Meet the Edcamp Kentucky Team!
Mike Paul – Lead Organizer
After spending over 15 years training and teaching employees in various retail management positions, Mike decided that it was time to make his dent in the universe and “change the world” the best way he knew how and that was to become a teacher. Mike is completing student teaching this fall through WKU’s SKyTeach program and will be certified in Mathematics grades 5-9.
Mike built his first website in 1997, started podcasting in 2006 and was featured in the iTunes podcast directory, and has built numerous sites on topics such as HDTVs, digital cameras, personal computers, tablets, portable media players, and other consumer electronics. With an extensive background in web technologies, podcasting, blogging, and video production, Mike started his blog, PikeMall Tech, in 2013 and devoted it to educational technology topics.
Mike is a Google Certified Educator and frequent presenter at educational technology conferences and loves teaching teachers how to use tech tools. An unashamed geek, Mike loves Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and basically any other geek topic and can speak about them at length. He is married to Amanda and is daddy to Lainey.
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ADAM WATSON (NBCT) has been an educator since 2005. In his first year, he taught English and Drama at Bullitt Central High School. From 2006 to 2014, Adam was a teacher at South Oldham High School, where he taught English, AP Literature and Composition, Drama, Myths and Legends, and a film studies class; he was voted Teacher of the Year in 2009. Adam’s educational accomplishments, particularly in technology, have earned him various accolades, such as the cover story of Kentucky Teacher (April 2009) and a mention in NCTE’s international newsletter INBOX (February 2009). He has written articles for NCTE’s Classroom Notes Plus (October 2010) and the British user-created book profile website Book Drum (June 2011). In 2011, Adam founded and co-led the teacher-centered edtech support community for his district, the Oldham County Technology Initiative, or OCTI. A grant in 2013 allowed him to purchase class sets of New York Times best selling author Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope; Adam created and implemented a freshmen English unit based on the book in April 2014. The Core Content-aligned unit culminated in students engaging in a Skype interview with the author. He eventually shared the unit materials online and it soon went viral. In July 2014, Adam became the first District Technology Integration Coach of Shelby County; in 2015, he was promoted to Digital Learning Coordinator. Be sure to visit his Edtech Elixirs blog.
Donnie is a Google Certified Fifth Grade Teacher and Technology Integration Specialist for Eminence Independent Schools. He is a frequent presenter at conferences across the United States and is always trying to find new and innovative ways to use technology with his students. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website, http://www.mrpiercey.com. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
A jungle gym of learning, growth, and adventure. That is how Heather Warrell describes the unique path that has allowed her to develop her “craft” as an educator.
Heather began her career as a middle school Social Studies Teacher in Hardin County Schools where she specialized in utilizing simulations and kinesthetic learning, allowing students to “become” what they were learning.
A love for reading, technology, and program development launched Heather into becoming what she calls “the original instructional coach” but is commonly called a Library Media Specialist. This role allowed Heather to further develop her craft by serving as an STLP coach, web page designer, and fellow unit planning “artist” with all of the teachers in her building.
Heather is currently a Digital Learning Coach with KDE. She previously served as the Vice Principal of School Culture and Instruction at Thomas Nelson High School in Bardstown, Kentucky, where she continues to “make art” as an instructional leader in pursuit of creative and innovative ways to engage the “heads, hearts, and hands” of students.
Heather is most passionate about the importance of nurturing a school culture through reinforcing the power of caring, taking responsibility, and celebrations and traditions for both students and teachers. Along with being the LEAD Learner, she feels her role as LEAD Caregiver makes the biggest impact in her school community.
Heather relishes the learning that her PLN provides and recently moved outside of her comfort zone by co-moderating #KYEdchat on Twitter. She is honored to be a part of the Edcamp KY team and looks forward to making history on October 25th with the launch of this very special opportunity for all Kentucky teachers.
James’ lifelong interest in technology led him to become a library media specialist more than 10 years ago. He loves keeping technology updated in his school and discovering new tools and services that both students and teachers can leverage to improve learning experiences. He is currently a librarian at Eminence Independent Schools, a Google Innovator, and enjoys assisting with #KyLChat.
Born and raised in Hodgenville, Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Brooke has always had a passion for history….especially Abe Lincoln. It was no surprise she started her career in education as an 8th grade American history teacher.
She never thought she would find a greater passion than history until she began her graduate work at Western Kentucky University, where she focused on instructional technology. During her coursework at WKU, she began seeking grant opportunities to provide technology funding for her classroom.
After being selected as a model classroom for 1:1 iPad technology in her district, she was asked by administration to write a new curriculum for a Technology Education course at her school, East Hardin Middle. Brooke is passionate about providing a technology rich environment for her students, while focusing on student engagement and authentic learning. She frequently presents at conferences on her passions and is very active with her PLN on #KyEdChat. Recently, she took her passion straight to the White House where she talked with US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden at a round table discussion with 19 other educators from across the nation.
Currently, Brooke is enhancing her Technology Ed course with the addition of a career focused Maker Space and establishing herself as a leader in the Tech Ed and Maker Space community through her professional resource site at BrookeWhitlow.com.
When she isn’t teaching, planning, talking or thinking about educational technology she enjoys spending time with her husband Joey and two children Grant and Vivian. She enjoys running, reality TV, sushi and knitting.