20 ed-tech leaders to watch


Bernie Osebold, Director of Technology & Assistant Principal, New Haven Community Schools, MI
Bernie Osebold leads by example, showing colleagues how technology can save time, increase productivity, and enhance both teaching and student achievement. He championed the district’s 1:1 pilot program; took on the task of professional development for new teachers; and launched a Student Technology Internship Program that assists with equipment maintenance and repairs while providing students with credit toward graduation.


Dave Eisenmann, Instructional Technology and Media Services Director, Minnetonka Public Schools, MN
Dave Eisenmann, considered a “teacher’s teacher,” leads Minnetonka’s award-winning four-year 1:1 iPad initiative. His clear vision for technology’s role in accelerating student learning allows him to create stakeholder buy-in and build teacher leaders. Eisenmann speaks frequently on the importance of digital citizenship and his leadership has provided essential technology support to grow the district’s Chinese and Spanish immersion programs.

New Jersey:

Tina Marchiano, English Teacher, Pascack Valley High School, Pascack Valley Regional High School District, NJ
Tina Marchiano has experienced 1:1 learning in this district, first as a student and now as an educator who uses Twitter and other social media platforms to engage students inside and outside the classroom. She also helped colleagues create virtual “snow day” assignments during the winter of 2013-14 that caught the attention of national media.

New York:

Tracy Rudzitis, Teacher, M.S. 245 – The Computer School, New York City Public Schools, NY
As one of Stanford University’s FabLearn Fellows, Tracy Rudzitis has transformed her middle school computer lab into an oasis where students make, create, tinker, and engineer during lunch and school so learning can be more hands-on, complex, creative, and meaningful. As a leader in the global maker movement, she is working with the NYC Public Schools to create computer programming, engineering, and making curricula for children.

John Calvert, Computer Teacher, Quaker Ridge Elementary School, Scarsdale Public Schools, NY
Nurturing critical and creative thinking among students and colleagues is at the heart of John Calvert’s work. He transformed a large classroom into a makerspace; created an impressive Virtual Class Trip project to help students understand the differences between communities; and is shaping how regional educators think about how technology supports learning in his role as moderator of the NYC Google Group.


Megan Kinsey, Principal, Ridge Middle School, Mentor Public Schools, OH
Catalyst, a state-of-art observational classroom that Megan Kinsey helped co-found, contributes to her commitment as a lifelong learner because it allows her to engage in action research around new technologies and instructional strategies that can assist her in finding the best way to support the educators and learners in her building.


Aaron Marvel, Instructional Coach, Navasota Intermediate School, Navasota Independent School District, TX
Aaron Marvel applies knowledge from his doctoral work in child psychology to help teachers identify the right technology to meet the district’s diverse student population. As the instructional coach, he helped the school secure a Swivl robot with a motion sensor camera that allows teachers to record and evaluate themselves to improve instruction and monitor progress towards goals.

Donna Staten, Elementary Art Teacher, Round Rock Independent School District, TX
Donna Staten is the “Pinterest Queen” in school art circles because she generously shares resources through more than 450 boards that include videos, teaching techniques, and subject matter content. Her inspiring collection of ideas improves learning for both the Title 1 and special needs students with whom she works, and, it offers a steady stream of new ideas for her 95,000 followers.


Randy Brown, Third Grade Teacher, Fryelands Elementary School, Monroe Public Schools, WA
Inspired by Khan Academy, Randy Brown embarked on his own blended learning journey to create a digital version of himself with over 500 instructional videos that allow him to provide individualized attention to every child as student groups rotate through stations in his classroom. He shares his expertise with this powerful instructional model with colleagues across the state.

Mark Ray, Director, Instructional Technology & Library Services, Vancouver Public Schools, WA
Librarian, provocateur, and blog author Mark Ray recognized the natural intersection between libraries and technology and advocated for the inclusion of strong digital citizenship efforts into his district’s strategic plan. The district began its digital transition in 2012 to provide personal devices to all students in grades three through 12 by 2018.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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