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Co-Founders

Jeff Utecht


Jeff Utecht

Jeff Utecht is an international educational technology consultant and author. He worked in international schools from 2002 to 2012 in Saudi Arabia, China, and Thailand. Prior to that he worked in the United States. Jeff has consulted for Web 2.0 companies on educational issues as well as co-founded the COETAIL program for international educators. Jeff has been mentioned in several books on Web 2.0 and education and in his recent book, Reach, talks about using online communities and networks to create professional development opportunities for educators. Jeff regularly shares his thoughts on education and technology on his blog, thethinkingstick.com. To learn more about Jeff visit www.jeffutecht.com.

Kim Cofino

Kim Cofino

Originally from the US, Kim is an enthusiastic and innovative globally-minded educator. Kim has beenteaching internationally since 2000, first in Munich, Germany, then in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next at the International School Bangkok in Thailand, and currently at Yokohama International School in Japan.

An Apple Distinguished Educator, her work focuses on helping core subject teachers authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. Her inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed using the Understanding by Design process combined with the MYP Technology Design Cycle.

As a Technology and Learning Coach, Kim collaborates with all community stakeholders to create an inclusive, open and involved learning environment. At YIS this includes developing and evolving the Connected Learning Community (1:1 program) which features a whole-school blogging platform (for students and teachers), regular parent sessions, empowered teacher leadership, and an integrated digital citizenship program.

Kim is a COETAIL co-founder and regularly consults with other international schools. Her work has been widely published in educational websites, journals and books. She is a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board (2008 – present) as well as a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions worldwide. She occasionally blogs at Always Learning and you can find her on Twitter @mscofino.

Instructors

Chrissy Hellyer

Chrissy Hellyer
Chrissy Hellyer

After several years as an Elementary School Technology & Learning Coach, Chrissy Hellyer has returned to the classroom to teach Grade 3 at the International School of Bangkok. Previously a Primary School Teacher and a Middle School Teacher in New Zealand, Chrissy has been using technology to enhance learning in the classroom for many years. Passionate about the use of technology in the Elementary School, you can find out more on her professional blog https://teachingsagittarian.com.

Brandon Hoover


Brandon Hoover

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 alumnae 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.

In addition to his educational background, Brandon holds degrees in Engineering and Industrial Design with a Fine Arts major. This diverse education allows him to approach technology integration, teaching and problem-solving with a creative and unique perspective. He is a published photographer, and has held exhibitions of his work across Southeast Asia and the U.S

Ben Sheridan


Ben Sheridan

My name is Ben Sheridan and I am a kindergarten teacher at Pasir Ridge International School in Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia. I have been teaching internationally for 8 years and have taught in Cambodia and Korea in addition to Indonesia. I am passionate about using social media in the early years to collaborate with other classrooms all over the world. I also feel that these technologies can be leveraged to enhance literacy, increase student motivation and engagement, and empower students to take control of their learning.

Robert Appino


Robert Appino

Robert Appino is an enthusiastic educator and learner. He enjoys teaching the middle years and has taught Humanities, Writing and Technology. Currently Robert is the MS Technology Learning Facilitator at Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He is also very involved in the Global Issues Network (GIN), a UbD Trainer and is passionate about game-based learning. Robert has presented at many regional conferences in Asia.

Rebekah Madrid


Rebekah Madrid

Rebekah Madrid is a Third Culture Adult currently living in Japan, where she teaches MYP Humanities and is Head of Department at Yokohama International School. She is an experienced IBMYP and IBDP Humanities and Theory of Knowledge teacher, both internationally and in the US. She helped develop the new MYP Humanities curriculum and helped introduced the Connected Learning Community 1:1 MacBook program at YIS. She was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2010 and Google Certified Teacher in 2013. She is also a COETAIL alumnae and instructor. She is passionate about thinking about how technology affects her pedagogy and finding the best ways to learn skills and concepts in the 21st Century. To see her personal blog, go to https://rebekahmadrid.wordpress.com and to see her class blog go to: https://blogs.yis.ac.jp/madridr. You can follow her on Twitter @ndbekah.

Cohort Manager/Registrar

Daneah Galloway


Daneah Galloway

Daneah Galloway is a National Certified School Counselor currently working part-time at Lafayette Elementary School in Seattle, WA and part time as COETAIL Cohort Manager/Registrar. Daneah worked internationally for 10 years in Saudi Arabia, China and Thailand. Daneah is a COETAIL alumnae from the first COETAIL class of 2009. Being married to the Co-Founder and going through the program herself she has been tasked with keeping all of the above mentioned people inline and under control (especially that Co-Founder) while at the same time working with 100s of COETAIL participants in making sure their COETAIL experience is a positive one…..now you know why we hired a counselor!