Meet the Professional Development Team

Get to know our cadre of educational professionals. They lead our Professional Development sessions and help educators get the most from their myON experience.

Karen Adamec

Providence, RI
United States

I have been working in the field of education for almost two decades and have experience as an elementary classroom teacher and a reading specialist with experience spanning K-12.  Currently I am working as a literacy coach in a diverse, urban elementary school in Providence, Rhode Island.  I received a BA in Psychology and Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University and a Masters in Reading from the University of Rhode Island.  I am passionate about core literacy instruction and interventions and, through the years, have enjoyed mentoring pre-service teachers and consulting for various schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  My students love using myON and I love sharing the instructional power of this digital learning platform with teachers across the country.   

Ofelia Alberto

Miami Lakes, FL
United States

My name is Ofelia Alberto and I live in Miami Lakes, FL.  I was an elementary school teacher for 15 years, a Media Specialist for 7 years and I currently work as a Digital Convergence Facilitator providing professional development and supporting technology integration in the classroom. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education from Florida International University.  It is very powerful when a child makes the transition from learning to read to reading to learn. myON provides the platform and environment for students to get excited and enjoy reading again.  I am fortunate enough to be able to share myON and my passion for digital literacy with teachers and students. 

Elyse August

Brooklyn, NY
United States

Elyse is responsible for the delivery of professional services, technical support, customer onboarding, and implementation for myON. She has been involved in teacher education for many years focusing on continuous improvement.
Prior to joining myON, Elyse was a Senior Educational Consultant and Project Manager of Strategic Accounts and built a Learning and Development team within well- known education technology companies. She holds a bachelor of science in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s of Science in Reading, and several training certifications.

Stephanie Binckes

Cypres, CA
United States

I have been working in the field of education for almost 20 years. My background is in secondary education, and I taught both English and ESL in a large, urban district in Southern California. For the past ten years, I have worked in Ed Tech training teachers to use various online programs. Additionally, I have assisted districts and schools integrate technology into their classroom and school culture, and I have written curriculum to support technology instruction. I am passionate about seeing our 21st century students use technology as a tool to enthusiastically and eagerly write and read! As a fellow of the California Writing Project, I am experienced using technology to support a writing and reading workshop model. I earned a BA in English from University of California, Irvine and a Master’s in Education from Stanford University.

Barbie Cahill

Galveston, TX
United States

I am from Houston, TX and now reside in Galveston. I received a Bachelor’s Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University with a certification in Special Education. I also attended Oklahoma State University and received a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Reading Specialist Certification. Later, I continued my education to earn a Learning Resource Specialist Certification from Our Lady of the Lake University. I have 30 years of classroom and library experience. After retirement from public schools, I taught in the College of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching at University of Texas in San Antonio, TX for three years.

Irene Castro

New Port Richey, FL
United States

I have been an educator for over 20 years in New York City. It has been a childhood dream to be a teacher. I started my career in Early Childhood as a Kindergarten teacher and then became a Pre-School Educational Director. I transitioned into working in middle school as an English Language Arts teacher. Utilizing my experience in the educational field, my first Masters in Elementary Education and my second Masters in Literacy, I have been able to share my passion for teaching in the classroom and out of the classroom. As an Instructional Coach and Data Specialist, I provided teachers professional learning opportunities in using literacy in their classroom and using data to drive instruction. I am very fortunate to continue this work as a Cadre member of myON. When I am not working with schools, I look forward to spending time with my family in my new home in Florida.

Carole Crawford

Mechanicsburg, PA
United States

I am a former educator with 18 years of classroom experience. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. After many years of teaching, and serving as a district resource for integrating technology into the classroom, I was recruited into K-12 technology sales and service. I was raised by a family that values literacy and education, and these are my passions. I am very lucky to be able to work in a field that ignites my spirit and allows me to manage projects, deliver professional development, design instruction and support other educators.

Tracie Daly

Philadelphia, PA
United States

My name is Tracie Daly and I am from Philadelphia, PA. I am a die-hard sports fan and love my Philly teams! I have been in the field of education for almost 20 years, both in and out of the classroom. I have taught, tutored and coached countless students and I find that getting to know my students and watching them grow up is the best part of teaching. I love books and I love technology, so working with myON is perfect. I graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia - we have one of the most famous team mascots in all of college sports, (Google it)!!!

