KySTE 2021 Board Candidates

Last Updated: 4/16/2021 6:24 PM

See below for candidate statements and links to their résumés. The voting window is from April 19 to May 5, 2021.  Members, please check your email for an invitation to vote.  Elected officials begin their duties July 1, 2021.

 

ISTE Liaison

Greta Casto (Incumbent -- résumé)

Image of Greta CastoI love to learn and I love to be a part of this amazing group!  This past year I completed the term (as ISTE Liaison) for our Vice President, Mary Ann Rankin.  It was a completely new area of service for me and I really enjoyed it!  I look forward to the possibility of serving in this capacity, if given the opportunity!  The KySTE Community is one of the greatest professional networks with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working and it would be an honor to get to continue to serve.

 

Jessica Sparrow (résumé)

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My heart went BOOM!  That’s how it felt when I attended my first KySTE conference three years ago.  I had never experienced so many different ways to approach education using technology.  I didn’t get out of my district or my comfort zone much then, but after attending this conference as both a presenter and an STLP Engineer Sponsor, it was love at first sight! That same year, I attended my first ISTE conference in Chicago, Illinois. I was amazed at the opportunities ISTE had to offer.  I want more people to experience KySTE and ISTE because I walked away with so much more knowledge and a continually growing network of colleagues.  

As an elected KySTE officer, I will connect teachers with the resources from ISTE to help them feel empowered.  I am great at curating resources and I have a passion for technology.  As ISTE liaison, I will help the teachers of our Commonwealth to ignite passion from the opportunities that ISTE offers.  
 

 

Treasurer

Angie White (Incumbent -- résumé)

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I have had the privilege to serve as Treasurer of KySTE for the past several years and welcome the opportunity to serve Kentucky educators in this role for another term. The past year has once again proven that Kentucky indeed leads the nation in education technology. KySTE has been a significant part of Kentucky’s success, past and present, whether in-person or virtually through its professional learning opportunities and support of school and district innovative projects. Being a part of the leadership team responsible for navigating unprecedented challenges encountered during the pandemic is an extremely rewarding and humbling experience. 

I am currently in my 29th year in education, having served as a  teacher, Digital Learning Coach, CIO, and Director of Instructional Technology. Having served as a Regional Representative and as the board Treasurer over these past several years I have direct knowledge of the positive impact KySTE has and, if elected to another term as Treasurer, I am committed to working with the other members on the KySTE Board to ensure that our organization continues to be a leader in achieving the education technology goals of our members and the students they educate.
 

 

Parliamentarian

William King (Incumbent -- résumé)

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It has been my honor to serve on the KYSTE Board this past year as Parliamentarian and previously as the Region 2 Representative.   KYSTE continues to serve as a vital resource for both educators and districts across the state. The leadership that KYSTE provides has been an important guide as we navigated a challenging year using technology to assist us in meeting the needs of our students during the pandemic.  I believe that the KYSTE mission of supporting technological innovation is an essential component of ensuring Kentucky as a national leader in education.  

I am currently in my 20th year in education, serving as a teacher, literacy coach, freshman principal, head principal, and most recently as director of technology for the Bowling Green Independent Schools.  I have had the privilege of working with amazing educators working to transform professional development both through KYSTE and through TeachMeet Kentucky, an annual “unconference” focused on educational technology.  I would appreciate your vote to continue to serve on the KYSTE Board and make a positive impact on education in Kentucky. 

 

Susan Vincentz (résumé)

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I am excited to have my name back on the list to serve on the KySTE Board. After serving on the KySTE Board from 2011-2018 as Parliamentarian, Vice President, President, and Past President I took a couple of years away and changed school systems. I have missed this service opportunity and look forward to serving on the board again as KySTE moves forward into the future as we navigate through this pandemic and come out on the stronger side as educators! 

I currently am employed by Christian Academy School System where we have 3 campuses in Louisville (Christian Academy Of Louisville) and 1 in New Albany, IN (Christian Academy of Indiana). I am the K-12 Technology Integration Specialist working on the curriculum team and along side the IT department to provide training for teachers in all areas of educational technology, learning management systems, Google Workspace for Education, and other training needs. I also am on staff part time at my church as the Director of Communications as I manage social media, web site, and serve on the production team.  

