Kevin has been teaching at Northfield Community School in Northfield, NJ USA since 2003. (He left a 17-year career in the private sector [Information Technology project management & consulting] to pursue teaching as a second, “dream” career, a change that was the basis for this Education World article.) As Northfield’s K-4 Teacher of Computer Education, he is responsible for technology instruction for the entire elementary student body (500+ students). In 2012, he “re-imagined” his program into a STEM-infused, learner-centered experience called the “K4STEMLAB,” which he blogs about regularly here: http://blogs.ncs-nj.org/k4stemlab/.
In addition to his classroom instructional duties, Kevin mentors his fellow teachers on the integration of technology into their teaching practices. He has designed & lead technology professional development workshops in his district, across the state of New Jersey and around the country. A Google Certified Teacher, Kevin was named Northfield Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year in 2008. He also received the International Society for Technology in Education’s “Making It Happen” Award in 2008 in recognition of his efforts supporting ISTE’s presence in Second Life. Kevin is a firm believer in the value of social networks for learning and is very active on Twitter. He is an active member of the New Jersey Education Association and has assisted the NJEA with a range of educational technology initiatives. He played a leadership role in planning and organizing the the NJEA Convention’s “High Tech Hall” in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. (The 2012 NJEA Convention was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.)
As a co-founder of the Edcamp movement, Kevin believes strongly in self-directed professional learning. He is a member of the Edcamp Philly organizing team and is on the board of directors for the Edcamp Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit devoted to promoting Edcamps worldwide. He was the lead organizer of the first ever PadCamp, an unconference focused on tablets and handheld mobile devices held in August 2011 and 2012.