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News@NECC: Discovery Education Introduces the Discovery Educator Network

Posted Jun 30, 2005
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Discovery Education announced at NECC the formation of the Discovery Educator Network—a nationwide community of teacher-innovators who currently use digital media to make learning more powerful and engaging, and who will help other teachers learn how to take advantage of this powerful resource as well. Passionate, dynamic teachers, Discovery Educators will collaborate with like-minded peers around the country to help their fellow teachers harness the power of digital learning, the Discovery announcement states.

As Discovery Educators, teachers will have the opportunity to share ideas and inspiration with other educators around the world with support from a nationwide Discovery Education staff rooted in education and committed to helping teachers harness the power of technology and digital media in the classroom. Discovery Educators will have the opportunity to serve on advisory boards, attend Discovery special events, participate in educational conferences and other professional development opportunities, and to be active users of the Discovery Educator Network discussion boards and active members of the Discovery Educator Network online community, according to the announcement.

The first "class" of Discovery Educators includes:

Rachel Amstutz
Severna Park Middle School
Severna Park, MD
Passionate about education, Rachel is a math teacher and department chairperson who has collaborated within her county and state on numerous projects that enrich instruction and make learning meaningful. A portion of her master's degree focused on technology leadership and effectively using technology to enhance instruction.

Carole Y. L. Gooden
St. Lucie County Schools
St. Lucie, Florida
Originally from Jamaica, Carole has taught biology, chemistry and algebra at high school level in Jamaica and in St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands for many years, and served as a media specialist for over 30 years.

Cindy Lane
Lindbergh School District
St. Louis, MO
Cindy is the Professional Development Technology Specialist for the Lindbergh School District, and an adjunct Professor for Southwest Baptist University. She believes that Visual Literacy is the key to learning in the 21st century.

Katie Leach
Weatherly Area Schools
Middleton, Pennsylvania
Katie began her career as a social studies teacher and is now the Gifted Support Teacher for grades K-12. She believes that using videos and digital media provides student with a window to the world.

Josie Levine
Flushing, NY
Josie is the only K-12 educator to have been invited to participate in the White House Conference on Media Literacy. She has been profiled in educational publications and was featured in TIME Magazine as one of the "Faces on the Front Lines of the On-line-Curriculum Revolution."

Chris Marshall
Branch Crossing Junior High School
The Woodlands, Texas
Chris inspires his students every day with his "Power Videos" that integrate software, video, and evocative images into dynamic presentations that help learning come alive. He has a Master's degree in education and currently teaches 7th grade Science.

Carol Anne McGuire
Imperial Elementary School
Anaheim, California
Carol Anne has been teaching special needs visually-impaired elementary students for the past 15 years. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and has recently been won the Disney Hand Teacher Award.

Lori Musick
Rancho Santa Margarita Middle School
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Lori has been teaching a variety of grades and subjects since leaving Ohio for California in 1984. For seven years, her district "loaned" her to the state to train teachers to use technology, but she's now back in the classroom teaching 7th grade science.

More information about the Discovery Educator Network, including information about joining, is available at

Source: Discovery Education,

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