Julia Maynard is a teacher librarian at Willie Brown Middle School in the Bayview area of San Francisco. Before that she taught 6th grade history, English, and many various iterations of a tech class. She has worked hard to transition every school she has worked at to the digital word by implementing online tools for collaboration and communication. Julia has taught sessions at Fall Cue, Lead 3.0, and ECET2. When she isn’t reading tween novels or building ancient Egyptian temples Julia can be found using one of her several apple devices to find new hand-on lessons for her classes.
Michael Bloemsma, Ed.D.
Dr. Michael Bloemsma has over 16 years of experience in education and has worked as a classroom teacher, professor, and technology leader at the school, district, and county levels. Michael currently works for SFUSD in the Department of Technology as a Program Administrator of Technology & Innovation in support of building out our 1:1 Technology initiatives in the district. In this role Michael supports school site administrators and teachers to integrate technology and key pedagogies to help transform the learning experience for students and serve to help SFUSD achieve our Vision 2025 outcomes for students. Michael earned his B.A. in Psychology, with minor in Child Development from SDSU, his M.A. In Education, with emphasis in Instructional Technology from SFSU, and received his Ed.D. In Educational Administration and Leadership, with an emphasis in Technology Leadership from University of California, Irvine in 2013.
Vice President of Programming
Christy Novack has been in education for over 19 years. She was an elementary educator for 14 years. Prior to this, she taught integration of technology tools at SF State to teachers gaining their credentials. She also created and taught technology electives for 6-8th graders as a paperless, blended learning classroom. She is currently the Access, Equity and Innovation Specialist for Pacifica School District which focuses on bringing innovative learning practices to the classroom. She is a local and national presenter on educational technology. See her website at edtechlearning.com
My experience facilitating technology and science learning for adults and kids makes me eager to contribute to the CUE Board. In my most recent teaching position, I collaborated with our director of innovation to create and implement a Micro:bits learning unit where my 7th graders designed moving earth models. Although my learners faced many challenges during the multi-week process, seeing them gain such great collaboration and problem-solving skills inspired me to share this experience with other educators. I led both a district-level PD and a STEAM symposium session about Micro:bits, where educators had hands-on experience with the tool and left with ideas about how they could use the kits in their classrooms. I would love to continue providing hands-on experiences like this for educators in the Bay Area, and being a part of CUE’s Board would help me meet these like-minded people and continue contributing to my community.
A veteran SFUSD teacher of 32 years, Thad has always looked to the future of public education through technology enhanced pedagogy. His own educational background starts in the arts with fine art and film making. Thad earned his teaching credentials from SFSU in San Francisco, joining Hoover Middle School as a math and science teacher in 1997. He obtained a MA degree in mathematics education in 2007. In 2016 Thad moved from the classroom into technology coaching with the Digital Promise/ Verizon 1:1 iPad project. In this role he has been able to support the next phase of 21st Century learning at the whole-school site level as well as in partnership with many other schools also participating in the digital learning revolution.
Dan has been an educator in SFUSD for ten years and has always been an avid implementor of technology in my classrooms. He currently works as a Digital Learning Partner in the Department of Technology at SFUSD helping teachers, administrators, and other staff integrate technology into their practice more effectively and efficiently. He develops and delivers training sessions and professional development series, leads and facilitates initiatives around digital implementation in schools, and advises administration on how to integrate technology use more thoughtfully for their whole school. He is currently spearheading the Digital Citizenship initiative for SFUSD.
Middle School Social Studies teacher and Teacher Librarian (all 3 levels) in SFUSD. Educational technology promoter and early adopter. I have learned new tech skills and platforms and have collaborated to share with colleagues. I am the past state President of California School Library Association (CSLA).