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About Me...
I am Secondary Digital Learning Specialist for Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota. I have been an educator for +- 30 years, and am a COSN Certified Educational Technology Leader. I live in Minneapolis with my wonderful wife, son and daughter. The great thing about my job is that I get to learn every day and share that learning with some incredibly talented educators, both in my district and around the world!

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Since 2007, I have used this space to share ideas and resources with my staff and others who might find value. While I use this space as part of my work, the opinions presented are my own.


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