ROBERT SAGER - President / Founder
Bob is the founder and current President of Edu-Tech Academic Solutions, PAISBOA’s vendor of choice for technology support, management and training solutions for independent schools throughout the Philadelphia region. Bob has been providing consulting and support services in the commercial advertising and K-12 educational environment for over 24 years.
During this time, he has also developed and presented hundreds of technology based instructional training programs and event lectures in a wide range of subjects, for students ranging in age from 3 to 81 years. This includes eight years of service as an adjunct professor for undergraduate and post-graduate instruction in the College of Education at Arcadia University. Bob holds a B.S. in Elementary Ed/Early Childhood Development and B.A in Political Science & International Studies from The Ohio State University, as well as his M.Ed. in Instructional Technology Integration from Arcadia University.
KAREN HUANG - Director of Technology Integration Services
Karen has been working in both public and private education for fifteen years, and joined Edu-Tech in 2014. She holds a B.A. in Education and Child Study from Smith College, and is a licensed teacher in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Karen's passion in using technology creatively in the classroom makes her a natural fit for the role as a technology integration specialist. She is innovative and resourceful in helping teachers effectively use technology to improve student engagement and learning. She differentiates training for teachers' professional growth by providing hands-on group training and one-on-one sessions. Karen’s experience as a parent, teacher, and technology coach have allowed her to develop a strong sense of best educational practices. Those skills, coupled with her technology expertise, enable her to create and provide practical, easy-to-implement ideas to help teachers and students reach their full potential in their learning.
Karen is a Google Certified Trainer and has also been trained in implementing Responsive Classroom, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and Adaptive Schools. At Edu-Tech, Karen manages the technology integration support program, oversees the technology assessment and audits, and trains our clients in G Suite for Education, Chromebooks, Smartboards, and iPads.
CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION TEAM
CAITLIN COPPICK - Classroom Technology Integration Specialist
Cait joined Edu-Tech's team of Instructional Technology Integrators in November 2015, after teaching in a variety of classroom settings. She fulfills her new role at The Center School in Abington. At her schools, Cait works with teachers and administrative staff to ensure best practices in technology integration through curriculum planning meetings, faculty training, and implementation. From interactive whiteboards and iPads to Chromebook and Macs, Cait provides teachers and students with technology guidance and support needed to enhance learning experiences.
Prior to becoming a part of Edu-Tech, Cait began her teaching career at New Foundations Charter School in Northeast Philadelphia, after graduating as a double-major from Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education in 2010. She continued her graduate studies at her alma mater, subsequently earning her M.S.Ed. and Instructional Technology Specialist certificate from SJU in 2013. During her time spent as a classroom teacher, Cait has taught 6th grade English/Language Arts, 4th grade, and 5th grade -- experiences which strongly serve her in understanding the needs of educators she works with in her new role.
STEPHANIE FALCONE - Classroom Technology Integration Specialist
Steph has been with Edu-Tech since 2013 and was the first person on the technology integration team. She has her Master’s of Education in Cross-Cultural Teaching from National University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Recreation Management from Penn State University. She currently holds two valid Pennsylvania teaching certificates: Technology Education K-12 Certification Instructional I and Health K-12 Instructional I.
Steph’s on-site location is with Hill Top Preparatory School where she is the technology integration specialist and technology teacher. She collaborates with teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms, offers weekly ‘Tech Bytes’ during staff meetings, delivers monthly tech trainings, develops learning resources for teachers, parents, and students, manages the Technology Lab, and teaches the following upper school classes: Fundamentals of Web Design, Scratch Programming, and Digital Creation. Steph as been teaching in the classrooms for 10 years and specifically working with technology since 2009. She is proficient with a multitude of Web 2.0 tools, Google Apps for Education, Comic Life, Scratch Programming, iWork, iLove, iMovie, Microsoft Office, and Inspiration 9.
MARGARET ANN MINIHAN - Classroom Technology Integration Specialist
Margaret Ann comes to Edu-Tech by way of New Orleans, where she was the Technology Director at a K-12 all-girls independent school. She managed both the IT and Academic Technology departments, ensuring that both worked together to advance the mission of the school. In addition, she was the school's Google Super Admin, is Google Admin certified and is a Google Certified Trainer. Margaret Ann also has STEM experience coaching the Middle School Robotics team.
STEPHANIE AUSTIN-JOHNSON - Classroom Technology Integration Specialist
Stephanie joined Edu-Tech in the fall of 2017 and comes from a high school teaching background. She taught history at Maritime Charter School in Philadelphia, and after a few years, became the technology director and integration specialist there. Stephanie also directs an after-school and summer STEM program called Creative Spark for the elementary schools in her church's neighborhood in West Philly.
