use the tools to facilitate student growth and success. I found this particularly powerful in my role as a coach since I am charged with not only developing teacher technological knowledge, but more importantly how they can best leverage it inside and outside their classrooms.
In terms of the course design and structure the online collaboration is powerful and well-facilitated. I learned a great deal from my colleagues through this process. I highly recommend it!
Rachel Zonshine is a 7th grade math, science, and middle school art teacher at McKinley School in Pasadena, CA. She is piloting personalized learning in the classroom and transforming her classroom into a Beach Themed room that is mostly deskless.
Rachel loves to travel (been to 30 countries) and taught internationally for two years. She loves baking, hiking, photography and scuba diving. When not traveling, she’s spending time with her husband and puppy, Molly.
Hapara provides so many opportunities to engage with students and incorporate technology in the classroom. Teachers are able to differentiate and group students. Being able to provide real time comments and feedback to students has been extremely powerful so students can feel successful throughout assignments instead of waiting for grades to be given. I love the Workspace design and access Hapara gives me to assist my students in their learning.
Rona, New Zealand’s first HCE, is a senior syndicate leader/teacher who works with Year 7-8 students at Tairangi School. She is super excited about moving forward using 21st century learning. Rona is passionate about breaking down the classroom walls and giving students access to learning. She has a love for technology and enjoys bringing it to the classroom.
The HCE program allowed me to develop ways to align current teaching pedagogy into the practical planning and delivery of lessons for learners through tools such as; Workspace, Highlights and Dashboard.
When I started the programme I had to step out of my comfort zone. There was an expectation that I participate in group discussion, meet up with others online and lastly collaborate with people across the globe. All of this new territory for me. Having completed the programme I am enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge with others whilst continually keeping myself in the loop with innovative changes.
I currently serve the students and staff of the Olympia School District as an instructional technology coach. Prior to this year, I was for eight years a middle school teacher-librarian, so this position has been a natural extension for me to continue to connect, collaborate and create with kids and teachers. I often refer to myself as a “teacher-librarian-at-large,” and I have the good fortune to work with an amazing group of professionals who make Library Information & Technology (LIT!) happen in Washington State.
This coming year I am excited to help lead our Digital Immersion Initiative (DII) Cohort, a team of teachers who are exploring models for personalized learning and dedicated 1:1 devices in their classrooms.
One of my favorite parts of this job is figuring out how to “flip” our professional development models to match the personalized, learner-centered classrooms for which we strive. The Hapara Certified Educator Program served as a great example for how I can design PD within our district that is challenging, collaborative, hands-on, and learner-driven. The HCE units in Workspace were well-designed and incorporated a variety of tools for creation. Allison’s feedback was helpful and timely, and I appreciated the support of the cohort on G+. As a result, we have modeled a number of our DII trainings on the approaches I experienced in the HCE program.
Shawn is the Technology Integration Director for New Prague Area Schools. His education career started in 1996 as a middle school technology education teacher. He began leading the technology integration program (TIP) in 2005. During that time, he became an Intel Teach Program – Master Teacher and led a team of educators who developed a district- wide digital learning environment. He believes integration is not about learning how to use technology, but using technology to learn.
In his spare time, Shawn enjoys running and other outdoor activities. He is the head girls cross-country coach and has completed five marathons. His favorite summer getaways are spent with his wife and three kids camping and mountain biking.
The Hapara Certified Educator program was both challenging and rewarding. It was a unique experience collaborating with educators from around the world. I appreciated how the course was designed to give participants hands-on experience with the features of Hapara, but placed the greatest emphasis on the pedagogy of how the tool supports inquiry, agency, and student learning.
Stephanie is an Integrated Science teacher at Robious Middle School in Chesterfield County, Virginia. She has taught science in various school settings grade 2 – 12 for 26 years. Currently, she teaches 8th grade students in a center-based gifted program.
One of Stephanie’s core beliefs is that engaging children in creative problem solving through authentic learning experiences will set in motion tomorrow’s solutions for complex problems we face today.
