Verizon Mobile Learning Academy

The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy team includes staff and faculty from ISTE, Verizon and Johns Hopkins University.

Leadership team

Justina Nixon-Saintil
Verizon Foundation Education Director Justina Nixon-Saintil develops, implements and measures the organization’s education programs for both K-12 and higher ed. She also builds partnerships with premier nonprofits to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom, provide mobile app development training for students and develop educational content for mobile devices. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo and her MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business, she worked as an engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy until she joined Verizon in 1996. She became an ASPEN First Movers Fellow in 2013, is a member of Jack and Jill of America, and serves as a LULAC National Education Service Center board member as well as the Business/Education Council of the Conference Board.

Yolanda Ramos
Yolanda Ramos, ISTE’s senior director of Professional Development Services, has more than 20 years of experience in K-12, Higher Education and learning technologies industry. She has played key roles for organizations in the areas of information services, e-learning, professional learning design and school technology leadership. Ramos served as director of Bilingual Education Services for Bridgeport Public Schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut; director of Academic Services for the Puerto Rico Department of Education; and education regional manager for Oracle and Microsoft Latin America. At ISTE, she leads the development, implementation and assessment of professional learning programs and is focused on building a vibrant and growing portfolio of offerings to meet the needs of educators in the use of technology to support learning, teaching and leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Penn State University.

Jacqueline Nunn

Since 1990, Jacqueline Nunn has steered the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Technology in Education (JHU CTE) toward its focus on the development of research-based, technology-supported instructional strategies for K-12 classrooms. She has served as principal investigator for all of CTE’s hallmark grants and contracts. Nunn has served Baltimore’s education community through participation in the Maryland Task Force on Inclusive Education, the Maryland Committee on Technology in Education and the Blue Ribbon Technology Committee of the Maryland Business Roundtable. She has been an educational consultant for IBM, a classroom teacher and school psychologist, and has served as a school principal and central office administrator in Fairfax County, Virginia, for 14 years. Nunn has a bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from Florida State University, a M.Ed. in teaching children with severe disturbances from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Ed.D. in human communication and its disorders from JHU.

Catherine Pack
Catherine Pack is a program manager for education and global health care at Verizon. She’s responsible for the design, implementation and measurement of K-12 education as well as global health care programs. Her emphasis is on implementing technology strategies in underserved areas to improve K-12 students’ STEM interest, academic achievement and entrepreneurship skills. Prior to joining the Verizon Foundation, she led philanthropic partnerships at the College Board, where she focused on expanding access to rigorous high school coursework for low-income and underrepresented students. Catherine has a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

Instructional design team

Helen Crompton

Helen Crompton is an educator and researcher in the field of instructional technology. She earned her Ph.D. in educational technology and mathematics education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Crompton’s research focus is on mobile learning with a particular interest in a sub category of mobile learning called context-aware ubiquitous learning. This research often connects with the teaching and learning of mathematics in the elementary and middle grades. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Crompton was awarded the National McKeachie Award for improving university teaching. Crompton draws from 20 years of experience as a classroom teacher, working with students K-10 in England, her home country, and the United States. She also has worked as an information and  communication technology (ICT) coordinator. Crompton is a faculty member and consultant for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), teaching the ISTE Standards Leadership Academy and recently designing the self-paced Mobile Learning Academy.

Naomi Harm

ISTE Faculty Naomi Harm welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise and best practices relating to technology infused teaching and learning environments. Her dynamic career focus includes many exciting and cutting edge jobs which include: an Intel National Senior Trainer, SMART certified trainer and certified online instructor. Naomi designs and delivers online graduate course work for universities. She also has an expertise area on emerging technologies, 21st century skills and assessments, mobile learning
technologies, and inspired and transformative educational technology leadership. Naomi is truly passionate about building global relationships with educational technology leaders, while engaging in meaningful and collaborative conversations to meet the needs of today's diverse learners. Naomi has a Master of Education in Professional Development.

K. Lynne Mainzer

K. Lynne Mainzer, Ed.D, is an associate professor for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education (JHU SOE) and the deputy director of the Center for Technology in Education (CTE). She has provided leadership for many of CTE’s largest grant-funded projects. Among these are a Steppingstones grant that funded development of two of CTE’s premier tools, Teacher Compass and Student Compass, which features the Interventions Strategies Bank. As the primary architect of Boundless Learning, Mainzer leads ongoing development, implementation and evaluation of the program in schools nationwide using JHU’s innovative, online PD Quest approach. As part of her ongoing study of technology integration in schools, she directed a multi-year evaluation of a groundbreaking 1:1 laptop initiative in a local school district.

Chadia Abras
Chadia Abras is the program director of distance education at Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Technology in Education. Her expertise is in online learning communities, communities of practice, guidelines for success in e-learning communities, and educational technology. She has conducted research and published on heuristics of success for online communities of interest, online learning communities and distance learning best practices. She also is the author and co-author of book chapters on distance learning and user-centered designs. She is currently conducting research on evidence of best practices for blended learning in medical education, and effectiveness of residencies and cohort creation in online programs at JHU. She has a Ph.D. in language, literacy, and culture, with a focus on educational technology and technology application in instructional settings from University of Maryland.

