Before retiring after 33 years in education as the Visual Literacy Facilitator for the Niles Township High Schools in Illinois, Joe Brennan served for 12 years as the AV/Media Coordinator at Niles West H.S. and taught Spanish for more than 20 years before that. He also coached soccer and basketball. Joe first became interested in educational video and multimedia instruction because of his visual approach to teaching and coaching. That interest led to collaboration and development of an interactive Spanish laser disc program for Encyclopaedia Britannica. During his tenure as the AV/Media Coordinator at Niles West the department changed from a lending/consumption center to a creation/production area. In 2006 his district received ISTE’s national Sylvia Charp Award in part for the multimedia labs under his direction and in 2009 he received the "pink" jacket, Making IT Happen ISTE award. Joe was the Illinois Computing Educators' Technology Educator of the Year in 2003 as well as a semifinalist in Technology & Learning magazine's Ed Tech Leader of the Year program. Brennan has been recognized by the corporate community as well; he is a STAR Discovery Educator and an Apple Distinguished Educator. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, near his young grandchildren.
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