Stephanie Bender is a senior at Downingtown East High School and a student of the Teacher Academy at CAT Pickering. Stephanie has been an active member of the DEHS creative community since her freshmen year. She is involved in the photography, theater, pre-service teacher, and AP/Honors communities at DEHS. She is also involved with the Chester County Student Forum and the Student Life School Board. Stephanie is a strong believer in the importance of creativity in all aspects of education.
Michael Biddison is a local artist and woodworker who has set up his studio in the fertile green region of Chester County, one hour from center city Philadelphia. He came to making functional art objects by way of a winding but enchanted path, through visual art, musical performance, restoration carpentry, and antique furniture repair. His goal is to invent objects that are original and personal yet relevant to everyday use and appreciation.
David is a comic artist and innovative educator. He is currently a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education where he studies adolescent literacies. Before attending Penn, David earned degrees from The University of Arizona and New York University, taught 10th and 11th grade English Language Arts in Tucson, Arizona, and self-published a collection of single-panel cartoons.
Charlot Barker is Assistant Director in InformationTechnology at the Chester County Intermediate Unit. She and her department support the technologies used by a diverse group of colleagues and students in over 60 locations in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys promoting the use of technology to help educators and students be effective, motivated and engaged. She's an avid traveler and visits schools around the world whenever possible.
Christine DiPaulo is a Digital Media Art and Design teacher in the Jenkintown School District. Christine is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, and will be attending the first Global Institute in Cork Ireland in 2012. Author-ize is the story of students who tell their own stories, create their own memories of learning, become producers of knowledge, write their own books and fill their own libraries. Christine feels that we open the door of our clasroom and step outside, that’s when the magic happens. When we make the journey towards collaboration across grade levels and subject areas, we allow our students to become more connected to our curriculum.
Al Tucker has taught commercial art and imaging technologies for the CCIU for the past 14 years. His courses cover a myriad of technologies including traditional and digital design, photography, and screen printing. Al is an active member of the Adobe Education Exchange and a past officer of the International Graphic Arts Education Association. He has presented at a variety of educational conferences on his passions: ePortfolios, class management systems and QR Code technology. Al’s real world hobbies include golf, travel and music.
Amy Wooler is a student with a passion. Beginning in seventh grade, she was introduced to theater and it changed her life. Through acting and theater, she was able to express herself and become a better student. Amy is a senior at Renaissance Academy and also a student of the Teacher Academy Program at CAT Pickering. She plans on pursuing a double major in theater and education during her college career.
Matthew Kay is an English teacher at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. He is also the Slam League Coordinator for the Philadelphia Young Poetry Movement (PYPM). Many of Matt’s SLA students participate in PYPM and got their start under his guidance in SLA’s poetry club. Matt himself has been writing and performing poetry for many years, and is passionate about changing kids lives.
TED Fellow Logan Smalley is heading up TED-Ed, a new initiative to build a deep, tagged archive of educational videos — expanding the reach and power of great video (including TEDTalks) into the classroom by making them easier for teachers to find. Logan has Masters in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Grad School of Education. He is also known for his award-winning documentary film, Darius Goes West, which focuses on Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD).
Gina is a senior at Science Leadership Academy high school, where she mentor students in SLA's poetry club and co-teaches a freshman English class. Her passion is sharing her love for writing with others and inspiring others to discover the power of their voice. She is a poet, playwright, and storyteller, but most of all she is someone who uses words to spark fires of social change.
Lydia Walters is a senior at Downingtown East and a student of the Teacher Academy at CAT Pickering. She was born and raised in Hampshire, England and therefore grew up with the British school system. After moving to America, she found her passion for art and what it means to be inspired and innovative. She believes that it is truly important for everybody to find a passion worth smiling about and such advantages should be available in every school worldwide.
Ian Goodrich is a senior at Downingtown East High School and a student of the Teacher Academy at CAT Pickering. He has been an active musician throughout his whole life and intends to pursue music in college and as a career. Besides music, he actively volunteers throughout Chester County. He has been inspired by his many activities in the choral and instrumental fields throughout Pennsylvania.