Christina Ronquest is the Learning Technology Center’s Project Manager. In her previous roles, Christina assisted with professional development at an Illinois professional development consortium and prior to that, she worked in the accounting field. Her skill sets contribute greatly to her role as the Project Manager, where she oversees events.
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.
Brian Bates is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois (LTC). Brian leads and develops events, programs, and resources in support of digital learning, digital citizenship, emerging technologies, instructional issues and trends, technology integration, and teacher practices for educators across the state.
Prior to joining the LTC, Brian spent nine years at the middle school level as a math and science teacher, integrating technology into his classroom through the use of Chromebooks, flipped/blended learning practices, authentic assessment, and self-paced instruction. After leaving the classroom, he coordinated and facilitated professional learning activities at the regional level. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, both from Western Illinois University. Brian works out of the Regional Office of Education #33 in Galesburg.