Karen Diaz

Queens, NY
United States

My name is Karen Diaz. I worked in NYC public schools for 25 years. I specialized in dual language and English as a second Language. During that time, I introduced the use of computers to motivate and develop language. I noticed how my ESL students’ faces lit up when they sat in front of a computer. It was far more powerful than I expected. My students were reading and writing English very quickly. I knew then that the integration of technology and learning were a motivating force for education. I have been working with myON for the past several years and I've seen that same excitement in the faces of children and educators using myON. They love using myON as much as I love teaching them about it. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking from scratch, and doing simple fix-it projects around the house.

Caron Dunnam

Broken Arrow, OK
United States

I am an early childhood educator with 15 years of classroom experience. I have taught grades Pre-K thru 2nd and truly love the role I play in facilitating student learning. I am passionate about creating lessons based on literacy, focusing on content relative to current educational standards. Creating and aligning curriculum to core standards is a challenge I love. I am thrilled to be working as a Professional Development Cadre Member for myON, where I get to help implement these practices regularly. I am enthusiastic about literacy and love collaborating with teachers about increasing student achievement.

Jeanette Gautier-Downes

New York, NY
United States

I have Master Degrees in Educational Technology, and in Childhood and Special Education, as well as one in Leadership for Educational Change in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education. I worked in the New York City Public Schools for 11 years both as a classroom teacher and as a professional developer. In this role I provided new skill development, coaching and mentoring to colleagues, administrators and families citywide. I bring 30 years experience working in a wide range of educational environments. My passion for education and desire to help others often leads me to new experiences both at home and abroad. I recently spent a summer assisting the Ministry of Education for the Kingdom of Bhutan in developing their special education teachers’ skills focused on integrating emerging educational technology resources. In my hometown, I keep my classroom skills honed by teaching coding and robotics to kindergarten through 3rd grade students at a local school district. I am always looking for ways to improve myself and to support others.. My newest endeavor is with my local volunteer ambulance service. After extensive training, I’m almost ready to become a full-fledged “ambulance driver.” I am looking forward to working with teachers who are committed to facilitating their students’ love of reading.

Stacy Goebel

Phoenix, AZ
United States

I have more than 20 years of experience in the field of education. I have worked as a teacher, a director of children's programs and educational trainer during my career. I am a graduate of Samford University, and have taught multiple grade levels at schools in Indiana and Arizona. I had the honor of being the 2008 Teacher of the Year for the Deer Valley Unified School District. Currently, I am the Director of Children's Education at Mountain Ridge Church in Phoenix, where I design and develop educational programs, classes and curriculum for children in first to sixth grades. I am also the Social Media Coordinator for Elevate Phoenix, a non-profit educational organization that mentors urban youth. I have been a Cadre member for Capstone Digital's myON Reader since August 2011.

Howard Gunther

Leesbury, FL
United States

I have been an educator for over 38 years. I taught for 18 years in an elementary classroom and became an early adapter of technology in my classroom then transitioned to middle school technology. I developed a fascination with emerging technology and left the classroom to become an Educational Technology Specialist providing Technology Professional Development to Connecticut Teachers. I was the non-techie in the Tech Department. I was the liaison between the Tech Department and the teacher. I have worked with districts to develop 1-2-1 programs, coordinate online testing and implement programs like myON into their curriculum. I am a person that continually wants to learn and am energized about new possibilities for technology integration in the classroom. I hold a Bachelor in Elementary Education from Mt. Senario College and degree in History from Wesleyan University.

Kim Hall

Columbia, MO
United States

As the Program Manager for myON in Columbia, Missouri, I have the opportunity to promote a love of reading and learning within the community. I work to create effective community partnerships, provide resources to underserved populations, and actively promote early childhood literacy. I enjoy working with educators to create connections between myON books and exciting real-world experience that are relevant and engaging for students. I have a BA in Comparative Religion and Art History from the University of MO, and an MS in Geology from the University of NC. I have taught high school Physical Science, ESOL, and Environmental Studies. In addition, I have a commercial pilot’s license, worked as a research diver in the Virgin Islands, and hunted feral hogs for the National Park Service. My goal is to connect reading to skills and life experience in order to get kids excited about exploring their world. My children, Grace and Brody, love reading on myON, and based on their enthusiasm and increased reading-levels, I know that myON works! In my free time, I enjoy travelling, gardening, cooking, and playing outside with my family.

Cindy Jackson

Nogal, NM
United States

I am a former educator with over 10 years of teaching experience and a Master’s degree in Education.  I have spent my adult life working with children and educators and I LOVE it!  I now serve as the myON Southwest Educational Consultant and am able to work with educators to help them bring amazing literary opportunities to their students.  Reading is such a passion for me and I am so blessed to be able to work in a setting that shares my passion.  I live in Nogal, NM and Friday nights, you’ll catch me at the football field cheering my husband’s team on!

