Kim Miller is a 2nd Grade teacher at Barbara Morgan STEM Academy in Meridian, Idaho. She has 25 years of experience in integrating technology into a primary classroom. Kim also serves on the Idaho Leadership Council for Discovery Education, and provides training for Discovery Education, technology integration, and STEM for schools and districts in the state of Idaho. She has led school technology teams, and designed and implemented iPad integration projects at the school level. Kim was selected as the 2016 West Ada School District Teacher of the Year.
Kim is a 2016 winner of the Jacobs Educator award. The Jacobs Educator Award honors outstanding Pre-K-12 teachers who use technology in the classroom. Jacobs Educators are part of a nation-wide community of highly successful teachers who work with the world renowned education faculty at the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington in a variety of capacities, including teaching, research, and special projects and events.
Graig Coreveleyn is a licensed attorney practicing in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Washington, D.C. since 2004. In 2014 he began his own law practice, Corveleyn Law Firm, which specializes in real estate, land title, bankruptcy and federal and state litigation. His Juris Doctor is from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden. Graig has served on numerous non-profit boards from musical entities to scouting in addition to helping to form businesses and obtain approvals under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Graig’s passion for the outdoors began growing up in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania and continued in the Hudson Valley of New York while he attended Marist College. In a stream in the Hudson Valley he met and immediately fell for his wife of 22 years, Helen Corveleyn, herself a highly decorated science educator and STEAM in the Parks attendee. Graig and his family have attended STEAM events and have seen first-hand the power that the outdoors can bring to the classroom. Having recently earned his Wilderness First Responder certification, he is convinced that the future of education is a return to the outdoors and experiential learning.
Rodney Crouse is celebrating his 20th year in the teaching game, but this time around, he's taking on a fresh challenge at Cone Elementary as a Grade 5 teacher
Rodney's teaching journey has been quite the adventure. He's been lucky enough to dive into five summer institutes, get hands-on in 2 STEMersion camps, explore Sustainable Forestry for NC Teachers, and even get involved in SEVEN #STEAMinthePark events with Expeditions in Education. Along the way, he's had the chance to visit some stunning national parks like Acadia, New River Gorge, Mammoth Cave, Crater Lake, Big Cypress, Rocky Mountains, and Voyageurs National Parks. These trips have given him a whole new appreciation for the importance of preserving our natural and national treasures, which belong to all of us. And you better believe he's planning to bring these valuable lessons into his classroom.
Originally hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Rodney's roots run deep in the state. He started his educational journey at Western Carolina University, where he earned a Bachelor's in Science for Elementary Education. In 2007, he took things up a notch with a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction for Education from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. And in 2022, he added a Post-Masters Add-on in Administration to his academic arsenal, proving that he's all about continuous growth in the world of education.
When he's not in the classroom, you can find Rodney outdoors, doing what he loves most. Whether it's hiking, whipping up a delicious campfire meal, or simply camping under the stars, he's all about that outdoor life. And if you ever want to see his eyes light up, just ask him about his passion for travel. Exploring new places and broadening his horizons is what keeps his spirit alive.
Marita Diffenbaugh has served as a teacher, administrator, and has provided leadership support for districts, schools, and classrooms. She gained expertise and experience as a student-focused, purpose driven servant leader and uses this to support school and district leadership in the strategic development of mastery-based education and instructional technology implementation.
Marita is currently sharing her passion and leadership skills to support the expansion of Elevate Academy, a public Career Technical charter school of choice for students in 6th-12th grades who are not finding success in their current education. As a partner with Elevate Academy’s co-founders, Marita is connecting education with industry and community by developing, planning, and launching this new North Idaho school in Fall 2022.
As a passionate learner, Marita enjoys connecting learning goals to community resources and needs. She believes that hope is a prerequisite for learning, and looks for opportunities to help others see their value. She also believes that every human being has something amazing to share with the world, and she looks for ways to help learners of all ages develop their full potential.
Jacqueline Gonzalez is a well-respected professional, education consultant, and writer with more than 20 years of practical experience and endless energy and passion for teaching all ages. Based in Miami, Florida, Jacqueline delivers across the education sector outstanding teaching and consulting services to inspire and prepare educators, administration leaders, and students alike with straightforward instruments and successful tools for contemporary educational best practices and out-of-the-box thinking. Her background is in special education working with students with disabilities and gifted students in math and science education.
As an author, Jacqueline shares her knowledge and expertise in writing articles related to 21st-century teaching and learning, including traditional, blended and virtual teaching. Currently, Jacqueline is sharing her expertise by delivering webinars and PDs to large audiences and coaching K-12 teachers using the technology she is so keen to introduce and make available across all schools, and for all students. Her mission is to coach educators in new and updated learning methods and technologies by sharing best practices and thinking tools to empower spirited educators for life.
