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Fort Lewis College - SCILnet Training Coordinator
and "Introduction to Educational Technology" Instructor of Record
Sandy Turner

Southwest Regional Library System
Judith Murray Griffiths

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San Juan BOCSSouth West BOCS Uncompahgre BOCS
Bayfield Cortez Norwood
Durango Dolores Nucla
Ignacio Dolores Co. (Dove Creek) Telluride
Pagosa Springs Mancos 1
Silverton 1 1

Bayfield High School

Bill Bishop

Bill Bishop is the technology coordinator for Bayfield School District. This is his 5th year in the education field. Prior to working for the school district, Bill's previous occupations included: Manager of Computer and Information Systems for Digital Media corp., Four Corners Marketing Manager for Purgatory Ski Resort and Director of Special Events for Purgatory Ski Resort. Bill also moonlights as a professional musician although it is well known that he should avoid microphones at all costs and just stick to instruments. Current projects include the completion of a district wide area network, and the coordination of a technology masters program.
Tara Henderson

       Tara Henderson has been a teacher at Bayfield High School since 1994. She teaches English, has developed and teaches a class combining science and English, and she will be teaching dance in the spring. Tara received her Master's Degree in Education with a science emphasis in the summer of 1998 from Adams State College. Tara has been involved with the district technology committee and the School to Career committee during her years at Bayfield. In addition to being interested in technology and incorporating it into her classroom, she also enjoys reading, boating, and taking and teaching ballet.

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Durango High School

Louise Powers-Ackley

Louise Powers-Ackley has been teaching French at Durango High School longer than most of her students have been alive. She is very interested in teaching and learning styles and methods, and in bringing as much of France into the classroom as possible. Thus it was logical to direct her interests and energies to exploring the Internet and it potiential as a teaching and learning tool.
Sue Burke

Sue Burke teaches German at Durango High School and has been teaching since 1979 (with one year off exploring the world of travel). She has taught in Iowa and in Cortez. She is also a travel agent for Care Free Travel of Durango. She's very interested in traveling and recreation. She is intrigued by the Internet and that has brought her to learning more and more about technology and education.
Tom Byrne

       Tom Byrne came to education after excursions into politics, entertainment, wilderness guiding and concert promotion. His success in politics is best summed up in saying that he knows two members of the Cabinet. As a musician, his greatest influence was Tommy Smothers. While working as a white water boatman, Tom was continually glad that his guiding was limited to simply heading in a single direction-- downstream.

       An English teacher at Durango High School for six years, Tom has primarily taught sophomores and seniors, along with some creative writing and reading. He has also directed the underclassman play for the last four years.

       Tom has made technology an essential part of his teaching throughout his teaching career. He has served as the co-chair of the DHS Technology Committee and as a member of the District 9-R Technology Committee. For the past two years, Tom was one of six technology trainers at DHS. Active with School to Career, Tom is working to include more integration of academic and vocation learning into his classes, especially in the use of technology. During the 1998-88 school year, Tom will be teaching three different courses of Senior English: a concurrent enrollment course for college credit through Pueblo Community College, a traditional Senior English course, and an applied communications course.

Steve Powell

       Steve Powell is one of the media specialists at Durango High School and has been here for the past seven years. He is also the knowledge bowl coach and is extremely proud of his team. Before that he was an English/media specialist in Garden City, Kansas where he helped set up the alternative high school. Prior to Garden City, he taught pre-service teachers at UNC in Greeley, was an English teacher at Weldon Valley and Fort Morgan for ten years. Steve received his undergraduate degree in English from the University of California at Long Beach before dirt was invented. He received his masters in education media and technology from UNC in Greeley        Steve served in the U.S. Navy prior to college, serving three tours in Vietnam (who said Steve was too bright?) He met his wife Debbie while on duty in Long Beach. They have two daughters, Marianne, a recent graduate of Durango HS and Megan, a freshman at La Plata Christian High School. His hobbies are sculpting (3d caricatures and medieval figures mostly), reading (it comes with the media specialist bit), and avoiding his wife's honeydo list whenever possible. His wife and he attend First Baptist Church in Durango. His eyes are blue and his hair is grayish white. Everything else about him is subject to change.

