Michael Boll is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Podcaster and Technology Coach at Concordia International School Shanghai. He enjoys helping educators, parents and students harness the transformative powers of technology.
Michael has taught numerous professional development courses including as an EARCOS Pre Conference Presenter, Weekend Workshop Leader and Learning 2.0 Cohort Leader. He has been teaching overseas for many years and his teaching past includes posts in Saudi Arabia, Jakarta International School and Concordia International School, Shanghai.
He loves to design courses for IPD and is particularly focused on helping beginners. He came to IPD to help with the mission of facilitating outstanding professional growth opportunities for all teachers.
Michael lives in Shanghai and on the weekends you might see him taking walks with his son, biking around the city or continuing to try to understand why the drivers in China always turn right on red.
David is from New Zealand but has lived internationally his whole life. Currently teaching at the International School of Manila, Philippines as a High School IT Integrator and Theory of Knowledge teacher, he has previously taught at the American School of Doha, Qatar and North Jakarta International School, Indonesia.
David is involved in facilitating Understanding by Design 101 curriculum planning courses and presents at EARCOS and regional conferences on a range of topics.
Outside of the teaching space, David is the co-owner and director of a small boutique hotel in Bali, Indonesia which caters to tourists and school groups who wish to experience the local culture of Bali.
David is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Education with a double concentration in Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, and Educational Leadership. His dissertation topic is: The experience of social identity for Third Culture Kids who use Online Social Networking.
Brandon Hoover is the HS IT Curriculum Director at International School Manila, Program Leader for the Design and Technology Dept, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and COETAIL alumnus and instructor. He has been in international education since 2002, having spent 7 years in Jakarta as an IT Director and Instructional Technology teacher, and has called Manila, Philippines home since 2009.
Brandon is also a passionate photographer with works published worldwide with exhibitions shown in the U.S. and Asia. His photos and writing have been published on CNN International, Yahoo!, and the United Nations. He is looking forward to offering courses through IPD related to visual literacy, design and digital photography.
In addition to his educational background, Brandon holds degrees in Engineering and Industrial Design with a Fine Arts major.
Kelly Arndt is currently working at International School Manila in the high school English department but also working as the Extended Essay Coordinator and the Literature A: Self Taught Coordinator. After having completed the Train the Trainers UbD course with Jay McTighe, she has been involved in facilitating yearly training with new teachers at ISM and integrating the UbD methodology into the school’s common teaching practice.
In 1997 Kelly left her small town in Canada after five years of teaching locally and has since taught in Turkey, Brazil and Germany before moving to Manila in 2006.
Outside of school, Kelly can be either at a dive site somewhere in the Philippines, out in the crazy streets of Manila completing a run, or at home buried in a good book.
Wayne’s career in education began in China. After completing his undergraduate degree in the U.S., he joined a Chinese private school in Shanghai teaching kindergarten. Wayne learned how to effectively manage a classroom, create engaging lessons, and meet the needs of a diverse student population.
After teaching in China, he moved back to the U.S. for grad school. While studying, Wayne worked with his university to develop international partnerships with universities, high schools, and other organizations in multiple Asian countries. He had opportunities to observe firsthand how quality education is delivered in an Asian context.
Upon completion of his master’s Wayne worked in a high-performing public school network in North Texas (90/90/90 schools). His primary teaching and leadership focus in this urban setting was to determine how to provide a global education to a largely low-income minority community. What learning experiences could be designed that would prepare students to compete in a global economy?
Wayne’s current assignment finds him back in Shanghai, at one of the top international schools in Asia.
Wayne is married and has two children. What makes Wayne tick? A good breakfast, family time, reading and writing.
Jeffrey Wrensen is a third-culture-kid who grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.G.S. in Theater and Film. At KU Jeffrey was very involved in the Filmworks club which taught film production to underclassmen and helped produce student projects. While in school Jeff reybecame involved with Invidious Productions with his friends. As a small production company they produced TV commercials, shows, short films, industrial videos and feature films.
After moving to Oregon Jeffrey began working as a TV Director at KOHD directing the morning and 5:00 P.M. news. He moved to KTVZ to direct the morning news a year later. COTV gave him a place to work on live sports as a camera operator and graphics producer.
Jeffrey returned to school to get his Masters in Education from George Fox University. He is currently teaching fifth grade in Hanoi, Vietnam. In Hanoi he has been very involved in the Hanoi Technology group and presented at the Vietnam Technology Conference in 2014. In addition to video production, Jeffrey is interested in open source software and computer programming in education.
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Benjamin Paulson is an experienced international educator, teaching middle and high school science across Asia for the last 8 years in Myanmar, South Korea and the Philippines. He is currently teaching mindfulness meditation for both students and teachers in addition to his full time role as IB Biology and Chemistry teacher at the International School of Manila.
He is passionate about applying science to improve lives both as individuals and as a global community. He originally began practicing meditation and yoga while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison but developed a renewed interest after studying the scientific research on meditation from the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology.
He has trained in mindfulness meditation retreats throughout Southeast and East Asia including with teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, the monks and nuns of Plum Village monastery, the Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism, and the secular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program created by Jon Kabat-Zinn. He seeks to apply insights from the practice and study of mindfulness as well as the latest neuroscience and psychology findings to create happier, healthier teachers and students.
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