Author - Sarah Thomas

CUE-d Up with Sarah Thomas: Featuring Ann Kozma

There’s Something About Ann…

Ann is a TOSA in Fullerton, CA. Passionate about education technology. She enjoys helping others learn how to integrate tech to transform teaching and learning. Ann is an Apple Distinguished Educator; Leading Edge Certified Professional Learning Leader; CUE Rockstar Lead Learner; and a PicCollage, Seesaw, Flipgrid and Book Creator Ambassador. Ann plays to learn. Connect with her at @annkozma723.

What’s exciting?

Ann is excited about the opportunities available to our students to share their stories to authentic audiences.

What is Ann “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Ann is CUE-d up to go on a Curiosity Voyage, to learn more about computer science.

What’s one tip Ann has for viewers?

Ann advises other educators that we don’t have to have all the answers and do “all the things,” but be open to exploring.

CUE-d Up with Sarah Thomas: Dr. Will Deyamport, III

There’s Something About Dr. Will…

Dr. Will Deyamport, III is a globally recognized Connected Educator and Connected Ed Consultant. Motivated by his passions for education and digital media, he has been able to leverage the use of social technologies in the classroom to enhance the learning experiences of people worldwide. While his efforts are primarily targeted towards teachers, it is his thought leadership in this specific field that has helped him to create an innovative, interactive and integrated classroom experience for students and teachers alike. In addition to identifying existing and underutilized digital tools and resources in education, Dr. Deyamport has worked diligently to bridge that gap. It is this core endeavor that has taken him on the professional adventure of a lifetime! His research and work in this field have helped shape his social entrepreneurship and given him the opportunity to connect and collaborate with some of the most inspiring and acclaimed people in education both nationally and internationally. Through these collaborations, Dr. Deyamport has been able to facilitate and curate powerful, thought-provoking and enlightening conversations and content which look at a multitude of issues educators face inside and outside of the classroom. The expansion and diversification of his professional portfolio has resulted in Dr. Will becoming a highly sought after speaker, presenter, and guest lecturer.

What’s exciting?

Dr. Will is excited about online learning because there are no boundaries to it.

What is Dr. Will “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Dr. Will is CUE-d Up to get his online certification to offer courses for credit.

What’s one tip Dr. Will has for viewers?

Dr. Will advises other educators to be financially savvy and to use their talents to generate income.

CUEd Up with Sarah Thomas: Fernando Chavez



What’s exciting?

Fernando is excited about an ability to innovate, which has been unprecedented. However, now due to the benefits of technology, we can innovate more than ever.


What is Fernando “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Fernando is CUE-d up to deliver his first keynote this year about equity, the uniqueness of every child, language acquisition, and serving our diverse learners.


What’s one tip Fernando has for viewers?

Fernando advises educators to challenge themselves and innovate, leading by example for our students.

Connect with Fernando: @IHeartFernie





CUE-d Up with Sarah Thomas — Featuring Rebecca Hare

There’s Something About Rebecca…

Rebecca Louise Hare is currently a design specialist and science teacher at Gulliver Schools, and a learning space designer. Rebecca has a BFA in industrial design from The European Design Institute in Milan, Italy and an M.A.T. in Art from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. She worked in Italy for ten years as a design consultant and creative director, creating spaces and designing products (from MRI machines and coffee makers to hair brushes) for global companies before becoming fascinated with education. She found that the young designers she was hiring were struggling with solving problems and thinking critically. This brought her back to the United States to study education. Her master’s thesis focused on design thinking, evaluating, and enhancing creativity through the study of design and art. She has collaborated with a number of schools, designing learning spaces that enhance student learning.

Rebecca continues facilitating learning environments and experiences that support design, design thinking, and student agency. She presents on Makerspaces and the Maker Movement, creativity, and learning space design. Rebecca, her husband, and two children can be found at the beach early on the weekends, in the pool if they can’t make it to the beach, and if it’s summer, visiting family in Italy.

What’s exciting?

Rebecca is excited about transitioning out of the obsession with quantitative data to more authentic ways of learning, having students create to learn and make their learning visible.

What is Rebecca “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Rebecca is CUE-d up to continue to develop amazing experiences for her students. She is on a mission to build a nation of problem-solvers and to help other educators redesign their learning spaces in meaningful ways. Be sure to go to her session at the CUE Bold Symposium!

What’s one tip Rebecca has for viewers?

Rebecca advises other educators to create an environment that supports creative thinking. “Who does the work does the learning,” so trust students as protagonists of their learning.

CUE-d Up With Sarah Thomas- Featuring Stephanie Filardo

There’s Something About Stephanie…

Stephanie Filardo is a Google Certified Educator, Trainer, and Innovator, Nearpod Author, and frequent conference presenter currently teaching technology/computer science classes at St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, Missouri. She previously taught math and special education at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Stephanie uses technology to differentiate and take new approaches to the curriculum. She enjoys helping teachers solve problems and rethink their classrooms using technology.


