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.
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.
Higher Education Innovation Specialist
Seth Wilbur is an Archer Fellow and Ed Tech Intern in OET. His role is to support OET programs including ConnectED and Open Education. Seth is passionate about education policy and plans on teaching after his time with the Department of Education. He will be graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in December of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Government.
Daniel is a student at the University of California, San Diego studying computer science. As a Silicon Valley native, he believes in the ability that technology and software engineering has to touch all aspects of life, especially education. When he is not writing code, he drums, reads voraciously, and is always learning something new.
Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology
Joseph provides leadership for transforming education through the power of technology and is part of the team that is realizing the President’s ConnectED Initiative to bring high speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for teachers and leaders, and high quality, low cost digital content to our nation’s classrooms. In his role at the Department, he works in the Office of the Secretary to develop national educational technology policy, support Future Ready educators, and collaborate with other stakeholders to a nurture robust ecosystem of ed tech entrepreneurs and innovators. He has extensive experience establishing and scaling educational technology solutions in startup, corporate, non-profit, and higher education settings.
Previously, Joseph was a strategic consultant and advisor to edtech startups, museums, and institutions of higher education. He is a co-inventor of a patented dynamic continual improvement educational environment and has led learning programs and/or consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America, and the Middle East. He holds a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University.
As Senior Advisor at the Office of Education Technology, Katrina manages Future Ready, Education Innovation Clusters and rapid cycle tech evaluation work. In former roles, Katrina worked to bring together stakeholders across the edtech ecosystem for meaningful dialogue and action. She spent the first 20 years of her career as an educator in schools, most recently in the central office at Baltimore County Public Schools. She cofounded and moderates #edtechchat, served as an international Startup Weekend Education Facilitator, and founded a monthly edtech happy hour.
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.
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.