WeVideo Education Ambassadors
The WeVideo Education Ambassador Program recognizes and supports educators who are at the forefront of applying video creation to foster creativity, increase engagement, and enhance learning. Any educator across all levels, pre-K through high school, public and private, can apply to become a WeVideo Education Ambassador. Together we will raise the bar for creativity in the classroom and help students express their voices.
WeVideo Education Ambassadors serve an essential role as innovators in education. They help to nurture an educational landscape that emphasizes critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
We ask WeVideo Education Ambassadors to:
- Give product feedback to help shape the future of video creation in schools
- Lead webinars, workshops, or events at your school or district
- Share video creations, blog posts, project ideas and lesson plans
- Serve as a guide and train other WeVideo users; recruit new users
- Broadcast successes on social media
- Contribute to blogs and case studies
In return, we offer:
- An official WeVideo badge
- WeVideo Education Ambassador insider briefings
- Learning sessions, webinars, and training to refine your skills
- First look at new product features before release
- Support to attend and present at education conferences
- WeVideo swag and other fun rewards
- A platform to network with other educators across the world
Meet Our Ambassadors:
LRC Director, Woodland Middle School, Gurnee, Illinois
Andrea Perrin began her teaching career over 25 years ago and after spending twelve years as a 7th grade social studies teacher, she earned her school library media endorsement and hasn’t regretted a minute of the change. After her school district went 1:1 using Chromebooks, she championed the school’s purchase of WeVideo. She was recently selected to write a chapter for a book published by the Illinois Digital Educator’s Alliance where she mentioned the solution. Andrea has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, is a Level 1 Certified Google Educator, and a Future Ready Librarian.
Instructional Technology Specialist, Indian Prairie School District 204 Illinois
Andy Fekete works with preschool through high school, providing instructional technology support to educators, students and classrooms throughout the district. Since 2014, Andy is a G Suite for Education Certified Trainer, Certified Administrator as well as a Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Educator. Andy believes in the message of “eUp” - equipping, encouraging and empowering students and educators, with the mindset, technology, skills and resources necessary, towards ensuring success is reached at the highest level.
Technology Broadcasting Teacher, Upper Saddle River School District | Board Of Educator Member - Hawthorne, New Jersey
Bruce Reicher has been an educator for over 20 years in all grade levels. He is a level one and two Google Certified Teacher, Codesters Python Coding Ambassador, BrainPOP Certified Educator, Wakelet Ambassador and WeVideo at state and national conferences. He has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Administration and has also been a Board Of Education member for the past 7 years.
Carlos "Mr.G" Garza
Teacher and Campus Technologist, Juarez Lincoln High School Citrus City, Texas
Mr.G is a family man. Among other things, he's a Google Certified Educator and Trainer (more About.Me/MrG). He has presented for local, regional, and state events in Texas. However, with his podcast, he reaches an international audience. Education is his calling and educational technology is his passion. As an avid Chromebook user, he feels that WeVideo is the best choice for video editing.
Science and Social Studies Teacher, Phillipsburg School District Warren County, New Jersey
Casey Unangst uses technology for preschool and Kindergarten. She has the unique position to teach 18 full day preschool and 10 full day Kindergarten classes totaling nearly 500 students in a four-day span. Casey uses technology to enrich her lessons in many ways. From green screen to augmented reality- Casey is excited to bring technology to her young learners in any form imaginable.
Instructional Technology Coach, James Wood High School, VA
Chad Fisher has been in education since 1997 in various roles and levels ranging from Art to TechEd. He's a Certified GSuite Trainer and Hapara Trainer among other things and has a Masters Degree in Computers in Education. In his roles, he has planned presentations and trained students and staff on how to use various educational technologies from the use of 3D printers to the creation of videos using WeVideo.
Middle School Technology Teacher, Arlington Classics Academy Arlington, TX
Christopher Evans has a background in Radio and Television production with experience producing a daily news magazine with 6th graders. He has been using WeVideo personally for years and introduced it to his classes this year for their video unit: “we use exclusively Chrome devices so WeVideo is the perfect solution."