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Ignacio High School

Craig Coutlee

       I teach 9th grade science. I am trying to write my own curriculum - geochemistry. I have used technology in my teaching from simple computer work to developing multimedia projects to designing web sites to working with Princeton University research. My dream would be to have a computer for each student in my classroom with a T3 connection, scanners and large servers.

       Got into teaching after being a geologist in Alaska and running my own clothing company out of Bali - BALIZOO. I love to fly fish, watch and coach sports, and study geologic events like earthquakes and volcanoes. I officiate basketball during the winter months to keep in shape. And the most important part of my life is my family.

Martha Dyer

       I graduated from Ft. Lewis college in 1987 with a degree in physical science and earned a Master's of Science Teaching degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 1998. After graduation from Ft. Lewis I taught middle school science for 6 years. In 1994 I made the move to high school. I teach Principles of Technology (introductory physics), chemistry, physics, college credit physics, and college credit chemistry at Ignacio High School. I integrate more technology into my teaching every year.

       My husband, Paul is the manager of Hermosa Meadows Camper Park in the beautiful Animas valley, were we live. We have three sons, Brad (22), Brian (20) and Jeff (20), twins, who are all in college. We love the outdoors and so spend our free time hiking, biking, camping, or at our cabin above Silverton. I read a lot, too.

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Pagosa Springs High School

Kyle Canty

Ken Sarnowski

       I began my professional career as a chemical engineer in 1986. I worked for three years in the plastics industry primarily in process research and development. It was rewarding in many aspects but I felt the need to try something significantly different so I joined the Peace Corps and taught math and English in Malawi, Africa. After returning to the U.S. I obtained my certification to teach H.S. math and science. I taught one year in Dove Creek, CO and will soon be working on my fifth year in Pagosa Springs. At Pagosa I teach math and computer applications. The computer applications class has been taught on Mac's up until now, but should be taught on a windows NT lab this coming fall. At the same time, our new H.S. should offer internet access on a much broader scale. The combination of increased computer access and new hardware/software makes the need for training very obvious. I hope my participation in the SCILnet program will help out.

       On a personal note, I've been married for six years to Mary Ann. We have a three year old son Sammy and a one year old daughter Hannah.

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Silverton High School

Lena Gibson

I am currently the Technology Coordinator and Computer Teacher for the Silverton School District. I used to teach 5th grade, but became more and more involved with our school's computers. Eventually I went back to school at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I graduated in 1995 with a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. Since then, I have worked with technology full time. I am also involved in a CATI (Colorado Advanced Technology Institute) grant through which I teach adults to use the Internet. During the last two years, I have taught nearly half the adult population of this town about the Internet. Working with adults is quite different than working with kids, and I enjoy both. This summer I have conducted a Computer Camp for young kids one day a week here at the school computer lab.

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Montezuma-Cortez High School

Gordon Shepherd

Gordon Shepherd has a master's degree in history from Western Oregon State University and has been a classroom teacher and coach for 21 years in both Oregon and Colorado. He has been the social studies TOSA at Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 and the social studies dept. chair at the high school for the past 5 years. Hobbies and interests include coaching, organizing and taking historical tours of the East Coast and Canada with high school students during summers, fishing, and woodworking.
LouAnn Burkett

       Lou Burkett has been a Guidance Counselor at Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez for 16 years. Prior to that I was a counselor in both Mancos and Dolores. I have been in charge of the Guidance Dept. for the last 10 years and have overseen the creation and developement of the administrative computer network. As I have watched technology develop in the economic sector, I have become a strong advocate of developing training programs for our students in computer literacy and usage. With the emergence of the Internet, I detect major shifts in the teaching and educational paradigm on the horizon. The implications of being able to access data using the internet to teach as well as learn will change forever how we implement education. I believe that the schools will have to respond to this new frontier promptly and imaginatively or we will truly be left behind. SCILnet is an excellent opportunity to begin that shift.

       Personally, I received my bachelor's degree from Fort Lewis College and my master's from the University of Wyoming. I have three children, one of whom will be a junior at Fort Lewis this fall. We have hosted several exchange students over the years and will have a girl from Kuwait arriving this fall. I love to read mysteries, hike, and quilt. We are going to be investing in a kayak this winter so we can begin enjoying the rivers and lakes and sea shores at closer quarters. In addition to working as a guidance counselor at MCHS this fall, I will be working with Pueblo Community College as their Upward Bound coordinator, and, of course, working with SCILnet.

