Who

As Wenatchee Public schools moves to making learning personal, choosing the right place to start and build from is critical. Over the past few years our Instructional Technology Planning Committee has worked on the school district's long term plans for technology.

Through this work and data from our Wenatchee Learns outreach survey(s) and continued emphasis within our strategic plan, it was determined that the intermediate to middle grade levels were the best place to start with personal technology devices. Since budgets are not infinite we narrowed the focus for the initial implementation and decided on 5th - 7th grade, with the eventual goal of a device for every student building from the middle outward. Budget allocated by our board will allow us to bring on approximately 150-300 students per year and their respective core area instructors. Classrooms were chosen in cooperation with building administration to provide a multi-faceted environment in order for us to test equipment, pedagogy, teaming, content, and workload.

The following teachers were selected and continue to be participants within our personal device initiative. Students were placed into the classrooms using very traditional methods; assessment scores, ability, behavior, cooperation, etc. The only exception to student placement continues to be where we have a feeder program into the 1:1 rooms.

Participating teaching staff are provided an iPad or Chromebook, an Apple TV and some other training and tools to begin to shift their thinking and teaching, thus readying them for when students also have devices.

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Ray Birks

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Instructional Technology Department

Elementary School Instructors

Mario Avila

4th Grade Teacher, Team Leader/LIT

Mission View Elementary

Monika Christensen

5th Grade Teacher

Washington Elementary School

Flora London

5th Grade Teacher

John Newbery Elementary School

Tina Nicpan-Brown

5th Grade Teacher / Team Leader

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School

Rachel Hetterle

4th Grade Teacher

Columbia Elementary School

Bridget Myers

4th Grade Teacher

Columbia Elementary School

Kelsey Borst

Language Arts & AVID Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Debi Carlson

Language Arts Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Patrice Dahlin

Language Arts Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Emily Ervin

Healthy Living Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Gary Gavin

Social Studies Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Jen Gjesdal

Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Brittany Hacho

ESL, Spanish, & AVID Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Katie Johnson

Special Education Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Elisabeth Nicholas

6th Grade Science Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Kati Patnode

Special Education Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Tracie Sleeper

Math & Science Teacher

Orchard Middle School

JoAnn Tanneberg

Social Studies Teacher

Orchard Middle School

Don Whipple

Social Studies Teacher

Orchard Middle School