High School Librarian, Downers Grove South High School Downers Grove, Illinois
When it comes to video, Christopher Rios is self-taught, eternally curious, and always willing to take risks. He likes to play around with technology and figure out how to make it do things it's not meant to do. The librarians at DGS started using WeVideo about 5 years ago at which point, they became proponents of video production in the classroom. From the moment he started at the school over a decade ago, WeVideo has been a major curricular staple in the school.
Dana La Chapelle
Teacher, Toby Johnson Middle School Elk Grove, California
Dana La Chapelle began teaching at the elementary level and transitioned to teaching technology in middle school in 2002. She split her time between Computer Technology and Yearbook until 2008 when she began teaching the video and the live morning broadcast programs. Dana and her students use WeVideo in their Chrome based lab to create public service announcements, instructional videos, commercials, documentaries and content for the award winning TJTV morning show, First Things 1st, at Toby Johnson Middle School.
Instructional Technology Specialist, Ellington Public Schools Ellington, CT
Daniel Spada has worked in education for nine years as an ELA Teacher, Library Media Specialist, and now Tech Integrationist. Prior to becoming a Teacher he had a career in television production and marketing. He is a Google Certified Trainer, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, a Hewlett-Packard Teaching Fellow, and a Minecraft Global Mentor. He believes WeVideo gives kids a chance to tell their story in a creative way regardless of their technical skill level.
District Technology Integrationist, Pine City Public Schools Minnesota
Dihanna loves to share what she knows about technology, her inspiration and support allow staff to integrate technology tools seamlessly into the classroom. Dihanna recently began sharing small tech tips that are posted around our building and spark staff to learn more about the technology tools available to them. She presents in Minnesota and many people are aware of her ability to easily breakdown seemingly daunting software into easily usable tools.
Retired Teacher, Nekoosa School District Nekoosa, WI
Eric Peterson retired from teaching after 32 years teaching 6th grade math and computers while coaching basketball. Eric is now pursuing his passion of video production focused on sports highlights, music videos, documentaries, and sharing video production with teachers to use with their students. Eric has had kids use WeVideo to make book trailers, “highlight” videos, “how-to” videos, weather forecasts using a green screen, and music videos among many other projects.
Beginning Band Teacher, Bloomington Public School District Bloomington, MN
Frederick Ballew has been an educator since 1998. Over the years he has leveraged technology to make his teaching more engaging and his day-to-day work more efficient. As a beginning instrumental music teacher (5th grade band) he has used WeVideo to edit demonstration lessons for his students. As a tech trainer he has conducted numerous trainings on WeVideo.
Discovery Teacher and Technology Coach for Green Valley Elementary School in WIlson School District in Berks County PA
Galen Newman has a true passion for STEAM (Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education. He loves working with teachers on creating engaging lessons filled with technology. He has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and feels that media is a great way to build a positive culture and climate within a school community. Galen knows that 21st Century Skills are key to a successful educational experience
Director of Technology Wentzville School District Wentzville, MO
Greg Lawrence is a former instructional technology coach and vocal music educator who has seen and is motivated by the engagement technology creates and is amazed with the creativity that is brought out from staff and students when they are creating with WeVideo. He was a recipient of ISTE's Making IT Happen award in 2012. Greg is also a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer and a co-leader for GEG (Google Educator Group) Eastern Missouri.
Innovation Coach, Buffalo Trail Public Schools Wainwright, Alberta, Canada
Heather Rentz has been in education for over 20 years and now assists educators and administrators in the enhancement of teaching and learning practices. She strives to promote the integration of cross-curricular competencies throughout the curriculum at all grade levels and subject areas. She supports innovative classroom instructional practices through the implementation of educational technology skills and quality learning. Heather is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, a Common Sense Education Ambassador, a Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator, a Hapara Champion Trainer, a Seesaw Ambassador, a MaKeyMaKey Trainer, a WeVideo Ambassador and is Read&Write Google Chrome certified.
