Meet the OET Team
Senior Policy Advisor
Bernadette leads the development of online tools/resources and research/policy reports focused on learning analytics, expanding evidence-based practices, connected educators, future ready leaders, personalized learning, and noncognitive factors. Prior to joining OET, she worked to advance the use of technology for workforce development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, and served as a consultant to design an innovative technology-based science curriculum for the Atlanta Public School District. She holds a BS in Biochemistry from UC San Diego, and MA from the Education in Math, Science and Technology Division of the UC Berkeley School of Education. She enjoys running with the Washington DC chapter of No Meat Athlete and serving as a head coach for Girls on the Run.
Senior Policy Advisor, Higher Education Innovation
Sharon leads the Office of Educational Technology’s higher education innovation initiatives, including next generation assessments, individualized learning pathways, use of open resources and platforms, and strategic partnerships with stakeholders. Sharon also works in offices across the Department to design programs that improve quality of education and increase success of students and adult learners. Prior to joining OET, Sharon oversaw the design and implementation of the Department of Labor’s $2 billion Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, the largest federal investment in postsecondary innovation and systematic infrastructure change. Sharon can often be found leaping from boulder to boulder with a heavy backpack and dreams of becoming a park ranger when she grows up.
Ernest Ezeugo is a contractor in the Office of Educational Technology. His primary role is providing logistics and communication support for the department’s openly licensed educational resource initiative. He is a founding agent of the near-peer mentor tech start up Student Success Agency and a former Teach for America Rising Leaders Fellow. Ernest is a staunch advocate for mentorship, passionate about the belief that students are bettered by mentors who are champions for them.
Ji Soo Song
Ji Soo is involved with a variety of projects including Future Ready. As a junior at Dartmouth College majoring in biology with a minor in human development & education, he hopes to pursue a career in STEM education after graduation. Ji Soo’s interest in the field of education stems from previous teaching positions in after-school and summer-enrichment programs as well as volunteer positions in charity organizations that provide educational technology. His other interests include powerlifting and dancing.
ConnectED Fellow National Ed Tech Plan
As ConnectED Specialist, Zac leads the Office of Educational Technology’s work around the revision of the National Education Technology Plan, Connectivity Deserts, Technology and Early Learning, and EdTech in Teacher Preparation. Zac also moderates the Office’s OET Tech Tuesday hangouts, and serves as the Departments representative to the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council. For a decade, Zac worked at the school and district level – first as a middle and high school teacher and then as a district educational technology coordinators. He is an avid maker and distance runner.
As Internal Liaison at the Office of Educational Technology, James works across the Department to support new technology initiatives. James is also involved in game-based learning initiatives and the Learning Registry. Prior to joining OET, James worked to advance game-based learning and interactive media at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Learning and Digital Access. In that role, he organized and supported a number of intermuseum and interagency initiatives including the federal Climate Change Game Jam. James has also previously taught Computer Science in university and afterschool settings and is a licensed member of the State Bar of Michigan.
Chief Open Education Advisor
As Open Education Advisor at the Office of Education Technology, Andrew will focus on helping both K-12 and higher education connect with teaching, learning and research resources in the public domain that are freely available to anyone over the web. In former roles, Andrew worked as a Director of Technology, an Instructional technology specialist, and secondary English teacher. In those roles, Andrew has always found himself working at the intersection of curriculum and educational technology. He has developed district-wide technology plans and professional development, designed and taught the first student run help desk course at Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, and worked to expand and promote the adoption of openly licensed educational resources.