ITEC Board elections are held each year at the fall conference. Board members serve three-year terms. Anyone interested in running for the board should complete this form at least three weeks prior to the conference.

2018 Board Candidates

Dennis CulverDennis Culver (Incumbent)

Current Position/Title: Instructional Support Specialist

Current District: Iowa State University – CTLT

Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.

My experiences in education have primarily focused on working with preservice educators and higher education faculty on how to meaningfully integrate technology into their learning and teaching. As an undergraduate student at Iowa State University, I began working for the Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching (CTLT) in 2005. My experiences in the CTLT resulted in a strong interest in educational applications of technology. In 2008 I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in elementary education and then went abroad to work as an English foreign language teacher in South Korea. After a year of teaching abroad, I returned to the CTLT as a graduate student and obtained an administrative assistantship with the CTLT and a teaching assistantship with the undergraduate instructional technology course. I completed my Master of Science degree in education with a specialization in curriculum and instructional technology in 2012. I was then hired as a full time professional and scientific staff member for the CTLT and continue to serve in this position.



My title in the CTLT is Instructional Support Specialist. I direct activities and coordinate resources for the CTLT that are required to enhance the integration of instructional technology in the School of Education at ISU. This includes managing the CTLT’s technologies and learning environments according to faculty, staff, and students’ needs and university regulations, designing and implementing faculty and staff development activities on instructional technology, assisting in coordinating and writing internal and external grants, teaching undergraduate courses on curriculum and instructional technology, and identifying and evaluating appropriate technologies to keep the CTLT contemporary, relevant, and useful to its constituencies. I also make efforts to provide professional development and assistance to those outside of ISU. I have worked with several central Iowa school districts and educational organizations to help them understand how technology can be implemented to enhance teaching and learning.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?

I am running for re-election so that I may continue to contribute, learn, and serve. ITEC is an organization with important goals that make a meaningful impact on schools across the state. This is an exciting opportunity to use my knowledge and experience to contribute to ITEC’s mission of promoting meaningful technology integration in Iowa schools. Being a member of the board is a valuable learning experience. ITEC has an extensive network of educators and leaders that do amazing work in classrooms every day. Working closely with these individuals and groups has helped me continue to grow as an educator. Finally, becoming a member of the ITEC board has put me in a position to serve more teachers and students.

What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)

During the next five years I envision ITEC continuing to serve educators by hosting engaging events, sharing innovative ideas, and advocating for meaningful integration of technology in education. These strengths could continue to develop in several ways, including: further development of ITEC’s website and online presence, encouraging more preservice teachers to participate, providing more online resources throughout the year, and establishing special interest groups for those interested in specific topics. ITEC has a long history of emphasizing teaching with technology instead of technology itself. I predict ITEC will continue this tradition and capitalize on new opportunities that present themselves as a result of continued growth.


Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

Current Position/Title: Technology Integration Specialist

Current District: Ames Community School District

Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.

I am currently the Technology Integration Specialist at Ames High School and have been since August 2013.  I have my Masters in Curriculum and Instructional Technology from ISU. I formerly taught high school and middle school science for nine years in three districts in Iowa, mostly Physics and Earth Science.  I was part of a 1:1 implementation at South Hamilton before coming to Ames and switched to my current role as they started their 1:1 at the High School. I was able to find and explore ways to use technology to improve learning in my own classrooms through a flipped/mastery style classroom and a focus on student learning as opposed to teacher teaching. I am currently a certified Google Education Trainer and Google Education Innovator.  I have presented at various state and regional conferences, as well as at ISTE for what will now be three years in a row.

While having many smaller duties, my main job is to help teachers as they use technology effectively to improve teaching and learning.  I plan professional development and develop resources to assist in teacher learning as well as to assist students in their use of technology.  I work with our Instructional Coaches and TOSAs as part of our district work related to effective teaching and learning practices. While my focus is at the high school, I have had the opportunity to work with our Teacher Technology Librarians at our elementaries and have led whole district learning in regards to teaching and learning with technology.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?

Having attended the ITEC fall conference for many years now and being part of many other learning opportunities in Iowa, it is very evident the impact that ITEC can have on the improved use of effective technology use by educators and how we can continue to improve. I have seen many educators grow in profound ways through learning with others and we need to always be focused on growing as educators, especially as the world and technology changes.  All teachers can grow and it is great to be part of a way to help those educators grow, no matter where they currently are in their knowledge of effective technology use.

I feel that I can help support and lead learning as it continues to evolve and grow in regards to effective technology use in our classrooms.  I am focused and determined to help others as best as I can, as I also continue to learn and grow as an educator, so that we can truly have dynamic uses of technology that bring learning to the highest point possible. The most powerful thing a teacher can do is to be a continual learner who is always trying to find ways to better serve their students, and I am always looking for ways to find ways to support educators as they do this.

What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)

The fall conference must continue to grow as technology becomes more prevalent in all aspects of learning and it can continue to provide a focal point for the learning of educators across the state.  As we have educators who vary from early adopters to laggards, it is important that districts have a place to send teachers to learn and grow together. There could also be other outreach methods that could be used to help the learning continue to happen throughout the year and not just during the fall, finding ways to support and direct that learning could be powerful.  It would be beneficial to find ways to also support gatherings of educators throughout the year, in less formal settings, as way to help people grow their PLN and continue their learning.

The Student Tech Fairs are a great example of something that ITEC is currently doing that showcases how technology can be used by our students in their learning.  ITEC can continue to promote these opportunities and find ways to share out to all Iowa teachers about some of the work being done by our educators and students to help show what we could be doing, to help focus the learning.

The key to any changes by ITEC over the next five years should be based upon data as it concerns needs and wants by educators in Iowa as it pertains to effective technology use for teaching and learning.  Identifying gaps and finding ways to best support the learning that could be happening will extend the impact that ITEC already has.


