Jill Brown is a life-long educator who has taught in different states, at different grade levels (first grade – graduate level) and in different formats (face-to-face, workshops, online synchronous and asynchronous). She conducted her doctoral dissertation research focusing on the necessary skills for teachers to be successful technology integrators in the classroom. Jill is currently director of educational technology at Albuquerque Academy (New Mexico). She serves on the NAIS 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force, the New Mexico Society for Technology in Education board (and is co-founder), the Innovate Educate New Mexico Education board, the Independent Schools SIG for ISTE as the committee chair, and the New Mexico Association of Nonpublic Schools board. She has also served on the International Society of Technology in Education board, as treasurer and K-12 Representative, has been awarded the Making IT Happen Award, the Innovator Award by Innovate Educate, and has been recognized as a Woman of Influence for NM Business Weekly.
Martha Haakmat is head of the middle school at Brooklyn Friends School (New York), a preschool through 12th grade coeducational Quaker school enrolling 685 students. Brooklyn Friends is one of the most diverse independent schools in the nation, with 39 percent of the student body and 28 percent of the faculty representing students and people of color. The Brooklyn Friends Middle School (grades 5-8) is distinguished by students’ academic success and scholarship and their high levels of participation in the arts, athletics, and community service. Well-known in the independent school community for her diversity consultancy work, Martha was a member of the faculty of Packer Collegiate School (New York) from 1996 to 2010, the last five years as the school’s diversity coordinator and member of the Director’s Group.She also taught at Trevor Day School (New York), Children’s Storefront School (New York), and the Brearley School (New York) in her 24 years as a NYC independent school educator.
Marty Jones is currently director of marketing and communications for Oregon Episcopal School (Oregon). He brings a unique perspective as this is his first-ever NAIS Annual Conference. Previously Marty has worked as a producer in the film industry, producing feature films as well as commercials for internationally known brands. We are especially lucky to have this father of three as a member of the 2012 Annual Conference Think Tank, a group of NAIS volunteers who help plan the conference.
Beginning a career in independent education in 1991, Jason has been involved with teaching, admissions, communications, and technology throughout his career. Currently Jason is chief technology officer for Ravenscroft School (North Carolina). For the past 14 years his career has been dedicated to improving technology both on the instructional and infrastructure levels in schools. Presently, he serves as chair of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools’ Commission on Technology, writes for NCAIS’s Blog “Igniting Innovation,” and helped co-found NCAIS INNOVATE, an annual conference dedicated to infusing innovation in our schools. He is also a member of NAIS’s 21st Century Curriculum/Technology Task Force, a member of the Consortium of School Networking’s CTO Advisory Council, and has been a contributing writer foredSocialMedia.com.