Tim is a recovering middle school teacher, who spent 15 years as the Director of Technology for Holland Christian Schools, a five building, 1800 student school system in Holland, Michigan. In 2005, after a successful 1:1 laptop pilot in 6th grade, he helped lead the district in rolling out a 1:1 laptop program for 500 middle school students in 3 buildings. The fall of 2009 saw the district expand the 1:1 laptop program to over 1200 6th through 12th graders.
In 2009, Tim was selected to be an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2010, his high school was recognized by Apple as one of 53 Distinguished Schools throughout the nation. His school hosted numerous visits from school districts around the Midwest who wanted to learn how technology has transformed their teaching and learning. He has taught graduate workshops, led numerous conference sectionals and presented to colleges of education to encourage changes to pre-service training.
From 2005 – 2013, Tim served as a board member of the Michigan ISTE affiliate, MACUL. From 2009-2010, he served as board president.
After 24 years working for Christian schools, Tim started his own consulting company to help more schools leverage technology to change the teaching and learning process.
Kristyn has most recently been a 7th and 8th grade science teacher in Holland, MI. Fourteen years ago, when her district implemented a 1-to-1 laptop program, Kristyn helped pioneer strategies for deepening student understanding in a one-to-one learning environment using project-based learning as the structural framework. Prior to her middle school experience, she taught at the elementary level for 12 years.
Through her commitment to teacher excellence, Kristyn facilitated K-8 restructuring of science curriculum to align with state and national standards. In addition to developing curriculum for science, English, literature, technology and culture courses that incorporate universal design for learning components and 21st century skills through the use of technological applications, Kristyn has also led professional development workshops on one-to-one laptop implementation and project-based learning at district and state education conferences. In 2013, she stepped away from the classroom to pursue her master’s in Teaching and Learning through Grand Valley State University.
Currently, she serves as the director of Ambassador High, a Big Picture Learning school in Grandville, MI. Additionally, she works as an independent education consultant and facilitates trainings and teacher coaching that equip teachers to integrate technology and project based learning into their lessons. She was invited to join the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education in the Summer of 2012. Kristyn is based out of Grand Rapids, MI, but she travels and trains internationally. You can read more about her on Kristyn’s BIE bio page here.