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    Student Representatives

    Jacob Marzynski
    Student Representative #1
    Term: 1 year


    Avery Wagar, Ballard High School
    Student Representative #2
    Term: 1 year

    Avery Wagar is a student at Ballard High School (class of 2021) studying computer science and digital filmmaking and exploring the intersection of both through virtual reality and immersive/360 video. Avery is the founder and president of BVR Club, BHS’s virtual reality club and was the first ninth-grader to enroll in AP computer science at BHS. Avery is the creator of AstroVR (formerly StarVR), a virtual reality astronomy simulator that won best overall engineering project at the 2016-17 Seattle Public Schools eighth grade district science and engineering fair and is the co-founder and lead developer of Outrigger, an email productivity application promoting inbox life balance. Avery has participated in numerous hackathons across various technologies and taught software development to underrepresented high school students. When not in front of a computer programming or editing film, or immersed in VR, Avery enjoys photography, cycling, drinking coffee, gathering around a campfire, and long walks with the family dog.

    Community Representatives

    Jessica Dorr, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
    Community Representative #1
    Term: 1 year
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    Jessica Dorr
    Jessica Dorr is Deputy Director of the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her work at the foundation began in 1997, as a technology trainer for West Seattle Learns, a community technology center. For the foundation’s U.S. Library Program, Jessica installed computer and Internet networks throughout the country. She oversaw the foundation’s Native American Access to Technology Program, which provided funding and resources specifically designed to meet the technology and information needs of Native communities. In her current role, she supports public libraries in both the United States and developing and transitioning countries to better serve their users through access to information resources and the Internet. Jessica has experience with both school and academic libraries and holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an MLIS from the University of Washington.

    Nina Arens, Living Computers: Museum + Labs
    Community Representative #2
    Term: 2 years
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    Nina Arens oversees the education department at Living Computers: Museum + Labs, home to the world’s largest collection of fully restored and operational vintage computers in Seattle, WA.  Founded in 2012 by Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen, Living Computers provides hands-on computer science learning experiences to over 5,000 K-12 students annually. In her current role, Nina supports communities and districts across the Puget Sound, often acting as the liaison between edtech, industry, teachers, and families.

    Technology has played a central part in Nina’s 10-year career in both biotech and informal education.  She holds a B.S. in Biology from Seattle University and a M.S. in International Museum Studies from Gothenburg University.  She’s a published scientist, a real-life LEGO masterbuilder, and proud stepmom to a Seattle Public high schooler. Nina can be found on Twitter @NinaArens.

    Jason Morrison, University of Washington
    Community Representative #3
    Term: 1 year
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    Dr. Jason Morrison, Dr.B.A, MBA is the University of Washington Medicine Director of Research Information Technology and CTMS Program Director. Jason directs the UW Research Information Technology department who supports health science research across the University of Washington and is directing the implementation of the Oncore Clinical Trial Management system for UW, Fred Hutch and SCCA.

    Before arriving at the University of Washington, Jason spent 13 years at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he held positions of increasing responsibility from system programmer to project manager and most recently, as the Research IT Director. His background also includes system analysis, compliance and web design. Jason holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on Organizational Psychology and holds a Project Management Professional certification.

    Troy Hilton, Technology Access Foundation
    Community Representative #4
    Term: 2 years


    Melissa Westbrook, Seattle Schools Blog
    Community Representative #5/Co-Chair
    Term: 1 year
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    Melissa is a public school graduate from Arizona. Both her sons graduated from Seattle public high schools. Melissa started becoming a parent advocate in 1996. From that interest, she grew to be a steady district watcher and, in 2009, she and another activist took over Save Seattle Schools blog which had started in reaction to school closures.

    Melissa has been on several PTA boards with her last stint as co-president of the Roosevelt High School PTSA from 2007-2009. She has served on several district committees with her biggest work on the Board's Closure and Consolidation Committee in 2009. That committee was nominated for a Jefferson award for public service. In 2011, Seattle Magazine named Melissa and co-writer, Charlie Mas, two of the most Influential People in Seattle.

    Melissa interest in technology stems from the work her late husband, Gaetano Borriello, a computer science professor, did at UW. She is particularly interested in student data privacy issues.