When she isn’t teaching children, she works at training her goldendoodle, Ellie, visiting her children at her alma mater, William and Mary, and spending time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Taking part in the Hapara Certified Educator Program has allowed me to look at the use of technology in my classroom from a pedagogical point of view. I have always been a “tech forward” teacher and enjoy the challenge of learning to apply new tools to my lessons. Through participation in the HCE program, I began to think about how I can use technology to increase student agency and improve my ability to assess and communicate with my students.
Stephanie is a former high school teacher who is currently working as a Learning Technology Consultant at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Part of her work is to support educators in their implementation of pedagogical practices across the curriculum and deepen the learning of students by leveraging digital tools and resources. Stephanie is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and previously taught teacher candidates at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about 21st-century learning and learner agency. Stephanie is the proud mother of two and a cottage enthusiast.
As an educator and a consultant, I see a digital transformation happening in education. Hapara feeds into this transformation by allowing teachers to change the way we work with our students. The HCE program helped me better prepare for the work I do with teachers, and I love that it focused on pedagogical practices first. It has been a wonderful learning opportunity with a supportive community of other like-minded educators from around the world.
Steve is a 29 year veteran classroom teacher in the Palmdale School District and new educational technology coach. He is also a credentialed Library Media Teacher who has always had a passion for edtech. He believes that technology has the power to transform teaching and learning.
The Hapara Certified Educator Program was not your typical professional development. It was challenging and thought provoking. It was not just a point and click training of some software program. It was focused on transforming your pedagogy and student learning. The past few years have been so focused on direct instruction that student agency became diminished. Hapara will help us promote much more learner agency both in the classroom and in our professional development offerings. I look forward to training our teachers not only about the functions of Hapara but to train how Hapara can transform the way they teach.
Susan Oehlertz is a former business and computer teacher. She has 23 years of classroom teaching experience where she has taught a wide range of students – K-12. She is credited for piloting an elementary technology curriculum that catapulted their district into 21st Century teaching and learning. Susan now has taken on a new role in a new district as a Technology Integrationist Coach. Susan truly loves this new role and the opportunities it brings. She gets to help teachers build their digital toolbox, instill the pedagogy behind these tech tools, and model tech integration to admins, teachers, and students. Susan believes to truly integrate technology into education, it takes a great deal of imagination, thinking, and planning. It involves a strategy that considers pedagogical need, technological affordances, and transparency within the classroom. Susan is also a Seesaw Ambassador, has a driving passion for photography and runs a successful photography business in her “off school” time, is a head VB coach, has a husband who is an administrator so “hears” both sides of educational issues, and has three wonderful children.
The HCE program was a fantastic learning journey for me. My district has used Hapara for three years, but not effectively to enhance student agency and boost student achievement. The HCE program delved into the pedagogy behind its tools and really made me think about purposeful ways I can help my teachers move toward better teaching and learning practices. The HCE Google+ Community is a wonderful resource, and a place I “live” frequently to get inspired by other fellow educators. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to “be better!”
Theren Hayes is currently an Instructional Technology Coach for Tukwila School District in Washington state. He has taught for 16 years in 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and multi-age classrooms. Theren has taught in a 1:1 environment since 2005. He has a Masters degree in Instructional Technology. He is a Google Certified Educator Level 2, Hapara Certified Educator and a National Board Certified Teacher.
Why Hapara Dashboard, Highlights and Workspace?
Use in PD and for PD
Support students digitally
Access to formative feedback
And all of that in a tool set that is accessible to learn and learner focused.
That is why I would use Hapara tools.
I am an English teacher at Maine West High School in Des Plaines. I’ve been teaching for 22 years, and I currently teach juniors, including AP English Language.
Part of what still drives me in my profession is the opportunity to grow, and I like to think my background reflects this. I have recently been named English Department Coach. I also have degrees in School Counseling and even Accounting.
In addition to coaching Scholastic Bowl, I am also in charge of union membership in our district. I have been co-teaching with a Special-Ed teacher for the past six years. I am proud of how my focus on skills-based learning, cooperative learning, differentiation, and professional learning teams have greatly influenced my teaching.