Marbellis Castillo
Marbellis Castillo

Marbellis Castillo provides Canvas LMS administration and support, web administration, and technical training for faculty, staff and students.  She is also responsible for developing and designing courses, processing all enrollments and troubleshooting within the Canvas learning management system (LMS), and supporting Learning Services online course offerings and active e-learning projects. She has more than 10 years of experience working as an Online Learning Consultant in projects related to the integration and effective use of technology in education and LMS management.  Prior to joining ISTE, Marbellis worked for 7 years as an Educational Technology Manager at Las Americas Institute of Technology in Dominican Republic, where she had the opportunity of implementing Moodle as a LMS and lead one of the first nationwide online learning projects called “Juventec”. These and other projects like “ITLA Open CourseWare”, the participation as a speaker in national and international conferences, the collaboration in projects with the Ministry of EducationFUNGLODE and other universities; gave her a deep understanding and experience in the Educational Technology field.

Instructional coaches

Karen Richardson
Karen Richardson is the executive director of the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, an ISTE affiliate. In that capacity she develops and implements online and face-to-face educational technology professional development experiences for educators. She has 25 years of experience in education and has taught high school English, middle school language arts and technology. Currently she teaches face-to-face and online courses related to educational technology and school leadership and administration for preservice and in-service educators. As a member of the ISTE faculty, she is engaged in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Program, providing mobile learning coaching and mentorship support to 1:1 schools nationwide. She was ISTE’s lead instructional designer supporting the faculty of the HP Catalyst Academy.

Deb Norton
Deb Norton is a former 5th grade classroom teacher and now works in the Appleton Area School District where she is a Technology Integration Specialist at East High School. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and is also a Google Certified Educator. Deb works in a 1:1 Chromebook environment in which she helps teachers and staff to implement Google Apps for Education among various other technologies. Deb is an enthusiastic presenter who has presented at SLATE, ISTE and various other conferences. She is passionate about connecting with others via social media and blogging.
Susan Brooks-Young
Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing a  consulting firm, she was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of eight books focusing on how school leaders can implement the ISTE Standards. A member of the ISTE faculty, Brooks-Young works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in schools.
Nancye Blair Black

Nancye Blair Black is an award-winning educator who promotes holistic, technology-enriched pedagogy and dignity-driven instructional practices that maximize each step of a child’s developmental journey. Her accomplishments as an educational change agent have garnered her many honors. She was named an ISTE Emerging Leader, won a PBS Teachers Innovation Award, and has been featured in magazines and books as well as onradio and television programs. Nancye brings captivating energy, experience and expertise to her keynotes, workshops and presentations. She is a contributing author of several books, including Cases on 3D Technology Application and Integration in Education and Tablets in K-12 Education. She serves as a school board member for the Lakeland Montessori Schools, is president for the Florida Society for Technology in Education and is founding president for the ISTE 3D Network.

Dr. Manorama Talaiver
Dr. Manorama Talaiver is an award-winning educator and technologist. For the past 45 years, she has been a school teacher, college professor and administrator. Her focus is on 21st century competencies, STEM learning, synchronous and asynchronous learning, teacher professional development, and learning with emerging technologies. She has tirelessly worked to broaden the participation of low-income, rural and minority communities in computing and STEM learning during her career in the U.S. and abroad. Until July 2015, Talaiver, directed the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative practices (ITTIP) and worked closely with 25 school divisions in the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium.

Stacey Pasquel
Stacey Pasquel
Stacey Pasquel is a Technology Infusion Specialist for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University whose work focuses on infusing technology and the ISTE Standards throughout the teacher education curriculum. In this capacity, Stacey serves in various leadership roles that allow her to lead others through the change process. Stacey has a dynamic, high-energy presentation style that engages participants to take an active role in their learning and is committed to fostering the essential conditions necessary to enable new and innovative ways of teaching and learning. Stacey has worked in a variety of educational capacities throughout her career that have strengthened her talents as an educator, teacher leader and facilitator of professional development.  Stacey has taught at both the elementary and high school level, serving Arizona K-12 students as an English teacher, librarian, and Instructional Technology Coach. Stacey is also active in local and national educational technology organizations and currently serves as an Executive Board member and chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Arizona Technology in Education Association (AzTEA, Arizona’s statewide ISTE affiliate organization). She is a member of the Technology Infusion Research Team at Arizona State University, and presents her research efforts with colleagues at various educational events throughout the year.

Program evaluation

Brandon Olszewski
Brandon Olszewski is a senior educational consultant at ISTE and has over a decade’s worth of experience in program evaluation and social science. He has managed and supported evaluations for projects funded by the National Science Foundation (including ITEST, Cyberlearning, IEECI, and Noyce programs), the U.S. Department of Education (FIPSE), state departments (including Oregon’s Earning for a Lifetime program) and private foundations (HP Catalyst initiative and the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program). He specializes in evaluations of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, educational technology and digital age skills, and mixed-methods evaluations, including both statistics and qualitative methods. He has published in the areas of program evaluation, sociology, special education, and social science methodology and psychometrics. His dissertation, published in 2009, focused on the relationship between the politics of small schools reform and changes to teachers’ work, and he continues to teach online courses through the University of Oregon’s Department of Sociology as an adjunct instructor.

Project managers

Sherry Bosch
Sherry Bosch has been a project/webinar program manager with ISTE for seven years in the Professional Development Services Department. She has coordinated professional development trainings for projects such as the U.S. Department of Education’s School 2.0 initiative and the Singapore Ministry of Education’s blended onsite and online ICT mentor training. She also manages ISTE’s partnership with Johns Hopkins University for the online graduate certificate in administration and school supervision. Bosch produces ISTE webinars and virtual learning conferences, including the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program that focuses on effective technology integration for mobile learning initiatives. Previously, Bosch coordinated ISTE’s Leadership Symposium at the ISTE Annual Conference & Expo. She has 23+ years of event planning experience within the education, nonprofit and marketing fields. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.