Andrew FenstermakerAndrew Fenstermaker

Current Position/Title: Instructional Technology Coordinator & Tech Coach

Current District: Iowa City Schools

Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.

I have taught for twelve years in grades third, first and fifth. My district piloted SMARTBoards early in my teaching career. I had a SMARTBoard for a short time, but was able to create an interactive whiteboard with a Wii Remote and infrared pen. This sparked my curiosity in getting kids up and moving to interact with technology. While teaching first grade I got to pilot a small number of iPads. This  added more fuel to the spark and inspired me to push the envelope with what first graders can do. From Skyping with the Governor of Iowa to blogging, my first graders redefined traditional learning. When I transitioned to fifth grade, we continued exploring how GSuite could amplify the 4Cs. From Genius Hour projects to students creating their own podcasts, I continuously challenged the status quo of learning to empower students. In my current role I have the privilege of improving student engagement and achievement by increasing educators’ capacity to reflect on and build new instructional practices in the areas of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. Lastly, I serve as an adjunct for the University of Iowa where I facilitate a grad class about Tech Integration in the K-12 setting.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?

I am interested in partnering with other great leaders in the field of educational technology. Furthermore, I am excited to support educators across the state of Iowa, and Midwest. The ITEC Board plays an integral role in shaping the resources available for all stakeholders in education to foster ongoing student-centered and future-future focused learning.

What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)

I feel that the one word that defines ITEC in the next five years is a community. We have instructional leadership teams within my district. I could see value in having ITEC Ambassadors across the state. They would provide insight to the ITEC Board members to better gauge the pulse across the state in regards educational technology. We have a Google Educator Group for Iowa, but I see value in creating a Slack group for Iowa. There would be subgroups to help streamline communication. The Slack group would provide on-demand support by connecting great educators across the state. I also foresee ITEC creating self-paced learning opportunities. I envision something similar to Alice Keeler’s Go Slow Workshops that are all facilitated within a Google Classroom. It would also be great to provide some license renewal credit for completing a certain number of the Go Slow Workshops.


Chad Frerichs

Chad Frerichs (Incumbent)

Current Position/Title: Director of Technology

Current District: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn

Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.

I have been a Director of Technology in 3 different school districts 13+ years helping to lead each of them into a 1:1 learning environment. I am currently the Director of Technology for the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn school district, and we are in our first year of our TFL initiative and have just deployed Chromebooks for each 3rd – 12th grade student, a mix of iPads and Chromebooks for 2nd grade students, and iPads for PS – 1st grade students. I am passionate about changing education as a whole, well beyond just ed tech.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?

I have been on the ITEC board for 8 years and love working to provide the best conferences and services we can for the state of Iowa and beyond.

What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)

I see ITEC continuing to put on 2 great conferences each year and expanding their offerings to include additional training opportunities for school districts. In addition to conferences and trainings the board members advocate for the state at national conferences and in relationships with vendors.


Jamie Gilchrist (Fath) (Incumbent)

Current Position/Title: Technology Integration Coordinator

Current District: Southeast Polk

Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.

I have a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, with a minor in Educational Computing and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, both from ISU. I became interested in technology at a very young age when my mom, a computer teacher, brought home a computer for the summer. While an undergraduate and grad student at ISU, I worked for the Toying with Technology program, helped to redesign the educational technology minor, taught a technology integration course and worked with administrators around the country on technology leadership through CASTLE. For the past 7 years, I have served as the technology integration coordinator for Southeast Polk Community School district. While I wear many hats within our district, my primary goal is to support teachers and students in using technology to enhance learning and teaching. I plan and lead professional development, support through instructional coaching, co-teach, write grants, meet with PLCs and help to oversee our PK-12 library systems. I love that my job allows me the opportunity to work with so many teachers and students and that every day is different.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?

I am running for another term on the board and as I am continually impressed by the commitment and dedication of my fellow board members. I would like to serve a third term to continue to serve educators across the state of Iowa and provide them with opportunities and learning involving educational technology. One of ITEC’s goals is to provide leadership on how technology can impact teaching and learning and I believe that my job as a technology integration coordinator has helped me to gain experience with teachers and administrators to allow them to grow as leaders in technology within their buildings and the district. I hope to continue to work and grow in this area myself by serving on the ITEC board.

What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)

In the years that I have been involved in ITEC, the organization has done great things. I believe that as a state, there are a lot of priorities that are embedded in what ITEC stands for – specifically collaboration and teacher leadership. ITEC can continue to be a strong force in the state through the fall conference, IT conference, student technology fairs and workshops. We have amazing educators across the state of Iowa and I hope that ITEC can continue to empower and promote their messages and ideas.


Joe Wakeman

Joe Wakeman (Incumbent)

Current Position/Title: Director of Technology

Current District: Nevada Community School District

Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.

Been involved with K12 technology since 2004. Education felt like where I was called to be as I love working with both students and staff of all skill levels.  In my present role, I oversee technology operations for the District and wherever else I can help out with to prepare kids for the future.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?

Been an ITEC board member for 1 term, love being able to help educators throughout the state use technology and be exposed to it as well as networking opportunities.  It’s been extremely fulfilling personally and professionally and I would love to continue that work.

What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)

ITEC caters to a wide variety of educators – teachers, coaches, administrators, tech staff – and it’s important that we continue to strive to offer meaningful learning opportunities for all of our members as well as networking opportunities and resources.  We must continue to adapt and grow with the ever changing landscape of technology and education.


Link to Application Form

Questions:

  • Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities.
  • Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board?
  • What role do you see ITEC playing in the next five years in regard to education? (organizational structure, services provided, membership, annual conferences, etc.)