design committee

Eric Griffith

Eric  Griffith has been a professional in the field of educational technology since 2002 working as a web designer, technology specialist and a Technology Coordinator. Now as the DIrector of Information Technology at Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District  in Mechanicsburg Ohio. He has fostered the district's journey to Google Apps for Education as well as a one to one Chromebook initiative.   Eric’s passion is presenting technology in a manner for all to easily grasp and understand as well as to inspire others  to utilize technology to prosper in the 21st century. 

John Case

John Case is the Director of Technology for Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Ohio Hi-Point serves nearly 4000 students from 14 neighboring partner schools and focuses on preparing these students for the world of work or college. John has managed the technology infrastructure since October 2000, and chairs Ohio Hi-Point’s Technology Committee. He pioneered 1 to 1 laptop programs in Ohio public schools, and has managed the school’s 1 to 1 laptop program since 2005 which includes 600 students on the Bellefontaine campus, and hundreds of additional students at satellite locations. John’s work earned him an invitation to speak on a panel with other Ohio technology coordinators to announce eTech Ohio’s new Mobile Learning Toolkit at the 2013 Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC). He was also asked to participate in a conference kickoff Google+ hangout entitled “Technology in the Classroom.” He has written several articles for EdTech Magazine including a reference guide entitled “Anytime, Anywhere Computing Guide for K-12 Education.” Case maintains the website which blogs about Case’s experiences with 1 to 1 computing.

Sarah Mowery

Sarah Mowery is a Library Media Specialist and an Educational Technology Specialist who has been working in the library field for 14 years. She earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree in Library Science from East Carolina University.  She is currently taking coursework at Kent State University to add-on the Instructional Technology/Computer endorsement to her teaching license. She began her library career working as a Children's Librarian at the Wood County District Public Library, worked for seven years for North Carolina Public Schools in elementary and middle school library settings and in Ohio, K-12, public school settings for the last five years. Her career focus has been on collaboration, technology integration and always what is best for students. She is a member of OELMA, ALA, and AASL. She is involved with Ohio Blended Collaborative (OBC) and has been an INFOhio ICoach. She spends her time outside of work with her amazing husband, Adam, beautiful daughters, Ella (7) and Nora (2), and miniature dachshund, Ashe! She is a lover of technology, realistic fiction, hot tea, and summer days. 

Marcia Kish

Marcia Kish is a Blended and Personalized Learning Specialist and the Chief Innovation Officer for DSD Professional Development.  With over nine years experience as a blended learning coach, she has developed a three-phase implementation process that will transform the traditional classroom to an environment that focuses in on the use of data to drive instruction that will allow students to move at their own pace, place, and path.   

Marcia Kish has a total of nineteen years of teaching experience. The first eleven years of her career was spent working as a classroom teacher for Worthington City Schools.  The next nine years, Marcia has devoted her time becoming an engaging professional development coordinator, blended learning coach, and an adjunct professor.  With a bachelor degree in Elementary Education from the University of Dayton and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from National University, Marcia Kish has developed an educational toolbox of best practices that can be deployed into any classroom environment.  

Marcia has presented workshops on Blended and Personalized Learning at the OETC 14/15/16/17/18, ISTE 2014/15/17/18, FETC 2016/17/18, iNACOL 2015/16/17, TCEA 2017/18, College Campus Technology Conference 14, NWEA Fusion East 2014, Teaching and Learning iPad Conference, CUE 2015/16/17, Fall CUE 2015/17, eLearning Strategies Symposium 2015, SITE 2015/16, Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning (MACPL) 2016/17,  NAMTC Keynote Speaker 2015/16, NDLA Featured Speaker 2016, Keynote Speaker Saskatoon April 2016, Keynote Speaker Iowa Conference 2016/17, hosted the Blended and Personalized Learning Annual Conference 2015/16/17/18

Justin Denius

First, I would like to thank the Ohio Small & Rural Collaborative for choosing me to serve on the Design Committee for 2018-19.  It is my honor to work and learn alongside such a distinguished list of educators.  I am currently the HS principal at Shenandoah High School and have served in that capacity for the past six years.  Prior to becoming the principal, I worked at Noble Local as a math teacher, as well as other administrative capacities.  My family has a long history with the district as my father taught at Noble Local for 35 years, and my entire family graduated from SHS.  I completed my undergraduate work at Marietta College where I earned my bachelor’s degree in education.  My master’s degree in leadership and superintendent’s license came from Muskingum University thus preparing me for my current position.  My most important duties are to my family; I have been happily married to my wife Morgan for 20 years this April, and we have two sons Cade 15 and Tate 6 who both attend Noble Local Schools.  I am blessed to work and live in the Noble Local School District and look forward to adding value to your team in the upcoming school year.

Derrick Purtee

Derrick Purtee is the MS/HS Assistant Principal for Elgin Local Schools.  He is in his first year as an administrator after being an intervention specialist for 3 years and a social studies teacher for 3.  He also has a coaching background.  He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to new places.