My passion is mentoring teachers and other tech coaches as we navigate the ever-changing landscape of education and where technology falls into that.  You can find me talking about this and other EdTech topics as the co-host of The Ask The Tech Coach Podcast and on my blog at techimaginations.net. 

I humbly ask for your vote and support and truly believe my experience both as an educator and past KySTE board member will bring value as we move ahead!

Susan Vincentz

 

Region 1 Representative

Laura James (Unopposed -- résumé)

A large portion of my career has been supporting teacher use of technology in the classroom. KySTE is an outstanding organization and their goals and my goals align. The purpose of KySTE is to further technology education statewide by elevating our staff and administrators as a whole. In turn, we take those skills and empower our students.

 

 

Region 3 Representative

William Pierce (Unopposed -- résumé)

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The past twelve months have shown the importance of technology in education and society. While its importance has never been more apparent, it has also highlighted the disparities and inequities that exist within the communities across our state. In acknowledging both of these perspectives, KySTE provides an avenue to continue to challenge innovative ideas for technology integration, while offering a platform to share ideas and solutions that address this Digital Divide. 

If I am elected to represent Region 3, I will bring a teacher- and student-first approach that aligns with KySTE's mission to support technology in education in accordance with ITSE. Since becoming the Technology Integration Specialist with Jefferson County, I have been an advocate for school support and have worked to provide the guidance necessary for success. While I am very proud of the work our district has accomplished, I realize we have great potential for growth and look forward to using my inclusion in KySTE to share ideas, learn from other districts, and work to increase the integration and access of technology across our state.

 

 

Region 5 Representative

Tracy Parks (résumé)

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I wish to be more involved in KYSTE and work to ensure that the opportunities and services provided by KYSTE are shared and promoted throughout the FCPS district. I have had positive experiences both presenting at and attending conferences and have found them to be some of the most rewarding and useful professional development opportunities. 

My goal would be to ensure that all FCPS employees are well informed of the opportunities available and how they might benefit our district. I would also like to devise a way to share with all the resources, strategies, and tech ideas that KYSTE brings to the table, whether you are able to attend an event or not. We have a lot to gain from this organization and I would like to optimize the collaboration and communication between our district and this organization that puts technology on the forefront if education. 
 

Susan McGrath (résumé)

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I am seeking this position to learn from and collaborate with districts around the state, especially in these historic times.  With new state standards for technology, I feel that we can share and promote new ideas for implementation. 

 Professionally, I serve as a Districtwide Digital Learning Coach for Fayette County Public Schools. I am also a FCPS Lighthouse Teacher, providing curriculum and technology support to math teachers in the district. This is my 28th year in education; I previously worked as the DLC and STC at Carter G. Woodson Academy and Frederick Douglass HS, taught mathematics in the Academy of Technology at Frederick Douglass, and before that taught math and computer science for 24 years in public and private high schools in Harrodsburg, Philadelphia and Lexington. 
 

Jimmy Pack (Incumbent -- résumé)

I enjoy working with KySTE and Region 5 on sharing knowledge and providing training to KySTE members regionally and across the state. 

 

Region 7 Representative

Keith Crouch (Incumbent -- résumé)

I am a network administrator at Bath County Schools. I am honored to accept the nomination as a candidate for KySte region 7 representative. If re-elected, I will strive to represent our staff and students’ interests in education technology and to assist KySte in its mission of technology empowerment. Thank you for your consideration. 

 

Lisa Salyer (résumé)

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I am seeking KySTE Region 7 Board Member position because I believe in KySTE's mission and core values. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve on a board that works toward a common cause and vision.   

I have taught elementary school for 21 years and served as a Digital Learning Coach for the past six years. I am or have been part of the following:
Professional Networks
ARI Teacher Leader
Appalachian Leadership Design Fellow
KVEC Transmedia & Design Fellow
Inquiry Design Fellow
Johnson County Next Generation Leadership Network
Digital Learning Coach
Innovation Learning Network
Local Laboratories of Learning
Innovation Learning Network on  
Committees
KDE Technology Standards Committee
KDE Technology Standard Resource Committee
KDE Coaching Plus Module Development Committee  
Presentations
ARI Fire Summits 
Virtual Summit at Murray State University
KYGoDigital
REL Appalachia
KDE CIO/EdTech Leader Webcast
KDE Back-to-School-Framework