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          Justin BrooksbyJustin Brooksby
          Associate Director

          justin [at] uen [dot] org (Email Justin )

          Justin manages the professional development department at UEN. His expertise is in instructional design, technology integration, learning strategies, and process improvement. He began his career as a network designer for Cisco Systems in 2000. Justin started working at the University of Utah in 2005 in Business and Auxiliary 福彩app是正规的吗 and in 2013 he joined the Utah Education Network. During Justin’s career he has implemented several training programs designed to increase learning comprehension and improve customer service strategies. His work at UEN includes, the Utah Education Technology Endorsement Program, Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning for school principals, professional development opportunities and Canvas LMS. Justin strives to create positive working relationships with school districts, libraries, Utah State Office of Education, Utah System of Higher Education and educational partners in order to improve student education in the state of Utah. Justin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.

          Emma LangeNicole Johnson
          Administrative Assistant

          njohnson [at] uen [dot] org (Email Nicole )

          Nicole graduated from the University of Nevada Reno before beginning her career in education. Her experience is working with students and educators within the GEAR UP program for the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She enjoyed working with teachers so much she joined the team at UEN. Her Bachelors degree is in Criminal Justice, but she currently aspires to join the U in obtaining her Masters degree.



          • Education and Digital Storytelling
          • Digital Empowerment
          • Getting Started with Canvas
          • Apple Teacher iPad Badge
          • Apple Teacher Mac Badge
          • Nearpod Certified Educator
          • Adobe Creative Tools
          • Google Certified Educator Level 1
          • Google Certified Educator Level 2
          Val AndersonVal Anderson
          Education Staff Assistant

          val [at] uen [dot] org (Email Val )

          Val has a bachelor's degree in Spanish education with an English minor. She has taught Spanish to grades 6-12 and English in 10-12, including concurrent enrollment courses through Dixie State University. Her master's degree is in English: Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Studies. She is currently working on a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction through a blended program at Kansas State University.


          • Adobe Creative Tools
          • Create Online Educational Media
          • Game-Based Learning and Gamification
          • Online Tools for Flexible Formative Assessments
          Rob BentleyRob Bentley

          rob [at] uen [dot] org (Email Rob )

          Rob specializes in multimedia projects and resources for the classroom. He focuses on how teachers can effectively use video, images, and other media to teach their students, and also how to get students creating exciting media of their own such as educational computer games, animations, mashups, comics, zooming presentations, infographics, and much more. Rob also teaches courses that help teachers learn the basics of computer usage. Previously Rob taught Spanish and language arts in Granite School District. His Bachelors degree is in Spanish education with an English minor, and he also holds a Masters in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.


          • Classroom Integration of Educational Technology
          • The Connected Educator: Develop your PLN
          • Foundations of Instructional Design for Educators
          • The Innovative Educator: Makerspaces
          • Leadership in Educational Technology and Instructional Design

          Jared CoviliJared Covili

          jared [at] uen [dot] org (Email Jared )

          Jared Covili specializes in teaching strategies for classroom integration of technology such as Google tools, geospatial learning, social media, and digital devices. Jared's background is in secondary education where he was a Language Arts teacher at the secondary level. Jared received his Bachelors degree in English and his Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.

          Besides his work at UEN, Jared is also an adjunct faculty member of the College of Education at the University of Utah, where he teaches technology integration classes to undergraduate students. Jared served as the president of Utah Coalition for Educational Technology for 2011-2012 and currently serves on the UCET board, moderating #UTedChat and organizing Edcamp Utah. Jared is the author of Going Google and Classroom in the Cloud.


          • Blended and Personalized Learning
          • Blended Learning Methods
          • Canvas for Online Learning
          • Community Mapping (CMaP) Workshop
          • Getting Started with Canvas
          • Sparking Curiosity and Creativity Using Genius Hour
          • Technology to Improve Student Research

          Jared FawsonJared Fawson

          jfawson [at] uen [dot] org (Email Jared)

          Jared Fawson is a senior technology trainer at the Utah Education Network. Jared teaches, guides, consults, and helps educators of any level effectively use technology in the classroom. Creating meaningful and engaging professional learning experiences that can be applied directly into the classroom are Jared's focus as he develops courses and presentations for UEN. He has used his expertise to present at many schools and districts across the state of Utah. Prior to his work at the Utah Education Network, Jared was an award-winning teacher in the Davis and Granite School Districts where he taught just about every subject at the junior high level. Jared earned his Social Science Composite Teaching degree and Masters of Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah. When it comes to free time Jared enjoys exploring the world with family, nature on his mountain bike, and trying to hit a small white ball as far as he can with an instrument ill-suited for such a purpose.


          • College and Career Readiness with UtahFutures
          • Digital Empowerment
          • Digital Portfolios for College and Career Readiness
          • Immersive Learning with Breakout EDU
          • Utah's Online Library: Research & Resources

          Jami GardnerJami Gardner

          jgardner [at] uen [dot] org (Email Jami )

          Jami Gardner specializes in helping teachers effectively use the website. She has a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Southern Utah University and was a Business and Financial Literacy teacher for three years serving at-risk students. Prior to teaching Jami was the Marketing Director for one of the largest credit unions in Utah and also ran her own online business.


          • Apple Teacher iPad Badge
          • Apple Teacher Mac Badge
          • Digital Photography in the Classroom
          • Engaging Online Learning with Canvas
          • Mixed Reality for Education
          • Nearpod Certified Educator
          • Shifting School Culture with Canvas
          • Teaching Online
          • Video Creation with iMovie

          Michael HakkarinenMichael Hakkarinen

          michael [at] uen [dot] org (Email Michael )

          Michael Hakkarinen specializes in helping teachers engage students in the classroom with technology such as Mac Tools, Google Apps for Educators, iPads and more. He earned a Bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s in Elementary Education at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where he also taught Instructional Technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He was a Technology Resource Teacher in Frederick County, Maryland, where he taught elementary school, and an EdTech for Canyons School District in Utah before joining the UEN PD team in 2014. He currently serves as an elected member of the UCET Board.


          • Canvas for K-5 Classrooms
          • Creating Critical Thinkers Through Coding
          • Google Certified Educator Level 1
          • Google Certified Educator Level 2
          • Teaching the 4 Cs Using iPads
          • Utah's Online Library: Preschool & Elementary

          Dani SloanShannon Ririe

          shannon [at] uen [dot] org (Email Shannon )

          Shannon specializes in classroom implementation of Chromebooks. She has a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and a Master's in Instructional Design and Education Technology.​ She most recently worked at Granite School District as a technology specialist and taught fifth grade for five years in Granite and Wasatch districts. Shannon is passionate about engaging students through technology and helping them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills through learning computer coding.


          • Education and Digital Storytelling
          • Elementary Engagement with Canvas
          • Teaching Digital Citizenship
          • Utah's Online Library: Secondary Grades

          Dani SloanDani Sloan

          dani [at] uen [dot] org (Email Dani )

          Dani Sloan is a technology specialist with expertise in using social media in the classroom. She has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Instructional Design and Educational Psychology from the University of Utah, where she is currently an Adjunct Instructor teaching technology integration to educators. Dani was a member of the organizing committee for Utah’s first EdCamp and is enthusiastic about sharing new online tools, using iPads and Chromebooks in classrooms, and learning to unplug at home.