Maranda Jones

Edmond, OK
United States

I received my BS in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. I am also certified in Elementary Ed. With 7 years experience as a former educator, I have spent time teaching 2nd grade and Kindergarten. However, my most important role is being a wife and mom to 3 very active girls. In my spare time (what is that with 3 kids? Ha!) I enjoy reading, traveling, and just spending time with my family and friends watching sports or being outdoors.

Tina Jordan

Edina, MN
United States

I have been an elementary school teacher for 23 years, and I hold master’s degree in Psychology. I am wife and the mother of three children (and one crazy dog). Combining my passion for my profession, education, and reading inspired me to add “author” to my list of credentials in 2011, when I authored and published my first children’s book series. In my free time I enjoy exercising, and being at our family cabin.

Gretchen Jordan

Broken Arrow, OK
United States

I am a former classroom teacher with over 20 years of experience in the field of education. In my current role as the Implementation Manager for myON, I collaborate with customers to develop a strategic plan for how to implement myON into current teaching and learning programs. I partner with designated Implementation Leads at school sites across the nation to discuss their literacy goals and how myON can support them. My passion and expertise lies in tailoring a plan to support the unique needs of each implementation. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with schools as they foster a love of literacy and build a community of readers. I earned a BS in Early Childhood Education from Northeastern State University in 1995 and became National Board Certified in Early Childhood in 2009.

Alison Kelly

Drexel Hill, PA
United States

I am a Reading Specialist in the Philadelphia area and have been in the classroom for the past 15 years. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Neumann University in Early Childhood Education and I am also certified in Middle School English. I have worked as a learning specialist, reading intervention specialist, and English teacher in various middle schools in the Greater Philadelphia area. My passion has been working with children with learning differences and helping create curriculums that allow for all students to achieve success.   

Doris Linville

Tampa, FL
United States

I am the Senior Manager of Project Management and work with implementations in the USA and Latin America. I am a former Migrant Education teacher, and have also worked as a Senior Consultant and Director of Sales Support for educational technology companies. I have been providing professional development and consulting services to school districts across the nation for 16 years. My expertise is in the use of technology in the classroom, partnership development and making school and home connections to improve student achievement. I have a BA in Linguistics from Mary Washington College (Now University of Mary Washington), and a Masters in Science on Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University. I love to learn and collaborate to help others learn, my passion is to inspire all kids to be the best they can be!

Linda Lyness

West Harrison, IN
United States

I gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges schools face through my 27 years of active involvement not only as teacher, principal, program director, and School Improvement advisor, but also as a consultant for the Indiana Department of Education. There’s nothing more rewarding than partnering with organizations and individuals to bring the best learning opportunities possible to students. Working as a myON CADRE Facilitator, I have the unique opportunity to support your literacy integration needs through the use of myON technology. I gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges schools face through my 27 years of active involvement not only as teacher, principal, program director, and school improvement advisor, but also as a consultant for the Indiana Department of Education. I earned degrees from Indiana State University and Ball State University, as well as specialty degrees in School Administration and Gifted Education from Indiana University and Purdue University. Let’s team together to create the best learning path possible for all students.

Jeremy Majeski

Barcelona
Spain

Having been born and raised in the greater Chicago area, I'll always be a Chicagoan at heart.  However, I recently took a post as elementary principal at an international school in Barcelona, and I'm  ready to explore the world and all it has to offer.  I've been in education for over 15 years, with the last 6 of those in the role of elementary principal.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Creighton University and Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I am currently a Doctoral candidate in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction at Aurora University where my dissertation work is focused on the experiences of non-traditional parents with public schools.  I fell in love with myON while serving as principal and literacy director after seeing first hand how it engaged and motivated students to learn.  As a cadre member, I look forward to sharing this amazing tool with you!

Social Media: Twitter @jjmajeski

Caroline Marandino

Zionsville, IN
United States

I am the myON Project Manager for the Indiana Migrant Education Program. My two daughters, (Annabella- 1st grade and Susanna-PK) are avid myON users. My husband Roger and I enjoy reading books with our girls and using myON as a family. I have a BS in Psychology from UC Davis, a Masters in Elementary Education from Brown University and a Masters in Reading from Wheelock College. In December 2015 I will have obtained my Masters in Educational Administration from Butler University. I joined myON from Washington Township Schools in Indianapolis, IN where I worked as a K-5 Literacy Specialist at Crooked Creek Elementary School. Over the past decade I have worked as a classroom teacher and reading specialist. I have taught in public, private and charter schools in New York City, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Indiana. My passion is educational equity, as every student should have access to the highest quality instruction, materials and content in order to lead literate lives and be future ready. I love being a part of the myON Professional Services Team!

