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 Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2 | 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.
Cesar Ramos, BS Secondary English Education | Google Certified Educator Level 1 | EdTech Leader
Cesar Ramos is the EdTech Leader for All Saints Academy in Winter Haven, Florida. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education at the University of South Florida. He is Google IT Support certified and is a Level 1 Google Educator. Throughout his teaching career he has held many hats: teacher, mentor, case manager, and coach. During the pandemic Cesar found success mentoring his fellow teachers with integrating technology into blended classrooms. Cesar is enthusiastic, not only about technology and teaching, but about fostering life long relationships.
Rick Chase, BS Elementary Education | Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2 | Classroom Technology Coach
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.
Katie Coomes, BS Middle Childhood Education | Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2 | Classroom Technology Coach
Katie Coomes is a former middle school math teacher turned Classroom Technology Coach. Katie is currently coaching teachers in the Milford Exempted Village School District. She earned her Bachelor’s in Middle Childhood Education at the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Katie is a Google Certified Educator and is currently pursuing her Google Coach Certification. Katie discovered her passion for integrating technology while teaching math at the middle school level. She quickly found that technology was an excellent tool to engage her students and provide deeper learning experiences. Katie is excited to coach in the same district she taught in and guide teachers to meet their teaching and learning goals.
Cara Deaton, BS Early Childhood Education | Google Certified Educator Level 1 | 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.
Christine Jesse, BS Middle Childhood Education, MS Curriculum and Instruction | Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2 | 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 | Google Certified Educator Level 1 | 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.
Mia Pomales, BS K-8 Interdisciplinary Studies | Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2 | Classroom Technology Coach
Mia is a Classroom Technology Coach at Hamilton City Schools. She holds a Bachelor’s in K-8 Interdisciplinary Studies from Western Governors University and is currently pursuing a MAEd in Leadership in Technology for Teaching and Learning from Baldwin Wallace University. Mia has been a school administrator, K-8 teacher, and marketing and technology director since 2013. Over the course of her career, she discovered a strong passion for educational technology. Mia is thrilled to be part of Vartek’s iTeam where she can put that passion to use and help other educators discover and develop their own love of EdTech.