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
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.
Joe Cipfl is a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center. He facilitates professional learning events regionally; provides consultation and support to school districts related to digital learning, technology integration, and technology infrastructure; and develops instructional materials for educators throughout the southern Illinois region and the state. Joe is a veteran educator in both K-12 and higher education in the areas of science and technology and is a frequent presenter on instructional and educational technology. He is a certified teacher, a certified school administrator, and certified Google Educator. Before his role as Regional Coordinator, Joe was a science/technology teacher, university instructor, and building-level technology coordinator.
Elizabeth Byam is an Instructional Technology Coach for the Learning Technology Center. Prior to joining the LTC, she was a 4th grade teacher in the River Bend School District with a passion for educational technology and fostering student creativity. While she was a classroom teacher, Elizabeth spoke regularly at workshops and small conferences on topics revolving around educational technology. As an Instructional Technology Coach she serves 3 school districts in Northern Illinois and occasionally facilitates professional development to other districts in the Northern Illinois region. Elizabeth provides support and collaboration to educators and administrators as they effectively integrate technology into their classrooms, curriculum and districts. She also develops digital learning tools and facilitates professional development on instructional technology tools and techniques.
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.