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Current Training Team

Who is presently working on the project?


Lisa Repaskey. Miami Trainer. Lisa is a 3nd year doctoral student in Reading at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. She taught kindergarten through 5th grades in California, North Carolina, and Michigan for 17 years. While teaching in California, she was a New Teacher Support person working with new lateral entry teachers. As a Graduate Assistant, she has run an After School Family Literacy program called STARS (Students and Teachers Achieving Reading Success) and supported 13 Associate teachers in the Miami-Dade Public Schools. Currently, she is assisting a professor with her Bilingual Literacy research, as well as assisting in reviewing and editing articles for the Journal of Literacy Research, the journal for the National Reading Conference.

New York

Darlynda Miktuk. Trainer. Darlynda currently works for Erie 1 BOCES in West Seneca, NY . She is a Coordinator of Model Schools for Erie 1 BOCES. Her present job allows her to help classroom educators with their quests for how to incorporate technology into their classrooms. Before she began working for Erie 1 BOCES, she taught 8th grade science, a Robotics course, and a Forensics course at Randolph Central School in Randolph, NY . She is a certified Biology teacher from New York State and has a master's degree in integrating technology into the classroom which she completed online through Walden University from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Jim Peiffer. Trainer. Jim is an educational technology staff development coordinator and integrator for the Western New York Regional Information Center housed at Erie 1 BOCES. He has been with the Model Schools team for approximately 1 year. Prior to joining Erie 1 BOCES, he was a 5th and 6th grade math and ELA teacher in the West Seneca Central School District. Currently, Jim serves as an FTE in both the Starpoint and Depew school districts.

Saskatchewan, Canada

Kim Beaulieu. Trainer. Kim has been an educator for 15 years, with much of that time spent working in Southern Africa. He has been involved with curriculum from K to grade 12. Currently he is a member of the Learning Support Facilitator team for the Prairie Spirit School Division in Warman, Saskatchewan. This is a large rural division spread around the city of Saskatoon. The primary purpose of his new role is to collaborate with teachers as they explore and experiment with new avenues of learning in all areas of curricula.


Kathy Grady. Trainer. Forthcoming

Chuck Howard. Trainer. Chuck is recently retired from the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Throughout his 35 years with MPS he was an English teacher at the high school level teaching all levels, freshmen through senior. He was also, the last two and a half years of his career, the coordinator for the Home and Hospital Program for one semester and for two years the coordinator of the TEAM (Teacher Evaluation and Mentoring) Program. During his career he also worked with the teachers' union, the MTEA (Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association) where he was president of the union for 4 years. He also worked with the state and national teachers' union, WEAC (Wisconsin Education Association Council) where he was on their board for 10 years and with the NEA (National Education Association) where he was on the Board of Directors for 6 years. For many years he has worked with MPS as a facilitator for online computer courses and was the technology coordinator at his school. In retirement, besides working with CESA1 and Harvard on the River City Project, he continues to work with the local, state and national teachers' organization as a trainer for Pathwise staff development classes and with the NEA's KEYS program.

Kathy Onarheim. Kathy is the Director of Technology and Instructional Services for Cooperative Educational Service Agency #1 (CESA 1) in southeastern Wisconsin. CESA 1 is a state regional service agency that serves 45 public school districts which account for almost one third of Wisconsin’s pubic school student enrollment. Prior to her present position she served Milwaukee Public Schools as the Director of Learning Technologies. Kathy’s contributions to district innovative initiatives have included leading in the development, implementation and roll out of a professional support portal, Online Professional Development program, student technology programs in computer, handheld, eLearning for students and adults and interactive video technologies.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 9980464, 0296001, 0202543, 0310188, and 0532446. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.