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Elections Ballot

The UCET President Elect position and four elected board member positions will need to be filled this year due to term limitations. To fill these positions, elections will be conducted on Friday, March 17, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information about how to access the ballot will be sent via email to each UCET member. The election results will be announced in the closing session of the UCET conference on Friday, March 17, 2017. Results will also be sent to UCET members via email and will be posted to this web site.

To find out more about what the UCET board does, visit About and Board

The ballot for voting will be available here on March 17, 2017

President Elect – (1 Position Available)

Andrew Clark  
Technical Trainer 
NUES Northern Utah Educational Services – Heber City, Utah

Biography – Andrew Clark is a Regional Technology Trainer at Northeastern Utah Education Services where he provides technology training and integration to 9 rural school districts and 2 charter school.  Prior to that he taught 4th grade in Ephraim, UT.  He holds degrees in Elementary Education and Business Administration.  Andrew loves education and is a firm believer in bringing tech to all students.  He has been on the board for the last 4 years and has loved every minute of it! In his spare time you can find him spending time with his amazing wife and 3 awesome kids!

I would like to serve as UCET President because….During my college experience I started coming to UCET in 2007 in preparation to be a teachers.  Amazingly it was there that I found teachers who could put into words what I thought and felt teaching should be. Not only did I love the conference, but I was amazed at the quality of educators that I had the opportunity to interact with.  I have attended and presented at UCET every year that I can since first attending.  Making sure that I was up to date with technology became a huge focus for me. Also, during my teaching career, I had my students join me and participate in the UCET experience. Discussing how technology helped them see more of the world was something I wanted to emphasize in the classroom. Enthusiastically I would love to serve as president of UCET! Meeting teachers and helping them is what I love to do! Enabling me with this opportunity would allow me to share with others the joy of UCET!

Board Members – (4 Positions Available)

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Chris Larsen
Director of Educational Technology
Granite School District- Salt Lake City, UT

Biography – In July of 2016, I started working as the Director of Educational Technology for Granite School District. Previously, I taught 5th and 6th grades and worked as an administrator in Granite School District. I work with an exceptional group of 40 elementary School Technology Specialists (STS) and 25 secondary Library Media Educational Technology Specialists (LMETS.) As a department, we strive to provide quality technology integration training and support to the 3,500+ teachers in Granite School District.

I have three children; a five-year-old son, and nine-month-old twin daughters. I’m a big sports fan. I enjoy hiking, going to concerts, learning, writing, and eating.  

I would like to serve on the UCET board because… I’m passionate about student learning and teacher empowerment. I believe that quality teachers are our greatest resource as a state. I want to help teachers develop skills to become more innovative and engage students in experiences that spark a lifelong passion for learning. Technology should not be a novelty in our classrooms in 2017. Student learning and inquiry should drive everything we do as educators. Technology provides a tool to connect students to a global community filled with quality resources and infinite learning opportunities and experiences.   

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Dave Horan
Teacher 
Alpine School District – Alpine, Utah

Biography – I am a fourth grade teacher who loves STEM, technology, and the flipped classroom. I have been nominated twice for Most Outstanding Young Educator and have served as an elected UCET board member the past two years.

I would like to serve on the UCET board because….I have presented at UCET for several years and want to continue to share all of the amazing things I have learned from each of you! I would love to continue to represent Alpine School District and elementary teachers on the UCET board. I feel like I have a unique perspective that would continue to help serve those that attend UCET, their districts, and ultimately all of the amazing students that we are blessed to learn with.

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Lynn Smargis  
Technology Instructional Coach / CS Coding Teacher
Park City School District – Park City, UT

Biography -Lynn Smargis is an ed tech junkie with over 10 years of experience in teaching science grades K-9, technology coaching and CS instruction. She has spoken at multiple Ed Tech and educational conferences including UCET and EdCamp. Lynn enjoys writing and blogging about current technology implementation in the classroom on her websites. She is currently a Technology Instructional Coach at McPolin Elementary in Park City where she supports tech integration in the classroom and teaches coding grades K-4. She serves on the District Voice Committee for her school district and has recently been invited to be a Nearpod Pionear. She is a teacherpreneur who has recently started Teacher Technology – an online educational technology resource for teachers.  

I would like to serve on the UCET board because…. UCET is an invaluable resource for keeping classroom technology integration on the forefront inside the classroom. The organization gives teachers new ideas and ways to use new technologies. UCET provides the best PLN for educators to share their ideas. I would really enjoy sharing my ideas to expand and support what UCET currently has to offer Utah educators.

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Megan Jenkins
Teacher (5th Grade)
Westridge Elementary – Provo, Utah

Biography – Megan was born and raised in the great state of Kentucky, go Wildcats! She attended BYU and graduated in 2012 with a degree in Elementary Education. Her desire to teach came from many influential people during her school years. Megan started teaching 5th grade and has fallen in love with STEM and all of those crazy 10 and 11 year olds! In her 1:1 classroom students are completely engaged and use technology to further their learning. She loves to attend conferences and learn how to become a better teacher. Her resume includes presenting at UCET and she is scheduled to present at NSTA in Nashville in March. During the school year she is involved in the Provo Learning Initiative (aka Provo Technology Initiative-I've heard it both ways), an after school coding club, and volunteer work. She is currently working on obtaining her STEM Endorsement. Her hobbies include crafting, sewing, watching movies, and bingeing on Psych.

