Maine Education Association Award for Teaching Excellence 2018

Horace Mann/NEA Foundation National Award for Teaching Excellence 2018

WGME 13  Forward Thinking Educator, March 2019

ACTEM (Maine ISTE Affiliate) ACHIEVE Award 2017

Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Class of 2017

WCSH 6 NewsCenter Maine Inspiring Educator, March 2016


Education Director, Success & Innovation Center at Mt. Blue Campus

Mt Blue High School

Farmington, ME

(2017 – Present)

  • Integrating Design Thinking Mindsets with Social-Emotional Mindfulness, Career Readiness and Instructional Coaching
  • Design Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Restorative Practices & Relationship Building
  • Student Mentoring & Goal Monitoring
  • Technology Integration & Community Action

English teacher

Mt. Blue High School

Farmington, ME

(1998 – Present)

  • Grade 9 Humanities (Co-Founder)
  • Grade 10 PACE Customized Learning Pilot (Co-Founder)
  • Pop Culture Elective (Founder)
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • College Prep & Applied English 9 – 12

 Post-Secondary & Post-Graduate Education

Adjunct Instructor

University of Maine at Farmington

(2005 – Present)


  • Design Thinking
  • Content Literacy & Metacognition
  • Digital Storytelling

Face to Face & Blended

  • Educational Technology
  • Differentiation
  • Content Literacy
  • Secondary English Methods
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Comic Books & Graphic Novels



United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs

Washington, DC

(April 2018 – Present)

  • Open Educational Resource Design & Development
  • Professional Development Mentorship
  • Educational Technology
  • Networking & Outreach


Co-Founder & Education Director, Success & Innovation Center at Mt Blue Campus, Problem Solving Lab, June 2017 to Present

Co-Founder, Wicked Decent Learning, Innovation in Education Blog, Podcast & Workshops, January 2005 to Present

Co-Founder, EdCamp Western Maine, January 2015 to present

Presenter, SXSWEdu Human Centered Makerspaces, March 2019

Presenter, EduCon Rigorous Whimsy: Critical Creativity in the Classroom, January 2019

Keynote & Featured Presenter, Ipswich Schools Professional Development Day, October 2018

Featured Presenter, Critical Creativity in the Classroom and Improviser’s Mindset & Innovation, Learning & the Brain, San Francisco, April 2018

Featured Presenter, Design Thinking the Humanities, Design Camp Monterey, April 2018

Keynote & Featured Presenter, iPadpalooza, Austin, June 2017

Ignite Speaker, Apple Distinguished Educator Summit, July 2017

Presenter, NHCMTC New Hampshire State Educational Technology Conference, December 2015

Featured Speaker, MassCUE Massachusetts State Educational Technology Conference, October 2015

Featured Speaker & Coach, Ellis School Active Learning & Design Thinking Summit, The Ellis School, Pittsburgh, July 2015

Moderator/Panelist, SXSWEdu Design Thinking the Humanities, March 2015

Featured Presenter & Closing KeynoteACTEM Maine State Educational Technology Conference, Design Thinking, Improvisation, Customized Learning, October 2014

Invited Participant, DTK12 Design Thinking Curriculum Leadership Summit, Stanford d.School, August 2014

Presenter, ECET2 New England, Gates Foundation, Regional Conference, Universal Design for Learning with Technology, Aug 2014

DEEP Design Thinking Coach, FUSE 14, Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, National Design Thinking Conference, Atlanta, June 2014

Moderator/Panelist, SXSWEdu, In the Trenches with Design Thinking K-12, March 2014

Presenter, MAHPERD Maine State Conference, Improvising Success! Using Improv Comedy To Achieve  Your Goals, Build Your Community & Strengthen Your Brain, November 2013

Team Coordinator, PACE Customized Learning Pilot Program, MBHS, Spring 2012 — Present

Presenter, MEA/SEAM Professional Development Conference, Why Not? Student Initiated Customized Learning & Ridiculous Success: Using Principles of Improv Comedy for Student Achievement, Team Member, RSU 9 Mass Customized Learning Team, Summer 2012 — Present

Presenter, Positive Youth Development Institute, Why Not? Student Initiated Customized Learning, Husson University, Summer 2012

Cooperating Teacher, UMF Field Experience Program, Fall 1999 — Present


Presenter, ISTE 18 No More Dumpster Projects: Project Based Learning with Intention, pi-top stage, June 2018

Presenter, ISTE 18 Critical Creativity & Rigorous Whimsy in the Classroom, Google for Education Playground, June 2018

Featured Presenter, MassCUE 15 Design Thinking with Technology, Gillette Stadium, October 2015

Featured Maine Educator (as Wicked Decent Learning), ACTEM State Conference, Various Sessions & Closing Keynote, October 2014

Presenter, MooseTech, Moosehead Regional Technology Conference, Improvisation & Technology Integration & Design Thinking and Innovation with Technology, March 2014

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, More Customized Learning on the Cheap & Improvisation & Technology Integration, October 2013

Presenter, MLTI Summer Institute, Technology & Metacognition; Differentiation June 2010

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, Podcasting as Professionalism, October 2010

Presenter, MLTI Student Conference, Museum Box: Organizing and Learning Web 2.0, May 2009

Technology Learning Leader, SEED, Western Maine Partnership, Fall 2001- Summer 2005

Presenter, SEED HQTLT Institutes, Fairness & Inclusiveness in Teaching, Summer 2002

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, Integrating Technology, October 2001 – October 2002

Developer, SEED, We Ain’t No Sitcom Family Here, January 2002

Adapter, SEED, What’s Up with Romeo & Juliet? Fall 2000


WGME 13  Forward Thinking Educator, March 2019

ACTEM (Maine ISTE Affiliate) ACHIEVE Award 2017

Teacher at Mt. Blue Uses Engineering and Design Principles in English Class, Maine Public Radio, July 8, 2016

WCSH 6 NewsCenter Maine Inspiring Educator, March 2016

“3-D Printing Becomes Accessible for High School Teachers,” US News & World Report, High School Education Blog, July 21, 2014

“Maine Teacher Turning to Twitter for New Ideas,” Portland Press Herald, October 13, 2013


B.S. Secondary Education – English

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

Multidisciplinary Focus – Literacy & Technology in Education

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA


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