Rebecca Moran

ON
Canada

I'm originally from Long Island, NY though I now live in Ontario, Canada. After working in the classroom, I spent years traveling as an educational consultant working with different grade levels, environments, and types of learners. Throughout my career, blending technology with education has been a passion. I'm excited to be able to really help students gain access to literacy tools that can work with all types of learners. I love meeting new people, new schools, and new classes. I also enjoy creating fine art, podcasting, volunteering my time, learning and teaching the martial art aikido, biking, swimming, sailing, and being active in my community.

Susannah Moran

Long Island, NY
United States

I am the NY Project Manager for myON, which is perfect because I began my career as a New York City English teacher and literacy specialist. For the past 13 years I have worked as mentor and professional developer, working with hundreds of schools and helping teachers integrate technology into teaching and learning. I have a Master of Arts in English Education from the University of Stony Brook (SUNY). In addition to providing onsite support, managing pilot programs, and developing project-based learning curriculums, I love to read, sail, run, and go to the beach, even in winter! I live with my daughter and three cats.

Randi Narcomey-Watson

Jenks, OK
United States

A former Navy brat, I am from everywhere but live in Oklahoma. I am a Project Manager for myON and have collaborated with communities, school districts, families, and students to help promote literacy and using myON. I have worked the last 12 years in all areas of education, from a community nonprofit, to the Education Department of one of the largest Native American Tribes. I was also fortunate to teach college students all about art and photography while creating my work from my home. When I am not working, I enjoy being with my family and working on my home and art. I am a mother of a college student, teenagers, and a toddler. 
 

Ashlee Noland

Edmond, OK
United States

My name is Ashlee and I am an Oklahoma native and an OU graduate (Boomer Sooner). I live in Edmond, OK with my husband and two children. I come to MyOn with a successful development track record, which includes both political and non-profit fundraising. I served as Regional Resource Development Director with the Salvation Army Headquarters in Oklahoma City, Vice President of Daily Living Centers, and ran a consulting business where I worked alongside many small and large organizations alike. I hold multiple certificates in fundraising from the Indiana School of Philanthropy and received the Salvation Army’s highest award in fundraising in 2012, raising over $1 million as a Regional Resource Development Director for the Southern Territory. It is very important to me to work for something I believe in. My passion translates to others and that is a gift I am thankful for and that I hope to utilize effectively with myON.

Lindy Plante

San Diego, CA
United States

I am originally from St. Louis, MO and I’m a Cardinals fan! I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Family Studies and Child Development and an Early Childhood Education Teaching Credential from Metropolitan State College of Denver. For the past six years, I have been an early childhood educator at The Ricks Center for Gifted Children in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining Ricks, I had the joy of teaching Kindergarten for four years and spent one year as the Assistant Director of a public school preschool. When teaching, literacy was my passion and I am excited to take that passion in a different direction with myON. I just moved to Southern California with my husband Jeff, my daughter Vivian and our dog Marty. During my free time, I enjoy going on weekend hikes and spending time at the beach with my family, reading, and practicing Yoga.

Nando Prudhomme

Yonkers, NY
United States

I'm an experienced educator having worked in education for over 13 years. Prior to working as a teacher, my vast background includes having an aviation business studies and management degree as well as my pilot's license. I also worked in the information technology field where my duties ranged from help desk administrator, desktop support/analyst to a systems management server administrator in Wall Street. I eventually started my career in education as a 2nd grade teacher in the Bronx. I left the classroom and went on to work as an Education Consultant, and later, a Curriculum & Implementation Manager. My number one priority is to the customer; building and cementing relationships with teachers, administrators and district personnel, ensuring to the best of my ability that children’s lives are affected positively in and outside the classroom. I approach problems as an opportunity to build relationships. Despite the cliché, I truly am a team player who will do anything to assist my fellow colleagues and be part of a great team. With myON, I am part of an excellent team under a superb company.

Marilee Root

Milford, CT
United States

I’ve been fortunate to be a classroom teacher for 12 years, teaching kindergarten, first and third grade students. With each year, my passion for children, learning, and education deepened. As well, over the years I took on many leadership roles among my colleagues to help them implement their passion of teaching in the classroom. Working with myON allows me to share the love I have for literacy, technology, and teaching, while sharing the common goal of increasing student achievement. Currently, I live in Florida with my husband and 7-year-old son. I am a stay-at-home mom, volunteering in my son’s school and substituting regularly. I love to watch football and baseball; could spend countless hours on the beach; and enjoy running and staying active.

