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Madre Margaret Riel
Email: mriel@pepperdine.edu
AIM: mriel
Location: Malibu, CA
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Scott Allen
Email: scottaallen@yahoo.com
AIM: scottallen896
TappedIn: ScottAA
Location: Long Beach, CA

My name is Scott Allen. I teach high school Chemistry and Applied Physics in a GATE Magnet program which emphasizes technology. A unique fact about my work situation is that I teach in the same high school that my mom, dad, aunts, uncles, and myself attended. I am married to Amy Allen (also in the program). We have two young boys.

Chris Bigenho
Email: bigenhoc@greenhill.org
AIM: Chris Bigenho
TappedIn: ChrisWB
Location: Plano, TX

Currently the Director of Technology- Greenhill School in Dallas Texas Life-long learner and long-time practitioner of the noblest profession- Education I have a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara in Music performance and Environmental Studies. I am currently enrolled in the OMET program at Pepperdine University and a member of Cadre 7. I have taught all ages from 3rd grade to adults in both public and private institutions. Subjects taught include: Instrumental Music; Computer Programming; Computer Applications; Middle School Science: Life, Health, Physical and Earth; Biology; Geology; AP Environmental Science; Anatomy and Physiology; Video Production for the Web. I currently conduct technology workshops, classes and individual training for the faculty and staff at Greenhill School. I live in Plano Texas with my two wonderful kids. I love to spend time with the kids, travel, read, photography, and outdoor activities- sailing, camping, skiing and hiking. I was also a competitive figure skater and have been teaching ice skating for the past 16 years.

Bernard Burchette
Email: bernardb@acoe.k12.ca.us
AIM: bernardb2004
TappedIn: BernardB
Location: Fremont, CA

First and foremost I am the father of two wonderful, vibrant boys and best friend to Kari. I am a classically trained accountant, former CEO of a psychological services firm, and now the Educational Technology Director for a County Office of Education in California. In my spare time I love to hike, fish, read, spend time with family and friends, and support my USC Trojans (I bleed Cardinal and Gold!). In addition, I love to sit back and watch in amazement as my two sons dance through life.

Karen Connaghan
Email: its@power-team.org
AIM: kmc4598
TappedIn: KarenConna
Location: Lebanon, PA

I am an elementary school teacher with 16 years experience at the middle school level. Recently, I have been involved with instuctional technology within my school district. I am particularly interested in using technology as one means to change/improve educational practices. I enjoy camping, reading, electronic "gadgets", taking cruises, spending time with my family, and roller coasters!

Tara Cowe-Spigai
Email: cowespigai@yahoo.com
AIM: JediTeach1
TappedIn: TaraCo
Location: Orlando, FL

I was born and raised in Maryland, a wonderful place to live!!! Currently I'm in Orlando, but don't imagine to be here much more than another year... Teaching is my third career, but definitely my passion. I teach high school social studies--specifically US History, US Government, and Intro to Social Sciences. For fun, I play PC games, video games, swim, and take walks. I'm looking to begin some martial arts training soon--I studied GoJuRyu in Maryland, but couldn't find an appropriate school here until recently. Looks like KungFu may be the way to go :-)

Michael Dulay
Email: mdulay@glendale.edu
AIM: eschewthepath
TappedIn: MichaelDu
Location: Glendale, CA

I am a proud family man (with 2 wonderful children and an inspiring wife) who lives and teaches in Glendale, California. I've lived in Southern California for all but two years of my life; I cherish the sprawling urban climate and broad diversity of LA County, and I couldn’t imagine living or raising my children anywhere else!

Karen Elinich
Email: kelinich@yahoo.com
AIM: kelinich
TappedIn: KarenE
Location: Philadelphia, PA

I work at The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. I'm interested in how new technologies can help teachers. I travel a lot, and enjoy seeing new places and meeting new people. In my spare time, I enjoy walking with my dog, watching movies, and fine dining.

Christian Greer
Email: christiangreer@sbcglobal.net
AIM: cgreer2207
TappedIn: ChristianG
Location: Chicago, IL

Born and raised in Chicago, IL and currently Director of Education at Shedd Aquarium. Received a B.S. in Physics from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA (1993) My work experience has all been in museums: Sci Trek, Adler Planetarium, Brookefield Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Shedd Aquarium. My interests are astronomy, spirituality, creative writing, drawing, painting, and music. Pepperdine OMET is a way for me to gain more technology skills and advanced teaching techniques. Looking forward to being a student again.

Kari Hoien
Email: kari@ronningbuilders.com
AIM: karihoien
TappedIn: kariho
Location: Somerset, WI

I am a wife and mother of 2, a 2.5 year old and 1 year old. I work as an independent software trainer in both education and corporate environments. My husband and I just completed building our own log home. Our lives are crazy, to say the least. I'm very excited about starting this program and I'm looking to meeting everyone in July.

