Experts in Teaching and Learning

  • 250+ collective years of experience integrating technology in the classroom
  • 150+ collective years in the classroom
  • Practical and research based understanding to create real solutions.

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Julie Barchenski

Consultant
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Over the past fourteen years, Julie has provided professional development focused on integrating technology into instruction both statewide and nationally. She has consulted for eMINTS as an EIS since 2008. She worked for SuccessLink from 2000 to 2013 as a Technology Trainer and then the Technology Coordinator providing professional development. She has presented nationally on technology integration at ISTE (International Society of Technology Educators) conferences and an ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) conference. Julie is currently in the process of developing a new website called GreatTeachingJobs.com where districts and educators post and search for jobs across the state of Missouri and eventually at the national level.
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Stephanie Bengtson

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Amy Blades

Instructional Specialist
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Over the past thirteen years, Amy has been working in education. She was a classroom teacher for six years before becoming an Instructional Technology Specialist. After receiving her specialist degree, she completed the eMINTS PD4ETS program. For three years she trained eMINTS teachers for a school district in Central Missouri. Over the last three years, she has been working as eMINTS Instructional Specialist for the eMINTS National Center, where she provides training and support for eMINTS teachers in Southwest Missouri. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, reading, frolicking in nature, and photography.
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Nancy Boatman

Area Instructional Specialist
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Nancy has had the privilege of working with the eMINTS National Center for the past 14 years. She has provided eMINTS professional development to teachers and trainers across Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey, Nevada, Utah and Australia. She started her teaching career in Colorado where she taught for 6 years before moving to Missouri and teaching another 4 years prior to joining the eMINTS National Center.
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Terri Brines

Instructional Specialist
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While teaching in a third grade classroom, Terri earned her certification as an eMINTS Teacher. She then made the move to the eMINTS National Center where she has worked for the last 8 years with teachers and districts across Missouri. During that time she has helped educators develop skills and strategies to improve their teaching and student learning by providing professional development based on the eMINTS Instructional Model. While she has been at eMINTS, Terri has become a Cognitive Coaching Agency Trainer, Certified Symbaloo Educator, Google Certified Educator, Intel Master Trainer, and has developed and worked on a variety of projects for eMINTS.
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Carla Chaffin

Instructional Specialist
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In the 14 years Carla has been in education, she has incorporated inquiry and technology into the classroom. When teaching sixth grade she incorporated projects and activities into her lessons. She taught third and fourth grades as a certified eMINTS teacher. In the position of Library Media Specialist, she guided other teachers as a PD4ETS district trainer. She has been an eMINTS National Center Instructional Specialist for 6 years. She has written and published a number of education related articles. Presently, Carla is working in partnership with the University of Colorado Boulder on a project developing computational thinking through video game design. Her ultimate goal is to show teachers the power of inquiry for engaging and motivating students.
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Doug Caldwell

Instructional Specialist
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Doug has been assisting teachers with integrating technology and with improving their student engagement by using/designing high-quality units and lesson plans. He has presented workshops regionally and nationally and is a certified Intel Senior Trainer. He has worked with the eMINTS National Center since 2000. Prior to that he was a classroom teacher in South Central Missouri. Doug's hobbies include fishing, playing guitar, coaching softball, raising cattle, and playing really horrible golf. Doug lives in Lynchburg, Missouri and with his wife Brenna and his two daughters Reagan and Meredith.
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Jen Foster

Instructional Specialist
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Jen began her career in education working with elementary students as a replacement eMINTS teacher. Her passion for the eMINTS program led to her becoming a district eMINTS trainer and training several fellow district teachers. For the last three years, Jen has worked with teachers in the south central region of Missouri as well a facilitating online eMINTS graduate credit courses for the eMINTS National Center. After all these years, Jen remains passionate about providing teachers and districts with high quality professional development that is meaningful, purposeful, and indispensable.
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Vicki Fox

Business Administrator
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Brooke Higgins

Instructional Specialist
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For the past 10 years with the eMINTS National Center, Brooke has supported eMINTS teachers and trainers alike, as they focus on using technology to support instruction. Her cohorts develop a close connection and support each other on their eMINTS journeys. She enjoys working with colleagues to develop professional development materials for new eMINTS programs and for using different devices and platforms to implement student-centered, Constructivist learning experiences. She holds certifications as a Cognitive Coach and trainer, Intel Master Trainer, SMART Notebook trainer, and she is currently working to get her Google Apps for Education Trainer certification. Brooke began her own eMINTS journey as a 3rd grade eMINTS teacher in southwest Missouri and feels a close connection with the teachers she has the opportunity to work with. She’s a wife, mother, avid runner, and all around hobby collector, the newest being knitting.
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Zoe Hyatt

Communications
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Michelle Kendrick

