Featured educators

“I thrive on promoting my students and their ideas. Microsoft in Education gave me and my students a voice. It gave my students validity, support, encouragement, and inspiration that was lacking in the most imminent way.” – Patricia Ragan Stokes, USA

Patricia Ragan Stokes Business Teacher Fayetteville-Manlius High School Manlius, New York @PatriciaRagan1 For MIE Expert Patricia Ragan Stokes, attending her first MIE event in 2012 was a career-defining experience. “As a business teacher, my overriding mission is to get my … Continue reading

“I’ve seen the immense learning that occurs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to provide, through connections my students make using Skype” – Karey Killian, USA 

Karey Killian Library Media Specialist Milton Area School District Milton, Pennsylvania, USA @CoLIBRAtoRY  Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Karey Killian’s first ISTE experience was a memorable one. “I felt empowered to share ideas and experiences that could help instill the … Continue reading

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

  Amna Manzoor Innovation Coordinator and ICT Teacher Post 16 Pristine Private School Dubai, UAE @AmnaInnovatist Amna Manzoor is on a mission to connect her students to the world globally. This mission has often been challenging, but with the help … Continue reading

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft Seattle, Washington, USA @meenoorami Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified … Continue reading

“…The focus of a transformation plan is transformation, and the people who benefit from the transformation are the children, teachers, leaders.” – Tony Brandenburg, Australia

Tony Brandenburg International Education Consultant Australia @tbrandenburg Last May, while most of the world was heading into summer vacation, a group of leaders and decision makers gathered at the Microsoft International Summer Institute in Finland to share and learn about … Continue reading

“I found OneNote a year ago, and it was love at the first sight.” – Piia Martikainen, Finland

Piia Martikainen Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Torkinmäki School Kokkola, Finland @PiiaMartikainen “I’m interested in games and new approaches in education. I found OneNote a year ago, and it was love at the first sight. Two of my colleagues and … Continue reading

“The Global Enterprise Challenge helped our youngsters foster their role as global citizens and increase their awareness of cultural, economic, educational, technological, and environmental issues.” – Rana Sabbidine, Lebanon

Rana Sabbidine School Principal Makassed Khalil Shehab School Beirut, Lebanon @ranasabbidine When you ask Rana Sabbidine, principal of Makassed Khalil Shehab school in Lebanon, about an experience that defined her as an educator, she doesn’t hesitate. “Participating in a real-life … Continue reading

Connecting students to science and fun – Tom Gamble, USA

Tom Gamble Middle School Math and Science Teacher Omaha Virtual School Omaha, Nebraska, USA @gambletg “One of my favorite activities is having students model elements, compounds, and mixtures in Minecraft aligned with my eighth-grade standards in Physical Science. Students were … Continue reading

“Whether you’re a teacher in Kenya, Vietnam or the US, we all face similar challenges with student engagement. We may have different connectivity issues or cultures, but the actual process of teaching and learning is very similar.” – Sonja Delafosse, USA 

Sonja Delafosse Program leader, Microsoft Expert Educators Everett, Washington, USA @sdelafosse Here at Daily Edventures, we love to share the stories of everyday heroes – people who make a huge difference in teaching and learning each day. Each of these … Continue reading

“As primary teachers, we have to teach everything. It can be overwhelming. So I find it best to start with one subject area, get the kids in small groups, and get them to share their work with their friends.” – Natalie Burgess, Scotland

Natalie Burgess Primary Teacher and ICT Coordinator Microsoft UK Teacher Ambassador Paisley, Scotland Natalie Burgess has a history of turning the tables on technology training by having her students teach full-class lessons to fellow students, and support teachers as they … Continue reading

“I think a great leader brings people alongside them, never belittles them, encourages collaboration and works to bring them to their potential. Good leaders share, serve and nurture.” – Sandi Adams, USA

Sandi Adams Technology Project Specialist Cherokee County School District Woodstock, Georgia, USA @sandiadams With 16 years of experience under her belt, Adams is not only an MIEE, she’s also a Surface Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Certified Educator and Master … Continue reading

“My vision in changing the paradigm of education was to combine teaching methods with the great possibilities of technology.” – João Carlos Ramalheiro

João Carlos Ramalheiro Music Teacher, Founder/CEO of Insignio Labs, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Fellow Lousã, Portugal “I founded Insignia Labs with the goal to develop educational tools inspired by video games,” says João Carlos Ramalheiro. “We are not focused on … Continue reading

OneNote makes learning accessible for all – Jeff Petty, USA

Jeff Petty, Principle Program Manager, Accessibility Daniel Hubbell, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility Microsoft Corporation Seattle Washington, USA For students with unique learning needs – and their teachers – one-size-fits-all education tools don’t always work. It’s not a small problem. In … Continue reading

Higher expectations lead to better results – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

Jeff Charbonneau Science Teacher and STEM Coordinator at Zillah School District and Washington Student Achievement Council Member Washington, USA @JeffCharbonneau “I have learned that by setting my expectations higher than most would consider ‘high school’ appropriate, students respond by doing … Continue reading

Florida teacher reaches for the stars – Jason Mocherman, USA

Jason Mocherman Astronomy Instructor, Planetarium Director, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Florida, USA @jmocherman “In 2009 our school was rebuilt. At the time, I was running a 50-seat planetarium that had been in the school since 1968. We were running daily … Continue reading

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“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Jason Holt Instructional Technology Specialist Newman International Academy of Arlington Arlington, Texas USA @jasonthegodman  Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. In addition to teaching Computer Science classes, including Windows Programming … Continue reading

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“Digital access may be a challenge, but it is never a limitation.” – Lea Lilibeth B. Emata, Philippines

Lea Lilibeth B. Emata Instructional Technology Specialist Xavier University Junior High School Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Inspiration came in many forms at the recent BETT Asia – including each student we met and each educator we were fortunate to … Continue reading

“Through Skype in the Classroom, I can not only take my children to places they would never be able to visit, but I can also empower them to make a difference in the world.” – Kristy Griffin, UK

Kristy Griffin Year 3 Teacher/Computing Curriculum Lead Bolsover Church of England Junior School Derbyshire, UK @misskmgriffin After attending Microsoft’s E2 Educator Exchange last year, Kristy Griffin returned to her classroom inspired to do more. This MIE Expert was already using … Continue reading

“When I stood in front of a class for the first time, all the memories of my childhood teachers came flooding back to me. I was so thankful for them, as teachers and now as role models.” – Paul Watkins, UK 

Paul Watkins IT Teacher Ysgol Bae Baglan Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom @lanny_watkins “A student said to me, ‘I’m never going to let anyone tell me I am too young to make a difference!’” Paul Watkins tells us. “This was … Continue reading

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“As teachers, we are futurists.” – Lisa Anne Floyd, Canada

Lisa Anne Floyd Director of Research and Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning/ Instructor, Western University Faculty of Education/Teacher,Thames Valley District School Board London, Ontario, Canada @lisaannefloyd For Lisa Anne Floyd, teaching students how to use technology effectively is critical, but it … Continue reading