Todd Pierson brings 30 years of classroom experience to his work with instructional technology. He most recently was an instructional technology specialist in the Curriculum and Instruction department in Minneapolis Public Schools.
He retired in 2010 and started an instructional technology consulting company. He specializes in online professional development and has extensive experience creating and administering Moodle courses. He has helped lead Minneapolis' implementation of interactive whiteboards and continues to witness the transformations they bring to teaching and learning.
I’m the President of Sophia and I love using Sophia with my kids. I am a wife, a mother of two, a sister to a man with a learning disability, and a lifelong student of academics and life experiences. My journey to Sophia is about as unusual as it gets. I immigrated to the US with my family when I was 6. My first exposure to the US education system was in first grade, where my teacher, Mrs. Wong, told my parents that I had the choice of continuing in my Orange reading book (the lowest) or staying after school to read with her one-on-one and have the opportunity to move up to the Blue reading book (the highest level). I chose to stay after school…. I was off to start my life. I ended up graduating magna cum laude from UCLA and getting my MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where I met my husband and future father of my children. Thank you, Mrs. Wong! I am lucky to have found Sophia for two reasons. As a child, my hobbies were school and reading. I started working at my parent’s restaurant at 11, first in the kitchen then as the cashier and waitress. We were open 7 days a week, 11am – 10pm, everyday of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides work, I went to school. I did not have time for hobbies or activities or birthday parties. It was at school and through reading that I realized that I could be whoever and whatever I wanted to be…the sky is the limit as long as I work hard and dream. Education was and continues to be my ticket to my dreams. Next stop, veterinary school! I plan to own my own clinic and work with neglected and abused animals, helping them to get healthy enough for adoption by loving families. My first hope and dream for Sophia is that Sophia can contribute to that ticket to life for others. The second reason is that my younger brother, Paul, an intelligent person, has an undiagnosed learning disability. His life has taken a very different path from mine and there is not a night that goes by where I don’t think of him before I fall asleep. Back then, kids who did not keep up were automatically placed in “Special Ed”, a death nail to a future of opportunity and options. Every night I think about what I could have done, how his life could be different today if only… My parents were busy just trying to make ends meet. They did not speak the language well. I did and I could have done more. Yet when I am really honest with myself, I wonder what I could have done. Be
Reads and writes poems, and likes creating new and useful information and communications tools and processes. During years in business he created new products and services and helped others be successful using and creating new products and services. Work included creating two new branches for a national telecom vendor, assisted in starting two new companies in emerging micro-computer industry, and developed one of the first successful markets in China for U.S. communications equipment. Current 15 year career as a public school elementary teacher included some new curriculum or process for teaching and learning every year, including the Connected Math Program, Eco Ed, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, First in Math, and a variety of reading and assessment programs and tools. Helped pioneer the use of Moodle in elementary schools as a blended instructional tool and as a staff development process and tool. Participating in Moodle.org forums and Twitter PLNs for technology integration has been a highlight of recent work in addition to blogging about teacher professional development.
I'm a "Creative Realist" - a trained Economist with a passion for the arts, a true balance of right brain and left brain thinking. At the end of my collegiate career, I decided against a traditional path through the corporate world and focused my time and energy toward a career in music. I truly believe this experience taught me more about running a business and the power of marketing than any corporation could have. I had the fortunate opportunity to play music all over the country and run my own business (successfully) at the same time. Music is still a huge part of my life and who I am today, however I now share that passion with the web. Plain and simple, I love the internet. I believe it's the foundation for communication now, and in the future. It has revolutionized the way we communicate, do business, and share information.
Hello! I lead the market research and development for Sophia Learning. I welcome your questions, ideas, challenges, and praise. Feel free to email me through Sophia or click the Feedback button on the right of every page. Thank you.
After cutting my teeth in political campaigns, I have pursued a career in education. I earned a master's degree in education leadership and transitioned to advocacy and public affairs work in the field of education. This work has included organizing high profile events, social media campaigns and websites to support STEM education and new education policies. I have also worked with a variety of organizations to award teacher grants, student scholarships and have been a frequent participant on education committees and workgroups with the Minnesota Department of Education, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU), University of Minnesota and the National Governors Association.
I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S in Chemistry and Mathematics along with an education certification. My career began in Utah teaching junior high math and high school chemistry. I spent 22 years in the classroom as a science teacher in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan School District. I have taught physics, AP, honors, general and concept level Chemistry. Currently, I am a Professional Development Specialist working in the School of Education at Capella University. During the summer, I facilitate week long workshops for new and experienced chemistry teachers at Hamline University with Prof. Matt Morgan. As a team, we cover content as well as current best practices in the science classroom including inquiry and digital resources. I am also employed by the College Board as an AP Chemistry Consultant where I facilitate day-long to week-long workshops for classroom teachers. I believe one of the best ways to improve my professional practice is to network with teachers from all over the country and I enjoy the opportunities this provides.
Special Education Teacher Minneapolis Public Schools
I'm a Mexican TEFL teacher, working in a junior high school in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. I'm studying on line a the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UNAM to become a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language. I am also a retired Civil Engineer. I'm just trying to get in touch with some people to learn a bit more...
For five years I used Moodle with my English 7, 9, and 11 classes at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. It significantly revolutionized how we learned from each other and taught each other. With Moodle, it was my experience that it was the connections my students made with each other during collaborative class activities that made their connections with the class content more powerful and memorable for them. I am happy a colleague shared the Sophia initiative with me. There are wonderful connections happening here.