Teacher Feast is taught by some of the finest teachers around.
Chris has been a teacher with D87 schools for more than 30 years and is currently the library media specialist at Oakland elementary. He has a passion for helping students learn about the many technologies that unlock their creativity, organize their thinking, and explore their world. He works to blur the line that distinguishes technology and magic.
Christine Chiodo will be going on her 11th year in education with the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. She has been able to explore a variety of positions starting as a special education aide, 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, Volleyball Coach, Technology Specialist and Coach, and now as a STEAM Lab Instructor. All of these positions have given her a variety of experiences working with and challenging students on many levels. Providing an environment where students can work together, design, critically think, problem solve, and see real world connections is what excites Chiodo about STEAM education. She loves that she will be able to help prepare students with the skills needed for the demands of the 21st century world.
Mike Jones is a middle school science teacher for Metcalf, Illinois State University’s Lab School. He formerly taught STEM and science at Bloomington Public School District 87 in Illinois. Michael received his B.S in Middle School Education at Illinois State University. He later completed his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and is currently working on another in Educational Administration and Foundations. He is the co-creator of several tech guides and his two children, Kat & Parker. Michael enjoys reading, board games, and lock-picking.
I have been teaching science for 5 years--all in District 87. Before that I was a coach for 11 years, and there is a saying that goes "the best coaches, are the best thieves" which means that the "best" take others' ideas and make them their own, incorporate them into their own practices. They are not inventors but re-inventors. I try to do that in my own classroom and using technology is an exciting way to re-invent what we can do for the students and what they can do for themselves. I love to try new things, and I'm not afraid to fail along the way -- experimentation is at the core of science, sports, and learning.
Noel Reidy is the ESL/Prekindergarten teacher at The Sarah E. Raymond School of Early Education. She has a great deal of experience in the classroom ranging from preschool to university. She worked as an ESL teacher in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Guam, and South Korea before returning to work in the US. While completing her teaching certificate, she worked as a substitute teacher in all the District 87 schools. She has an undergraduate degree from Illinois State University, a teaching certificate from Kendall College, an ESL endorsement from University of St. Francis, and is completing her course work for a Master of Science this summer.
After attending her first Feast in 2015, she was inspired to develop her knowledge of technology. She has attended all 2015-2016 district led edCamps, the 2016 and 2017 ICE conferences, and the 2016 Feast. While she continues to expand her knowledge of all technology, her focus remains on providing the best technology resources for the prekindergarten environment.
Kristi Sutter is the Library Media teacher at Sheridan Elementary School in Bloomington District 87. Prior to the Library Media Center, she was in the classroom for 15 years. Kristi taught 1st, 3rd and 4th grades, with most of her years in 4th grade at Sheridan. She has her Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University, her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and Library Science Degree from Illinois State University. As a classroom teacher, she loved working with my librarian to find the perfect book or digital tool to build background for my students. So, when the former librarian decided to retire, she was very excited to combine her love for literature and technology in the 'perfect' job- Elementary School Library Media Specialist!
Kristi attended her first Teacher Feast in 2003 and has been hooked on technology ever since! She has progressed from attending The Feast to presenting at it and other technology conferences throughout the state. It is always exciting to find a new way to integrate an edtech tool that makes learning more engaging. There are so many possibilities!