A nationally respected thought leader in STEM education and reform, Dr. Moss brings over 31 years experience in district leadership, classroom instruction and inquiry based learning to her work as a champion for STEM engagement and career & workforce readiness.
Dr. Moss is a sought-after speaker on the topic of student engagement through STEM and was selected by the National Science Foundation to serve on the federal commission, which created the “National Action Plan for Addressing the Critical Needs of the US Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education System.” In 2012, Dr. Moss was recognized as one of the top “100 Women in STEM” and in 2017 was recognized as 1 of the top 25 business women in Charlotte by the Charlotte Business Journal.
Dr. Moss served 10 years as Director of PreK-12 STEM Education for the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system, the 17th largest district in the US. Dr. Moss moved into this role after 21 years as a classroom teacher, where she received numerous awards for excellence including RadioShack’s National Teaching Award and the Milken National Educator Award.
Colleen Rooney is an experienced educator with a passion for teaching and technology integration. With 28 years of experience in the field of education, Colleen dedicated 23 years to being a classroom teacher in three different districts in southeastern Wisconsin. For the past 5 years, she has served in the Pewaukee School District as an elementary learning coach at both Pewaukee Lake Elementary School and Horizon Elementary School.
Colleen's dedication and expertise have not gone unnoticed. In 2018, she was honored with the prestigious Teacher of the Year award by the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce, recognizing her outstanding contributions to education. Colleen's commitment to her profession extends beyond the classroom as she actively serves on both elementary building leadership teams and building technology teams, working collaboratively to enhance the educational experience for students and teachers alike.
Colleen Rooney has also played a pivotal role in building, leading, and revising the K-5 Computer Science curriculum in the Pewaukee School District. She has been instrumental in developing a comprehensive and engaging curriculum that aligns with the latest standards and best practices in computer science education. Colleen has worked closely with a team of educators to design and implement a curriculum that not only introduces students to fundamental computer science concepts but also fosters their creativity, problem-solving skills, and computational thinking abilities. She has led professional development sessions for teachers, providing them with the necessary training and resources to effectively teach computer science in their classrooms. Colleen's dedication to continuous improvement has also led her to regularly review and revise the curriculum, ensuring that it remains relevant and impactful for students. Through her leadership and expertise, Colleen has made a significant contribution to the district's efforts in preparing students for the digital age.
Davy Rupsch, MSW, LCSW, is thrilled to introduce himself to the Expeditions in Education community. He runs his private therapy practice, Rupsch Counseling LLC, in Bowling Green, KY. Rupsch has been dedicated to social work since he graduated from Western Kentucky University (WKU) with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a minor in English in 2005. His commitment to supporting educators stems from both personal and professional roots, with both his parents having retired from the education sector. Many in the community may have met his enthusiastic educator wife, Amanda, who is actively involved with Expeditions in Education.
In his role as a social worker and therapist, Rupsch has consistently collaborated with local school systems, playing a vital role in this partnership. He takes pride in serving as a part-time faculty member in the Social Work program at WKU, where he teaches in the Master’s program. His career path includes significant experience in the non-profit sector, having worked at the Family Enrichment Center, where he gained a deep understanding of non-profit operations. In November 2007, Rupsch transitioned to the Warren Circuit Family Court, where he served as the Court Administrator for two family court judges. He earned his Master's degree in Social Work from WKU during his tenure with the court system. In 2014, he left the family court to fulfill his long-held aspiration of working as a mental health therapist.
Melaney Sanchez, a National Board-Certified Teacher, researched minority achievement for her Ph.D. from Notre Dame of Maryland University where she has been an associate professor since 2004. She has participated in Leadership Maryland, and institutes hosted by Ford’s Theatre, Mt. Vernon, Williamsburg, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar and was an ambassador for STEAM in the PARK at New River Gorge. As a Fulbright Scholar she completed a Capstone project entitled Bring Back the Bay. She studied the refugee crisis in Europe thanks to a Fund for Teachers grant in 2023. She tends to make abrupt stops when she sees a national park, a bookstore, or a library.
LeAnn Simmerman is a Teacher of the Gifted in Columbia, TN. She currently works with gifted and twice exceptional students in all grade levels. LeAnn is a Past President of the Tennessee Association for the Gifted, an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children. She previously served on the Students with Disabilities and Gifted Students Sub-committee for funding review and TN Board of Education Gifted Focus Group. She is recognized as a LEGO Master Educator and was a part of the inaugural class of Master Educators. LeAnn has presented at local, state, national and international conferences and frequently leads professional development sessions related to digital media, STEAM integration and 21st Century learning.
LeAnn is passionate about educational opportunities that empower students to go beyond basic facts and formulas. She believes, if we teach simple memorization, we are holding captive the capacity of our learners. The greatest obstacle our students face is the limiting of their potential. This is the basis for her devotion to Expeditions in Education. The mission of this organization speaks to limitless opportunities for educators and students. LeAnn is honored to be a part of expanding the work of Expeditions in Education.