Cutia Blunt: Organizer
Cutia Blunt is the Early Learning Assistant Principal at The Galloway School. Before joining Galloway in 2014, she was a second grade classroom teacher for four years and an elementary gifted program teacher for ten years. Her entire education career has been spent in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Cutia holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Elementary Education) degree from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. She also has two degrees from Kennesaw State University - a Master in Education in Educational Leadership and an Education Specialist degree in Instructional Technology. Cutia holds all four certifications offered by Google’s Education Team - Google Certified Educator (Levels 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and Google Certified Innovator. She is currently working on becoming an Apple Teacher and Certified BrainPOP Educator.
Kathy Shields: Organizer
Kathy Shields is a Learning Designer at The Galloway School in Atlanta, GA where she also teaches filmmaking and broadcasting electives in Middle and High School. Prior to this role, Kathy taught in public school for 9 years in grades K, 3 & 5, and then became an Instructional Technology Coach. Kathy now holds a Doctorate in Instructional Technology with a focus on eLearning at scale. She holds a GA Administrator Endorsement and a K-12 Reading Specialist Certification.
Kathy is a co-founder of EdCamp Savannah and has presented at ISTE, podcamps, edcamps and is a leader in professional learning. Kathy is studying change models that impact teaching and learning. Unconferences bring out the best in teachers as collaborators and as agents of change. If leadership could tap all of the untapped innovators in a community of learners, schools would bloom gracefully from within.
Tara Vito: Organizer
Tara Vito is Lead ML/UL Librarian at The Galloway School. She has worked in many diverse types of schools (independent, public, and alternative) throughout New England, South Carolina and Georgia. Tara has worked with a number of different student populations, including at-risk and gifted students as well as students with learning disabilities. Tara’s professional interests include positive expectations in education, self-efficacy/motivation in reading, expanding world views through literature, and building community through the learning process. Service learning, outdoor education, community service and other forms of experiential education are hallmarks of Tara’s career.
Tara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Child Psychology (Rhode Island College) as well as a Masters in Library and Information Services (University of Rhode Island). She is a member of the American Library Association and serves on several roundtables for social awareness and activism in libraries.
MariaPaola Jimenez is the Upper Learning Technology Teacher at The Galloway School. She has been an educator for thirteen years, teaching visual arts, design and technology in elementary, middle and high school. Before joining The Galloway School, MariaPaola taught the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program in Design Technology, Product and Digital Design for ten years at the Atlanta International School and Colegio Anglo Colombiano in Bogota, Colombia.
MariaPaola holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia and holds and International Teaching Certification from ECIS and Cambridge University. She is currently training to become a Google Certified Educator and Apple Teacher.
Steve Bartl: Organizer
Steve Bartl is the Early Learning Librarian at The Galloway School. His previous librarian positions in Georgia were at Renfroe Middle School and Glennwood Academy in the City Schools of Decatur. He has been an educator for 18 yrs serving either as a classroom teacher or as a librarian. He has taught in New Mexico, Minnesota, Arizona, and Georgia.
Steve has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Master of Arts in Library Media Education from Minnesota State University.
Cheryl Despathy: Organizer
Cheryl Despathy is a Learning Designer at The Galloway School in Atlanta, GA. Before serving in this role, she was a social studies teacher for eight years. Her entire career in education has been in independent schools, having taught at Marist School and Mount Pisgah Christian School prior to working at Galloway. Cheryl has coached and taught policy debate for over fifteen years, and loves bringing debate-based learning across all aspects of the curriculum.
Cheryl holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Women’s Studies from Emory University (Atlanta). She also has a Master of Education in Learning Design & Technology from the University of Georgia (Athens).