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LEAD 2009

Beth Kovalcik: received her MS ED Instructional Technology from Duquesne University. She has been a teacher for Pittsburgh Public Schools for 9 years. She is currently the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pittsburgh Brookline K-8. She has designed and implemented the "Technology Leadership" program from the ground up. This includes the creation and coordination of learning opportunities using distance learning technologies such as videoconferencing, Moodle and e-missions for all grade levels. She was a Pennsylvania Keystones Technology Integrator district nominee 2006. She has been an Excellence Award nominee for 2007. She has been featured in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette February 2008 front page article "Brookline students use videoconferencing to connect with students all over the globe" She has been published in "The Reading Teacher", September 2007.

Fred Angiolieri: is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Clarion University. He is currently the manager of Student Production Services at Point Park University managing the television studio, edit suites and video production equipment office. Prior to this, Fred worked for several years in the field of digital media creating videos, websites and multimedia presentations. Fred is also a part-time instructor of graphic art and web design at Westmoreland County Community College as well as Point Park University.

Janet M. Agnew: is currently working as the Educational Technology Coordinator for Point Park University. She received her B.A. in Legal Studies and B.S. in Public Administration from Point Park University. She received her M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.

Kevin B. Conner is the Curriculum and Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development department, at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. Mr. Conner has been the project director for several grants, including a three-year teacher training program funded through the ACTS (Aligning Curriculum To Standards) in PA program. He also coordinated the Principals’ Technology Leadership Academy for three years, involving 300 school principals within Allegheny County in professional development, including the use of handheld computers, data analysis, and tech literacy. -2003, and served as President of the statewide IMS Directors from 1999-2001. -controlled videodisc players; satellite dish purchasing and installation; connecting 100 school districts to the Internet through a private network; the first K-12 fiber optic video network in six districts for daily distance learning; use of handheld computers for DIBELS, development of online professional development courses for teachers, and many others. He has delivered presentations on technology integration topics at various state and national conferences.

Since the inception of Classrooms for the Future (CFF) in 2006, Mr. Conner represents the AIU as the liaison for the 40 district CFF tech coaches and in statewide trainings and conferences. Joining the AIU in 1989, Mr. Conner demonstrated leadership as Instructional Media Services (IMS) Director from 1996

Technology integration projects he has managed include: computer

Mr. Conner earned his Instructional Technology Specialist certification and M.Ed. in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Conner resides in West View, is married to an educator, and very proud of his son, who is currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh.

Elaine Barron: is the Classrooms for the Future Technology Integration Coach for the Avonworth School District. A 2006 Teacher of Excellence and a 2004 Keystone Technology Integrator, Elaine is a veteran English teacher and has presented professional development programs locally and nationally on integrating technology with high school reading and writing instruction. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts, she earned a master's degree in secondary education/English and post-master's certification in educational administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Greg Roth: Upon graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Small Business Management / Entrepreneurship, Greg Roth provided freelance computer consultation services to several small businesses before accepting a technical position with the North Hills School District. He is presently the Director of Technology and Information Systems for the Avonworth School District, where he has been employed for the past six years.

Ken Lockette: is the principal at Avonworth High School. He has a bachelor's degree in theater from the University of Missouri and earned his master's in education and curriculum development at DePaul University in Chicago. Ken is a veteran international educator and traveler and has spent six years abroad teaching in Kazakhstan. He is currently enrolled in the superintendent's program at Westminster College.

Michelle George: is a Health/Family and Consumer Science Teacher and Graduation Project Coordinator in the Avonworth School District. Prior to her employment at Avonworth, she spent ten years as a teacher and Coordinator of Student Discipline for Parkway West CTC and Parkway West Alternative Center for Education. Michelle has a B.S in Health Science Education from Slippery Rock University. In addition she holds a M.S. in Education from West Virginia University and a M.A. in Educational Administration/K-12 Principal Certification from Point Park University. While attending Point Park, she served as a Graduate Assistant in the Education Department of the School of Arts and Sciences. She is presently enrolled in the Point Park Curriculum and Instruction Program, where she is researching how authentic assessments and project-based learning enhances a student’s 21st century skills.

Liz Evans: has been the Library Director at Point Park University since 2004. Her previous professional positions include Associate Director of Libraries at IUP, Instruction/Reference/Government Documents Librarian at the University of Pittsburgh and a history teacher at the secondary school level [11 – 18 years] in Britain. Liz has a B.A. Hons in Late Mediaeval and Early Modern History from the University of Birmingham, Post Graduate Certificate in Education from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, Masters in Library Science and M.A. in History from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves on American Library Association and American Colleges and Research Libraries committees with a focus on instruction and technology. Liz and the Library staff promote the integration of information literacy and the effective use of technology to facilitate the learning experience for students. The Library’s Information Literacy web page : www.pointpark.edu/default.aspx?id=2865 , IM address pointlibim, Liz’s email eevans@pointpark.edu , she is on Facebook and occasionally checks out what’s going on in SecondLife.