Program Coordinator
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Michelle began her career in education as high school science teacher where she was awarded the WGEM Television Golden Apple Award, University of Missouri Technology Innovative Teaching Award and the Missouri Academy of Science Teacher of the Year. She joined the eMINTS National Center in 2000 and has provided technology integration professional development for teachers and trainers in Missouri, Utah, Maine and New South Wales Australia. Currently Michelle coordinates program and materials development.
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Roxanne Kerwood

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Roxanne has spent the past thirteen years with eMINTS working with teachers as they integrate technology into their curriculum by facilitating professional development and writing professional development materials. Her experience in facilitating and writing professional development materials includes both online and face-to-face settings. Prior to eMINTS, Roxanne taught elementary music using inquiry teaching practices.
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Jennifer Kuehnle

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Chris R. Lohman

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Carmen Marty

Instructional Specialist
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Carmen has worked with the eMINTS National Center for the past ten years. Carmen is a certified eMINTS teacher and certified PD4ETS trainer. Her experiences in the classroom and at the district level assist her with providing professional development which is meaningful and timely. Carmen is a Cognitive Coaching Agency Trainer and has achieved Google Qualified Individual status. Carmen currently works with the National Train the Trainer program and is involved with developing new training materials for the eMINTS National Center.
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Scott Parsons

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Scott began working for eMints in April 2014 where he assists with anything and everything. Before that, he studied Advertising at Mizzou ('08). For the last five years, he worked with college students, specifically helping international students adjust to life abroad. Scott is married and has a son, with a daughter on the way! He loves to read, learn foreign languages, and travel.
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Debbie Perkins

Instructional Specialist
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Debbie has worked for eMINTS since 2008. Pre-eMINTS, she taught for fourteen years; three in educational technology. During that time, she achieved PD4ETS certification through eMINTS’ “train the trainer” program. Debbie’s role at eMINTS has included providing training experiences for educators (K-12 and postsecondary in Missouri, Connecticut, Delaware) and collaborating with colleagues to develop and improve training materials. She strives to equip herself and those she trains with strategies and skills that will transfer into professional practice and, therefore, impact learners’ success. Debbie has completed Cognitive Coaching and Adaptive Schools Seminars. She is an Intel Senior Trainer and SMART Certified Trainer.
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Lein Shory

eLearning Program Coordinator
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Lein has worked for five years at the eMINTS National Center. In his past lives, he was an assistant professor of English, a web designer, a test content editor, a communications and marketing specialist, and an instructional designer. He teaches creative writing with the Quarry Heights Writers' Workshop.
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Michele Smith

Instructional Specialist
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From 1990 until today, technology has changed dramatically. Michele opened a door for her students by bringing the opportunity of collaboration outside the classroom, within a one computer classroom. Michele attended eMINTS professional development, which brought a two to one ratio of computers to students into the classroom and pulled the door open to unlimited possibilities of collaboration and inquiry. As part of the eMINTS team, Michele is able to direct educators towards the ever changing and unlimited possibilities for students to investigate and learn. Michele has facilitated professional development through face to face sessions and online courses.
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Deborah Sutton

Program Coordinator
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Deb has more than 20 years' experience in education administration at the state level. As director of instructional technology for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, she provided leadership in developing and administering education technology and competitive grant programs, and was involved in the creation of the eMINTS national center. Employed by eMINTS since 2011, Deb helps coordinate a number of the organization's programs and operations.
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Suzanne Stillwell

Consultant
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Suzanne retired from 30 years of teaching on July 1, 2012. In her teaching career, she taught Kindergarten (17 years) and considered herself a "dyed in the wool" kindergarten teacher until she was given the opportunity to teach in an eMINTS classroom. In 1999-2000 she completed Comprehensive eMINTS training with the "Pioneer" cohort of eMINTS teachers and taught 3rd Grade eMINTS (6 years). She trained through the PD4ETS train-the-trainer program in 2003-2005 becoming a certified eMINTS trainer and thoroughly enjoyed 7 years mentoring and training teachers in integrating technology into the curriculum. Since retirement, Suzanne has enjoyed working as a consultant with the eMINTS National Center.
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Julie Szaj

Instructional Specialist
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Julie has spent the past 13 years as an Instructional Specialist for the eMINTS program. During this time she has filled many roles including training facilitator, coach/mentor to teachers, professional development materials writer, PD4ETS trainer, co-team leader for GAFE implementation, and materials editor. She is an Intel Senior Trainer, SMART certified, certified Cognitive Coach, and a certified Google Education Trainer. In her spare time she co-moderates a weekly chat on Twitter, helps plan EdCamps in St. Louis and southeast Missouri, takes tons of photos, and plays in her garden every minute she can.
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Christie Terry

Assistant Director
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MaryShannon Williams

eThemes Scout
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Cara Wylie

Core Programs Coordinator
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Cara was a classroom teacher for eleven years in the St. Louis area before becoming an eMINTS Instructional Specialist. She has been with eMINTS for thirteen years. During that time, she has worked with teachers, administrators, and technology specialists through professional development and on-site support. She was an Area Instructional Specialist and coordinated the eMINTS National Center annual conference for several years. She is now the Core Programs Coordinator.