California State University, Long Beach CA - Master of Arts, Education Librarianship, Sept 2006 - June 2008
California State University, Fullerton - Master of Science, Education Leadership Sept 2002 - June 2004
Vanguard University, Costa Mesa - Bachelor of Arts Sept 1982 - June 1985
Director of Literacies, Outreach, and Libraries, Encinitas Union School District, Encinitas CA July 2015 - Present
Responsible for principal and teacher professional development, innovation, and integration of new literacies including the Art and Science of Reading, STEM, CTE, coding, robotics, outreach to educational partners, and student personalized learning including school library programs. The founder and principal of the district’s award-winning Cloud Campus online school, which received the state’s only elementary online Civic Excellence award. Supports MTSS, SEL, and DLI innovation technologies and practices. Member of the district’s equity leadership committee. Responsible for the elevation of all the school library programs promoting multiple literacies, equity, and the love of reading and learning.
Technology, Information Literacy Coordinator, Orange Unified School District, Orange CA 2010 - 2015
Established the first electives for middle and elementary school students that implemented the California Model School Library Standards into a stand-alone classroom context as a means of student empowerment and educational technology integration. Each year these classes have been recognized by the Orange County Department of Education through the CTAP Student Technology Showcase program. He was awarded the Orange County Teachers of the Year and the California Teachers of the Year semi-finalist.
Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa CA Sept 2008 - Sept 2010
Redefined and resurfaced the role of the teacher librarian as a lead educator and professional development provider in the areas of digital and information literacy education for students and teachers. Provided county, state, and national leadership for cyber safety and digital literacy education. Co-wrote the state’s Model School Library Standards, and the California Technical Education standards for Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Teacher Librarian, Orange Unified School District, Orange CA Sept 2006 - Sept 2008
Supported kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers with information and technology integration into all core content areas. Instructed students in information and digital literacy including cyber safety and online source evaluation methods.
Sixth Grade Teacher, Orange Unified School District, Orange CA Jan 1998 - Sept 2006
Established a daily all school broadcast and provided educational technology professional development for colleagues and administration. Incorporated original music into multiple subject teaching and learning goals.
California School Library Association - Vice President of Community Relations (Oct 2008 to Present)
International Society of Technology Educators - Director of Online Conference (Mar 2010 to Present)
Computer Using Educators- Chair of Library Media Educator Special Interest Group (Mar 2007 to Present)
Co-author of the California School Library Standards for Information and Media Literacy
Co-author of the California Career Technical Educator Standards for Information Communication Technology
Media Literacy and Technology Leadership and Resource for the California Department of Education
California Department of Education Foundation STEAM Symposium Advisory Board
District Equity Leadership Committee
State Equity of Access to Broadband Leadership with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) advisory board
Director of the California Student Media Festival - Oldest student media festival in the state.
Future Ready Librarians - Co Creator
California Department of Education Education Technology Task Force
CTC Special Class Authorization Creator
Cyber Safety Committee California State Attorney General
2021 30 Most Influential Business Leaders in Technology 2021 - CIO Look Magazine
2020 San Diego Innovative Educator of the Year - Classroom of the Future Foundation
2019 CUE Gold Disk Award - Educational Technology Leadership
2018 California Reading Association Literacy Leader Award
2014 California State Teacher of the Year (Semi-Finalist)
2014 Orange County Teacher of the Year (Finalist)
2014 21st Annual OC Tech Alliance, Innovation In Education Award - High Impact Teacher in Science, Math & Technology – acknowledging the influence of a great teacher in preparing his/her students to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
2013 Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Award National Award for leadership in advancing online safety for families.
2013 Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Outstanding Creative Teaching Achievement, “for the integration of Animation, Technology and Curriculum into your student’s learning.”
2013 Link Americas Foundation, Leaders Making a Difference Award “for leadership in the areas of Life, Information, Nature, Knowledge, and exemplary contributions to the advancement of Digital Literacy and Technology Serving Humanity.”
2012 California Department of Education, Certificate of Recognition, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson “for outstanding service as a valued member of the State Superintendent’s Education Technology Task Force.”
2009 California State Assembly, Assemblyman Van Tran Certificate of Recognition, “In Honor of your commitment and dedication to School Libraries and Librarians”
2008 Parent Teacher Association, Honorary Service Award, for recognition of outstanding service to children and youth at McPherson Magnet School.
Teacher Librarian Service Credential (CSULB)
Administrative Service Credential (CSUF)
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (CSUF)
Career Technical Education Credential ICT (SCOE)
Designated Subjects Vocational Education Teaching Credential (CSUF)
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Technology Proficiencies Highlights
Apple Academy Specialist
Google Certified Educator and Administrator
Multiple Innovative Education Apps