2013 Steering Committee


edcamp Metro DC Steering Committee! @gwhitmancttl @Marishawkns @buddyxo @teach2connect Lisa Vardi @teacherromeyn @ChipChase pic.twitter.com/h2tvv76RIw
Chip Chase
Chip Chase

Chip Chase (Co-Coordinator)

Chip has been interested in educational technology for the duration of his career. He is the Director of Library Services and Technology Integration for Capital City Public Charter School. In this role he administers the library media, and instructional technology services for all students, instructional staff, and administration. He also serves on the High School Instructional Leadership Team. He has an M.A. in Library Science and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He has presented at conferences such as the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), and Maryland State Educator’s Conference (MSEA). He maintains a blog: Make EdTech Happen. In his free time, Chip enjoys reading, video games, and spending too much of his time in front of a glowing screen. He’s looking forward to meeting and learning from other area educators at Edcamp MetroDC!

Sara Romeyn
Sara Romeyn

Sara Romeyn (Co-Coordinator)

Sara Romeyn has been learning about and teaching United States History since 1986. She holds a BA in American Studies from Yale and a Ph.D. in American Studies from George Washington University. She is currently in her 11th year of teaching at Bullis School, where she teaches AP and Thematic US History, directs the Community Service Program, co-chairs the Diversity and Equity Committee, and serves as the Tech Convener for the Social Studies Department.

Sara is always excited to learn more about history, technology, and pedagogy and has attended several history seminars sponsored by Gilder-Lehrman and National Endowment for the Humanities, a Teaching History with Technology seminar, and two Edcamps. She is so excited to be coordinating the first Edcamp in the Metro DC region.

Sara lives in Potomac, MD with her husband, two children (both of whom attend Bullis) and her two cats, Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Maris Hawkins
Maris Hawkins

Maris Hawkins

Maris Hawkins is a middle school Spanish teacher at Bullis School. She has a BA in Spanish and art history and a MT in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of Virginia. She is interested in proficiency based foreign language teaching. She taught Spanish in high school in Vista, California, and she taught Spanish in Norfolk Academy’s Lower School in Norfolk, Virginia. She has presented at VAIS Technology conference and has talked about arts integration in the classroom through the Kennedy’s Center VSA program. Maris is excited to continue her professional development at EdCamp MetroDC!

Krystle Merchant
Krystle Merchant

Krystle Merchant

Krystle is a US History at The Madeira School in McLean, VA. She has been there for five years, arriving just after earning a BA in History from Duke University.

In her time at Madeira, Krystle has cultivated a love of educational technology. She and a couple of other faculty members created Bits and Bytes, an unofficial edtech integration and coordination resource for other teachers. The group has offered help sessions and in-house presentations on technology’s role in their classrooms and work with students.

Her other educational interest is the importance of an education which empowers girls to identify and address gender inequality. Krystle has presented on the role of feminism in history curricula towards achieving this goal at the National Conference on Girls’ Education (NCGE) hosted by the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the national conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS).

Stacey Roshan
Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan

Stacey Roshan is an Upper School Math teacher at Bullis School. She has always been overly enthusiastic about tech, gadgets, and learning. She earned her BA in Economics from New York University and her MA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Having noticed the high levels of anxiety among her AP Calculus students, Stacey realized that the traditional classroom was not the optimal learning environment. Because of this, she decided to flip her classroom 3 years ago in an effort to eliminate lecture from class time. The results have yielded increased student satisfaction and higher AP scores. Stacey is currently implementing the same format in Honors Algebra 2.

Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Teach2Connect is Sarah Barton Thomas, who currently serves as the Lower School Technology Facilitator at Norwood School in Bethesda, MD. She is responsible for working with teachers and students to create learning experiences that integrate technology and 21st century skill development. She is a born and raised Marylander who took detours in Missouri, Iowa, California, and Texas before making her way back home again to teach in the metro area. She has a decade of experience as both a vocal-general music teacher (preK-12) as well as an opera administrator.

She has participated in the Harvard GSE Aspiring Leaders Institute, Klingenstein Summer Institute and was an OPERA America Fellow for Education in 2002. Sarah is a proud Bearcat of Northwest Missouri State University where she received her BS.Ed in vocal music education and a cheerful Blue Jay of Johns Hopkins University where she obtained her MS.Ed in School Administration. An Ironman triathlete and marathon runner, Sarah uses her love of running to coach Cross Country.

She is passionate about helping kids live healthy lives that are filled with character building experiences. Sarah loves to CONNECT with teachers and administrators from across the globe to discuss technology integration, cross-curricular connections, character-spiritual development, change leadership, curriculum innovation, reading nerdy-teacher books, and the Green Bay Packers. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, hanging out with her friends and family, cooking cool paleo recipes, and bragging about her awesome dog Parker!

Lisa Vardi

Lisa Vardi is the Chair of the Bullis Upper School Social Studies Department where she has taught for the last five years. Prior to Bullis, Ms. Vardi worked as a teacher both in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and Haifa Municipal Schools in Israel.

Lisa has been interested in “upgrading” (Heidi Hayes Jacobs language in Curriculum 21) social studies curriculum with a goal of creating true citizens of the world. The hope is to do so by integrating technology in a meaningful way. She attended Edcamp Baltimore where she found the collaborative atmosphere to be refreshing and stimulating. She looks forward to meeting area educators who want to upgrade their curriculum and discuss how best to integrate technology and project-based learning.

Glenn Whitman
Glenn Whitman

Glenn Whitman

Glenn Whitman directs the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning (www.thecttl.org) at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School (www.saes.org) where he also teaches history and coaches girl’s varsity soccer. Glenn is the editor of the recently released “Think Differently and Deeply” publication from the CTTL and is the author of Dialogue with the Past: Engaging Students and Meeting Standards through Oral History, a book about the largest pre-collegiate oral history project in the United States that Glenn directs. Glenn loves to reflect and share his thoughts on how the mind learns through his blog at the CTTL web site and national and regional presentations.


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