I love living in Chicago with my two dogs. Running two Chicago marathons have felt like huge accomplishments. I also love playing golf and tennis, and not too long ago, I even learned how to fly a plane!
I took part in HCE to better familiarize myself with Hapara and all its cool features. One of the best unexpected benefits that came along the way was my belief in taking part in professional learning communities. I want to get better at what I do every year and there is so much out there to help move me forward; Hapara plays an important role in this movement.
As the Education Services Manager for SNS Technologists, Tom provides a premium level of technology consultation. He works with clients to design and implement first class solutions, then follows up with what he believes sets our solutions apart from the competition – in-depth training. With over 20 years of networking experience, his technical background includes extensive knowledge of Windows and Mac-based desktop operating systems. He also has deep knowledge of networking infrastructure all the way from the cable plant to the servers. A Microsoft Certified Professional since 1998, he is a Microsoft Certified Trainer Alumni and holds a variety of Microsoft Certified Professional designations. Always learning, he recently completed his GOOGLE Apps certification and training designations and is now a Google for Education Certified Trainer and a Hapara Certified Educator. Tom’s passion for education began with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge after which he spent time in the classroom teaching junior and senior high science, math and computer studies. Now he’s often working with school divisions – teaching teachers and students to leverage technology to enhance the educational experience. Tom thrives when he can educate and coach others to utilize technology to its fullest potential.
The HCE Program was a terrific experience! I especially enjoyed the assignments as they really got me into the nuts and bolts of the how to USE the tools.
The people I have met online through the G+ Community certainly enhanced the learning experience.
This was more intense than other “certification” programs – but way more personal and relevant!
I am a career changer. I worked at an elementary school as the Computer Lab Aide for 6 years. I loved working with the students so much, I went back to school for my Master’s in Special Education. Now I am a Learning Behavior Specialist at Cove School in Northbrook, IL. My students have complex learning needs and often need a comprehensive, individualized approach to learning. My love for technology, teaching, and learning helps me design lessons and projects that contribute to their success. I believe everyone can learn and technology is a great way to engage and motivate my students. When I am not at school, I love camping with my family, reading, and trying out new tech!
I loved my experience to become an HCE. I thought I was going to learn how to use Hapara, but the course was so much more!! I learned how to create Workspaces that engaged my students at their learning level and they loved it! Hapara gives the ability to combine content, pedagogy, and technology and make it accessible to all learners. The heart of what I do every day is meet student needs. Hapara gives me the tools to meet students where they are at.
Xay has taught in Alberta and abroad in South Korea. He is dedicated to life-long learning and finding ways to support all students.
His role as an Ed Tech has allowed him to reach more teachers and students throughout east central Alberta. He is continually amazed at how a little encouragement can leave lasting impressions in classrooms.
When he isn’t working or driving from school to school, he is crafting a scheme to thwart the construction of another Death Star.
The Hapara Certified Educator program was a great way to connect with other educators from around the world and expand how we can use Workspace to differentiate learning collaborate in new ways.
The focus of learning should never be about the technology or getting content done, but finding a way to meet the needs of the student and scaffold success for them. In our own division we are focusing a lot on intellectual engagement and inquiry. All the work we did in the program really allowed my colleague and I to think about how to implement ideas practically in our own context.
It was also a great chance to take a break from our own work to broaden our own minds with articles, readings and videos about various learning models and best practices.
Yolanta is a junior teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She enjoys being part of the District’s many networking groups such as Learning Connections and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. She enjoys having the opportunity to play a leadership role to promote and share her learning journeys of mindful use of tech within and outside the classroom. She is always looking for new initiatives to share with her school community, to enhance and deepen student learning.
Yolanta is passionate about learning with her students. She likes to embed her love of film, history, geography and music in her teaching. She enjoys the outdoors, especially with her new daughter.
I very much enjoyed becoming a HCE. This learning journey gave me the opportunity to critically reflect upon my pedagogical practices as a teacher, especially with a 21st Century perspective. I loved learning about instructional practices from around the world and how I could apply them within in my own practice and community. Hapara has taught me to think about how I approach lesson creation, focusing on differentiation and learner agency while leveraging technology.