Featured educators

“[My students’] appreciation is my reward. I am the teacher. It’s my calling. It’s my passion.” – Joanna Carewicz, Poland

Joanna Carewicz English Teacher Zespol Szkol Katolickich Bialystok, Poland Not every educator has a specific “ah-ha” moment that leads them to teach. For #MIEE Joanna Carewicz, many moments have kept her inspired, but one moment in particular she remembers well. … Continue reading

“Never give up, learn as much as possible, look for new scientific achievements and inventions and embody them immediately.” -Liudmyla Talashkevych, Ukraine

Liudmyla Talashkevych  English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher Novoyegorovka School  Novoukrainka, Ukraine  @ekodek2007 Finding a path to using technology in the classroom isn’t always easy. For Microsoft Innovative Educator Liudmyla Talashkevych, the journey started in 2009 when she was chosen to participate … Continue reading

“My students and I make changes every day. I teach them; they teach me.“ – Dinara Onerkan, Kazakhstan

Dinara Onerkan English Teacher Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Chemistry and Biology Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan  With new technology and tools being introduced all the time, it can be tough for teachers to keep up. For MIE Expert Dinara Onerkan, it helps to … Continue reading

“My creed is to help our students become ‘curious minds.’” – Marianna Tarné Éder, Hungary

Marianna Tarné Éder Deputy Manager Csokonai Vitéz Mihály Primary and Secondary School Budapest, Hungary @TarMarianna  Empowering students and teaching them skills that will help them be competitive in their future careers is a challenge experienced by teachers throughout the world. … Continue reading

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“Skype in the Classroom opens the door to a whole new world of learning for my students so we can travel without passports and borders.” – Anna Zubkovskaya, Russia

Anna Zubkovskaya English Teacher, Professional Development Expert Yaroslavl Town Planning College Russia @annazubkovskaya English teacher Anna Zubkovskaya takes professional development very seriously – both for herself and for other teachers in her region. She quickly went from new Microsoft Education … Continue reading

“The biggest problem that we teachers have to face is our students’ emotions and their pressure at home.” – Katarzyna Góralczyk, Poland

Katarzyna Góralczyk English Teacher 4better Bialystok, Poland Katarzyna Góralczyk works to bring technology and creativity into every phase of learning, but before her students can learn, she knows that they must sometimes overcome emotional hurdles. Even something as simple as … Continue reading

“Because of their education [my students’] dreams can come true.” – Nika Klimová, Slovakia

Nika Klimová Computer Science Teacher Elementary School of Ján Bakoss Banská Bystrica, Slovakia For Nika Klimová, feedback is an important part of each of her lessons. So, she’s found new ways to ensure the feedback she receives from student is easy … Continue reading

“Kids learn when they are ready to learn.” – Subash Chandar K, New Zealand

Subash Chandar K Curriculum Leader of Mathematics & Statistics Ormiston Senior College Auckland, New Zealand @elsubash Like all Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts, Subash Chandar K is comfortable taking risks in his classroom. From using augmented reality (AR)  to building and … Continue reading

“We must treat every student as a person who has innate talent.” – Jacek Mielcarek, Poland

Jacek Mielcarek Computer Science, Programming and English Language Teacher Primary School of Kornel Makuszynski Radowo Małe, Poland Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (#MIEExpert) Jacek Mielcarek knows that changing long-held attitudes about teaching can be hard, but he believes treating students differently … Continue reading

“Every student can learn effectively and has the right to learn.” – Sophia Christina Andrioti, Greece

    Sophia Christina Andrioti Special Educator 130th Primary School Athens, Greece @AndriotiSophia In today’s classrooms, diversity is the norm. MIE Expert Sophia Christina Andrioti has made empowering that diverse set of students – especially those with special needs – … Continue reading

“I love exploring the exciting ways that [technology] can revitalize practice and open up a world of possibilities for students.” – Laura Bain, Australia

Laura Bain Head of Digital Learning and Innovation The Springfield Anglican College Queensland, Australia @larubain When Laura Bain was teaching in the United Kingdom, she had her first taste of classroom technology. This set her on a course of discovery … Continue reading

“My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia

Margaret Simkin Head of Library The Hamilton and Alexandra College Victoria, Australia @margaretsimkin  An education veteran, Margaret Simkin has experienced many changes in her teaching career. She began as a Geography and History teacher many years ago, and her current … Continue reading

“I use education technology to target the same skills in a variety of ways.” – Nathalie Mathieu, France

Nathalie Mathieu English Teacher Lycée Saint Bénigne Dijon, France @MathieuNathali5 Like most educators today, Nathalie Mathieu sees a big challenge in the gap between the diverse groups of students in her classes and an education system that tends to favor … Continue reading

“As educators, it’s our job to make sure that we make ALL of [our students] feel loved, valued and appreciated.” – Natasha Rachell, USA

Natasha Rachell Digital Learning Specialist Atlanta Public Schools Atlanta, Georgia, USA @apsitnatasha  When you ask Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Natasha Rachell what she believes is the biggest challenge facing educators today, she gets straight to the point. “Teacher burnout leading … Continue reading

“Teaching happiness is what I do.” – Ranjitsinh Disale, India

Ranjitsinh Disale Teacher ZP School India @Ranjitdisale  In 2009, Ranjitsinh Disale began teaching at a government school in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Like many schools in remote Indian villages, attendance was low as students were needed at home … Continue reading

“Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada

Colleen Horzelenberg Grade 2 Teacher, Principal Intern Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board Hamilton, Ontario @Chorzele  Even as a young teacher, Colleen Horzelenberg leaned toward a student-centered approach to teaching and found great enjoyment in seeing her students have fun while … Continue reading

“AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India

Vineeta Garg IT Head SRDAV Public School Delhi, India @vineetagarg123  “AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India  Vineeta Garg has been an IT leader for 25 years, … Continue reading

“You can’t push people, but you can walk with them on the journey.” – Lynn Thomas, Canada

Lynn Thomas Secondary English Teacher, Digital Lead Learner Dunnville Secondary School, Granderie District School Board Ontario, Canada @THOMLYNN101 MIE Expert Lynn Thomas, who will be attending E2 in Paris next month, recalls a tweet with an intriguing picture. “It had … Continue reading

“Technology has become a part of education and it should be available to everyone.” – Chad Botha, South Africa

Chad Botha Training Facilitator Curro Johannesburg, South Africa @ChadBotha4 Access to quality education – and the technology that supports it — can be an issue for students everywhere. MIEE Chad Botha is part of the solution. “Education from a global … Continue reading

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece

Vassilis Economou Head of the Department of Informatics and Digital Education Doukas School Athens, Greece @VassilisEconomu For 27 years, Vassilis Economou, a Daily Edventures alum and MIE Expert, has had many moments that helped define his career. One of the … Continue reading