I would like to serve on the UCET board because…. I feel the world is becoming inundated with technology and we have the responsibility to help our students become knowledgeable about this new and exciting innovation! As a UCET board member I would love to help teachers across the state become better acquainted with technology and help them find ways to incorporate it into their classroom. As students experience using technology appropriately they will acquire needed skills to assist them in their bright futures. Furthermore, as teachers attend the UCET conference, they need to have an experience that helps them to network and attain technology rich skills. My goal is make sure at the UCET conference teachers are given every opportunity to become a stronger teacher.

Aaron Brewer
Educational Technology Director
San Juan School District- Blanding, Utah

Biography – I have a wonderful wife and 4 incredible sons. I have had the opportunity to serve in the field of education for the past 21 years both as a teacher and in the role of school and now district administration. Through this time I have seen technology go from a machine per school to a machine per student. As a teacher I was looking for ways to integrate technology in my classroom, as an administrator I sought ways to build capacity in my teachers and I now try to build that same capacity and vision in my building principals.

I would like to serve on the UCET board because…. I see the opportunity to serve on the UCET Board as one that will allow me to support those in the state with the integration of technology for the improvement of education. I believe I have a unique perspective through my experience as a teacher, building, and district level administrator. I am excited to bring that to the table and enhance the great work that UCET is currently doing. Working with local, state, and federal agencies the improvement of education is all our goal finding ways to enhance and ensure student learning should be our goal. I hope to lend my voice to that of all educators across the state and build a better future for each of us.  

Clint Stephens
Educational Technology Integration Specialist
Southwest Educational Development Center- Cedar City, Utah

Biography – Clint has been working closely with teachers in southwest Utah for over 10 years to enable and engage them to become masters of classroom technology, or at worst help them overcome their technophobia. From Dreamweaver and Kidspiration in 2006 to Cloud Apps and anytime, anywhere collaboration today, Clint has been and is your go-to guy! Before Clint became an EdTech Specialist, he was a secondary Science teacher for 12 years in such varied places as Escalante, St. George, and a Salt Lake charter school. He earned his Bachelor's of Science at SUU and his Master's in Science Education from Montana State University. He was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award by his peers and also won several technology innovation grants & awards, and has been passionate about integrating technology into instruction his entire career.

I would like to serve on the UCET board because…. UCET is an amazing organization comprised of amazing people that put on an amazing event every year, and I would love to be a part of that! I love engaging and learning with teachers from all over Utah. I've presented at every UCET Conference since 2009 (and probably back to 2007, but my Google Calendar doesn't go back that far) and was a participant many times before that. I've been lucky to gain so much knowledge, support and friendship during that span. It's time to give back and contribute any talents I have to this aim. I have some mad organizational skills and have put together many successful events and technology conferences in the southwest region (anyone been to a CyberCorps BootUp Camp?) and feel that I can be a great asset to UCET if given the opportunity!

Summer Marshall
Technology Instructional Coach
Park City School District – Kamas, Utah

Biography – I have always known that I would be an educator. It all started in preschool when I would come home, gather my stuffed animals and attempt to teach them everything I had learned that day at school! My first official teaching position came many years later… in a one-room schoolhouse on the Navajo Reservation where I began incorporating technology through donated devices. Now, 18 years later,  as a technology instructional coach, a middle school teacher, a GenYES mentor and a parent, I am wholeheartedly committed to continuing my endeavor in incorporating meaningful use of technology to engage, and enhance student learning.

I would like to serve on the UCET board because…. I would like to serve on the UCET board because I have been a participant/ presenter for years and  I have always gained so much out of the experience. I would like the opportunity to contribute while giving back to the UCET community.

Justin Andersen
Teacher
Salt Lake City School District – Salt Lake City, Utah

Biography – Justin Andersen is currently a teacher in Salt Lake City School District. He teaches Social Studies and AVID using technology as a basis for learning in his 1:1 classroom. He is currently investigating new ways of incorporating social media into the classroom environment using twitter, YouTube, Skype, and blogging. Justin has presented at UCET, been on the Board and continues to be a technology leader in his classroom and school. He graduated from Utah Valley University with his BA in History Education and has his Master's in Learning and Technology.

I would like to serve on the UCET board because….I feel that technology is such a valuable resource to have in our classrooms but cannot be implemented successfully without the proper support and training for our teachers, Administrators and District support staff. I want to help UCET continue it mission to bring together educational stakeholders from around our state to exchange information and continue building each other up and sharing ideas. This communication and cooperation is the backbone of the edtech movement and I would like to serve on the UCET board to help continue this process and strengthen it in the future.