Marcos Navas is a Technology Facilitator for the Union City Board of Education and is a proud advocate of his district and the Union City Summer STEM Camps. Born and raised in Hudson County, you can find him posting tweets on all types of #teched , #3Dprinting #makered, #designthinking ideas and innovations.
He was most recently named a NJ PBS Innovator and was part of the first U.S Raspberry Pi Certified Educators cohort. Marcos is huge fan of the Apple platform and is an Apple Education Trainer. Being an active member in the Maker community, Marcos is passionate about 3D Printing and is an Educational Leader at the Maker Depot Academy in Totowa, New Jersey. He is an ambassador with Polar3D, an ambassador with Morphi App, and founder of Hands on Coding, a set of 3D printed coding blocks set for a near future release. He has spoken and presented at NJEA, ISTE, and is part of the NJEA Makerspace group in NJ. After attending a few Edcamps and being part of Hudson County, the idea of an EdcampUrban and offering Urban Educators an opportunity to experience this type of PD quickly forced him to spread the idea to some local and amazing educators. Hence, the creation of EdcampUrban. He is on a mission to help reform education and expose kids to the latest in technology. He is truly STEAMing his way through the Maker Revolution and brining education along for the ride!
Bibiana Prada has been in education for over 21 years. Starting as an Administrative Assistant while going to St. Peter’s University for her undergrad. Currently, Bibiana is a Media Specialist with the West New York Board of Education. Bibiana is a single-mother to twin 15 year olds and a 13 year old girl.
Bibiana considers all her 1000+ students “her kids”. In her relentless quest to bring innovative creative teaching experiences to all her “kids”, she has been a pioneer for STEAM education in her urban school district. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Bibiana’s parents migrated to West New York where she lived there for over 25 years. Although she is a Bergen County resident she has strong roots in West New York. You can find Bibiana tweeting away on a variety of subjects that peak her interest like books, STEAM, Makerspaces, Project Based Learning, Destination Imagination- if its creative and fun, you can bet she is researching it!
Bibiana loves presenting at a variety of educational conference. Her enthusiasm and natural gift of gab allows others to see her passion for education. Bibiana is also an active member of the Maker community. After attending a few EdCamps she was hooked on this innovative way to obtain Professional Development. Now, she is an EdCamp addict. In May 2016, Bibiana made her way to Philadelphia to participate at Ed Camp Leadership Summit, she was in heaven surrounded by those who share her passion for education. Bibiana is also a GAFE Level I & Level II Certified Educator, a member of NJASL, NJEA, and has been awarded many educational grants for her district, is an Edcamp Org member, Co-Founder of EdCampUrban and a USArmy Veteran.
Krista Welz is a Media Specialist in North Bergen High School, improving the average annual circulation of books by 97%. Being a lifelong resident of her town, she also worked for the town's public library for several years as the Children’s Librarian. She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She provides tech support for the high school, runs the Library Media Center and provides technological Professional Development for teachers. She also reviews literature and apps for School Library Journal. She is a graphic, web & game designer. Krista was elected to serve on the BELS Executive Board and is also Chair on the Website Committee for the BELS Consortium. She also serves on the Mackin TYSL Advocacy Board.
Krista was awarded Library Journal's 2017 Mover and Shaker Educator, recognized as North Bergen High School's Educational Services Professional of the Year (2016 - 2017), serves as an EdTPA Performance Assessment Consultant for the NJCU College of Education, and volunteers on the NJ Makers Day Marketing Committee.
Krista won her high school a YALSA grant in 2014 & 2016 and was a James Patterson & Scholastic Reading Club Grant 2015 Recipient, winning her school library $5,000. She presents at numerous education conferences, such as AASL and NJECC. Her main goal is focused on technology integration in education and libraries. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Education program in Educational Technology Leadership at NJCU.
Check out more at www.kristawelz.com
Dan Borghoff is a Robotics, Special Education, History Teacher and MakerSpace Director in the Rockaway Public School District. His work with MakerSpaces has been featured on programs like the “NJEA Classroom CloseUp” series as well as the local “NJ Caucus” panel show with Steve Adubato. He has presented workshops at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, spoken at many EdTech conferences and conventions throughout the tristate area, and presented at numerous EdCamps over the past few years.
Dan is also the Education Coordinator at the Maker Depot Academy in Totowa, NJ, where he works with a team of top teachers and makers to develop educational programs, build curriculum and design ”Maker" themed classes and projects for both students and teachers alike.
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