Sari Jensen
Email: sarijensen@yahoo.com
AIM: danishgobrag
Location: Clearwater, FL

California was my home many moons ago and - I still love it! How I ended up in Florida is a long story complete with villains and heroes! All that's past history - present is more mundane. I teach keyboarding skills to 6th graders and teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade Gifted students on a variety of topics. I have taken a sabbatical from my "other job" of directing and performing for local professional and community theatres. OMET is replacing that for now. I live in Clearwater, FL, although I keep thinking about moving back to California. I am really excited about Pepperdine and the enthusiasm and positive attitudes of everyone. I'm several steps behind most of you - I'm in the middle of selling my house...AARGH. All but one of my "children" are four-legged - two dogs, two cats and the world's oldest living muscovy duck, Mr. Gray.

Jim Kenney
Email: jdkenney5@aol.com
AIM: jdkenney5
TappedIn: JimK
Location: Simi Valley, CA

Hello, My name is Jim Kenney and I live in Simi Valley, California. I have been married to Martha for 13 years and have three great kids - Michael (12), Kristin (11) and Matthew (8). I work at Amgen Inc., a Biotechnology company located in Thousand Oaks California. I have been working Amgen for 11 years and currently working as a Curriculum Designer. As for hobbies, I love Cycling, Backpacking and anything outdoors. I also enjoy teaching Sunday School (4th grade)and doing other fun activities with kids.

Xing King
Email: xingking@hotmail.com
AIM: TigerchengS
TappedIn: xingk
Location: San Diego, CA

I am a foreign language teacher at The Bishops School of La Jolla, San Diego, California.

Matt Midura
Email: mmidura@pepperdine.edu
AIM: mmidura wms
TappedIn: matthewm
Location: Malibu, CA

PROFESSIONAL: As the Director of Web & Multimedia Services (WMS) for Pepperdine University, my department is responsible for the strategic direction of many of the e-initiatives for Pepperdine including our marketing Web sites, the university Web Portal, our Web-based learning management system(s), and our server infrastructure/datacenter environment. Before joining the Pepperdine community, I worked at PBS for several years as a Web Producer and Webmaster. PERSONAL: Married. I am originally from the Boston area. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, tennis, movies, punk rock, and learning to play guitar.

Brooke Molnar
Email: BrookeeMolnar@yahoo.com
AIM: BrookeMolnar
TappedIn: BrookeM
Location: Bethesda, MD

I am from Bethesa, MD, a hop, skip, and jump from Washington, DC. I am a second grade teacher and also a High School field hockey coach. I played hockey in college and continue to play. In my free time I enjoy riding horses, sitting on the beach with a good book, and SHOPPING!

Jason Quevedo
Email: jason_quevedo@yahoo.com
AIM: trojanfan77
Location: West Covina, CA

I'm a Computer Science Teacher at a private all Boys school in Rosemead, CA. I am hoping to get my credentials next year, roughly around the time I get my masters with this program.

Michael Sweeney
Email: iamswee@yahoo.com
AIM: sweenpep
TappedIn: MichaelSw
Location: Mercersburg, PA

I was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. I'm 36 years old and excited to be continuing with my education at Pepperdine. I've been working in boarding schools for the past 10 years. Currently I teach at Mercersburg Academy, www.mercersburg.edu, where I am a math teacher. I have taught mathematics at West Nottingham Academy, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (Bryn Mawr College and Vassar College), the Phelps School, as well as for Project SEED. As an undergrad at St. Joseph's University I was an inductee of the National Mathematics Honor Fraternity, Pi Mu Epsilon. I have done some graduate work in education at Immaculata College, St. Joseph’s University, and Villanova University. At various times, I have coached tennis, basketball, and soccer on the high school level. My wife Jackie and I have four children: Megan (’07 at Mercersburg), Sean, Jack, and Fiona.

Susan Tiss
Email: sukay42@yahoo.com
AIM: Suskay42
TappedIn: SusanKT
Location: Tucson, AZ

I'm a true desert rat, born and raised (in other words a native of Tucson, AZ). I have a BFA in Photography, 8 years of alternative education classroom experience (about 7 of which were spent working in a computer assisted learning laboratory), 4+ years of curriculum design experience for the online learning environment, and almost 2 years of instructional design/development experience in the online learning environment. When I'm not involved in online learning, you can probably find me dancing (I've been a student, performer, and instructor of Middle Eastern dance for nearly 14 years now), reading, hiking, practicing yoga, or making photographs of something "strange" (to quote some of my colleagues). Other Stats: no husband, no kids, no dogs (at the moment), two awesome and fantastic nephews, other assorted (and much loved) family members in Tucson and elsewhere, many wonderful friends (in Tucson and elsewhere).


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