Meet the iTeam

Vartek's team of integration experts

Meet Vartek’s Integration Team (or, iTeam, for short). Led by Director – Technology Integration Misty Oerther, the iTeam’s mission is to support teachers in the ever-evolving world of classroom technology. Through co-teaching, lesson planning, just-in-time coaching, and long-term professional development, these integration specialists have been making a huge impact in the classrooms of Vartek’s partners. 

Let’s meet the team.

 

Misty Oerther, BS, MEd Education, Post-Graduate Certificate in Online & Blended Learning, Google Educator 1 | Director – Technology Integration

Misty Oerther leads the iTeam as the Director – Technology Integration. With both a bachelor’s and master’s in education, Misty has experience in both brick and mortar and eSchool K12 classrooms as a classroom teacher, teacher leader, and teacher mentor. She possesses a post-graduate certification in online and blended learning along with experience in administration as content and curriculum developer. Misty has led instructional design efforts at the university level, including the implementation of a new learning management system.  She is a certified Google Educator Level 1, pursuing renewal of Google Educator Level 2. Her background in corporate training has prepared her to lead the design of engaging technology integration and professional development for our partners.

 

Jillian Matheny, BS Secondary Mathematics Education, Google Certified Educator Levels 1&2 | EdTech Leader

Jillian Matheny is the EdTech Leader for Madison Christian Schools in Groveport, Ohio.  She is a Level 2 Google Educator and is pursuing her ISTE Certification. In her role as ETL, Jillian spends her time coaching teachers to introduce and use technology within their classrooms.   Prior to being a tech coordinator Jillian spent 15 years in the secondary math classroom across four different states including Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, and now Ohio.  She has a passion for integrating technology and seeing increased student achievement.

 

Kat Childers, PhD, BA Integrated Language Arts, M.Ed. Education, PhD Curriculum and Teaching | EdTech Leader

Kat Childers is the Ed Tech Leader for Sidney City Schools in Ohio. An educator herself, Kat brings years of classroom leadership to her role with Sidney and Vartek. With both a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, and M.Ed in Education, she is able to align her time as an educator with leading a technology team. Kat is a Level 1 Google Educator and is in pursuit of her Level 2. Kat has presented at the district, state, and national levels on topics including technology integration, and is a nationally-published author.

 

Rick Chase, BS Elementary Education, M.Ed. Education, PhD Curriculum and Teaching | EdTech Leader

Rick is a Classroom Technology Coach at Hamilton City Schools. He holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Bemidji State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Technology. Rick has several years of experience teaching elementary and middle grades in the online environment, allowing him to participate and lead many technology and technology integration pilot programs for the Ohio Department of Education. Rick is excited to bring successful coaching in technology integration and curriculum instruction.

 

Cara Deaton, BS Early Childhood Education | Classroom Technology Coach

Cara is a Classroom Technology Coach at Milford Exempted Village Schools. She has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Her years of teaching second grade and Title 1 math provided her with the experience and passion for utilizing technology inside the classroom. Cara is enthusiastic about assisting others in discovering engaging technology that can cultivate an environment in which students can grow to their full potential.

 

Angel DeGrasse, BS Elementary Education, Certified Educator Level 1&2 | Classroom Technology Coach

Angel DeGrasse is passionate about transforming classrooms through intentional and meaningful technology integration. As a former Spanish teacher, she led the initiative to have the first 1:1 classroom in the district, implemented a fully digital foreign language curriculum, and designed multiple teacher websites. In her previous role as technology coach, she assisted with the transition to a 1:1 district for grades 6-12, designed three collaborative learning spaces, assisted with beginning the first eSports team, created and managed K-12 STEM stations, and led the training to successfully complete eLearning days.  Angel  is a level two Google Certified Educator and is currently working on completing her ISTE Certification. She serves at Classroom Technology Coach at Hamilton City Schools.

 

Kayla DeMuth, BS Microbiology, Google Certified Educator Level 1 | Classroom Technology Coach

Kayla DeMuth is the Classroom Technology Coach for Columbus School for Girls in Ohio. In this role, Kayla draws on three years of high school science classroom experience to help teachers create new learning experiences for students. Previously Kayla worked as an Academic Designer with McGraw Hill Education, where she focused on technology driven science curriculum. With a Bachelor’s of science in microbiology and a bachelor plus education license from Ashland University, Kayla brings a unique experience rich in technology integration to faculty and students at Columbus School for Girls.

Kayla is gifted in creating interactive and engaging lessons and has a passion for sharing her technology expertise with other educators and is certified as Google Educator Level 1.

 

 Brandelyn House, BS Business Education, MIE | Classroom Technology Coach

Brandelyn House is the Classroom Technology Coach for Ben Hill County Schools in Georgia. With a background in business education, Brandelyn has spent time teaching business education to adult learners and serving as both the administrator and technical lead for a startup K12 startup virtual academy. Brandelyn’s experience in planning, creating, and developing a virtual academy from scratch has served well as she supports teachers at Ben Hill with their implementation of their learning management system (LMS). She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator and has expertise in various LMS, Microsoft, and issue management.

 

Christine Jesse, BS Middle Childhood Education, MS Curriculum and Instruction, Google Certified Educator Level 1 | Classroom Technology Coach

Christine is the Classroom Technology Coach at Sidney City Schools in Ohio. Christine has ten years of middle school classroom teaching experience at a district in South Carolina. Christine has a Bachelor’s in Middle Childhood Education Math and Social Studies, and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, Christine has her Google Educator Level 1 and 2 certifications. In her current role, Christine is helping launch the district’s new LMS by providing coaching and training, as well as technical support, to teachers throughout the school year.

 

Lindsey Humphreys, BS Middle School Math and English Education | Classroom Technology Coach

Lindsey Humphreys is a Classroom Technology Coach at Milford Exempted School District. She has a Bachelor’s in Middle Childhood Math and English Education from Xavier University. After years of experience in the classroom, and a pandemic forcing her into a crash course in remote teaching, Lindsey plans to help other teachers incorporate technology into their classrooms. Lindsey’s aim is to make teachers’ lives easier by guiding them to the best resources.

 

Joey Legg, BS Music Education, Google Certified Educator Level 1 | Classroom Technology Coach

Joey is the Classroom Technology Coach at El Dorado School District in Arkansas. Joey has spent several years in technology management roles, including Network Administrator and IT Director. His Bachelor’s in music education combined with his technical experience has made him an invaluable member of the El Dorado team as he is able to bridge the gap between technology and the classroom. With specialties in Google Classroom, as a certified Google Educator Level 1, classroom A/V solutions for integration, and video editing, Joey is a strong coach and facilitator for technology integration.

 

Ashley Munson, BS Middle School Education, Master’s in Teacher Leadership, Google Certified Educator Level 1 |  Classroom Technology Coach

Ashley Munson is a Classroom Technology Coach in the Milford Exempted Village School District. Prior to becoming a coach she taught middle school science for 12 years where she developed a passion for technology integration within the classroom. She has a Bachelor’s in Middle School Education from the University of Kentucky, and a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership from the University of the Cumberlands. Additionally, she is certified as a Google Educator Level 1.

 

Andrea Trach, BS Education, Google Certified Educator Level 1  | Classroom Technology Coach

Andrea is a Classroom Technology Coach at Hamilton City Schools. She has a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Dayton, and is in pursuit of a Harvard University graduate certificate in Learning Design and Technology, specifically focusing on educational technology and empowering adult education. Andrea will synthesize her years of classroom teaching experience and technical coursework in this role as she coaches teachers in technology integration in the pursuit of overall greater student engagement and learning success.