Author Archives: Deb Trevino

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“I knew that I wanted to help others to learn English so that they wouldn’t feel like outsiders.” – Luis Oliveira, USA

    Luis M. Oliveira Director of Unified Arts/ELL Teacher Middletown High School Rhode Island, USA @loliveira55 When Luis Oliveira moved to the US as a nine-year-old child, he didn’t know any English. But two English as a Second Language … Continue reading

“In 2015, I saw Skype in the Classroom. I followed the link and was AMAZED! That was exactly what I had been looking for.” – Mirjana Milović, Serbia

      Mirjana Milović English Teacher and Owner of Speak Up English Language School Kragujevac, Serbia @speakupkg Discovering a new way to engage students can make teaching exciting and fresh. A few years ago, long-time English teacher Mirjana Milović … Continue reading

“The only thing you need is what I call the 3D Model — you need Drive, you need Direction, and you need Discipline to create impact and see the results.” – Waqas Shafique, Pakistan

Waqas Shafique Master Trainer & Coordinator (ICT Initiatives & Digital Literacy) Millennium Education/Future World School Pakistan @shafiquewaqas As a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Master Trainer, Waqas Shafique has helped thousands of Pakistan’s educators transform their classrooms with technology. Through his … Continue reading

“A happy and self-confident student learns more and better.” – Silvia Scuracchio, Brazil

      Silvia Scuracchio School Director Escola Bosque Sao Paulo, Brazil @SilviaScuracch2 As a school leader, Silvia Scuracchio wanted to create a school that empowered all students – regardless of their abilities – to succeed. After two years of … Continue reading

“Learning how to use tools is not an age barrier between digital natives and digital immigrants, but a mindset barrier between fixed and growth mindsets.” – James Yanuzzelli, USA

    James Yanuzzelli Technology Integration Specialist Old Bridge Township Public Schools New Jersey, USA @MrYanuzzelli For MIE Expert Jim Yanuzzelli, the “why” of learning is every bit as important as the “what.” That’s why he incorporates at least one … Continue reading

“Creating something new for the first time is never simple, but if you’re passionate about the ‘why’ behind the work, and can build strong relationships with all stakeholders, it will never seem like hard work.” – Meredith Roe, Australia

Meredith Roe Virtual School Program Manager Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) Perth, Australia @MeredithRoe1 Microsoft Innovative Educator Meredith Roe is all about collaboration. And what makes her most excited is seeing her students connecting with others – whether that’s in … Continue reading

“It is this determination I pass on to all I teach: Failure doesn’t always signify the end – it can be the beginning.” – Elaine Topham, UK

Elaine Topham Senior Learning Technologist The Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education Grimsby, UK @ElaineTopham The path to becoming a technology educator wasn’t a straight one for Elaine Topham. “I wasn’t a particularly focused student at school – in … Continue reading

“I don’t like to say no to what students want to do — often those crazy ideas can be the start of something that inspires us and actually works.” – Melissa Wrenchey, USA

Melissa Wrenchey Educator Nikola Tesla STEM High School Redmond, Washington, USA @wrenchey #engipreneurism Melissa Wrenchey is on a mission to get students excited about STEM learning – both in her classroom and in her community. In 2014, Wrenchey collaborated with … Continue reading

“Every day is a new lesson and I am inspired by the amazing teaching and learning that is happening all around me.” – Jennifer Morgan, USA

Jennifer Morgan School Technology Specialist & Sr. Manager of Professional Learning Davis School District & Insight 2 Execution (i2e) Utah, USA @JennMorgan4Edu Jennifer Morgan helps other teachers learn about technology, and one of her favorite ways to do that is … Continue reading

“This way of working has changed my way of understanding education.” – Oscar Herrero, Spain

Oscar Herrero ICT and PE Teacher Junta de Castilla y León Segovia, Spain @OscarHerreroEDU Microsoft Innovative Educator Oscar Herrero says his favorite classroom activities involve gamification, using virtual reality, and collaborative questionnaires to inspire his students. “Both of these activities … Continue reading

“I am convinced that education is more than being in the same classroom every day.” – Afke Dijkerman, the Netherlands

Afke Dijkerman Fifth Grade Teacher The Waterkant Amsterdam, the Netherlands @AfkeDijkerman For Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Afke Dijkerman, teaching is more than just her job – it’s her calling. And a big part of that calling is making her … Continue reading

“When you see students lighting up, being creative, and doing well academically — as well as having fun – that is rewarding.” – Stine Brynildsen, Norway

Stine Brynildsen Assistant Professor Østfold University College, Faculty of Education (Department of ICT and Learning) Fredrikstad, Norway @stinemalin In her 12 years of teaching, Stine Brynildsen has followed one mantra: Teachers are learners, too. This open-minded approach has served Brynildsen, … Continue reading

Gretchen Torres-Cintron, Puerto Rico

  Gretchen Torres-Cintron Teacher EMCT San Juan, Puerto Rico @gtorresemct   For MIE Expert Gretchen Torres-Cintron, helping to shape active learners may be a teacher’s most important role. “Students need to be active learners and take ownership of their learning,” … Continue reading

“Educators need to be encouraged to experiment with new ways of teaching without fear of making mistakes. Innovation requires mistakes, sometimes.” – Julci Rocha, Brazil

Julci Rocha Director Redesenho Educacional Brazil @julcirocha As a Microsoft Ambassador in Brazil for two years and a teacher-training for more than a decade, MIE Expert Julci Rocha met and trained over 3700 teachers, helping them to innovate with technology … Continue reading