MAD-news for September: Teacher panel

Hi Guest,

We just had our first ever Back to School APPstravaganza event and my ❤️  is SO FULL. I wanted to share, on behalf of all of us at MAD-learn, how grateful we are to these phenomenal educators who shared their insight and perspective with us.
This Teacher Panel is one you do not want to miss!
This was our first time hosting an event like this and we hope to do more. We so cherish your time, dedication, and commitment to creating powerful opportunities for your students. Thank you for your partnership, for your outlook, and most definitely for your time. Fellow educators need the inspiration and energy that you brought to this discussion. THANK YOU to all of our phenomenal speakers: educators, students, and colleagues across the board who made this event so special and so engaging. Doreen Frempong-Baah, Alexandra Kummernes, Dr. Joyce King, Amanda Bourn, Kimberly Epps, LaWanda Stephens-Sanford, Traci Zamor, and students from across the country. We are humbled beyond words.
Alefiya Master
Founder & CEO
We are excited to have Alexandra Kummernes join the MAD-learn Customer Success Team! She has already proven herself to be quite an asset, as evidenced by her ability to quickly get up to speed, her creation of a new online Implementation Action Plan (see article below),  and her poised and thoughtful participation in this month’s “APPstravaganza”!
As a lover of words and sharing people’s stories, Alexandra began her career in journalism working for a Florida-based community newspaper. After relocating to Atlanta in 2008, she changed course to pursue teaching and spent a decade in middle and upper elementary school classrooms. In 2020, she joined the ranks of “pandemic love stories” meeting her now-husband – online, of course. Following a Halloween-weekend wedding in 2021, Alexandra embarked on yet another new adventure as a wife and stepmother. Today, the newly-minted family – including two dogs – enjoy city life;  going to museums, art shows, festivals, parks, eating delicious food at one of their favorite restaurants, or cooking at home with good music, friends and conversation. Alexandra is excited for this new chapter and career as a Customer Success Advocate at MAD-learn, where she will develop curriculum, train teachers and ensure customers have everything they need for a successful MAD-learn experience.
We are so happy to have you join our team!
Are you new to MAD-learn and trying to determine the best way to get started with app development in your classroom?  Or maybe you have used MAD-learn for years but want to concrete plan to submit to admin or share with colleagues? We’ve created a self-guided action plan to help you implement MAD-learn with fidelity. Our implementation timeline survey will break down the steps of the design thinking process and prompt you to think through the best way to use app development with your students. Begin your action plan here.
Once you’ve completed the survey, your answers will be automatically emailed to your inbox.  If you find yourself needing additional support or resources, you can also schedule an appointment with Gregg Stone, our Director of Curriculum and Implementation, or Alexandra Kummernes, our newest member of the Success Team, using their online calendars, which are linked in the survey.
If you’ve never tried a virtual cook party with friends, family, or even co-workers, we highly recommend it. MAD-learn has conducted several of these two-hour events, spanning multiple nations and time zones. Our most recent experience was possibly the best one yet, welcoming new team members and this year’s Fall cohort of interns! It not only resulted in a tasty dish, but it gave our MAD-team a fun way to interact. We made bread cutlets, a rather easy-to-make Indian dish that we quickly learned could be adapted to an Italian, Mexican, or even Ghanaian delicacy.
A bread cutlet, by the way, is a famous Indian snack recipe that is made from bread and mixed veggies. Commonly known as ‘bread ke cutlet,’ it is extremely popular in India and makes for a nice evening snack or as an after-school snack for kids. We’re happy to share the recipe, just ask for the details. The bread cutlets were so much fun to make and delicious to eat, but the collegiality it afforded was the best!
Art O’Neil has 34 years of experience in public education. He spent eleven years in the social studies classroom and twenty-three years in local school and district-level administration. Art’s duties and responsibilities have run the full gambit, but the success of the student has always been the focus. Family is every bit as important. Art shares, “I am blessed to be married to an amazing woman, Dawn, for 30 years and we are grateful to have two amazing sons, Austin and Joshua.” He had much to say about our partnership with Cobb County’s CTAE Department. “MAD-learn has been instrumental in expanding the development of essential 21st-century coding and programming skills to non-traditional career programs in Cobb,” adding, “Students are enhancing their career portfolio utilizing the skills MAD-learn develops to set themselves aside as the best candidate for post-secondary admission or transition to industry.” We are honored to work with this phenomenal leader and proud of our growing relationship with all extraordinary Cobb County educators!
We want to thank schools that have either renewed their partnerships with MAD-learn or are just joining our MAD-family. We are so happy to know we will be continuing our work to help students at:

  • Rich 227 (IL)
  • Cobb County (GA)
  • Manor Plains (NY)
  • Jupiter Middle (FL)
  • Irving ISD (TX)
  • Liberty Hill High (TX)
  • JFK Middle (NY)
  • Chapin Intermediate (SC)

…checking out these rockstar educators from Allentown School District in PA. GEAR UP Week is coming soon (the week of Sept 24) and we hope you have some fun activities planned, if you are a GEAR UP program. These teachers are going to be introducing their students to app development in Science class! Need some science (or other) class project ideas? Check this out.

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