Quantum Academy at the Nicolaysen Center
Learning Experience Designer
Escondido Union School District
Jo-Ann is a teacher first, having taught in grades K-4. Currently, she is an Instructional Coach at a new innovative school called Quantum Academy at the Nicolaysen Center. Last year, Jo-Ann was a TOSA for EUSD tasked with the incredible job of researching and designing Quantum Academy. Quantum Academy promotes fostering the creative confidence in all students and helps students access content through STEAM learning, PBL, innovative use of 1:1 iPads, and design thinking. Jo-Ann was named 2012 San Diego Teacher of the Year and 2012 semifinalist for California Teacher of the Year. She blogs regularly about the creative use of GAFE and iOS apps on her website AppEducation.com. Jo-Ann is one of the co-founders of #caedchat and helped establish local San Diego Twitter chats #eusdchat and #edchatSD. In addition, she is an organizer of Edcamp San Diego and also plan a free tech conference for teachers in my district. Jo-Ann advocates for the creative use of apps in education and regularly speaks at conferences such as SDCUE, CUE, GAFE Summits, and iPad Summits.