Meet Stephanie Hinton, Early Childhood Coordinator @thestephhinton

What’s your first and last name?

  • Stephanie Hinton

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Early Childhood Coordinator

How are you involved in education?

  • I am involved in a lot of great things in education! I work with a number of partners and through grants to ensure access to early childhood programming – Early Birds/Smart Start in the Schools, Parents as Teachers, childcare programming for teen parents. I also support early childhood teachers PK-1st grade in the district.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal school/classroom looks like students and teachers engaging in the learning process. I love seeing the joy of learning happening in the classroom.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Anything early childhood!

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Meet LaDonna Wattts, Middle School Science – 6th Grade

What’s your first and last name?

  • LaDonna Wattts

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Middle School Science – 6th Grade

How are you involved in education?

  • I teach 6th grade Science in the middle school. I have been teaching 17 years.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Science Lab and classroom connected with lots of space. Lab tables for 30-35 students. Lab tables have 4-5 student spots with multiple microscopes. Equipment for all students at the tables.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Elgin

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Meet Erin Barnes, Educator @ebarnes73

What’s your first and last name?

  • Erin Barnes

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Educator

How are you involved in education?

  • I teach all grade levels and all subjects. Its weird I know. I like to try everything so I can show it all to my Ss and let THEM decide what works best for their education.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Controlled chaos. messy but everything has a place. Independent learning spaces as well as whole group instruction zones.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • How best to advocate – parents and educators
    Podcasting for Mastery in the classroom
    Twitter 101 for newbies
    #oklaed works for you – a session on the hashtag for PD

Do you have a website or blog?

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Meet Jackie Holt, Instructional Technology Trainer

What’s your first and last name?

  • Jackie Holt

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Instructional Technology Trainer

How are you involved in education?

  • I work with Teachers and Administrators on technology integration. My team and I work hard to change the culture in buildings to accept and implement the use of technology in an innovative, purposeful, and intentional way.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal learning environment would be one where students learn in a climate that supports them right where they are. A place where they feel safe to take risks and make mistakes. An environment where students are actively engaged in learning that that allows them to construct there knowledge and understanding. A place where project-based or problem-based learning is the norm. A place where technology isn’s “just one more thing to do” but rather technology as an embedded piece we do with everything. A place where students are the constructors of knowledge and the teacher is a facilitator.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Collaboration with G Suite

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Meet Crystal Szymanski, Principal

What’s your first and last name?

  • Crystal Szymanski

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Principal

How are you involved in education?

  • I am a MS building principal at Chisholm Middle School in Enid. My roles include technology committe chair for the district, instructional and curriculum coach, student discipline, building maintenance, event planning, and more.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Student-centered with teachers as facilitators. Lots of show me and student empowerment.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • OER or Standards Based Grading

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Meet Telannia Norfar, Math Teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Telannia Norfar

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Math Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I am one of the committee members for EdcampOKC. This is my second year to serve on the planning and my fourth year helping in general. I am the president-elect for the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics. I provide training on student-centered strategies across the country. I am a regular attender on #oklaed and #sunchat. I also support financially and advocate for legislators who support education.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My idea classroom is where students drive their own learning. They know what they need to learn, how to learn and how to present their learning.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Number Talks at the Middle and High School Level

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Meet Ann Phillips, Language Arts teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Ann Phillips

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Language Arts teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I enjoy professional development, soaking up as much as I can. I attend the Pre-AP class in the summers at TU, and I’m currently participating in a three-part webinar by Jennifer Serravallo, entitled “The Writing Strategies.” I remain active in OEA as well.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • An ideal school has a principal that comes into classrooms OFTEN. The staff would communicate with one another through scheduled, consistent cross-curricular meetings. Teachers would ideally know what others are teaching so they could expand upon those concepts in their own curricular area. One-to-one technology would be offered and available, in working condition, for every student and teacher. Colorful murals would be on the walls in hallways and in bathrooms, along with welcoming, well-kept landscaping around the school (with a spacious and lovely outdoor classroom learning space as well, of course!) The school library would have an abundance of current, intriguing books and an environment that lures both students and staff. The friendly and knowledgeable librarian would be there to aid in teaching lessons and helping students find that “just-right” book. All art, music, and foreign language programs would be embraced and seen as equally important in the development of every child. Physical education would be a daily class, kindergarten through seniors in high school. This school would have windows in each and every classroom, allowing natural light to fuel learning. The cafeteria would offer multiple choices to students for both breakfast and lunch. Students would be greeters before school each day, as well as staff. They would be expected to talk to everyone. Learning in all classrooms would be curriculum driven, with teachers meeting each and every child’s vast needs. Classes would include twenty or fewer students each and every hour. State testing would be a thing from the past.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • I teach at a small, rural middle school. I’m interested in learning how others teach in under-funded, under-staffed rural schools. I’m always looking for ways to improve our little school and learn from others. I don’t have a specific topic in mind.

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Meet Olivia Bennett, Advanced math teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Olivia Bennett

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Advanced math teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I am a team leader for my school. I am a pre-ap math teacher. I enjoy challenging myself and hearing from other teachers.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Having a large classroom with Chromebooks or laptops for each student. Having table with a cut out in the middle for supplies. Having an administration that backs me up for all of the new ideas that I want to try in the classroom.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Being creative in the math classroom.
  • Diversity and inclusion in the secondary classroom.

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Meet Nathan Brubaker, Professional Development

What’s your first and last name?

  • Nathan Brubaker

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Professional Development

How are you involved in education?

  • I support CTE Teachers with PD at the State level.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • The ideal classroom is student focused that uses hands on or project based learning that makes the learning relate to the real world of work. The teacher spends most of their time giving formative feedback that spurs the student to continue to move forward. The teacher uses a variety of instructional strategies that are chosen based on their knowledge of the students and how they learn and process knowledge.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Instructional strategies, classroom management, OkCareerGuide

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Meet April Gustafson, Instructional Technology Trainer

What’s your first and last name?

  • April Gustafson

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Instructional Technology Trainer

How are you involved in education?

  • My passion for technology and teaching has led me into a career where I have the opportunity to support teachers and their instruction with awesome tech tools. I am a former middle and high school science teacher that values positive student-teacher relationships far more than test scores. My goal/wish is for all teachers to love teaching so all students love learning!

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Flexible yet structured. I believe when we have the right tools and resources the space should fit each and every learners style. This school or classroom would allow teachers to facilitate and push students to delve deeper into topics or concepts and much less on the students’ ability to regurgitate facts.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Formative Assessment -why I love data but only if it’s used..

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