Media Specialist, Marlboro Middle School New Jersey
Jay Seibert spent several years teaching a variety of elementary school grades and is now teaching students from 6th-8th grade. He is a Level 1 and Level 2 Google Certified Trainer. Jay combines his background in Graphic Design, Audio Engineering, and Video Production to assist students discover their creative potential and tell their stories.
News/Video Production Advisor, JCB High School, Phoenix NY
Jennifer Barry has held various jobs in education for over 20 years. She is a Google Certified Educator and provides technology support to students and staff districtwide. Jennifer uses WeVideo to create training videos, public service announcements and student produced high school news broadcasts. She feels this platform has helped to reach students from different social and economic groups while empowering them to become an important part of the community.
Innovative Learning Coach, DuJardin Elementary School Bloomingdale, Illinois
Jennifer Eggert works with staff and students to create meaningful and authentic experiences to transform learning. Her passions include student voice, choice, and creativity. In 2017, she was honored with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching and continues to mentor preservice teachers for the non-profit organization.
Technology Teacher, Sandburg Middle School Elmhurst, IL
Jennifer Leban is a 2020 IL State Teacher of the Year Finalist and 2019-20 Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow. A National Board Certified Teacher, Jennifer teaches creative technology and visual arts classes at Sandburg Middle School in Elmhurst, IL. Jennifer is a member of the LAX18 Google Certified Innovator cohort. Her Innovator project, called Reset EDU, is a YouTube channel that strives to motivate, empower, and inspire teachers to embrace new ideas for learning and teaching.
English, AVID & Reading Teacher, Emerson Jr. High School Davis, California
Jennifer Wolfe is a writer and middle school teacher dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply and teaching audaciously. With over 28 years of teaching experience, Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator and AVID Staff Developer in Digital Teaching and Learning. Jennifer is part of the HyperDoc Advisory Board and Consultant Team and currently teaches middle school English, AVID, and Reading. She also serves as a mentor teacher, department leader, AVID coordinator, and school technology coordinator.
Video Production and Robotics Teacher, Silverado Middle School Roseville, CA
Jinina Jelarcic started video production classes in her school district as part of an elective class and produces a bi-weekly newscast that includes announcements and highlight reels of school events. In addition to overseeing 4 sections of Video Production, she has trained staff members to use WeVideo and has been the contact person for any special video requests. She is a credentialed Library Media Specialist, has presented at several California League of Schools conferences and local CUE conferences, and is working with her schools Technology Advisory Committee, along with running clubs for students. In her spare time, she works with her handsome Golden Retriever, Milo, as a dog therapy team.
Teacher/Librarian, Sunnyside Unified School District Tucson, AZ
Over the past few years Jospeh Letson has helped teachers at Lauffer Middle School in Tucson, Arizona integrate technology into their lessons and projects. He has also supported teachers and students with multiple forms of digital curriculum. His school has had some great success incorporating WeVideo into their lessons this year and he looks forward to seeing how it can help teachers and students showcase their work in new and creative ways. He believes that WeVideo not only helps students create more rigorous projects, but it teaches them real-world skills that they will need in a 21st Century work environment.
Social Science and Technology Teacher, West Hills High Santee, CA
Josh Reyes has been using WeVideo in his 1 to 1 classroom for three years. He’s a Google Certified Educator and been leading training sessions on WeVideo for Grossmont Union High School District. He has an MA in Educational Leadership (PLNU), a Mobile Learning Certificate from USD, and has recently become an official Google Ninja through his district.
Media Coordinator, Mount Tabor High School Winston-Salem, NC
Judy Uhrig is a former corporate audio visual specialist who transitioned into education. She understands the impact of communicating with video, and has embraced WeVideo as her favorite digital tool. Uhrig and her students create a weekly news broadcast and she gets as many students involved as possible in creating and editing. As well as teaching the students video creation skills, she enjoys presenting at conferences, has been on the leadership council of the Discovery Educator Network since 2005. She also loves to learn and share with educators from all over the world.
