Ken Bauer (Board Chair): Ken is a transplanted Canadian, living and working in México for over 20 years as a professor in the Computing Science Department at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara. Ken is recognized as a leader in his institution in educational technology, innovation in pedagogy and is active in providing professional development experiences for his colleagues and staff. As part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Tecnológico de Monterrey in 2013, Ken received an award from the alumni association as one of the top 5% of faculty as voted on by past students.
Besides speaking international on flipped learning, Ken has been on the organizing committee for conferences on software engineering as well as education, is a proponent of open pedagogical practices and an enthusiastic volunteer with Virtually Connecting.
Helaine W. Marshall (Board Secretary/Treasurer): Dr. Marshall began her career as a middle school French teacher in Newton, MA, and then, after teaching English in France for two years, decided to move into the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She holds a B.A. and M.A. in French from Tufts University and a doctorate in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. Helaine is Professor of Education and Director of Language Education Programs at Long Island University – Hudson, where she teaches courses in TESOL methodology, linguistics, and multicultural education. Helaine began flipping her teacher education courses in Spring 2012 as part of a teaching innovation grant and found the results so positive, that she now flips all of her courses. Her research interests include flipping the online learning environment and culturally responsive teaching for SLIFE (students with limited or interrupted formal education) and other struggling language learners. She includes a chapter on flipped learning in her bookMaking the Transition: Culturally Responsive Teaching for Struggling Language Learners (U. of Michigan Press, 2013). You can find out more about Helaine at http://malpeducation.com/.
Crystal Kirch M.Ed, has been an educator since 2007 and involved with flipped learning since 2011. After several years teaching high school math in a traditional, teacher-centered model, she stumbled across the flipped classroom idea and began transforming her classroom into a more student-centered, active learning, higher order thinking learning space where students were supported more effectively and challenged in ways that were not possible before. In 2014, she transitioned out of the classroom into her current role as a Digital Learning Coach, where she has the opportunity to work with teachers of all subject areas on enhancing the learning environment by utilizing the power of different technologies.
Crystal is well-known as a reflective practitioner through her blog Flipping with Kirch, which she began in January, of 2012, as a way to reflect and share her journey with the flipped classroom. The blog documents her weekly successes and failures, as well as lessons learned along the way, that helped her build a successful flipped learning environment structured around a model called the WSQ (Watch – Summarize – Question). She enjoys sharing her experiences through blogging, Twitter (@crystalkirch), and by presenting at conferences such as CUE, FlipCon, and ISTE. She is the author of Flipping with Kirch: The Ups and Downs from Inside my Flipped Classroom (2016) and contributing author in the book Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement (2014),
Katie Lanier began her career in education in 1994 and has taught science at a variety of levels from elementary to high school physics. Currently she is an instructional specialist in Allen, Texas where she works with teachers who wish to employ innovative classroom techniques. Her journey with flipped learning began in 2011 when she was searching for a way to meet the needs of her struggling and frustrated physics students. Flipped classroom also provided the time and inspiration to include inquiry and project-based learning as part of the experience and led to the creation of a legacy course which challenges students to apply their science knowledge to serve the school community. In 2013, Katie was selected as the Allen Independent School District Secondary Teacher of the Year. She has shared her experiences through twitter, training, her blog, Learning Opportunities, and has presented at state and national conferences including STAT, TAGT and Flipcon. She has a BS in Physics, an MS in Instructional Media, and is completing her principal certification. She can be found on Twitter @lanier_katiesue.
Kelly Walsh (Community Manager) is the CIO at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. Walsh speaks and conducts workshops about a variety of education technology topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. In 2009, he founded EmergingEdTech.com, where he and others write regularly about engaging students and enhancing learning outcomes through the thoughtful use of instructional technologies. The popular site is often included in ‘top site’ listings focused on education and technology.
In 2013, Walsh was ranked by the Huffington Post at #3 in a listing of the “Top 100 Social CIOs in Higher Education”. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, he was honored to be included in Top 100 Social CIO listings that ranked CIOs across all industries.