What’s exciting?

Stephanie is excited about seeing teachers connecting and seeing how they can personalize instruction for students. She also loves universal design.

What is Stephanie “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Stephanie is CUE-d up to resume blogging after a concussion, as she believes in being a reflective educator.

What’s one tip Stephanie has for viewers?

Stephanie advises everyone to look out for our colleagues who may be struggling, and offer to lend a helping hand.


Sarah Thomas is currently sharing multimedia resources and producing/hosting our weekly CUE’d Up collection of member spotlight interviews and Sparks. She also works as Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince Georges County, MD. Sarah is the creative genius behind EduMatch, a global initiative that uses the power of social media in order to help foster collaboration and connections among educators.

CUE-d Up with Sarah Thomas — Featuring Eric Hayes

There’s Something About Eric…

Eric Hayes is an international school educator with over 12 years of teaching experience. During this time, he has worked in a variety of roles as a classroom teacher, special education teacher, and a migrant student advocate. He received a Bachelors of Art degree from Angelo State University in Texas. He is completing his final semester of a Multidisciplinary Masters Degree program offered by Buffalo State University. He currently lives in Brazil with his wife and three cats.

What’s exciting?

Endless possibilities to connect our students with the world, professionals, and each other.

What is Eric “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Eric hopes to connect content to more authentic learning experiences.

What’s one tip Eric has for viewers?

Make good connections with your colleagues, but even more importantly, connect with students.

Your Thoughts?

Add your thoughts on our Flipgrid! (Note: They might be shared out via social media.)

CUE-D Up with Sarah Thomas — Featuring Doug Robertson

There’s Something About Doug…

By day, Doug is an elementary school teacher known on the internet as The Weird Teacher, which also happens to be his twitter handle (@TheWeirdTeacher). By afternoon and weekend, he is a husband to a loving and patient wife and father to two adorable and moderately insane Weirdlings. There’s also a dog who will hang out with him if the other three are away. And by night he is an author, having written three books about education- He’s the Weird Teacher, THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome), and A Classroom of One, and one novel – The Unforgiving Road.

He currently resides in the Portland area and rides a 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner named Ms. Riley. He feels compelled to mention both that and that he’s been riding since 2003 lest anyone think he wrote a novel entirely about motorcycles without actually riding one. He rides every day he possibly can. Riding is the best way to get anywhere. If you meet him and ask if he wants to go for a ride he’ll tell you he needs to ask his wife and then he’ll go.

What’s exciting?

The range of options available to us in education facilitated by technolog.y

What is Doug “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Start a Lego League at his school.

What’s one tip Doug has for viewers?

Our job is serious, but we don’t always have to be.

Doug’s Books

He’s the Weird Teacher

THE Teaching Text (You’re Welcome)

A Classroom of One

The Unforgiving Road

Resources Mentioned

Lego League: FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.

Your Thoughts?

Add your thoughts on our Flipgrid! (Note: They might be shared out via social media.)

CUE-D up with Sarah Thomas — Featuring Lisa Highfill

There’s Something About Lisa…

Lisa Highfill is an instructional technology coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her masters in educational technology leadership and has been a classroom teacher for more than twenty years. As a MERIT fellow, Google Certified Innovator and a YouTube Star Teacher, she travels the globe presenting at EdTech conferences and speaking about lesson design and learning theory.

What’s exciting?

Giving students challenges, then stepping back and letting them handle it.

What is Lisa “CUE-d Up” to do this year?

Rolling out 1:1 Chromebooks in her district for grades 6-12, putting PD first.

What’s one tip Lisa has for viewers?

If you’re thinking of trying something, take a risk and try it. Be a learner, along with your students.

Social Justice Virtual Book Club — Featuring the Voice of Katie McNamara

Are you interested in connecting your high school students with other learners to discuss relevant issues? Teacher Librarian Katie J. McNamara (the founder of #CALibChat) is organizing a virtual book club centered on social justice issues.

social justice book clubThe group will be reading four books:


  • This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.



Participants will read the texts and respond to prompts and a call-to-action through Flipgrid.  The group currently consists of participants from California, Alaska, Massachusetts, New York, and Virginia, and is seeking to grow.  

For more information on this opportunity for librarians and all educators, please contact Katie on Twitter (@KatieJMcNamara).

Read more about Katie and check out her CUE-D UP moment by clicking here

Doodle 4 Google — A Chance for Students to Shine!


doodle 4 GoogleAttention, all educators! Here’s a chance to help your students’ creativity shine on an international stage. Google announces the Doodle 4 Google Contest opening on January 8, 2018.

This contest is open to all students in grades K-12.  According to Google, “Bring your creativity to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium you choose. The winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage.”  Multiple winners will receive scholarships as a prize.  

For more information on Google doodles, visit https://www.google.com/doodles.

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