Technology Elective Teacher, Emerson Middle School Niles, IL
Karen Corsello has taught video production, broadcasting, and computer programming at Emerson Middle School since 2007. She is a Google Certified Educator (Level 2). She made the switch from iMovie to WeVideo in 2016 and hasn’t looked back! WeVideo works seamlessly with Google Suite for Education and allows for student collaboration. She believes that student choice is the key to empowering and engaging learners. Her goal is for her students to find their authentic voice and become meaningful producers of media.
Instructional Technology Specialist, (Retired) Temple, TX
Karen is a recently retired Instructional Technology Specialist in Temple Independent School District with a Doctorate in Ed. Leadership. Teaching experience includes 5th grade math, ELAR, Middle School Math,Tech Apps, and Adjunct at Texas A&M University, Central Texas. She is a Google Educator 1, 2, Trainer certified and a Google Innovator, (SWE17). Teacher agency is a strong theme in her view of professional development as well as student voice and choice in learning. She is currently pursuing her MBA and a love of business.
Academic Technology Coordinator, Mount Pisgah Christian School Johns Creek, Georgia
Kelsey Dierdorff went from 8 years teaching world history to working in instructional technology teaching broadcast journalism and mobile app development. She is now in charge of all technology subscriptions and programs grades 5-12. She has presented at ISTE alongside her students.
Instructional Coordinator of Digital Learning, Cherry Creek Schools Aurora, Colorado
Kris has been working in education for over 25 years, most of which has been spent helping teachers integrate technology effectively with curriculum to enhance student learning and engagement. She is the main contact for WeVideo, in her district, a Google Level 2 Certified Educator, Schoology Champion, Microsoft MIE Expert, Pear Deck Regional Coach for Colorado, and Certified Emergenetics Associate. In her free time, Kris enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and black lab. WeVideo is her all-time favorite tech tool.
English Teacher, Westonka Public Schools Mound, MN
Kristin Wallace has been teaching English for 25 years. Her love for video content creation began while teaching broadcast journalism and film production. When she went 1:1 with Chromebooks seven years ago, WeVideo became her go to tool for student film creation. She also uses WeVideo as an instructional tool for teachers.
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Educational Technology Enrichment Specialist, Syosset High School Syosset, New York
With over two decades of experience, Kristina A. Holzweiss was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016 - 2017 "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader, a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award. Kristina enjoys integrating technology and literacy, as well as low tech makerspace activities, into her students' learning experiences. She has written two series of makerspace books with Scholastic, and is the co-author of Hacking School Libraries.
Deputy Head - Teaching and Innovation, Caterham Preparatory School Caterham, UK
Lex has been a head of IT, Computing, Digital Learning and now Innovation in schools in the London and South East area for more than ten years. He has embraced the development of teaching, learning and digital storytelling as a way of enriching students' experiences, developing their creativity and accelerating their learning. The flexibility of WeVideo has allowed him to pursue the use of documentary, vlogging, narrative, instruction and more recently branching multimedia roleplaying through video. Lang has loved being able to demonstrate the flexibility that WeVideo's browser and app gateways provide. At a time of great generational change in education, it has also proved to be a powerful tool in strengthening links between schools and parents, as well as the children, with flipped learning and explanatory videos enabling access to all.
Instructional Coach, Jefferson County School District, Colorado
Lisa started her teaching career in Denver Public Schools, teaching 12th grade ELA at Thomas Jefferson. In 2009, she made the move to Jeffco and taught 7-12 grades. As an Instructional Coach she made her way up to the Ed Center and has happily worked in a variety of roles with the Ed Tech Team for the last 7 years. This year she is in an admin position liaising between Ed Tech and IT, which gives her a unique perspective.
