OTIS for educators is online video sessions of relevant and convenient professional development. It stands for Online Technology and Instructional Sessions, but it’s also the name of our new mascot.

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We Help Educators Succeed!

Bringing technology into the classroom is nothing short of an adventure, and we created OTIS so you could have access to the professional learning you need every step of the way. Our courses have a strong focus on educational technology and STEM, but you’ll also find lots of great sessions on topics like social-emotional learning, ENL/ELL, literacy, civics, leadership, and more.

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We provide you with access to a dedicated team of State Certified Educators with skills and expertise in every subject and content area – English, Math, Science, Social Studies, STEM, ENL and Special Education. Teq’s PD Specialists and Curriculum Specialists who facilitate both our Onsite PD and Online PD sessions are all SMART Certified Trainers, Google Certified Educators, and possess various certifications including, but not limited to: Microsoft Office 365; Adobe Acrobat; STEM, Robotics and Coding; and Apple.

Adam Fragale
Curriculum & PD Specialist
AdamFragale@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Adolescent Education

SPECIALTY AREAS:
ELA, 3D printing, culturally responsive teaching, social studies, UBTECH

Prior to joining Teq, Adam taught sixth grade social studies and ELA in Floral Park, New York. Adam has a master's degree in adolescent education from LIU Post and a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Cortland. During his time in the classroom, Adam was part of the Literacy Committee, designing curriculum for K-8 classes and crafting professional development courses for teachers looking to incorporate the latest STEAM technology into their classrooms.

Caylie Gaccione
Curriculum Specialist
CaylieGaccione@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Early Childhood Education B-2; Childhood Education 1-6; Special Education 1-6; Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities

SPECIALTY AREAS:
elementary education/special education, dance/arts, ELA, STEAM

Caylie is an educator with five years of in-classroom experience in grades K-6 as a special education teacher in the NYCDOE. She has a bachelor’s in elementary education from Pace University and a master’s in special education from St. Joseph's College. Caylie has a passion for using technology to facilitate collaborative learning experiences. Caylie would describe herself as a lifelong learner and is excited to continue to learn about new technology initiatives and teach others.

Cori Frede
PD Specialist
CoriFrede@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Instructional Technology Specialist Pk –12, Business & Instructional Computer Technology Science 7-9, Math 7-9, Biology, Elementary Ed

SPECIALTY AREAS:
Google, Microsoft, Makerspaces, 3D printing, STEM, Edpuzzle

Cori has 12 years of teaching experience as a middle school math and science teacher, and a high school computer literacy teacher. She holds a bachelor’s in elementary education and a master’s in educational and instructional technology. She is currently the Regional Director for Southeast Pennsylvania for PAECT. Her goal is to help educators improve classroom efficiency through technology to reach the maximum number of students.

Greg DaSilva
PD Consultant
GregDaSilva@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
TEFL

SPECIALTY AREAS:
bilingual education, Spanish, ENL/EFL

Greg taught English as a foreign language at the University of La Frontera in Chile for five years. In this role, he was instrumental in implementing a technology-centric curriculum for teaching English. While living abroad, he also learned to speak Spanish fluently. As a Professional Development Specialist, he trains teachers on the best practices for utilizing cutting-edge educational technology in the classroom. Greg holds a BA in Economics and International Business from Gordon College.

Kelly Mancuso
Curriculum & PD Specialist
KellyMancuso@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Educational Technology Specialist K-12, Childhood Education 1-6

SPECIALTY AREAS:
ENL/TESOL, project-based learning, Nearpod, Edpuzzle, Microsoft

Kelly taught for three years as a substitute teacher for grades 1-5 and worked as an ENL and reading teacher. She has her bachelor’s in childhood education (1-6) and has dual master’s degrees in TESOL and instructional design & educational technology. She enjoys educating other teachers on how to integrate technology into their curriculum. As a self-proclaimed life-long learner, she believes that education is an ever-evolving process where technology plays a pivotal role in enhancing the learning experience.

Matthew Thaxter
Director of Learning
MatthewThaxter@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Elementary N-6; Social Studies, Grades 7-12

SPECIALTY AREAS:
STEM/STEAM, finance, social studies

For approximately 12 years, Matt taught middle and high school social studies, elementary school, and special education. He has his BA in History and Education from Dowling College and an MA in Liberal Studies/Technology in the Humanities from SUNY Stony Brook University. He also has graduate credits from Dowling College in special education. Matt was previously a Professional Development Specialist and PD Account Manager for Teq. He also serves as an education consultant/contributor for publications and contest administration for a multinational educational publication firm.

