Connected Educator Profile (Day 12) – Tony Tepedino – Rochester, NY

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:

As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Tony Tepedino, Rochester, NY

Director of Curricular Technology and Digital Literacy


Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

When I first started in my current role, I was introduced into the world of the connected educator. I felt like Neo waking up in the Matrix to discover an entirely new reality. Being connected has been transformational for me as an educator. Connectedness should not an option for educators. I has become my passion and ambition to connect the unconnected.

Where can other educators connect with you online?

Twitter – @teptech

Tony’s Website

Tony’s Google+ Page 

Tony’s about.me Page

Tony’s Facebook Page 

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 11) – Nicholas Diaz – Manville, NJ

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:

As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Nicholas Diaz, Manville, New Jersy

Elementary Principal

Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

Being connected educator has allowed me to learn and grow as a professional from many amazing educators.

Where can other educators connect with you online? 

Twitter – @nicholasdiaz1 

Nick’s Blog 

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 10) – Kimberly Payton – Louisburg, Kansas

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:

As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Kimberly Payton, Louisburg, Kansas

High School English Teacher




Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

I am connected primarily for the best PLN – I’ve connected with other educators, increased my understanding and practice in areas (e.g., standards based grading)

Where can other educators connect with you online?

Twitter – @PaytonLHS

Kimberly’s Google Site 




Connected Educator Profile (Day 9) – Gretchen Schaefer – Bangor, ME

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:

As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Gretchen Schaefer, Bangor, Maine

Husson University – Technology in Education Professor


Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

I am the instructional technologist for my uni, and teach preservice teachers. As an “army of one,” connecting with others is the best way to keep up with current info in my field, and to find new learning experiences for my students. I also use SM to connect with MY students, as building relationships in 2 class meetings a week is a challenge. My student relationships have improved since bringing the CE concept to my class.

Where can other educators connect with you online?

Twitter – @snappity 

Check out Gretchen’s Blog  

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 8) – Mike Waiksnis – Rock Hill, SC

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:

As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Mike Waiksnis, Rock Hill, South Carolina

Middle School Principal


Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

Being connected is no longer an option for educators. I have learned so much from my digital connection over the last few years. We have a responsibility to our kids and schools to collaborate with others to become the best educators possible. As a principal I feel l must be a role model to teachers in digital learning.

Where can other educators connect with you online?

Twitter – @mwaiksnis

Check out Mike’s Blog – http://edleaderweb.net/blog/  

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 7) – Beth Still – Scotsbluf, Nebraska

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:

As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile
Beth Still, Scottsbluf, Nebraska

Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

Being a connected educator has allowed me to make connections with people from around the world that I normally I would not have been able to connect with. I have become much more aware of other perspectives which has caused me to become more open minded. One of the most special things I have done over the last few years is manage the Newbie Lounge at the annual ISTE educational technology conference. I cannot express how much being connected has helped me grow both personally and professionally.

Where can other educators connect with you online? 

Twitter – @BethStill

Beth’s Blog www.bethstill.edublogs.org

Follow Beth on Google+ 

Skype – beth.still 

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 6) – Cristy Vogel – Columbia, SC

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:
As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Cristy Vogel, High School French Teacher

Columbia, South Carolina

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Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

Sharing ideas and collaborating with others are benefits that allow me to improve my craft anytime I like. My PLN is indispensable! My students benefit greatly from my connected learning experiences and that is what drives me.

Where can other educators connect with you online? 

Twitter – @msfrenchteach 

Cristy’s Blog – The Slanted Apostrophe 

Connected Educator Profile (Day 5) – Tom Murray – Bucks County, PA

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:
As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile
Tom Murray, Director of Technology and Cyber Education
Bucks County, Pennsylvania



Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

Simply put, being a connected educator allows me to learn from a global network, from people of all walks, position titles, etc., who challenge my thinking, encourage my initiatives, and force me to be better tomorrow than I was today. My PLN has inspired my work and pushed me to be the very best that I can be….for kids.

Where can other educators connect with you online?  

Twitter – @thomascmurray  

Follow Tom on Google+  

Friend Tom on Facebook

Tom’s Website –  http://www.thomascmurray.com/

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 4) – Scot Wright – Ore City, Texas

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:
As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile
Scot Wright, Ore City, Texas
High School Principal



Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

I’ve been exposed to so many different people from all over the world thru twitter. I’ve been able to learn so much more this way than I ever thought possible.

Where can other educators connect with you online? 

Twitter – @scot_wright

Blog: scotwright.wordpress.com

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Connected Educator Profile (Day 2) – Alan Stange – Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

The United State Department of Education has declared the month of October Connected Educator Month. According to ConnectedEducators.org,  the website set up to support this event, the Mission of Connected Educator Month is to  promote educators learning and collaborating through online communities of practice and social networks.With this in mind I reached out to my Personal Learning Network (PLN) via Twitter, my favorite resource for connecting, and tweeted the following:
As is normally the case, my network came through! When I have a question on an educational topic or want some feedback for one of my crazy ideas, I have a network of amazing educators at my fingertips that never cease to amaze me. Being a “Connected Educator” is awesome!

Today’s Connected Educator Profile

Alan Stange, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, CA
4th Grade Teacher

Why do you choose to be a connected educator?

I have an interest in integrating instructional technologies into the learning environment to support collaborative learning within a flexible studio classroom design. Learning is connected, and we live in a flat world (so to speak). Conversations here have informed my teaching.

Where can other educators connect with you online?

Twitter – @stangea

Follow Alan on Google+ 

Alan’s Website: www.Alan-stange.ca