Meet Our Presenters
Our trainers are passionate about reaching kids with positive messages about the internet, online safety and the ways they should treat others. They will delight your students while leaving lasting ideas.
Chrissie Allen - Certified for K-12
Chrissie has been in education for 20+ years. She has taught in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Chrissie has taught kindergarten thru twelfth graders in public and private schools, and spent summers coaching basketball and volleyball camps for kids of all ages. Helping students discover their passion and dream of a future is her passion. Her love for technology and coaching has lead her into the ﬁeld of technology integration. She has lead trainings and staff development to help teachers use technology to enrich the curriculum. Currently she is also a technology grant facilitator for a 1:1 technology demonstration campus. Chrissie has presented at many technology conferences in the area of social media. As a MBC Coach and administrator for My Big Campus, she sees the need for education in the area of netiquette and is very excited about sharing resources for cyber-bullying and online safety. Chrissie received her undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and her graduate degree from Texas A & M-Texarkana. Chrissie and her husband Dave, have three children and live in Atlanta, Texas.
Christine Owens - Certified for K-12
Cris has worked in the field of education for 28years. A majority of her experiences have been in special education. Working with children and adults with special needs has created awareness in Cris of the social and emotional struggles of many who are often misunderstood by their peers. These misunderstandings can lead to bullying or situations in which social acceptance can be a challenge. Cris has a strong commitment of teaching tolerance to young people and to help them realize that their actions can impact another person for the rest of their lives. She is excited about the opportunity to share this anti-bullying message with students, teachers and parents.
Erin Dale - Certified for K-12
Beginning her educational career in Oshkosh, WI, in 1989, Erin Dale first worked with third grade students in a low income area school. There Erin began learning how to instill in students, teachers, and parents the importance of tolerance and kindness towards others through meaningful conversations. Erin and her colleagues began to hold weekly classroom meetings wherein every child had a voice, conflicts were discussed, and solutions brought to the forefront. Students were empowered by their own sense of belonging and purpose. In 1996 Erin began teaching 6th grade in Selby, SD where she continued these weekly group meetings with her students. Building these communities made a big difference as it instilled a sense of worth and belonging in the lives of many of her students. Erin continues to promote these crucial character traits through her bullying sessions. Her most recent work focuses on teaching area teachers sound research-based literacy strategies. Her favorite part is that she gets to teach in the classroom with the teacher and the students. Erin is thrilled to be able to share her expertise in the area of bullying with our area youth.
Holly Schumacher - Certified for Pre-K-12
Holly has been in the educational field for 10 years. This career venture has found her working with all ages from lower elementary through the adult level. Becoming a certified presenter of Bullying Training though ESSDACK has been an important step for Holly in continuing her ability to be the voice for those on the receiving end of this debilitating hardship. Holly further engages her audience by sharing experiences, personal to her, surrounding the topic of bullying and the importance of being technologically smart.
Howie George - Certified for Grades 7-12
Howie George is a presenter with much experience talking to kids of all ages. This background serves him well as he comes to this new work. He speaks in an accessible, human way that kids can understand and his sense of humor helps him engage audiences.
Kay Tibbs - Certified for Pre-K-12
Kay has been a classroom teacher for 20+ years. As a teacher she discovered her passion for using technology and project based learning as a tool for effective, engaging teaching, but was frustrated by the limits set to internet access. She left the classroom to be a Flight Leader for the Challenger Learning Center of Kansas and now she is the Technology Director for USD 353 Wellington, KS. These positions have opened her eyes to the great resources the web can offer and to the need for cyber safety.
Charlie Mahoney - Certified for Grades 7-12
Charlie has presented at many conference in the area of technology in education, project-based learning, iPods in the classroom and much more. His recent certification in Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Online Safety make him a powerful resource for schools.
Terry Eis - Certified for Grades 7-12
Terry is an exciting presenter who knows exactly how to talk to kids’ minds and hearts. Her time in education was spent inspiring kids to reach for the best in themselves. A current administrator, Terry understands the crucial role that “netiquette” plays in a world where technology is everywhere!
