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.

 

Carrie Hillman
Technology Integration Specialist
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. I have been a technology integrationist for the past five years in Nevada and Colo-NESCO school districts and before that a few years in the Oelwein Community Schools. Before that, I taught for ten years in the elementary classroom where I embraced a constructivist mindset. I took on the role of a technology integrationist while finishing my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Iowa State University. My main responsibilities in my role are integrating technology with teachers and students from preschool through twelfth grade, as well as providing personalized professional development in the area of technology integration through infusing technology into Individualized Career Development Plans. I also teach a course at Iowa State University for preservice teachers on teaching and learning online, as well as am a current member of the ITEC board.
Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board? I am currently a board member and have watched the influence ITEC has had at a state and regional level. ITEC has provided many positive influences on the advancement of technology for students, teachers, and all other stakeholders in Iowa schools, as well as surrounding states. Currently, my main role on the board is creating the schedule for the Fall Conference and the Spring IT Conference. I feel continuing to serve on the board will allow me to contribute more to the organization by serving educators across the state of Iowa and providing them with more learning opportunities involving educational technology. By having consistency in the ITEC board, things get done more efficiently and effectively rather than a constant turnover in board members.
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 has done a great job providing training and recognition to Iowa students and educators, through conferences and student technology fairs. ITEC is an organization that does much more than provide one of the best conferences in the country; it is a resource that districts can turn to when they need information relating to technology and technology integration. In the future, I see ITEC supporting the needs of all stakeholders related to edtech in advancing their needs, supporting Teacher Leadership Compensation plan, as well as encouraging and providing OpenEd resources.
Lynn Kleinmeyer
Digital Learning Consultant
Grant Wood AEA
Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities. I’ve been an educator for 20 years. I began my career as a 7th grade reading teacher. While pursuing my Reading Master’s, I took a course called “Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age” and thus began my path of connecting literacy and digital learning. After leaving my 7th grade classroom, I became a K-5 Teacher Librarian for Lewis Central School District. During my time at Lewis Central, I began regularly attending and presenting at ITEC and the Nebraska ISTE affiliate, NETA. A family relocation lead me to the opportunity to become a Digital Learning Consultant for Grant Wood AEA, where I support intentional integration of technology into learning environments, including the utilization of Openly-licensed Education Resources (OERs) and Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), as well as supporting the Teacher Librarians of Grant Wood AEA. My current work has allowed me to continue to make connections to other passionate educators and to serve in leadership roles for organizations such as the ISTE Librarian PLN, where I serve on the professional learning committee.
Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board? I have been so appreciative of the learning opportunities that ITEC offers. I would love the chance to join the board, not only as a way to give back, but also as a way to continue to support the community of passionate educators across the state of Iowa, making connections and helping to continue to change the narrative about student learning experiences.
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 has always provided amazing learning opportunities for educators across the state of Iowa. And I don’t foresee that changing any time soon. The leadership and work of ITEC members is more vital than ever. Although technology itself is not the answer, the intentional integration and leveraging of digital resources has the potential to shift the educational experience for students to one that is more engaging and honors them as learners. I would hope in the next five years, the ITEC community would continue to grow and provide additional opportunities for passionate educators to connect and share their student stories, both via the continued annual conferences and through new membership connection opportunities, such as membership spotlights.
Dan Rader
Technology Coordinator
Roland-Story 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 started out like many Technology Coordinators in the classroom. I started my teaching career in Alden Iowa teaching math and science. Then made the move to Roland-Story where I have taught various subjects from middle school Technology Education to Pre-Calculus. It was at Roland-Story that I started transitioning in the current role of Technology Coordinator. It started out at as after school and free periods, to a couple of periods a day, then half-time and for the last several years it has been a full time position. I am now doing more graduate work in the area of educational technology.
As the Technology Coordinator for school district that is 1:1 from Kindergarten through 12 grade my responsibilities are varied and many. It is my job to make sure everything runs, runs smoothly, and our staff is educated on how to make it all work well for our student’s education. That involves hardware, software, networking, purchasing, repairs, and professional development. I also oversee 6 – 8 interns each semester that are ISU education students getting their Technology Education minor who work for the district part-time.
Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board? My reasons for running for the ITEC board are two fold.
My first reason is with my years of experience in many aspects of Technology and Education I think I have a lot to offer.
My second reason for for running for the ITEC board is that it is time for me to give back to the organization that has helped me along the way. From the people I have met through the organization to the different conferences that ITEC has organized over the years. ITEC has been a very good resource for me.
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 pace at which technology is changing is just incredible. I see ITEC continuing it’s tradition of bringing Iowa educators some of the best information and opportunities to keep pace with these changes in technology and how they affect our students.
Eric Townsley
Executive Director of Information and Technology
College Community
Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities. I’m finishing my first year as Director of IT, before that I was a building principal for 8 years, 3 at Prairie Creek Intermediate in the College Community District and 5 at South Tama Middle School. I taught HS math at Benton Community prior to being an administrator.

I’ve always been around and used technology. I have a undergrad degree in Computer Science. I feel that technology can enhance teaching and learning in schools and have been a strong advocate for innovation in the systems I’ve been apart of.

Currently, I oversee all things technology and data at College Community. We have done a lot of work in AEM in our district and I’ve helped lead that work.

Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board? I love the ITEC conference and have presented at and attended many times. I’ve been involved in community boards in the past and enjoy working with a group of people to support a project.
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 the ITEC continuing to support innovation in education. By supporting teachers, administrators, and district staff, through learning opportunities, ITEC can continue to lead the charge in innovation for schools. I’m also very excited about learning more about other avenues ITEC has for supporting school personel.

 

Phil Trimble
Director of Technology
Pocahontas Area Community Schools
Please tell us about yourself: your background in education, how you became involved in the area of technology, and your current job responsibilities. Hello my name is Phil Trimble I work for the Pocahontas Area Community Schools here in North Western Iowa. I’ve been intrigued with technology since the days of programming in those wonder Apple lle labs during my middle school years. As an early adopter of technology I have seen the benefits of integrating technology with learning and have reinforced the importance of positive modeling in my professional and personal life. Over the years I have taken my passion for high tech gadgets and focused on sharing my knowledge with young learners . I have worked with education in the Central/North West region of Iowa for 21 years in a multitude of technology roles. I enjoy engaging with students and my peers in a dynamic learning environment such as Technology. My future endeavors are to remain an active learner, to create, collaborate and share!
Why are you interested in running for the ITEC board? I’ve enjoyed participating in ITEC events, I have seen the wonderful outcomes to those impacted by ITEC. From the debut of Councils Bluffs Chromebook program at the ITEC IT Conference to the wonderful creations and ideas from Maker-Space Sessions. I believe that Iowa educators and young learners can all benefits from the state-wide collaboration and I would love to continue to give back to the ITEC community.
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 have watched the growth of ITEC over the years and have been impressed with its ability to promote Technology integration into the classrooms of Iowa Teachers. I look forward to promoting ITEC and supporting the use of Technology in the classrooms. Iowa Educators have always been on the forefront of technology to help prepare our future leaders. The support from ITEC gives Iowa educators a tremendous advantage and I would continue this support with meaningful and innovative vendors and sessions. I would like to thank ITEC board members, attendees and ITEC supporter for my previous board work and would love the opportunity to continue this work. Thank You again and have a GREAT conference!

 


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.)