Our Steering Committee is dedicated to shaping Take 2 into an organization that meets student and teacher needs.
Molly Schen, Ed.D., has worked for over 25 years in education, always with an eye on cultivating thoughtfulness among educators as well as adolescents. She got her start as the first coordinator of the Coalition of Essential Schools with Ted Sizer, taught high school English in New England, was an assistant superintendent in central Maine, and helped open several small schools with the Big Picture Company. At Facing History and Ourselves since 2005, she supports a network of small schools, organizes professional development for schools and districts all over North America, and gets into classrooms as often as she can.
Sharon Peters is a high school teacher of English and computer studies as well as technology integration coach at The Study, an independent school in Montreal. She recently completed an M.A. in educational technology with a focus of online collaborative learning for high school students and has worked as an independent consultant creating curricula for the online school in Quebec. During the summer of '08, she joined two teams who served with Teachers Without Borders in the townships of South Africa and Kenya. Her students have participated in several award-winning international online collaborative projects with classes around the world using various online tools and environments. In her spare moments, Sharon enjoys webcasting a weekly show called Women of Web 2.0 and extending her personal learning network through reading blogs and participating in lively global conversations.
Greg Startzel, M.A. in Teaching, has been teaching English, Modern Media, and Journalism for six years in Strasburg, Co. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in History, with a focus on civil rights movements. Greg has worked with students on Take 2 projects for the last two years, leading a voluntary group of students in the creation of a documentary on Darfur and facilitating class-based student groups using the Cuban module.
Evelyn Seubert has an extensive background in education, the arts and international collaborations. She currently teaches television and video production at Cleveland High School in Reseda, CA. At the Museum of Television & Radio, she facilitated the Media Craft Workshops, which explored storytelling through the filmmaking crafts. She was the Executive Producer of Common Bonds, a feature film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was produced entirely by a teen crew. She co-founded and is President of the International Youth Media Summit, a yearly event which brings students from all over the world together to create collaborative video projects. The U.S. Department of State has awarded her a grant to produce a documentary about an Afghan literacy program, Teen Teach, filmed by Afghan teens and to be edited by her students and staff.
Reuben Hoffman teaches Geography/Technology and Sociology at West Hills High School in San Diego. He was selected Teacher of the Year for the Grossmont Union High School District in 2010 and was a finalist for 2011 San Diego County Teacher of the Year.
With an MA in Curriculum Development and Educational Technology, Reuben is known for being a Renaissance man in the classroom. With 15 years of teaching experience, Reuben utilizes simulations, experiential, active learning and relevant, energizing curriculum to ensure that every student, no matter the learning style, is involved and excited about learning. As an EdTech Instructor for the GUHSD BTSA program and Technology Advisor for West Hills HS, Reuben has successfully taken colleagues through the process of developing websites and incorporating collaborative, web-based tools into their curriculum.
Find out more about Reuben Hoffman at Ed Tech Pirates www.21stcenturypirates.com
Rory Brennan completed his BA (Comm.) in 2005 at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since then he worked on a variety of independent films, music videos and commercials. Starting as an assistant editor at the post-production facility Nitrous Ltd. in New York in 2007, Rory played an integral role in the implementation of new workflows and digital infrastructure. Moving to London in 2010, Rory developed his editing career, working on music videos and commercial campaigns for brands like Hertz, Lipton, Unilever and Virgin. In addition to this, Rory works for ESPN's tennis broadcast where he manages and develops the ingesting of the now digitally acquired footage at the grand slam events. Through these experiences, Rory has developed a keen understanding of video technologies and workflows which are applied to the Take2 program.
Sergio Guillen has over 26 years of experience working on local and regional engineering projects, water resources planning, flood management and floodplain management policy. Now working for Atkins, he has managed and facilitated projects through public processes involving federal, state, and local governments, as well as special interest groups and the public. His ability to effectively communicate complex technical issues to audiences of different knowledge levels and to manage limited resources is reflected in the award-winning reports he has produced. Sergio’s familiarity with the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is extensive: He has worked on Delta-related assignments for more than 15 years, and his knowledge has been recognized by several organizations that frequently request his advice. Sergio also serves as a volunteer pilot for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, leading safety patrols and participating in emergency response exercises. Sergio received the Presidential Meritorious Award for Hurricane Katrina Rescue Efforts in 2005.