ELLEN O'CONNELL - Classroom Technology Integration Specialist
Ellen views every interaction as a chance to share what she knows, and to learn something new. She loves finding ways to empower educators and students to trust themselves and their use of technology. This helps people develop their capacity to solve problems and explore opportunities on their own. Ellen has a B.S. in Computer Science and M.A.T. in Secondary Education Mathematics with PA teaching certification in mathematics. During her career Ellen has managed the help desk at American University, written the scoring programs for medical doctors' licensure exams, taught computer basics in San Salvador, El Salvador, merged databases for nonprofits and taught technology to students in grades 1-8. She currently works at the French International School as a Technology Integration Specialist.
Ellen has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, is fluent in Spanish, is a certified yoga teacher, and loves hiking and biking with her husband and 2 sons.
ANUP SOMALWAR - Classroom Technology Integration Specialist
Anup joined Edu-Tech in August 2017, and has had a passion for education from an early age. A graduate of Philadelphia's Northeast High School magnet program, Anup holds a B.S. in Mathematics with Teaching from Temple University, and a Master's in Education from Villanova University. Prior to Edu-Tech, he taught high school mathematics in Philadelphia charter schools, including String Theory High School, and Cheltenham School District. At String Theory, Anup and his colleagues' iTunes U Algebra I course was recognized as a Stand Out course by Apple in 2014 with over 10,000 subscribers worldwide. He implements a flipped classroom model by making YouTube math tutorials for his students, and has also written and performed several math rap songs with his classes.
Anup loves traveling, food (especially pizza!), photography, video games, music, soccer, and spending time with family and friends.
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES & SUPPORT TEAM
DAVE BRUBAKER - Academic Systems Director
Dave has worked with Edu-Tech since 2016 as the Academic Systems Director, providing database support to our schools. He helps schools to improve their use of educational systems and instruction through various academic systems and resources. Systems include PowerSchool, PowerTeacher Pro, Haiku Learning/PowerSchool Learning, Finalsite, Learning Ally, SchoolMessenger, Magnus Medical records, Follett-Destiny, Safari Montage, and additional assistive technologies such as Kurzweil, Dragon Dictate, and Mac OS apps. Dave brings many years of experience working with independent schools as an academic systems director at Delaware Valley Friends School and as a classroom teacher Christopher Dock Mennonite High School.
SCOTT DAVIS - Technology Support Engineer
Scott began working at Edu-Tech in early 2013 and brings with him over 16 years of experience in both Mac and Windows support. Before joining Edu-Tech, Scott worked for several years in the higher education sector, providing end-user support for teachers and students at both the University of Texas and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Scott provides technology support services for faculty, staff and students at our large schools.
LOVA DIAKITE - Technology Support Engineer II
Lova is a recent graduate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he received his BS in Economics. He worked on campus as a student IT intern for 3 years. Prior to working at West Chester as an IT intern, he worked at his family's computer repair shop for 6 years.
BRIAN KELLY - Technology Support & Integration Specialist
Brian joined the team in January of 2017. He has his Master’s in Elementary Education (K-6) and has his B.A. in Business/Marketing. He has a teaching and technical background and enjoys the challenge of integrating technology with education.
TOM KIENLE - Senior Technical Services Engineer
Tom has worked with Edu-Tech since 2006, providing hardware and software support for faculty, staff and students within our client schools. Tom is also responsible for maintaining and performing certified hardware repair services on a wide variety of hardware products at our schools, including servers, workstations, one to one student laptops, printers and copiers.
With over 20 years of academic technology experience and certification in Apple hardware repair and a wide variety of commercial printer products, Tom is a great resource for solving many of the problems our clients encounter.
MARK LASSITER - Technology Services Manager
Mark has worked with Edu-Tech since 2016 providing network, systems and software administrative support to faculty, staff as well as students within our client school infrastructure. His 20 years of diverse IT background in management support for Government Municipality, Telecommunications, and Industrial Manufacturing has made a positive impact on each school he provisions. Mark is also a talented musician and in his spare time, you can sometimes catch him playing the piano for special events around campus!
JOHN LAURO - Director of Technology, Support Services
John has over 25 years experience supporting the technology needs of small to large businesses, as well as managed small to large scale projects and scope development. He studied Computer Engineering Technology at Spring Garden College in Chestnut Hill, PA and Secondary Education/Mathematics at Bloomsburg University, PA.
John has worked mostly in the Philadelphia area but has also worked in Houston, TX and on military bases in Northern Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom - maintaining satellite connectivity for private contractor personnel. He enjoyed assisting others with technical issues, application development, database maintenance, digital photography, video editing, establishing reliable network connectivity, and any other area where technology can assist in growth and development - both professionally and personally.
KEITH WADSWORTH - Technology Service and Support Engineer
Keith joined Edu-Tech in early 2017, an Apple Certified Mac Technician coming from the Genius position at Apple Inc. Keith spent his time at Apple taking point on a plethora of new processes that were implemented as well as instructing teammates on new workflows. He comes to Edu-Tech to manage the device repair journey and provide excellent turnaround time because limited technological downtime is critical in the world of education.