has more than 20 years of experience in the education industry. As senior vice president for Discovery Education, Kinney cultivates deep partnerships with school districts across the country, working closely with educators and administrators to develop customized solutions that support their strategic goals.
calls herself an Educational Technologist. She has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian, and is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor at two universities.
Shanika Hope, PhD
is Vice President of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment for Discovery Education. She is responsible for providing leadership in the development of instructional resources including assessments and professional development content that underscores the role of digital content and technology in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the new assessment systems.
has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. Called by AASA Superintendent of the Year an "educational rock star" he has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, districts, and superintendents from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. He is Discovery Education's Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Dembo was among the first educators to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities.
is a life-long learner-sharer who pulls inspiration from all things "techucational"…like robotics, digital media creation, and proving what learners know with eportfolios. He started his career in education as a middle school teacher in Washington, DC. A few years later, before transitioning to the role of SmartLab Facilitator, he had also worn the caps of department coordinator for World Language and Fine Arts.
began speaking at conferences to help teachers working to discover what digital media and other technologies could do for their classes. In the last eight years, Rushton has trained teachers and other professionals in North America, Europe, and Asia, presenting at regional and national conferences. His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology, as well as professional perspectives in a changing world.
is a passionate educator with over 20 years of educational experience. He began his career teaching in a 3-5 mutli-age classroom in rural North Carolina where he utilized some of the earliest educational internet based web resources. He launched one of the first technology based professional development programs in North Carolina in the early 2000's.
started his career as a teacher at Julia de Burgos Bilingual Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia where he was highlighted in The Emergency Teacher, a book about urban teaching. Recently, he co-founded the Purple Feet Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on helping underserved students think about their future.
is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition he teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post.
, Director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, is charged with supporting school districts in their work to develop and deploy student initiatives to drive science, technology, engineering and math achievement nationwide.
began his career in a first grade classroom in North Carolina where he then modeled and supported the effective use of technology as an instructional technology facilitator for Wake County. Justin joined Discovery in 2008 to support and grow Discovery Education's Discovery Educator Network (DEN).
has blended technology and education for more than 15 years in the worlds of both business and K-12 education. Prior to joining the Discovery Education team in 2004, Matt designed, developed, and implemented adult education and certification programs for two of the largest trade associations in the country.
Since 2010 Kyle
has worked with educators throughout the country to help them better understand how technology and digital media can be used to support instruction, motivate students, and increase passion for learning. Schutt has fostered relationships and community-building by hosting in-person and virtual events for the Discovery Educator Network (DEN), most recently enjoying brainstorming, creating, producing and moderating Discovery Education"s virtual field trips and student focused events.