    Roy Zimmermann, Microsoft
    Community Representative #6
    Term: 2 years

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    Roy is a Director in Microsoft Research where he leads special initiatives and helps strengthen Microsoft’s institutional relationships with universities and other partners around the world. Roy has managed research and intervention projects that improve quality, access and equity in education systems in the United States and in developing countries from the national policy level to the regional, district and local school levels. He also has previously worked at the American Institutes for Research, the Education Development Center and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Roy was a school teacher for six years including two teaching high school in Papua New Guinea with the Peace Corps. He and his wife have twin boys enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. Roy earned his bachelor’s in education and history from Emory University with a minor in Latin American Studies. He holds a master’s and Ph.D. in education from UCLA. He speaks Spanish as well as Melanesian Pigin.

    Bobbi Manne, Cavium
    Community Representative #7
    Term: 1 year


    Margarita Guadalupe, Cruzan Analytics
    Community Representative #8
    Term: 2 years


    Rebecca Spivak, Amazon
    Community Representative – Alternate
    Term: 1 year

    Nick Hernandez, Forum Solutions, LLC
    Community Representative – Alternate 
    Term: 1 year 


    Staff Representatives

    Marika Wong, Special Education
    Staff Representative #1
    Term: 1 year

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    Marika Wong has been a Special Education Teacher on the Seattle Public Schools Assistive Technology Team since 1997. She works with elementary through high school-aged students with special needs, helps IEP teams determine appropriate assistive technology solutions, and provides training and ongoing support for these tools. She is also the mother of three children who have attended Wedgwood Elementary, Eckstein MS, and Roosevelt HS.

    Christine Billroth, North Beach Elementary
    Staff Representative #2
    Term: 2 years

    Liz Ebersole, McClure Middle School
    Staff Representative #3
    Term: 1 year

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    Liz is a teacher-librarian & teacher educator who is passionate about using technology to build active, creative, and connected learning environments for the whole school community. She is currently the Librarian & Technology Lead at McClure Middle School.

    She is also a PhD student in Digital Education Leadership at Seattle Pacific University. She looks forward to using the expertise she is developing to be of service to Seattle Public Schools.

    In addition to her work and school affiliations, she is a Common Sense Education Ambassador. She works directly with Common Sense Education to promote digital citizenship. Her specialty is digital citizenship curriculum integration and she has hosted professional development sessions at local and national conferences.

    Outside of the worlds of education and technology, her passions are reading, cooking (farm to table), herb and vegetable gardening and enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with her friends and family.

    Casey Johnson, Denny Middle School
    Staff Representative #4
    Term: 2 years


    Molly Meck, Queen Anne Elementary 
    Staff Representative #5 - Vacant
    Term: 1 year
     
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    Molly Meck is a 1st grade teacher at Queen Anne Elementary school. She has been teaching in Seattle Public Schools for 10 years and earned her National Boards in 2017. Molly piloted the first 1 to1 iPad program in the district. As a Career Ladder and Mentor teacher she has opened up her classroom to many Teachers and Administrators who wanted to see how technology can positively impact learning in a student-centered classroom. Molly is passionate about teaching students how to think critically about their world. She believes that even our youngest learners need to be able to use technology in ways that are authentic, purposeful and allow for students to engage with the world. She can be found on Twitter @MollyMeck and welcomes the chance to connect and learn with other educational leaders. 

    Pauline Amell Nash, Communications
    Staff Representative #6
    Term: 2 years

    TuesD Chambers, Ballard High School 
    Staff Representative #7 
    Term: 2 years 
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    TuesD Chambers has been a Seattle Public School District educator for over eighteen years. Currently she is the Ballard High School Librarian where she teaches digital leadership, literacy, and 21st century skills to students. TuesD has also been a Career Ladder teacher for five years where she creates resources and supports teachers to make sustainable change to improve learning. She recently won a $100,000 grant to transform the library into a 21st century Learning Commons and has presented at the School Library Journal Basecamp conference about learning-space design. She has piloted multiple technology initiatives and most recently is leading the Digital Learning Librarians and Instructional Innovation Cohort. She believes that student-centered classrooms with intentional use of technology can positively impact classroom learning and the culture of a school. She can be found on Twitter @BeaverReaders and loves to connect with other passionate educational leaders. 

    Ahmed Yussef, Sanislo Elementary
    Staff Representative #8
    Term: 2 years