Melisa Collins, Director of School Programs with Beyond Technology Education, has been involved in education, with both children and adults, for over 20 years. With two teaching credentials and an M.S. in Education from California State University at Fullerton, Melisa began her career as a public school teacher.
After teaching multiple grade levels, Melisa moved into the private business arena, where she became managing Director for a private learning center. In that position, she was responsible for business and marketing aspects of the center, as well as the academic success of over 100 students.
Melisa then discovered her love for teaching adults when she became a Corporate Training Manager, and Help Desk Manager, for the Information Technology department of Wyle Electronics, where she was responsible for training thousands of employees in a company roll-out of new Windows-based applications.
With an understanding of educational curriculum, technology knowledge, and teaching and communication skills, Melisa is very successful in training and developing teachers and designing integration for the classroom. She is an Authorized Google Education Trainer, and an Adjunct Professor with Point Loma Nazarene University.
Melisa lives with her husband, Lynn, in Laguna Niguel, California. They are the proud parents of a daughter who recently graduated from college and is currently living in San Diego.
Jennifer Gulledge earned her M.A. in Education and Multiple Subject Teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University. During the last 12 years that Jennifer has been with Beyond Technology Education, she has taught technology to grades K-12 at several schools, designed individualized technology lesson plans for countless teachers as well as developed and taught professional development. She has authored several curriculums for Beyond Technology including CEO Challenge, CEO Marketing, Snapshot, and the K-8 curriculums. Jennifer is an industry leader and expert in the Educational Technology community. She continues to pursue technology trends that will have a long-lasting impact on K-12 education and incorporates these trends into a robust curriculum that influences schools across the nation.
Jennifer lives in Southern California with her husband, 2 elementary aged children and her dog. She spends her free time volunteering in the computer labs of local schools, providing guidance to many students and teachers. She also enjoys running, camping, and creating new adventures with her family.
Dr. Malia Hoffmann has been a lifelong educator. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Middle School education and began teaching middle school, cross-curricular subjects, while integrating technology to keep her students motivated. While teaching middle school she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and began adjuncting for Marian University. After a year of teaching as an adjunct she took a full time position with the university and began pursuing her doctorate degree in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine University she completed her dissertation on how undergraduate students and faculty use mobile devices for learning using the technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) framework.
Malia has also shared her expertise by presenting at national and international conferences around the globe to include SITE, ISTE, FETC, and CUE. She has also worked as a pedagogical consultant for National Financial Educators Council providing feedback and recommendation in the online learning environment.
In addition to educating she is also a servant leader. She volunteers and serves on the Orange County CUE board of directors planning and providing professional development for educators in the area. Dr. Hoffmann also volunteers tutoring homeless children at the Village of Hope in Tustin weekly. She has also co-founded and worked as the technology and grant director for a domestic abuse shelter in Waupaca County, WI. And finally, Malia serves her country as a Captain in the Air Force Reserve as a logistics readiness officer.
Malia’s experience in teaching and technology span over fifteen years. Her research experience, interests, and expertise are in the areas of TPACK, mobile learning, technology coaching, and emerging technologies. She currently an assistant professor in the Master’s in Educational Technology program at California State University at Fullerton.
Susan is an award winning author, educator and consultant. Susan has been a keynote speaker and presenter at CUE, FETC, ISTE, NCCE, ACSA and dozens of other notable education conferences both domestic and abroad. Susan has written books for ISTE and is a regular columnist for Today’s Catholic Teacher. She is sought after around the globe and is among the luminaries in the educational technology landscape. Susan received her Multiple Subject Credential from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, her Preliminary Administrative Credential from California State University in Fullerton and her Professional Administrative Credential from California State University in San Bernardino.