Meet The Creators

Shari Wladis - CEO, Director of Professional Learning

 

Shari has approached education from a variety of lenses, from teaching a Developmental Kindergarten class to supporting adolescents recovering from mental health issues to being the Principal at a private K-8th grade school. Through these experiences, Shari has become proficient in designing effective ways for differentiating as well as integrating technology into curriculums. In her former role as Principal, she coached current and new teachers in technology integration and differentiating for the needs of the students. 

Shari co-created her former school’s first MakerSpace, an Innovation Lab with Michael Hughes. Instructing, not only the students but also the faculty, in Design Thinking. This proactive approach to infusing technology in a thoughtful, effective way has allowed this iLab to flourish as an exciting learning space. Using a challenge/problem based approach and co-designing a framework for developmentally teaching coding to elementary students.

She has designed and led professional development in-services/workshops, book studies and has worked alongside teachers in the classroom. In all cases, Shari always puts into practice her belief in being a life-long learner.

Currently, Shari is CEO and Director of Professional Learning of EdTech Ease, an edtech consulting company. She served on the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) Board. Currently, she is a member of the FKC Convention Committee. Shari continues to serve as a member and a Chairperson on FKC/FCIS accreditation teams. Shari holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration as well as a Master of Arts degree, with a concentration in Special Education and Specialization in Learning Disabilities. Shari is a certified Apple Teacher and a BrainPOP Certified Educator.

 

 

 

Michael Hughes - CTO, Director of Technical Integration

 

Michael Hughes has been an educational technologist for 19 years. After starting his technical career in the business community Michael followed an opportunity to lead an educational technology support team at a public school. Michael quickly found his passion and established himself as a regional leader and advocate for the use of educational technology. Michael's specialization in networking and systems integration, soon led him to the position of Regional Consultant. Michael was instrumental in helping hundreds of schools elevate and modernize their technology systems. Currently, Michael is the IT Director of a private school located in Orlando, Florida. In addition to managing technology, he has taught electives in Programming and 3D Design. Michael co-created the school’s first MakerSpace.

 

Michael has held certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, CompTia, Apple, among others. His almost two decades of involvement with educational technology have provided him with a deep understanding of the transformative role technology plays in education.