Our TeamGet to know us.
Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.
Travis Beach has been the Operations and Sales Manager at Powerful Learning Practice since 2008. His duties involve sales, marketing, day to day operations and logistics for travel, trade shows and F2F conferences. He is a former Marine, was a Political Science major at Valdosta State University and has been a lifelong learner. Travis is a licensed pilot, charter boat Captain and realtor. He has been around educators his entire adult life, as his wife and sister are both teachers. He is an avid hunter, fisherman and gardner. He’s a great cook too!
Jennifer is Director of Community Engagement for Powerful Learning Practice. She graduated from the College of St. Rose with a Bachelors in Childhood Education and a Masters in Educational Technology. She is a former classroom teacher who developed a passion for integrating technology and assisting others in doing so. Jennifer has been an eCourse facilitator at Powerful Learning Practice since 2012, where she developed and facilitated courses on using Google Apps for Education and integrating technology. Her work at PLP introduced her to the world of coaching, which has lead to her becoming a certified evocative coach and an instructional coach.
April is a Content Expert and Connected Coach for Powerful Learning Practice. From a young age she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She taught elementary students for ten years before becoming the technology teacher for a 3-5 school servicing 1,000+ students. April became the District Technology Integration Specialist supporting all K-12 teachers in her district. After seven years, she had the opportunity to become the Technology and School Library Coordinator where she now works with both the technical and instructional teams to support learning. She is passionate about developing learning resources and opportunities to support all learners of different abilities.
Kim is the Culturally Responsive Specialist for Powerful Learning Practice. A few months after graduating from teachers college, she hopped on a plane and headed to the far north in Ontario. She worked in a remote Ontario Indigenous community for seven years as a grade 9 and 10 teacher, the department head, and lead teacher for math and literacy for the senior division.
She has a Masters of Professional Education in Curriculum and Pedagogy from the University of Western Ontario. Inspired by her lived experiences as a Black immigrant woman from the West Indies/Caribbean and her work in Indigenous education, her research focused on equity and inclusion. She also has additional qualifications in e-learning, working with students with autism, junior to intermediate grade levels, and a specialist in special education.
Christen is a Connected Learning Specialist for Powerful Learning Practice. After earning her MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Virginia, she began her career as a K-5 Computer Resource Teacher. She enjoyed collaborating with staff and creating technology lessons that engaged students, but caught “the bug” for presenting to educators on a national level. For eleven years, Christen trained educators both face-to-face and virtually with Verizon Thinkfinity. She also served as their Distance Learning Coordinator and Vice President of Professional Development. Christen has enjoyed working with Powerful Learning Practice since 2011 and continuing her work with educators, parents and students alike.
Patrick J. (PJ) Foehr
Patrick J. (PJ) Foehr is a Leadership Coach. PJ has over thirty years experience in the education arena. He has taught elementary and secondary students, been a Principal and Assistant Principal, worked in public and private education, been a consultant and currently serves as a state level administrator working with Charter Schools. PJ thrives in engaging educators in forward thinking about the future of education and how all of us can make a difference and collectively ensure all students have a great school experience. PJ is the father of three children, has lived overseas and enjoys working out and cooking. Helping others grow and find their strength and passion is what gets him out of bed everyday. PJ has been on the fringes and observing PLP for a number of years and is looking forward to working with all involved to support educators everywhere as we wrestle with the new normal!
Anne is a Connected Coach for Powerful Learning practice. She moved to Denmark from the UK in 1993 where she was a vocational college teacher. In Denmark she re-trained to become a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and immersed herself in the potential of digital tools to promote connection with family and for professional support to enhance learning. Since then she has moved into teacher training supporting teachers in their use of technology to support learning. She is also co-host of the podcast, Absolutely Intercultural. Anne became a PLP Connected Coach in 2012. Find out more about her at https://www.annefox.eu
Pam is a Content Expert and Connected Coach for Powerful Learning Practice. She taught Reading and Language Arts at the middle school level before becoming a Reading Specialist for her district in Ohio. Her leadership skills were noted and she served as an Assistant Principal and a Principal for 16 years before retiring. Her retirement allowed for travel with her husband and granddaughter, but Pam still had the desire to work with educators helping them make a difference and supporting student success. Pam turned this desire into Instructional Coaching positions in several districts in Ohio.
Amber is a Marketing Consultant for Powerful Learning Practice. Her 20+ years experience includes graphic design, web design, web development, social media marketing, content strategy, content creation, and more. Amber specializes in helping small businesses and entrepreneurs take control of their web presence and make their businesses shine. You can find her at Body Positive Yoga.