Let's Get to Know Each Other

Could you please upload or (email to Bryant) any of the following that you are willing to share.
(a photo (head shot), a brief bio and your contact information that you are willing to share)

The Summiteers
The Summiteers

Contact Info
Robert Arkiletian
Robert Arkiletian is a high school teacher at Eric Hamber Secondary School in Vancouver Canada. He teaches Computer Programming and Physics. Thanks to K12LTSP, he has been able to teach Python and C++ in a GNU/Linux environment for the past 4 years. Robert is also the author of Fl_TeacherTool, an Open Source classroom management application designed for K12LTSP. His junior students have earned computer programming top honors in Western Canada for the past 2 years. He also started the BCFOSSS (British Columbia Free Open Source Software in Schools) newsgroup. He is one of this year's NCOSE Award winners.
Donna Benjamin
Donna Benjamin, of Melbourne Australia, runs Creative Contingencies that specialises in customised web application services, research and facilitating meetings and events.A passionate advocate of Free and Open Source Software solutions for small business and education, Donna contributes to the FOSS community by organising great events. Recent projects include running the internationally recognised linux.conf.au conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Vern Ceder
vcheadshot2.jpgFort Wayne, IN
Vern Ceder is Technology Director at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, where he has been teaching programming for 15 years and managing Linux servers since 2001. He is one of the original organizers of Fort Wayne Linux Users Group, holds Linux Professional Institute and Linux+ certifications and also speaks and writes about teaching programming, particularly Python, at the middle and high school level

Lucie deLaBruere
Vermont, USA
  • Currently working as Tech Integration Specialist at St. Albans City School
  • 25 years of teaching experience in Career and Technical Education, Business Education, Teacher Professional Development, K-12 Technology Integration
  • Masters of Science in Internet Engineering -Grad Center at Marlboro College; Google Certified Educator
  • Digital Equity Advocate through creation of programs such as Tech Savvy Girls, Tech Savvy Kids, Tech Savvy Teachers, and Tech Savvy Learning Communities
Eric Harrison
Eric is the founder of the K12LTSP project. In his day job, Eric is the Supervisor of Network Services for Multnomah Education Service District, which provides technology infrastructure for the schools in
the Portland Oregon metropolitan area.

Tom Hoffman
Tom Hoffman is project manager for SchoolTool, a project funded by Mark Shuttleworth to create open source administrative software for schools. Tom is a former English teacher and technology coordinator living in Providence, RI. For fun he plays 19th century base ball and flies space ships.

Daniel Howard
Daniel Howard is a systems architect for Motorola, but is also the founder and CEO of the Georgia Open Source Education Foundation (GOSEF), a non-profit group dedicated to promoting and sustaining the use of Open Source Software in public and non-profit institutions through advocacy, outreach, support, and recycling of donated hardware. He has been a dedicated Linux evangelist and supporter since 2004, when he and William Fragakis established a highly successful computer program at Morris Brandon Elementary School using K12LTSP with dozens of Open Source educational applications which tripled the number of working PCs in each classroom. The substantial improvements in student performance attributed to the Linux technology convinced administrators to install Linux student computers throughout the Atlanta Public Schools system, and as of September 2008, over 30 Atlanta schools have been converted and now use Linux thin clients with a 2:1 student to PC ratio.
404.264.9123 (office)
404.625.1593 (cell)
dhhoward at comcast.net
(go to the technology section for details on our conversion to K12LTSP)
Alex Inman
St. Louis, MO
Alex Inman has been noted as an innovator in the field of educational technology by several publications. In 1999, he started one of the earliest 1:1 laptop programs at University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin. In 2005, he directed the launch a 1:1 program at Whitfield School in St. Louis, Missouri using SUSE Linux on the laptops. Alex currently serves as the Director of Technology at Whitfield School. During his time there, Whitfield has been named a Computerworld Honor's Program Laureate and one of IBM's “Top Innovators.”
Caroline Meeks
Caroline Meeks is a current Masters student at Harvard Graduate School of Education and founder of Solution Grove, Inc., which provides support and services for open source software. Caroline co-found an open source learning management system and nonprofit corporation (www.dotlrn.org). An entrepreneur with a proven ability to launch companies, organizations and web sites, Caroline has substantial leadership experience with educational and for-profit organizations as well as open source communities. She has project management experience, strong computer skills, extensive cross-disciplinary engineering experience, and a proven ability to learn new technologies and lead teams in applying these technologies in a variety of industries.
Solution Grove
Paul Nelson
I worked with Eric on K12LTSP. He did the hard stuff and I made the web sites. I was a teacher and tech coordinator for the Riverdale School District for a long time but now I'm a tech specialist at the NWRESD and I'm loving it out here. I spend much of my time showing schools how to blog and Moodle. My passion now is open content. I'm trying to get schools to publish contnet in Moodle format. See MoodleCommons.org!

Randy Orwin
Randy Orwin is currently the Director of Technology with Bainbridge Island School District in Washington State. Bainbridge Island is located west of Seattle on the other side of Puget Sound. Randy has been involved in k12 education for 23 years. He taught high school and elementary band, percussion, jazz, and AP music for 12 years, was a high school library media specialist for two years, taught biology and advanced ecology for 7 years and at one point taught remedial math and Utah State History. He is in his 9th year as technology director with Bainbridge Island. Randy has also spent 22 years providing technology professional development for teachers. On the Technology side he has a masters degree in Instructional Technology and holds numerous technology certifications. He is passionate about Open Source software and open content and his district currently provides either in services or savings approximately $125,000 per year by using Open Source Software. He is an avid reader and fisherman.
Bryant Patten
bp_head_shot.jpg Thetford, VT
Mr. Patten has spent the last 20 years developing educational software for a variety of clients. He has managed the engineering departments for several companies, including his own, and has won several awards for software design. He is currently bringing Open Source software solutions to schools to help maximize their technology dollars and close the digital divide between students of diverse economic backgrounds. Mr Patten is also the Executive Director of the National Center for Open Source and Education – a non profit organization advocating Open Source adoption in K-12 schools throughout the country.
Peter Scheie
Peter Scheie has been using and advocating FOSS for more than ten years. He is the founder of the North Central Linux Symposium which strives to show schools and students the possibilities provided by free software. Peter teaches Linux administration at Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis, and is a Unix admin for VisionShare, Inc., which provides encrypted communication services to medical establishments.

David Trask
David Trask has been a teacher and technology director for over 20 years. He is currently the Technology Director/Teacher at Vassalboro Community School in Vassalboro Maine USA. He has been a champion and pioneer in the use of Linux and Open Source in the classroom. David is also the founder of the highly successful FOSSED conference held each year in the Northeast. FOSSED (Free and Open Source Softeware in Education) has grown tremendously over the past 7 years and is now attracting teachers and technology folks from all over the country. In 2007, David was named the Maine Technology Educator of the Year. (*blush*) David continues to have a "blast" each day working with kids, teachers, and open source!