Josh Swartz - Certified for Grades 7-12
Josh is currently assistant principal/athletic director at Andale High School near Wichita, Kansas. He enjoys teaching teachers and kids how to Integrate technology into everyday lessons. With his 7-12 certification, Josh becomes an exciting new resource!
Tuanua Swartz - Certified for Pre-K-12
In education for 15 years, 8 years at St. Mark's as Technology Teacher and the last 3 years as a technology integrationist. Seeing children smile is worth a thousand words. I am driven to help children be safe in the world that we have created be it online, in the classroom, or outside of school. "Please feel free to visit my blog: Eagles Soar!
My school is located outside of West Wichita in St. Mark's, Kansas. We are a feeder school for Andale High School."
Tammy Gilley - Certified for Pre-K-12
"Hi, my name is Tammy Gilley and I am a twenty year veteran in the field of education. I have a passion for teaching and technology. I live in Hutchinson, KS, and I would love to come to your school and give a cyber safety/bullying presentation. "
Levi Valdois - Certified for Grades Pre-K-6
"Starting my 3rd year of teaching at Derby Middle School in Derby, Kansas which is right outside of Wichita. I love to learn about, and share, new technology and new ideas."
Michele Honeycutt - Certified for Pre-K-6
"I teach a 1st-4th grade, 1:1 laptop, multi-age class at Pleasantview Academy in Hutchinson, KS. I love spreading Starbuck's message of friendship and CyberSmarts! I'm the proud "mommy" of Starbuck, and I'd be excited to bring him to your school."
Nancy Bether - Certified for Pre-K-6
"As a lifelong educator, I am committed to the well-being of our 21st Century Learners. I believe that success is measured one student at a time and that students get invested in learning when they see that it's real, that it has a purpose, and that they are creating something that will impact the world. It is this belief in engaged learning within a secure and supportive environment that drives my daily commitment to the safety and well being of all students."
Tammy Fast - Certified for Pre-K-6
"Teaching has been my passion for 20+ years. I have taught at every grade level during my career and am currently a counselor for Moundridge schools. Keeping kids healthy and safe is a big job and an awesome responsibility for both schools and parents. I would love to come share the message of Starbuck with the students and staff of your school!"
Cyndi Kuhn - Certified for Pre-K-6
"Technology is Opening Minds with a New Set of Keys!
Let's open it safely!
I am a faculty member and the Education Technology Integration Coordinator for the Kansas State University College of Education. I am an educational futurist who works to leverage technology for the benefit of learners. I am an educator, digital storyteller, blogger and digital change agent, artist and friend. I address a range of topics related to technology integration, distance learning, education, business and twenty-first century literacy. I am a catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning. Additionally, I am an experienced graphic designer, website designer, author and technology consultant. I have written and facilitated over $850,000 in technology grants in Kansas.
Bear in mind, I am not a geek/techie. I know many geek/techies, and I am absolutely NOT one of them. Geek/Techies are excited by creating the technology. I am excited by what that technology can do and about discovering the possibilities. Technology is changing the way we do business, teach, and learn, in the 21st century, I am a part of that change."
Check out my website at http://www.cyndidannerkuhn.info
Dr. Beth R. Walizer - Certified for Pre-K-6
R. Walizer, Ph.D., became an assistant professor teaching Reading and Language Arts courses in the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University in 2002. One of Dr. Walizer’s interests is the development of theoretically grounded interventions to improve teaching and increase students’ learning in technology-embedded classrooms. In order to do that, all students must feel safe when communicating with others by using and successfully applying their literacy skills (reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and thinking) to multiple forms of technology.
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Cindy Norris - Certified for Pre-K-6
Cindy is an enthusiastic 25 year teaching veteran who is passionate about keeping our youth safe while online and helping them become responsible digital citizens! She is located in Manhattan, KS and teaches in USD #383. She currently teaches 6th grade.