Meet the #BreakoutEDU Twitter Chat Moderators

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Nikole Blanchard posted a question to the over 2,000 facebook group members asking if anyone was interested in a twitter chat for breakout edu. In no time this question was answered by several people. Over the next few days the support continued to grow and people started volunteering to help lead this group. As we prepare for this inaugural event on Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 we thought it would be good to get to know our three moderators who will be helping lead this chat. 

Hi I’m Ariana Flewelling but you can call me EdTechAri or Ari for short. I am a Staff Development Specialist for the Innovation and Learner Engagement division at Riverside Unified School District (RUSD). In short, I’m a educational technology implementation coach/TOSA for K-12 teachers. I've been using BreakoutEDU since May of 2014 and am excited to participate in the community in a new way.

Prior to working in RUSD, I was a Teacher on Assignment within the Colton Joint Unified School District (CJUSD), as the Secondary Technology Coach. When I  was in the classroom I taught high school English and helped write CJUSD’s 9th grade CCSS transition plan.

I am also a level two Google Educator, Google Educator Trainer, and future Google Innovator #MTV16. In addition, I’ve earned the Master of Educational Technology degree from Boise State University. Outside of work, I am an active member of CUE, current Inland Area Affiliate President, and ISTE. In my free time I like to play Mass Effect on my Xbox and connect with others via Twitter.

Hi, I’m Nikole Blanchard a Technology Director at a one-to-one private PK-12 school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My school is the only school in Louisiana that has been recognized five consecutive times as an Apple Distinguished School. The program is unique because it is one-to-one technology 1st grade-12th grade. Prior to this role, I taught elementary grades for 8 years. 

Being rather new to Breakout Edu, I wanted to learn more so I turned to social media. After posting a question on Facebook it eventually led to the creation of this Twitter chat! I’m extremely passionate about connecting with other educators and look forward to learning together!

I’m Nationally Board Certified, an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Educator, Level 2. I also have my Masters in Educational Technology from Louisiana State University.  

Outside of work, I stay busy with two little ones! I also travel at least three times a month to New Orleans - an hour away from Baton Rouge - to visit family. Yes, I am a YAT!

I’m Travis Lape a Technology Integrationist with the Harrisburg Schools District. I work with staff to integrate technology into their classrooms.  I also helped transform our media center to create new learning environments. One of the biggest changes for our space was our makerspace. This space is an area where our students are able to tinker, innovate, and create projects that they are passionate about.  Along with this I am constantly working with teachers to transform their own spaces to help all our learners.

Prior to working in Harrisburg, I was a 4th grade teacher with the Sioux Falls School District. 

Outside of work, I am enjoy going to the lake with my family, and playing golf. We recently adopted a 8 month old little boy named DJ. He has blessed our family in so many ways.

We look forward to exploring BreakoutEDU with you and thank you for joining us on this journey.