Teacher Feast is taught by some of the finest teachers around.
Chris was a teacher with D87 schools for more than 30 years. 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.
Amanda Carter previously taught 1st grade for 10 years. She recently completed her first year as a Special Ed PreK teacher in Lexington, IL. She attended Illinois State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She completed her Master’s in Educational Leadership at Concordia University and holds an administrative certificate.
She first attended the Feast back in 2007 & became a trainer in 2009. Amanda has received numerous grants over the years and is looking forward to sharing some tips and help participants generate some new ideas. This past year she used Seesaw daily in her classroom and parents loved the instant daily updates. She also has experience with Class Dojo and G Suite.
"It’s amazing how many new things you can learn in just one week. I think the best thing about teaching and technology is sharing ideas & collaborating with others to help make different tools work for you and your students!"
Christine Chiodo will be going on her 13th year in education with the beginning of the 2019-2020 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.
Jayme Corcoran is an LBSI at Washington Elementary. She has her Master’s Degree in Special Education and her National Boards in the Exceptional Learner. Jayme has trained at the Feast for six years. Jayme is a SMART certified trainer and provides a fun learning environment for students using technology as a way to provide repeated practice and direct instruction. She prides herself on using technology in the classroom in a variety of ways.
Zack Gilbert is currently teaching 5th/6th grade social studies at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal, IL. Zack is the host of the EdGamer podcast, a source of cutting edge interviews and resources on Games and Learning. He is on the advisory board for Playful Learning through the Learning Games Network and he is the Project Lead for the Games and Learning projects within IlliniCloud, a non-profit tech cooperative of school districts across the country that provides schools with the means to operate smoothly, efficiently, and safely. Zack is a chapter co-author in the book TeacherCraft: A Guide for Teaching and Learning with Minecraft. Games are an important part of Zack’s life, in and out of school.
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.
Mike Mortenson has taught biology, human anatomy & physiology, and other science courses at the high school level for 21 years. Before he was a trainer, he attended "The Feast" many times and was fascinated with how technology, when used appropriately, could enhance student learning. Some of his favorite educational applications include Google Classroom, Quizlet, Kahoot, and YouTube. Mike has been married for 21 years to his lovely wife Greta and they have 2 children Alex (18) and Hannah (16). His other interests include taking long walks or runs with his Norwegian Elkhound Elsa, and taking care of his slightly malevolent cat Simba. The most unusual thing about Mike would be that he has an 8' long boa constrictor named Scarlet. Check out and subscribe to his You Tube channel "Morthans23."
I have been teaching science for 7 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 is an Instructional Facilitator and Makerspace teacher at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal. Prior to this position, Kristi was a Library Media Specialist for 9 years and a classroom teacher for 14 years. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University, her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University, and her library science certification from Illinois State University. Kristi first attended the Teacher Feast in 2003 and has been a trainer and/or coordinator since 2009.
Brittney is a Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal, IL. She previously taught ESL in South Korea before moving into the field of special education. Brittney received her bachelors in special education from Illinois State University, her bachelors in media studies from Northern Illinois University and is currently working on her Masters in Special Education at Illinois State University. Brittney is passionate about issues of inclusion and diversity and regularly presents on UDL, tech integration and student-led classrooms.