We are pleased to congratulate and share the list of Inclusive Learning Network Officers for the 2015-16 year.
Sincere thanks go to all who served during the past year, and all who applied for consideration. We truly appreciate your interest and involvement.
Looking forward to a great year ahead!
Kendra Grant – President
Kendra Grant’s varied career includes educator (teacher, library-media specialist, special ed coordinator), co-founder of a professional learning company, online course creator and large-scale technology implementation consultant. In addition to her volunteer work at ISTE, she is an adviser for ed tech startups at MaRS and is completing her master’s in educational technology at the University of British Columbia.
She is excited to be working with an amazing team here at the Inclusive LN. When not working Kendra enjoys spending time up at her cottage in Muskoka, Ontario.
Christine Southard – Past President
Christine is the Technology Integration Facilitator for Denton Avenue Elementary School in the Herricks School District. She is also the district’s Assistive Technology Evaluator. Prior to this, she worked as a 5th grade inclusion co-teacher in the same school. Christine is dual certified in Elementary & Special Education from SUNY New Paltz. She also completed a second masters in Educational Technology @ CW Post – Long Island University and earned her Local Assistive Technology Specialist Certificate from the TreCenter in Albany.
Susie Gronseth – President Elect
Susie Gronseth is a recent graduate of Indiana University where she completed her dissertation on how technology is being used in the education of students with mild disabilities and what student, teacher, and contextual elements predict its use. Her research and teaching interests include technology to support diverse learners, teacher preparation in technology integration, and improvement of online teaching and learning. She has worked with students with emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD) and specific learning disabilities (SLD) in grades K-12 and has coordinated technology programs in the K-12 and collegiate settings. In 2010, Dr. Gronseth was the recipient of ISTE’s Special Interest Group for Teacher Educators’ Research Paper Award of Excellence. The award-winning study and research paper, “Equipping the Next Generation of Teachers: Technology Preparation and Practice,” analyzed data from online questionnaires, interviews, and artifacts that were gathered to explain educational technology experiences included in these programs and the rationale teacher educators use in selecting topics and methods for these programs. She recently worked as part of the instructional design team at Lone Star College in Houston, TX, and is currently an assistant professor of instructional technology at the University of Houston.
Jennifer Edge-Savage – Vice President
Jennifer Edge-Savage, MS, EdS, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Specialist and has been passionately working in the world of AT for nearly 20 years. She has worn many “hats” in her career. She helped found the South Shore Educational Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology in Hingham, MA which continues to provide AT consultations and support for programs and districts throughout Massachusetts. She explored the corporate side of AT, spending several years working as the Director of Implementation Services for Cambium Learning Technologies’ Kurzweil and IntelliTools product lines. She has been a faculty member for the Simmons College Graduate Program in Special Education Technology for the past 10 years and is now the Co-Director of the program. She teaches courses in Introductory Assistive Technology, Technology to support Literacy Instruction, Universal Design for Learning, and Advanced Applications of AT for Inclusion.
She is currently a private practice Assistive Technology Consultant working in the Boston area and raising her young family. Through her consulting practice, she provides meaningful professional development for a wide range of Educational and Assistive Technology topics, conducts individual assistive technology consultations and assessments, provides Product Development and Course Development Support for Educational Software companies, and supports local districts in their AT Implementation Planning.
Cindy L. Anderson – International Chair
Cindy L. Anderson is a faculty member in the College of Education at Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. She teaches special education, technology, and special education technology. She is current board member of the Special Interest Group of ISTE. She is also Chairperson of the Assistive Technology Special Interest Group of the Society of Information Technology in Teacher Education. In this capacity, she is a member of the National Technology Leadership Summit. She publishes and presents in the area of technology for students with disabilities. As a person with a physical disability, she shares her personal experience with assistive technology.
Tim Frey – Advocacy Chair
Tim began his career in education as a special education teacher in Nebraska, working with elementary and junior high students with a variety of disabilities and learning needs. He completed his PhD at Indiana University in 2005. From 2006-2012 Tim was a faculty member at Kansas State University in the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs.
Mindy Johnson – Communication Chair
Mindy is an instructional designer and research associate at CAST. Prior to her work at CAST, Mindy was a high school special education teacher, collaborating with general education teachers as well as providing direct support and instruction for students with disabilities.
Luis Perez – Professional Learning Chair
As someone who has a visual disability, Luis has experienced firsthand how technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities in a positive and meaningful way. He now shares his personal experience and expertise in the field of inclusive design as a consultant, speaker and author. He is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press, and his work has appeared in publications such as Journal of Special Education Technology, Teaching Exceptional Children, Closing the Gap Solutions, THE Journal and The Loop Magazine. Luis earned his doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida, and in 2009 he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator. In addition to his passion for technology, Luis is an avid amateur photographer.