Freelance Educator, Create Make Learn University of Vermont, Adjunct Faculty Burlington, VT
Lucie deLaBruere has over 30 years of experience in educational technology working with students and educators in K-12 and higher education. Her 20 years as a classroom teacher always integrated leadership development through the use of emerging technologies. As an ambassador for creativity and innovation in our schools she develops opportunities for non profits and schools to increase access to high tech tools and hands on minds on learning opportunities for students.Through her leadership, Vermont schools have joined together to make WeVideo available to over 25,000 students.
Instructional Technology Specialist, Cy-Fair ISD Houston, Texas
Manny works in a district of over 117,000 students on 91 K-12 campuses. His curriculum focus is LOTE (World Language Department) and he also provides support for campuses as needed. He is a Flipgrid Student Voice Ambassador board member and curated the translation for the Flipgrid Educator’s guide. His enthusiasm is contagious because he LOVES to showcase programs such as Wevideo, where he creates fun video edits to share with teachers. Manny is passionate about blended learning and focuses on making learning FUN! Yaaas!
Mary Jo Minarich
Building Level Tech & STEAM Lab/Computer Lab Coordinator, Galloway Elementary Channahon, Illinois
Before working in education technology Mary Jo Minarich was a Librarian for 10 years. She is a Google Certified Educator (Level 2) and shares Google tools with teachers and students throughout the school year. Her students, who range from Kindergarteners to Second Graders, use Chromebooks, iPads and computers at various times of their day. WeVideo works perfectly on ALL devices.
Communications, Strothoff International School Dreieich, Germany
Matthew Baganz works for the communications department at an international school near Frankfurt, having previously taught for 14 years at different schools in Florida, Germany and the British Virgin Islands. When teaching he used WeVideo regularly in class with his students, in addition to collaborating on projects with several schools around the world. He continues to use WeVideo for showcasing his school on social media and other marketing initiatives.
Technology Integration Specialist, Richland School District Two Columbia, SC
Nichole Allmann's primary role in the district is to work collaboratively with the Technology Learning Coaches at various schools, coaching teachers to transform their teaching practices to prepare students to be world class learners. Not only does she focus her training on effective instructional uses in a 1:1 computing environment, she works with teachers to build personalized, blended models of instruction and Project Based Learning.
Educational Technology & Personalized Learning Specialist, Golden Colorado, Jeffco Public Schools
Nick is a lover of learning and an autodidact at heart who loves to grow with others. As a Google Certified Trainer/Educator, and Apple Distinguished Educator, he has been integrating video and multimedia into learning experiences for more than a decade. His passions center around using video and multimedia to inspire change by starting conversations that make a difference (bit.ly/nsteinmetz). As an advocate for increased student agency and access, he finds WeVideo to be an amazing transformational tool.
Technology Resource Teacher, Moanalua Elementary School (MES), Oahu, Hawaii
Norma has been passionate about Technology in all her 32 years of teaching. At MES, she has created quite a buzz with all students and staff with her enthusiastic promotion and instruction using WeVideo. Her students record a quarterly MES NEWS broadcast. In addition, her students have won awards in the Olelo state video competition and the American Savings Bank Keiki Co competition, using WeVideo.
Supervisor of Instructional Technology and Tech Coach, Clarke County Public Schools, Berryville, Virginia
Patrick is an edtech coach and supervisor who believes in the power of technology coupled with great pedagogy to yield endless promise in education and beyond. He is the founder of UnisonEDU (a non-profit to assist schools in need), a co-founder of #edcampNSV and a 2019 ASCD Emerging Leader. Amongst being a Google Certified Innovator (#LAX18) & Trainer, he also holds certifications from Flipgrid, Common Sense Education, Nearpod, Screencastify, Insert Learning, and more.
Head of Digital Learning, Newton Prep School London Borough of Wandsworth, England
Originally from Australia, Rachel Coathup taught as a classroom teacher for 2 years. She's a Google Certified Educator Level 2 and Apple Teacher. Rachel has a passion for integrating digital technology and being able to support teachers and students to use technology to transform learning.
