METC Spotlight Educators

2018 #METCspotlight Educators

The Midwest Education Technology Community's Spotlight Educator recognition is to honor educational leaders from the region, whose practices are making a difference for students and teachers by using technology. This is reflected in increased knowledge, improved skills, and academic achievement by integrating technology into their instructional practices. The METC Spotlight Educators applications were collected online over several months, then scored by the volunteer METC Committee(s) and EducationPlus / METC Staff.

These educators have been selected as the 2018 METC Spotlight Educator Honorees. They will be recognized at the 2019 METC Conference, and will be presenting each day. Be sure to follow them and mark your calendar for February 11-13, 2019 to learn more from these exemplar educators. 

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Chris Anderson

Christine Anderson 

Chris Anderson and Lori Riedel are co-media specialists at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. They have completely transformed the library media center physically and philosophically. The 360° LMC is the center for learner agency for students and staff. Chris and Lori have been selected as the Liberty Public Schools District Visionary Educators. They are leaders in the library and technology community and enjoy sharing their story.

Follow her on Twitter @ckzanderson.

Roger Brailler

Roger Brailler 

Roger has trained eMINTS teachers in Mexico, Hallsville, and Hollister, Missouri. He has also presented at the eMINTS National Conferences in Columbia, MORENET conferences at the Lake of the Ozarks. He also has presented at the Innovation Institute in Springdale Arkansas in 2016 and 2018. Roger provides professional development at Hollister School District PD days as well as presenting at the GOCSD (Greater Ozarks Cooperating School District) in Springfield and Branson, Missouri. His training also has extended to the business world in the areas of banking and finance as well as marketing in the Columbia, Missouri area.

Follow him on Twitter @mrbrallier.

Abby Erwin

Abby Erwin 

Dr. Abby Erwin attended the Ferguson Florissant School District and after college began teaching in the district. She was in the classroom for 10 years. After earning her Masters in Instructional Technology five years ago, she began working as an Instructional Technology Specialist. Abby lives her life by a growth mindset. She loves to learn and work towards personal mastery and bettering herself as a person and as an educator.

Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Erwin.

Rhonda Jenkins

Rhonda Jenkins

Rhonda Jenkins has been a teacher for 20 years. She has taught third grade, fifth grade and served as a reading specialist at the high school level. She is currently a library media center director at Kendall Elementary School in Naperville, Illinois. Her current position is a combination of everything she loves about the profession: books, technology, students and teaching!

Follow her on Twitter @luv2teachtech.

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson supports PK-12 instruction and learning with technology as the Digital Learning Specialist for the Parkway School District. Through her work, Amy supports district instructional technology and innovation initiatives and develops teachers and district leaders in all areas of digital learning including GAFE, blended, online and mobile learning. She has presented at ISTE, National Staff Development Council Conference, Best Practices Conference, METC, MOREnet and MO Google Summit.

Follow her on Twitter @ajohnson106.

Tina Lauer

Tina Lauer

Tina Lauer is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the City of St. Charles School District. She is passionate about integrating STEM, especially technology, into all subject areas by empowering teachers and students in the classroom. Tina has presented at numerous local conferences, including METC and MOREnet; as a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, she is on the planning committee for the MO Summit featuring Google for Education.

Follow her on Twitter @tnalau.

Vicki Mikow

Vicki Mikow 

Vicki Mikow is a veteran teacher of 15 years and currently serves as a Gifted Specialist and STEM teacher for the Fox C-6 School District. In addition to revamping the middle school gifted program over the last 10+ years, she also began developing the STEM curriculum she currently teaches. She has accomplished this through collaboration with educators and companies all over the world. Vicki uses her skills to empower students in the use of all kinds of technology.

Follow her on Twitter @GiftedEduc8or.

Lori Riedel

Lori Riedel

Lori Riedel is a co-library media specialist in the 360° LMC at Liberty High School in Liberty, Missouri. She has 22 years’ experience in education, 13 years as a media specialist. Lori was selected as a LEADS Instructional Innovation Network Visionary Educator for Liberty Public Schools, a building teacher of the year and is a leader of professional learning for her district and surrounding area. She is a member of the Liberty Public Schools Vision 2020 Committee which provides direction in transforming education to prepare students for their future.

Follow her on Twitter @LoriRiedel.

Matthew Weld

Matthew Weld

Matt taught 7th grade science and language arts for 10 years, has served as an Assistant Principal, a technology coach, and currently holds the position of Director of Innovation & Technology for the 13 counties that make up Area 5 in Illinois. He’s passionate about creating, reading, writing, the outdoors and horticulture. Matt has presented at both local and national conferences on Google Apps, Science and Technology Practices and develops online courses for teachers.

Follow him on Twitter @MatthewWeld.