Meghan Magone
Curriculum & PD Support Specialist
Meghanmagone@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
English 7-12

SPECIALTY AREAS:
ELA, Google, Padlet, Microsoft

Meghan Magone taught for over 20 years as a middle/high school English teacher in the NYC DOE. She has her bachelor’s in comparative literature and a master’s in English. She enjoys using her expertise in edtech, equity and accessibility, and leadership to support and advocate for students and teachers alike.

Michelle Hollander
Director of Educational Content
MichelleHollander@teq.com

SPECIALTY AREAS:
STEM/STEAM, Google, Lumio, Wakelet

Prior to Teq, Michelle was the STEM & Logistics Director at the WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Michelle has both her B.S. and M.S. in Marine Science, and her research on an invasive species was published in the journal, Aquatic Botany. Researching and communicating science has kept Michelle ready to utilize new technologies and make information accessible to a variety of audiences. She is always excited to learn something new and share her findings with others.

Nicole Mathew
Curriculum Specialist
NicoleMathew@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
7-12 Biology

SPECIALTY AREAS:
Apple, Google, Schoology, Kami, Pear Deck, Lumio, STEM, science, engineering design, Rube Goldberg, project-based learning

Nikki taught middle school general science for four years in the NYCDOE. While there, she was actively involved with NYC Urban Advantage's professional development program both as a participant and as a Lead Teacher. She originally got her start in education by working as an Environmental Educator in the non-profit setting. She earned her BA in Environmental Studies from King's College and graduated with her MsEd in Adolescent Education from St. John's University in 2017. Through her experience as a middle school science teacher, Nikki developed a passion for using innovative technology in her classroom to support her student's STEM learning.

Peter Katcher
Curriculum & PD Specialist
PeterKatcher@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Music K-12, Educational Leadership

SPECIALTY AREAS:
Leadership/coaching, equity and inclusion, school culture, fine arts, music

Peter comes to Teq with a wealth of experience in charter schools around NY. He has served as an AP, head of school, instructional coach, principal, and director of fine and applied arts. He holds a bachelor’s in music education and a master’s in education from CUNY Queens College as well as a certificate in educational leadership from the College of St. Rose. Throughout his career, Peter has worked to improve schools and school culture through educator growth and development, coaching, and a focus on equitable outcomes for all. He is excited to use his expertise to help educators integrate technology in ways that lead to improved outcomes.

Rebekah Corace
Curriculum & PD Specialist
RebekahCorace@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
B-2 and 1-6 Child Study; B-2, 1-6 Literacy; Special Education; School Building and District Leadership

SPECIALTY AREAS:
ELA, special education, educational leadership, restorative practices, culturally responsive teaching, Google

Rebekah was an educator for 16 years; 13 of which were in the NYCODE as an English and special education teacher in grades 6-12. She has a bachelor's in child study and psychology and a master’s in literacy education and educational leadership. She is excited to take all she has accomplished in her educational career and use it to help create and implement quality professional development for other educators.

Robert Abraham
Instructional Strategist
RobertAbraham@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Elementary K-5

SPECIALTY AREAS:
SMART/Lumio, special ed, Google, Microsoft, 3D printing, robotics, project-based learning, Hebrew schools

Rob has over 15 years of experience focused in NY public and non-public schools. He is passionate about education, especially in the special needs community. He holds a bachelor's in education and psychology from Hofstra University and has completed his Computer Certification with Cope Institute of Technology. In addition, he prepares and delivers effective interactive workshops that reflect new and creative ideas relating to current issues and trends to provide stimulating ideas for teachers to take back to their classrooms.

Terry VanNoy
PD Specialist
TerryVannoy@teq.com

CERTIFICATIONS:
Secondary Education 7-12 English and Math

SPECIALTY AREAS:
SMART/Lumio, Microsoft, coding, pi-top, computer science, math, robotics, 3D printing

Terry VanNoy taught for many years in Washington middle schools and high schools as a math and English teacher. Always an early adopter of classroom technology, he learned to incorporate computer stations and student-owned laptops in his math classes, using integrated curriculum projects with a teaching team. In 2010, he developed a YouTube channel (“Math Class with Terry V”) that he still uses and maintains today, part-time. After a year as a math content expert and consultant with Teaching Matters in NYC, he came to Teq. He considers the work he does at Teq to be a bridge between technology training and instructional coaching.

State Approved PD

OTIS for educators is a state-approved provider of PD content. Yes, you read that right! It means that completing courses on the OTIS platform equals hours towards your state-mandated professional learning. For a complete list of state-approved professional development visit: Teq.com/state-approved

OTIS for educators is aligned to important ISTE standards! Look for the ISTE Seal of Alignment on qualifying courses or search our course library to complete courses with that extra ISTE sparkle.

Here you will find a series of hand picked lessons from our expert PD Specialists. Browse our Lessons files by using the lesson categories options or educational standard. Get started today by signing up for a FREE Account on www.OTISpd.com

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