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Spotlight Educators

These educators practices are making a difference for students and teachers.  
Save the dates of February 10 – 12 to learn from these and other innovative educators at #METC20.

Quentin Alimayu Quentin Alimayu is an Integrated English Language Arts/Social Studies teacher for 7th and 8th graders. He has received training from Teaching Tolerance and Educational Equity Consultants in the areas of Unpacking Racism and Social Justice.
Dianna Chamberlain Dianna Chamberlain is a middle school mathematics teacher in the McDonald County R-1 School District with a passion for educational technology. Dianna uses her voice to help other educators understand the importance of supporting student voice and finding ways to empower students to take ownership of their learning. She is an EdcampMagic co-founder, MOedchat co-moderator, Apple Teacher and Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer. 
Nicole Cooper Nicole Cooper is an Instructional Technologist for the Lower School at Visitation Academy in St. Louis. She teaches science and and maintains an active classroom through personalized learning for her students. She coaches colleagues on STEM integration, has earned Project Lead the Way Launch Lead certification and is an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, an ISTE Certified Educator and ISTE Certified Trainer.
Hannah Dyksen Hannah Dyksen has taught elementary school for 18 years and is currently an Elementary Technology Teacher for Kindergarten through 5th grade students. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Educator Levels 1 and 2, and holds an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Hannah is passionate about quality educational technology that increases engagement, maximizes student learning and boosts teacher productivity. 
Rena Hawkins Dr. Rena Hawkins is principal of Maple Elementary School in the Smithville R-II School District. Dr. Hawkins recently led the school in opening its doors to a combination of new students, staff and grade levels following a complete renovation and restructuring. Passionate about amplifying positive messages in the field of education, Dr. Hawkins is co-host of the Share MO Edu podcast and strives to support all learners with positive, effective methods.
Samantha Hardesty Knoll Samantha Hardesty Knoll is passionate about leveraging instructional technology to empower teachers and students as learners and creators. Sam serves the Wentzville School District as an Instructional Technology Coach. In education for the past 23 years, Sam has been a teacher, specialist and coach. She holds a Master’s in Educational Technology, is a Google Certified Trainer and Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2, an Apple Certified Teacher and a BrainPOP Educator.
Sheneé McCoy Sheneé McCoy is a 5th grade teacher in the Ritenour School District. She focuse on preparing both teachers and students for the changing climate of education. Sheneé challenges students to become innovative thinkers and problem solvers. Her goal is to help fellow teachers feed their creative interests and to nurture innovative students to aspire to greatness.
Jeremy Sullivan Dr. Jeremy Sullivan serves as a Learning Specialist for Springfield Public Schools where he seeks to build capacity in the adult and student learners he serves through coaching, collaborating and professional learning. Previously, Jeremy has been an ELA teacher and Blended Learning Specialist. Jeremy is also a Google Certified Trainer and has his Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership.
Theresa Taylor Theresa Taylor has taught high school computer classes at Cape Central for 17 years. She was the first to use online learning management systems for her classes and continues to update her teaching as technology changes. Theresa is a strong advocate for the integration of technology into all curriculum and believes students should be taught the way the 21st century students learn.
Shelby Ward Shelby Ward has been teaching for seven years in the Chillicothe School District. She has a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Literacy Education. Shelby will graduate with her second masters degree in Educational Technology in 2021. Her passion is bringing innovation and creativity to educators all over the world.