Building bridges for the future through collaborative projects
Flat Connections Global Project Board of Advisors
Fred Haas, USA
Fred Haas is the technology integration coordinator at Hopkinton High School in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA. A late arrival to teaching, he previously worked in the theatre and film industries, in both performance and production capacities. As an education technology consultant, he specialized in software training and broadband network video long before YouTube.
Since becoming an educator, he has taught and created English, journalism, and digital media production courses for a variety of learning environments, including face-to-face, all online, and hybrid learning environments. He continues to teach screenwriting online. He has also led multiple classes through Flat Connections Projects and participated in the inaugural certification course.
He also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Digital Learning Advisory Council and the technology liaison for the Boston Writing Project, a National Writing Project affiliate.
Amy is an English and social studies teacher for DeForest Area Schools located near Madison, Wisconsin. She is a Certified Global Educator and has served as a Flat Connections Global Project Manager for over four years. As a global educator in grades nine through twelve (ages 14 through 18), Amy integrates English or social studies curriculum with 21st century skills by engaging students in global collaboration. Amy has shared her passion for teaching and learning by participating in various global projects including the Flat Connections Global Project as well as presenting at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference, the Cleveland Idea Center, and the International Society for Technology in Education Conference. She is pleased to be part of the ISTE Global Collaboration Professional Learning Network leadership team and enjoys working with those that share her passion. Ning profile. Twitter.
Brian McLaughlin, USA
Brian McLaughlin is a technology teacher at the Academy of Allied Health & Science (AAHS). AAHS is a small Career focused school located in Neptune, NJ. It is one of 5 Career Academies operated by the Monmouth County Vocational School District.
Brian has been teaching for over 35 years and has had classes that have participated in nearly 20 Flat Classroom projects. Brian has been a lead teacher in the Flat Connections Global Project for over 4 years.
In addition to the 35+ years of experience as an educator, since 1988, Mr. McLaughlin has operated McLaughlin Computer Consulting and Edtechtutor.com, which provides teacher training and staff development for teachers throughout the country. He has presented workshops at NECC/ISTE in San Diego, CA, New Orleans, LA, Philadelphia, PA and Classroom Connect in Long Beach, CA.
Anne Mirtschin, Australia
Background: Elementary classroom teacher for 14 years. Masters degree from Lindenwood University, Doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. Currently, I'm an assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education & Leadership at Radford University in Virginia. I serve on the National Geographic geo-educator steering committee, and am a trainer for the National Geographic Teacher Certification Program. I am on the advisory board for the Global Education Conference, a board member of the Kidlink Association, and I have been a volunteer judge for FCGP projects for several years. My own global contributions include two projects that I run each year: The Monster Project in October and the Kidlink Landmark Games each February.
Sheri Williams, USA
Sheri Williams is a Computer Science teacher for the Berea City Schools located in Berea, Ohio. She is currently teaching in Berea-Midpark High School grades 10-12. She is a Certified Global Educator and has managed the Flat Connections Global Project for over four years. She holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Anderson University and a Master’s of Education with a Specialization in Educational Technology from Cleveland State University.
As a global educator she has shared her passion through the integration of English and Social Studies curriculum with her Computer Science curriculum involving students in communicating, collaborating, problem solving and creating with students from around the world. Sheri has also presented at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference and the Cleveland Idea Center. Sheri looks forward to the many opportunities to connect with others that share her passion for global connections, teaching and learning.
He has led multiple classes through Flat Connections Projects and participated in the inaugural certification course.