Beth Barra is a former 4th-grade ELA teacher turned Innovation Specialist/Coach. She is passionate about education, social justice, technology, and blending those into every day lessons. She is a Google Certified Educator and a certified Mindfulness Instructor. Beth is trained in Univeral Design for Learning and is a Social Emotional Learning enthusiast. She has both attended and presented at many MassCUE Fall Conferences and acted as the Social Media Ambassador for the Fall 2019 Conference.
Previously, Beth worked in the East Bridgewater Public Schools for twelve years. Currently, she is employed at the Marshfield Public Schools, working within the five elementary schools in the community. Her job as an Innovation Specialist is to support and enhance instructional best practices that promote the consistent use of digital learning tools for teachers. She also models best practices that ensure student access to learning opportunities, student engagement with content, and student choice in expressing knowledge and understanding. Beth loves a lot of things about her new gig, but her favorite aspect of it is that she gets to work in the same school that her cousins, aunts, uncles, and mom went to as kids!
When she’s not teaching, Beth is most likely on an adventure with her two young sons, scoping out the best new restaurant to try with her husband, or working on rebuilding a vintage camper with her family. Be sure to follow her on Twitter @mrs__barra and Instagram @mrs__barra!
Jon Corippo describes himself as a “formerly disgruntled student.” He made it almost all the way through school at a 2.9 GPA. His final three semesters in Advertising changed everything, though: Advertising classes were project based. Jon’s grades shot to nearly 4.0. Also while at Fresno State, Jon served as a graduate assistant football coach, learning about leadership and teaching at the feet of Jim Sweeney. Jon graduated college with no intention of teaching.
After about 7 years in non-educational jobs, Jon’s amazing wife persuaded him to try his hand in education: he was hooked after just two days as a long-term sub on an emergency credential.
About 20 years later, Jon had served a decade at the K-8 level, opened a 1-1, PBL, Google-based high school, served in two county offices, including as an Assistant Superintendent and It Director. Jon has been recognized a County Teacher of the Year, a 20 to Watch Educator by the NSBA, and was a finalist in the EdTech Digest Awards. Jon also holds the Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator badges.
Jon is very proud of his work with CUE, where he served as the Chief Learning Officer and Executive Director. Under Jon’s leadership, CUE professional learning has trained over 60,000 educators.
Jon lives in Coarsegold, California, near Yosemite, with his wife (a very successful educator), three children and a random number of free-range chickens.
Follow Jon on Twitter @jcorippo.
Wendy Garland is a Librarian at Avery Elementary School in Dedham, MA. She has spoken at library conferences both locally and internationally. She was awarded the Goldin Foundation Award, Massachusetts Super Librarian Award, and was a participant in the AASL Induction Program.
Rhianon E. Gutierrez
Rhianon E. Gutierrez (she/her) is driven to make a more accessible world for all. For the past 20 years, she has pursued this mission through education, media, and disability advocacy. At present, she serves as the Director of Digital Learning in the Boston Public Schools, where she leads the district’s instructional technology team and advises on accessible and inclusive uses of technology districtwide. As an educator, Rhianon has taught media arts and digital literacy skills across K-12, higher education, and workplace settings. As a designer and consultant who lives with a disability, she collaborates with organizations to develop accessible digital content and advise on disability inclusion strategies for stage, film, television, games, and interactive media. She frequently presents on the topics of Universal Design for Learning, digital learning, and media access and representation.
Rhianon is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and was named a 2018 Emerging Leader and 2020 Inclusive Learning Network Outstanding Educator by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
Follow Rhianon on Twitter @RhianonElan.
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