Rachelle Dene Poth
Spanish and STEAM Teacher, Riverview Junior Senior High School Oakmont, PA
Rachelle is a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher, an Attorney and has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. Rachelle serves as President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network. She is the author of 'In Other Words: Quotes that Push Our Thinking," "The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead," published by Edugladiators, "Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU" and "Chart A New Course (ISTE)."
PBL Resource Teacher, San Diego Unified School District San Diego, CA
Reuben Hoffman is the PBL Resource Teacher in San Diego Unified School District, collaborating with and supporting interdisciplinary PBL projects. He is recognized as a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Innovator. As a WeVideo Ambassador, Reuben promotes the idea of providing all students opportunities for digital storytelling.
Dr. Roland Rios
Director of Technology, Ft. Sam Houston Independent School District San Antonio, Texas
During his nearly 30 year career in education, Dr. Roland Rios has been a math teacher, high school assistant principal, and middle and high school principal. He also serves as Past-President of the Texas Computer Education Association. In 2012, he was named the “TCEA Technology Administrator of the Year” for Texas and was also named one of TechSmith’s “20 to Watch in Educational Technology” for the U.S.
Dr. Ronald Kotlik
History Teacher, Clarence High School Clarence, NY
Dr. Ronald Kotlik teaches courses in American Military History, and the Civil War and is passionate about technology In addition to his History teaching, Ron is a Professor and Program Director of the Education Technologies Program at Canisius College (Buffalo, NY). Ron has presented at several education technology conferences on technology tools for Digital Storytelling with WeVideo, Virtual Reality in the Classroom with Google Cardboard, and numerous additional topics.
Visual and Performing Arts Teacher, Primary Education, Colegio Palacio de Granda Asturias, Spain
Ryan Gornall worked previously as an Actor in Educational Theatre for EFL students. It was natural that when he started teaching at Palacio de Granda, he was asked to teach Performing Arts. Ryan was already enthusiastic about creating videos, incorporating them into Theatre productions, as well as other projects within the school. In 2015, Palacio de Granda adopted G-Suite for Education, with 1:1 chromebooks, eventually becoming a Google Reference School in 2019.
Special Education and Language Arts Teacher, Phillipsburg Middle School Phillipsburg, NJ
As a special education teacher, Stacy Huber has worked at various levels within her district. She began working with WeVideo when her district's Technology PLC, which she has been an active member of for the past four years, was asked to pilot the program in the classroom. She also uses WeVideo to edit staff development videos and tutorials. Stacy is a Google Certified Educator (level two) and a Common Sense Educator.
Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator, Pickerington Schools, Ohio
Stephanie has taught special education in 5th grade at Diley Middle School and as an Independent Provider for individuals with Special Needs and as an One-On-One Aide at Forest Rose School. She has volunteered and worked in the Special Education field since 2006. Stephanie has spoken at conferences such as PLSD Innovation conference, ISTE, ITIP and OETC and her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.
STEAM Team, St.Stephen's Episcopal Day School Miami, FL
Valeria Rodriguez is passionate about infusing the classroom with creativity, technology, science, and good vibes. She began teaching while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer (Sustainable Agriculture Sector) in Panama. Since 2013, she has been a classroom science teacher in the states, having taught Environmental, Earth & Space, and Biomedical Life Science. As an educator who is constantly trying to iterate ways to transform learning, she has found that using WeVideo in her classroom is a powerful & effective way to captivate her audience, empower students with tools they will need & can use throughout their lives, and help her students shift from being content consumers to content creators.
Innovation Coach, Buffalo Trail Public Schools Wainwright, Alberta, Canada
Xay Saysana loves supporting all learners in his school district. He is continually amazed at how a little encouragement can leave lasting impressions in classrooms. Xay is a Google Certified Educator & Administrator, Hapara Champion Trainer, WeVideo Ambassador, and Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator. He is dedicated to lifelong learning and finding ways to support all students.