Ron Nober

I'm Ron Nober, a technology teacher for grades 3-8. I have been teaching since 2011 and teaching technology since September 2015. I am a Google Certified Educator Level 1, a Flipgrid Ambassador, and EdPuzzle Coach. I love to help others incorporate technology into their classrooms. I am also interested in making in the classroom, design thinking, video and audio editing, and student entrepreneurship.

I love encouraging my students to collaborate, be creative, think critically, have confidence, and develop skills to be used in the future; maybe even encourage my students to be the people who CREATE those jobs we teachers always talk about, the jobs we say we are preparing them for, the ones we say don't yet exist! Some of our students WILL be the ones creating those jobs!

I am co-creator of the Southampton Student Design Company, on Twitter at @ssdesignc, a student run business. Our students are involved in all aspects of the business, like design, production, sales, marketing, inventory, accounting, and more. A percentage of the profits benefit student chosen charities.

I came to teaching later in life after jobs as an archaeologist and dog trainer. I am a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology and I earned my Masters Degree and teaching certification from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Joe, my teachernerdz co-host, was my mentor teacher when I began and we have both geeked out on preparing our students not just for the future, but working to prepare them with skills needed for whatever the future may hold. I feel blessed and lucky to be on this wild ride with him.

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Joe DePaulo

I'm Joe DePaulo, a Third Grade teacher. I have been teaching since 2006, and when asked, serve as a mentor to first year teachers. My passion is bringing making into the classroom, and seeing students work through frustrations, turning struggles into success. Along with making, empathy is a crucial part for student's social emotional learning. I try and encourage students to see the world through a designers eye, hoping they will realize their world was designed by humans, and will be redesigned by them.

Teaching was my second career choice. I obtained my first bachelor's degree from The Richard Stockton College in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. After graduating I waited tables and traveled extensively. A co-worker at the restaurant convinced me to start subbing in his district. I took him up on it, and after a few times, decided to go back to Stockton & get my bachelor's in Education. Upon completion in December, I was hired to fill a maternity leave in February, and by the end of that school year I was hired by my current school district and never looked back.

I realize how lucky I am to be able to do what I do. The job is extremely important and I take it very seriously. Preparing students to be successful in life with what ever it is they choose to do is my main objective. That's what fuels my fire for Teacher Nerdz. I've seen Ron in action & have been lucky enough to sit in on his classes. He has helped me improve as a teacher and as a person. I look forward to our Teacher Nerdz journey!

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