Our Annual Fall CUE NBCUE Slam Presentation

Team Netscape Navigators for the win!

Some of our NBCUE crew!

Our Board

Laura Zinser: President

I have been an educator for 30 years. During this time, I have taught every grade preschool through sixth. I’ve been a Resource Specialist and Special Day Class teacher. Currently, I’m a 5th grade teacher and Academic Specialist for West Park Elementary School in Napa. I’m a passionate learner who is always looking for ways to expand my skills, transform my teaching and connect with others.


Jenny Derby: Co-Secretary

Tracy Walker: Co-Secretary

Jenny Derby is a TOSA in the Dixie School District in San Rafael, California. After taking the fast lane through a blended bachelor’s and teaching credential program, Jenny moved back to beautiful Marin County and jumped right into teaching. Ten years later, she has kindergarten, second, fifth and sixth grade under her belt. This wide range of experience has afforded her the opportunity to meet incredible teachers and establish a growing network of educators who are #teamkid. Jenny is passionate about being a learner herself and encourages her students to seek out their passions just the same.


Tracy Walker, a 6th grade and technology teacher at Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, enjoys utilizing technology in her professional and personal life focusing primarily on film-making and digital storytelling. Tracy won a Marin County Golden Bell award for outstanding educators in 2012, and previously received the CADA Area B Outstanding Activities Director Award. She is the proud mother of two young children, and can often be found knee deep in Play-Doh. You can contact her on Twitter as @EduTrace or on her on-again, off-again blog, Parks and EdTech: a playful reference to her college degree in Recreation Administration at Chico State. Go Wildcats!


Ashley Williams: Treasurer

Gayle Horsma: Publicity

I feel so lucky to say that I was born and raised in the North Bay. After going to college in Santa Cruz, I realized I wanted to become a teacher to help children learn and develop into active citizens. After working in the classroom for a couple years, I decided I wanted to focus more on technology integration into schools, so I took a position as a TOSA, working on technology integration and excellent teaching. I work hard everyday to give back to the community that I grew up in and help make school awesome for students!


Currently, Gayle Horsma is coding her way through K as an Educational Technology Specialist in Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District. She supports Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms explore the vast world of educational technology. Gayle is a Seesaw Ambassador and loves how this tool has transformed the way teachers and students can capture their learning. Before jumping into the role of an Educational Technology Specialist, Gayle has previous experience teaching everything between Kindergarten and Fifth grade. She loves working with the youngest students and lives by the motto, if FIVE year olds can do it, ANYONE can do it!


Ali deGuia-Bumgarner: Event Coordinator

Ali deGuia-Bumgarner was born and raised in Southern California, and moved to Northern California to attend UC Berkeley. This opened up a whole new world where she felt the urge to make a difference. Besides serving as North Bay CUE Board Co-President, Ali wears a few other hats. She is a mom with two beautiful children. She is a district technology coach in Marin County, where she regularly advocates for technology in all classrooms. After receiving her EdTech Masters at Touro University, she now serves as Adjunct faculty for the Masters in Educational Technology Degree Program.


Ann-Marie Skaggs: Event Coordinator

Ann-Marie Skaggs is a 2nd grade teacher at the Cove School and is in her thirteenth year working in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District. Ann-Marie graduated from the University of Arizona with a BA in Communication and a Minor in Media Arts, which was really where her passion lay. She worked for a brief time in television and advertising before realizing that teaching was her calling. She has served as a site rep when the district was opening a new elementary school and worked closely with the architects and district, attended a course at Harvard University on Learning Environments for Today, to make sure that the new site (which is now the Cove School) would best meet the needs of a 21st Century education.


Amy Fadeji: General Board Member

Amy Fadeji is the principal of Penngrove Elementary in Petaluma, California. In her sixth year as principal, she continues to find herself reaching out to educators across the country to build a growing network of innovative and inspiring colleagues. After attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and later the University of Southern Mississippi, Amy taught second and third grades for seven years in Mobile, Alabama and San Anselmo, California before launching her career in administration. Amy finds great joy spending her days supporting students and teachers in their learning adventures. She is passionate about modeling and encouraging risk-taking, fostering collaboration, and she delights in helping other administrators and teachers do the same! You can follow Amy on Twitter (@mrsfadeji) or read her latest blog post at mrsfadeji.blogspot.com.


Riley Johnson: General Board Member

Riley Johnson is the Principal of New Technology High School in Napa, California. He previously served as the Assistant Principal at the same school. Riley moved to California after helping open and teaching social studies, math, and music productions at New Tech Academy in Fort Wayne, IN for 5 years. He is passionate about project-based learning, student-centered culture, and 1:1 technology implementation. Riley and his wife are expecting their first child this coming August.


Michael Bessonette: General Board Member

Michael Bessonette is a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) specializing in Educational Innovation and Technology Integration in the Kentfield School District. He teaches technology skills and maker projects to student in kindergarten through 8th grade. Prior becoming a TOSA, he taught 4th grade for 9 years in Kentfield and San Anselmo and was awarded a Marin County Golden Bell for Teaching in 2013. When he’s not tinkering with tech or maker projects, Michael enjoys his time hiking the trails of Marin County and spending with his wife and young kids.