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.


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.

Benjamin Cebulash
PD Specialist

Standard Certification: Elementary Education; Teacher of English 6-12

Ben Cebulash came to Teq in 2011 after 10 years as a Middle School Teacher of English in New Jersey. As a Professional Development Specialist, Ben is responsible for the delivery of K-12 content, program implementation, and advanced professional development services. Ben provides professional development workshops, implementation trainings, as well as on-site coaching, mentoring, and demonstration lessons. He is also a certifiefied Google Educator. Ben graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1991 with a BA in Literature.

Caylie Gaccione
Curriculum Specialist

Early Childhood Education B-2, Childhood Education 1-6, Special Education 1-6, Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities

Caylie Lehrer is a Curriculum Specialist at Teq. She is an experienced educator with 5 years of experience in the Elementary classroom grades K-6. Prior to Teq, she was a Special Education teacher in the NYC DOE. Her background and certifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Pace University. In 2016, Caylie received her Masters of Science in Special Education from St. Joseph's College. After receiving this degree, Caylie discovered her passion for technology by designing innovative and collaborative learning experiences for her students with multiple learning styles. Now, as a member of the curriculm team, she creates and facilitates interactive professional development courses geared toward teachers from Pre-K to 12. Caylie would describe herself as a lifelong learner and is excited to continue to learn about new technology initiatives and teach others through her passion for education.

Chrissy Rebert
VP of Global Instructional Solutions

Diomedes Gonzalez
PD Specialist

Diomedes Gonzalez Jr. is a Professional Development Specialist at Teq. Prior to working at Teq, he taught Elementary science for five years, grades K through 4 at a Charter school in the Bronx and in Harlem. Diomedes earned his degree in Psychology and Education from St. Lawrence University and his Master’s in General and Special Education from Touro College.

Emma Foley
Curriculum Specialist

Childhood Education 1-6, Special Education 1-6

Emma Foley is a Curriculum Specialist at Teq. She is an experienced educator with 8 years of experience in the elementary classroom grades K-6, with 6 of those years working for the NYC DOE. Her background includes a BA in Psychology/Special Education from Marist College. Emma later attended Manhattan College to pursue a degree in School Building Leadership. Emma discovered her interest in technology as she worked to provide equal learning opportunities for her students in the Special Education setting. Now, as a member of the curriculm team, Emma is passionately creating professional development for fellow teachers working with students similar to students she has helped in the past. You can always get her to engage in a conversation about anything education related, especially a conversation on the ever-growing role of educators in following the whole-child approach to education.

Greg DaSilva
PD Specialist

TEFL Certification

Greg DaSilva is a Professional Development Specialist at Teq. Prior to working at Teq, he 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.

Joseph Quadrino
Curriculum Specialist

7-12 Social Studies

Joe Quadrino is a Curriculum Specialist at Teq. He has a Bachelor's Degree in History and Secondary Education from Marist College and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas-Arlington. Before joining Teq, Joe worked as a middle school social studies teacher for 6 years, 5 of them in North Carolina. In North Carolina, Joe led his schools' Social Studies Department and re-designed the 7th grade social studies curriculum to better emphasize 21st century skills. He became adept at working without the benefit of instructional technology, and was introduced to its great benefits when he moved back to Long Island and taught social studies in Syosset. After working in a school that was 1:1, Joe sought opportunities to add instructional technology to his pedagogical expertise. These desires have brought him to Teq, where he is now educating teachers on how to bring new forms of technology to their lessons.

Joseph Sanfilippo
Director of eLearning

As the Director of eLearning, Joseph heads Teq’s Online PD team which boasts over 175+ courses on Online PD both live and archived. Joseph began at Teq over 6 years ago and has been instrumental in the growth of Teq’s online content and offerings.

Prior to Teq, Joseph was a teacher and Coordinator of Vocation and Technology Education at the Center for Developmental Disabilities Children’s Day Program in Woodbury New York. He was able to integrate SMART technologies and other assistive devices to students with autism. During this time he saw a growth in student achievement for students that were previously considered unable to attain their educational goals. As Joseph grew his relationship with Teq being a customer at CDD it was a natural progression to then become part of the Teq team. At the core of his education philosophy is a blended approach to learning, this makes Teq Online PD and Teq Embedded PD a perfect marriage.

Matthew Thaxter
PD Account Manager / PD Specialist

Google Apps for Education, Certified Trainer Google Apps Educator, Adobe Education Trainer, Permanent Certifications: Elementary N-6; Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Graduate of Dowling College with a BA of History and Education; from SUNY @ Stony Brook University with a MA in Liberal Studies/Technology in the Humanities; and Graduate work Dowling College in Special Education. Permanently certified in both Elementary Education: N-6, and Social Studies: 7-12. For approximately 12 years, Matthew has taught middle and high school Social Studies, elementary school, and Special Education. For the past twelve years, Matthew has been working as 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.

Michelle Hollander
Director of Content and Curriculum

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

7-12 Biology

Prior to joining the Professional Development team at Teq, she taught Middle School general science for four years in the NYC DOE. While in the NYC DOE, she was actively involved with NYC Urban Advantage's professional development program both as a participant and as a Lead Teacher. Nicole 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 in 2012 and graduated with her MsEd in Adolescent Education from St. John's University in 2017. Through her experience as a Middle School science teacher, Nicole developed a passion for using innovative technology in her classroom to support her student's STEM learning.

Patricia Umhafer
PD Specialist

Over five years of teacher coaching and curriculum development experience, and over 12 years of overall experience in the early education field. Tricia has experience as both a teacher and administrator, as well as experience in educational technology and e-learning. She has her BA in Theater Arts from Stony Brook University, and her child development associate (CDA). As an educator Tricia focused on building the whole child who understands compassion and kindness, as well as is academically proficient. Her areas of expertise include coaching teachers on best practice, and how to better enhance the classroom experience for the child.

Robert-Wayne Harris
Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

Prior to coming to Teq, Robert-Wayne Harris served as the Superintendent of Schools (CEO) for the Roosevelt School District, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, School Improvement, Professional Development, and Planning for the Freeport School District, Associate Director for the Long Island Regional School Support Center, and an Educational Planning Administrator for Nassau BOCES. While serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the most challenged and controversial school districts in New York State, Robert was charged by the Commissioner of Education to reform the educational program, to improve academic performance, and to restore the financial stability of the district. Due to Robert’s successful leadership, the Roosevelt School District was removed from NYS oversight and restored to local control. To this day, Robert remains the youngest and second longest seated Superintendent in the district’s history.

Robert Abraham
PD Account Manager / PD Specialist

Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Permanent Certifications: Elementary K-5

Licensed elementary school teacher with over 15 years of experience focused in NY public and non-public schools. Robert’s career is a hybrid of Professional Developer and Project Manager for PD. Robert is passionate about education, especially in the special needs community. He holds a Bachelor in Education and Psychology degree 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

Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer, Secondary Education 7-12 English and Math

Terry VanNoy comes to Teq from Spokane, Washington state where he was born, raised, and started his teaching career. He taught for many years in middle schools and high schools in Math and English. 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 math videos 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 comes to Teq as a Professional Development Specialist. 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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