Nick Sutton is in his 13th year as an educator, and always considered himself a “middle school guy.” While a former 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teacher he then transitioned into building principal and now a district superintendent. Nick earned his doctorate from Western Illinois University researching the correlational relationship between instructional strategies and school climate. He is the proud recipient of the 2018 Western Illinois University Young Alumni Award, 2016 Illinois Principal Association Western Region Principal of the Year, and has published articles within different avenues in the education field.
Nick’s primary passion in public education has become professional development and research within best practices. He has two perfect daughters, and loves to participate within all of their activities when he is not working. Nick can be reached through his Twitter account @DrNickSutton – and visit his blog.
Tim McIlvain directs the Learning Technology Center, where he provides strategic leadership, expertise, and operational management for technology and digital learning initiatives. Primary areas of focus include technology infrastructure, personalized and digital learning, data security and student safety, equity and access, and industry and community partnerships.
Tim presents on educational technology topics and serves in leadership roles on several boards and committees. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Trainer and Administrator, Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL), and Microsoft Innovative Educator. Before his role as Director, Tim was a teacher, project manager, and web developer.
Nicole Zumpano, Regional Educational Technology Coordinator. Nicole is a National Board Certified Teacher as well as an adjunct professor at three universities. Within her 26 years in education, Nicole has served on two board of directors and has been nominated for and/or received several awards for excellence in teaching. She has 15 years of classroom experience along with 10 years of instructional coaching experience. Nicole holds Masters degrees in Administration & Supervision and Technology in Education. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Educator, and an Apple Teacher. Nicole blogs about instructional technology at Zumpanotechlab.blogspot.com
Mindy Fiscus is the Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center. She has 20 years of educational technology experience in IL. In her current role, she also serves as one of the IL State E-rate Coordinators, board member and IL representative to the State Technology Directors’ Association. She supports districts with the application process for E-rate, a federal program focused on providing cost-effective internet access and network equipment for schools and libraries. She also supports state and federal initiatives related to implementing personalized, research-based digital learning strategies and identifying exemplary sources of digital content. Mindy serves as a member of the Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative, a partnership with ISBE, DoIT and the IL Governor’s office. She works out of the ROE 12 office in Robinson, IL.
Matt Jacobson is the Online Learning Specialist for the Learning Technology Center. Matt develops engaging synchronous and asynchronous online and in-person training opportunities for educators and administrators. He also provides coaching, consulting, and training services for schools developing online and blended learning activities for students and staff. Matt provides administration and coaching on a variety of Learning Management Systems and many other online tools.
Matt provides almost three decades of experience in helping students and schools innovate. Prior to working with the LTC Matt was a middle school consultant and has worked as a teacher, administrator, coach, and trainer for preK-12 schools in central Illinois.
Lisa Schwartz is the Regional Educational Technology Coordinator in central Illinois for the Learning Technology Center. Prior to joining the LTC, she was an educator in Quincy Public Schools. Lisa is passionate about meaningful professional development and creating teacher and student leaders. She facilitates professional learning events regionally and statewide; provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning and technology integration; and develops instructional materials for school administrators, teachers, and students throughout the region and the state. She is a certified teacher, a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a Google Certified Educator, and an Apple Education Trainer. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Quincy University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Illinois University.