Brigette Ryan

Encinitas, CA
United States

My name is Brigette Ryan and I am from Encinitas, California. As a California native, a great day for me is soaking up the sun on the beach with family and friends. When not on the beach you can usually find me in a classroom. After earning a BA in Liberal Studies from CSU, Chico, I spent eight years in the classroom as an Elementary Teacher. I have also worked as a grade level support provider to new educators, a BTSA Mentor and a Cooperating Teacher for student teachers. Most recently I have worked as a Reading Specialist for at risk students in a School Wide Enriched Learning (SWEL) program. As a cadre member I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and knowledge of myON with other educators.

Marlene Simmons

Chicago, IL
United States

I have been in the Education field for over 25 years. I currently work in one of the largest school district in the Nation. I have worked as a classroom teacher, Reading Coach at the school level and the district level, as well as for two Federal Grants. I am an avid reader and love that myON has created a platform which engages children in reading books at their level that they are thoroughly interested in reading. In the immortal words of Dr. Seuss:  "The more that you read, The more things you know. The  more that you learn, The more places you will go!"

Billy Spicer

Chicago, IL
United States

There are no limits for learners with passion, foresight, and a desire to grow. It is under this mindset that I continue to push my efforts to develop learning activities that inspire students to take action. Currently teaching in a northwest suburb of Chicago, I have experiences in a variety of roles including 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, and technology integration specialist. With a deep and committed effort to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology, students are given ample opportunity to leverage new tools in their journey of purposeful learning. I strive to facilitate a passion for literacy, passionate learning, and incorporating social media to discover creative ways for students to meet their individual learning needs. Authentic and purposeful technology integration is a non-negotiable aspect in providing students with the tools to be successful. Pulling from experiences in a variety of settings including time spent working in environmental education at Disney, teaching in London, and living on a boat for a week in the Bahamas with the Shedd Aquarium, I guide students on their journey through cooperative learning and through building independence through partnership. It's all about engagement! When students are engaged, they pay attention, they're motivated, they learn more, and the learning sticks. I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education from Illinois State University and an advanced degree in literacy and reading from Benedictine University.

Judy Steingass

San Diego, CA
United States

I have 20 years of experience as a Technology Director in a district in the great state of Wyoming. There, I had the good fortune of working with administrators, teachers, and students in the implementation of technology into the classroom.  I currently live and work in Southern California.  I am passionate about how technology is used in the classroom and how to integrate products such as myON into the everyday curriculum to ensure student success. As part of the myON Cadre, I love to assist districts in finding ways to incorporate myON into their curriculum by sharing how to design instruction using myON projects, making real world connections with myON books as a resource for content, improving literacy and facilitating the passion to read for students. On a personal level my most important job is being a Grandma!

Nate Swenson

Busan
South Korea

I have a variety of experience working with children and staff. It has provided a strong educational foundation from which I draw upon daily. I have taught kindergarten, third grade, fourth grade, middle school (computers and physical education), and high school technology integration. I was an elementary school principal in Minnesota for 10 years. During that time, I was also a federal programs administrator, district assessment coordinator, and curriculum director. I am an adjunct professor for St. Mary’s University in both their master’s level and administrative licensure programs. I have been trained in Responsive Classroom, Guided Reading, Response To Intervention, and Differentiated Instruction. I am currently an Elementary School Principal in Busan, South Korea.

Isabel Turner

Orlando, FL
United States

I have been in the education field for twenty years and it’s still my passion. Throughout that time I’ve served in numerous ways from a youth counselor, ESOL teacher, Reference Librarian and now a Library Media Specialist in an Elementary school. I love reading and finding new ways to engage students with literacy. As a myOn Cadre member I have been able to work with educators across the world and learn from customers as they show me ways they are inspiring their students. In my free time I enjoy cycling, dancing and watching musical theatre.

Haley Wallace

Sand Springs, OK
United States

I am a former Technology Teacher for K-12 students with over 5 years of experience in the field of education. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Education with specializations in Technology Integration and Instructional Design. I received my Bachelor's from the University of Oklahoma. I live in Sand Springs, Oklahoma with my husband and two dogs. I enjoy working with educators and partnering with them to solve problems in their classroom. I used myON with my students and loved the way they had audio support and many book choices! I am excited to be a Professional Development Cadre Member for myON and am ready to help teachers implement myON with their students!