Eric A. Walters serves as the Director of STEM Education at Marymount School of New York, where he teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics, Atmospheric Science, and Videography: Shot on iPhone. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Eric believes that transformative teaching and learning occurs when students construct their own knowledge, collaborate with their peers and then publish their work. Eric also serves as moderator for the Student Tech Team @ Marymount, which plans the annual Student Technology Conference, a global, virtual free conference by students, for all. Eric also has a second career as an aspiring television sitcom writer. You can connect with Eric via Twitter @EWaltersScience
Jaymes Dec is a technology teacher in Marymount's Upper Middle School. After graduating from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, Jaymes was the Program Manager at a National Science Foundation program for high school students from the South Bronx that taught science, technology, engineering, and math skills through classes on sustainable design and green technologies. Jaymes is a cofounder of The NYC Makery, a community makerspace for children in Gowanus, Brooklyn. He is on the Board of Directors of the Nerdy Derby, an education non-profit that organizes creative design challenges for children. Jaymes is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University in the Creative Technologies Certification Program. He is the coauthor of Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids. Jaymes was named a “Teacher of the Future” by the National Association of Independent Schools and a Senior Fab Learn Fellow by Stanford University.
Margaret McCarthy graduated from Colby College and began her teaching career in the Education Department of the Bronx Zoo. From there, she taught science and Class I at the Chapin School while earning her Master's Degree at Hunter College in Childhood Education. She is passionate about incorporating STEAM education and maker projects into her curriculum. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling and hiking through nature with her husband, dog, and two young children. She has been teaching science at Marymount since 2008.
don buckley believes in design thinking as a methodology to solve wicked problems and is dedicated to creating new possibilities in education. He is an author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator with appearances at TEDx, NAIS, NYSAIS CAIS, NWAIS, EduCon, COSEN, PAIS, ISAS, NCGS, EARCOS, INNOVATED, The Global Education Conference, PBS, Edutopia, and more. don is based in New York City and is the co-founder of Tools at Schools, an organization that co-designs products with students and teaches them design thinking. He is also part of the faculty of the Teachers College, Columbia University.
don is an author of “Interactive Science“, the first web-based science series for schools published by Pearson. He is also featured in the book, Blended Leadership – Six Simple Beliefs for Leading Online and Off published by Wiley. For more information, find him on Linkedin.