Quinn Swope

My name is Quinn S. Swope I was raised in Cortez and currently live in Dolores. I have a degree in Business and one in Education. Next year will be year 14 in teaching for me. I teach Business classes and have spent much time coaching. Married with two children I enjoy fishing, sports and family life.
Mark Knox

My name is Mark Knox. I was born and raised in the Denver area. I have a Mathematics Degree from Fort Lewis College and a History Degree from Metropolitan State College. This is my fifth year of teaching social studies in Cortez and it is my 9th year of teaching overall. I am married and have two children. When not in the classroom, I enjoy the outdoors and family life.

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Dolores High School

Rob Mellott


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Dolores County High School

Karen Webster

       Karen Webster began her teaching career nine years ago in Southern Illinois. Two years later her husband's career brought Karen and their son to the Denver area. After teaching on a high-risk team with a social studies and science teacher integrated with Karen's English class, she found that her family missed the rewards that a small town has to offer. They moved to Dolores and Karen began teaching in Dove Creek. From the experience of growing up in a large city and teaching in the Denver area it didn't take long for her to realize that the benefits of a large school is certainly important for preparing today's students. Karen has recently gained an interest in technology and she hopes to bring this "global society" into her language arts and journalism classroom to bring a rural community a little closer to the rest of the world (without getting to close).

       When Karen is not teaching she enjoys spending time with her husband and twelve year-old son, as well as gardening, sewing, mountain bike riding, and when the snow begins to fall you can find her family cross country skiing both classical and Karen's favorite, skate skiing.

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Mancos High School

Dick Young

I teach technology at the Mancos secondary schools. My hobbies are stained glass art, downhill and crosscountry skiing, backpacking and hunting. I am married had have three grown children living in three different states. They have all blessed me with grandchildren. My carrers have included Air Force pilot, rehabilitation counseling, youth minister, missionary and now teaching. My wife is a master teacher and is the wind under my wings. We enjoy our summers and sharing our daily experiences.

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Norwood High School

Don Wilson

I work at Norwood High school as the director of technology. I began teaching at Norwood 15 years ago as the Industrial Arts teacher and moved to the tech lab when it was built.Then, last year I was asked to work as the director. My personal interests are very wide spread. I like to do almost any outside activity and enjoy working with wood. I spend a lot of my "free" time working on the family ranch.

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Nucla High School

Ron Harrison

       A former secondary business and geography teacher and basketball coach, Ron currently contracts with West End Public Schools and the Uncompahgre BOCS to provide services related to technology and School-To-Career. He and his wife also have a small business in Nucla called KR Business and Education Services. Ron has been training people in the use of technology for over 8 years having taught 12 vo-tech, college and graduate credit classes for adults. He is also a trainer for SC BOCES Mobile Training Unit. Additionally, Ron has written four successful technology grants over the past two years that have brought over $200,000 to the schools and communities of the West End of Montrose County. An FY99 Colorado Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grant, the West End Standards Through Technology Project, will provide over $70,000 in technology equipment for the West End and over $40,000 to fund technology training opportunities for teachers in many small school district in southwestern Colorado.

       Education courses Ron has created include Spreadsheets in Math and Science, Desktop Publishing for Teachers, Internet for Teachers, Web Page Design for Education and PowerPoint for Teachers. All of his courses are available to be taught as short 2-4 hour sessions.

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Telluride High School

Mike Lewis


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Southwest Regional Library System

Judith Murray Griffiths
Southwest Regional Library System
P.O. Drawer B
Durango, Colorado 81302
Fax 247-5087
Phone 247-4782

       Judith Murray Griffiths has been a librarian with the Southwest Regional Library Service System in Durango for the last ten years. During that time there has been an amazing number of new technologies for librarians and media specialist to master - PCs, networks, automated circulation systems, Internet, LCD projectors, electronic reference tools, ACLIN, etc. One of Judith's roles has been to learn the new technologies and provide training and consulting to library staff in the eleven county region served by the Southwest System. With SCILNET, Judith is the training liaison to the public libraries participating in the project.

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