As a regional affiliate of CUE, SLOCUE has an elected board of directors made up of individuals from all around the Central Coast. Per our bylaws, each director is elected for a term of three years, and officers are elected annually. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read about your SLOCUE board. We welcome you to contact any of us to discuss SLOCUE business, learn about upcoming events, or seek information and support for technology and innovation in your local schools!
John Miller – President (Twitter: @JohnMillerEDU)
John lives in Paso Robles and teaches 7th Grade History at Chalone Peaks Middle School in King City. A 23-year educator, John is passionate about MinecraftEdu and Google Apps. John loves helping teachers incorporate edtech into their curriculum, and enjoys making new, local connections and building up his personal learning network.
Pam Hernandez – Vice President (Twitter: @pgilders)
Pam lives in Paso Robles and is the Superintendent of the San Antonio Union School District in Lockwood. This is her first year in the position. Pam taught for 17 years before becoming an administrator. She started her career as a primary school RSP teacher in Greenfield, before moving to the same position at Vista Verde Middle School. Following this she taught at San Lorenzo and Chalone Peaks Middle Schools in King City.Pam has taught all subjects and grade levels in middle school and developed her expertise in English/Language Arts, special education and remediating dyslexia. Pam has a passion for incorporating digital technologies into instruction that began when she was able to incorporate adaptive reading comprehension software into her instructional practice alongside audio books and student blogs. Her passion has continued to grow as the tools develop creating opportunities such as being able to Skype globally, use Google tools to support instruction and focusing on the implementation of the SAMR model to redefine student learning and engagement with the instructional process.
Rich Hovey – Vice President (Twitter: @TeacherHovey)
Rich lives in Arroyo Grande and is an English teacher at Grizzly Youth Academy in San Luis Obispo, where he joined the staff in 2014 after nine years at Del Rio Continuation High School in Atascadero. Rich has been a teacher for fourteen years, almost all of them in alternative high schools. Rich loves working with at-risk teenagers, and joined SLOCUE as a way to connect with educators outside the small campuses where he has worked. Rich is passionate about Google Apps, Project-Based Learning, and other tools or strategies that help his students reengage and succeed in school.
Eric Jarvis – Treasurer (Twitter: @EricJarvis)
Eric lives in Los Osos and works at Los Osos Middle School. A 24-year educator, Eric teaches Language Arts, Social Studies, and Digital Media. Eric is passionate about digital media, coding, collaborative learning and sharing opportunities for students, and cross-curricular project-based learning. Eric has been actively involved with CUE and SLOCUE for over 22 years because he enjoys working with educators who are passionate about making student learning meaningful, engaging, creative, and connected to real-world pursuits.
Scott Burt – Secretary (Twitter: @BurtTeacher)
Scott lives in San Luis Obispo and is a Social Science teacher at Grizzly Youth Academy. A six-year educator, Scott is passionate about Google Apps for Education, and about teachers’ ownership of their own professional development. Scott joined SLOCUE because he realized that to succeed in this profession, you must join and participate in a network of passionate educators who will push you towards mastery and innovation.
Pat Judd – Member (Twitter: @tinuviel0922)
Pat is a resident of San Miguel, California and teaches math and science at Chalone Peaks Middle School in King City. Pat has been teaching in California for 27 years. The first 13 years, Pat was a Special Day Class teacher. Pat then went on to teach Math I classes for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELL and Intervention students. For the last 12 years, Pat has been teaching 6th grade math and Science. Last year, in her STEM classes, Pat expanded her skills and added MinecraftEDU as part of her STEM curriculum. Pat was awarded Teacher of the Year for the King City School district in May 2015.
Pat embeds technology into her teaching, making visible her belief that 21st Century teachers teach through technology, not using technology as a supplement. As her district is a GAFE district, Pat has been able to redefine her teaching over the last several years. Her students learn how to use Google tools to create innovative and thought-provoking products to demonstrate their learning.
This is Pat’s first year as a member of the SLO CUE board. She appreciates every opportunity to meet and stay connected with other innovative and passionate members of the educational community. Pat also enjoys presenting at SLO CUE Connects, other CUE venues and Google Summits. Being a presenter provides Pat with the opportunity to share her passion for technology and learning with other teachers. By building a PLN of like-minded innovative educators, we all become stronger. SLO CUE provides the conduit for many of those connections.
Lisa Nowakowski – Member (Twitter: @NowaTechie)
Lisa teaches at King City Arts Magnet School. She is a Google Certified Teacher & Trainer, and has presented at CUE RockStar events in California. She was in the first cohort for Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certificate and a Leading Edge educator. In 2010 Lisa was awarded the Crystal Apple Award sponsored by the local NBC affiliate. She has been an Ed Tech innovator in her district for over 15 years. She was, most recently, named Teacher of the Year at her school. Lisa currently teaches 5th grade at King City Arts Magnet. As a district technology leader, she pioneered 1:1 Chromebooks in her school and district. It is her belief that students of all ages can take advantage of all that Google has to offer.
Traci Theiss – Member (Twitter: @EdtechSLOCOE)
Traci lives in Atascadero and is a Senior Coordinator in Educational Technology for the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. One of Traci’s current areas of focus is using collaboration tools to help teachers be able to create and share curriculum with each other throughout all our county schools. Traci feels it is a great way to partner resources between San Luis Obispo County Office of Education and San Luis Obispo CUE. She wants to help our local teachers in all areas of education technology by providing as many learning opportunities and networks for them to be supported.
Juli Kimbley – Member (Twitter: @JuliKimbley)
Juli lives in Fresno. An eight-year continuation high school math teacher for Fresno Unified School District, Juli also works for CUE, where she manages the Google for Education projects, facilitates CUE Rock Star events, facilitates the Advanced Study Certificate for Educational Technology and is a member of the Professional Learning Team as a Professional Learning Specialist. Juli is passionate about helping fellow educators reach their potential and help the students of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow. She is involved in SLOCUE because she desires to be part of a group of individuals who are like-minded and ready to change the world. Juli desires to help build SLOCUE to be a change agent for implementing technology into the lessons. She has attended SLOCUE’s events and has been impressed with the attitude of desire to help others become the best that they can be.
Marsha was born and raised in LA and moved to SLO about 20 years ago with her husband, whom she met while teaching a class in how to use the Apple computer for LAUSD. She has taught for over 50 years, everything from Kindergarten to technology for teachers-to-be at Cal Poly! Marsha taught at Cal Poly for 13 years before retiring. During that time she had 26 books on technology published, both for teacher use and step-by-step books for students to use with computer programs. She was a member of CUELA in the beginning and switched to SLOCUE after moving here. Her passion in technology has always been to get teachers involved and comfortable.
Pat is a media technician for the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education. She operates and produces programming for SLOCOE’s Educational Television Channel COETV.