Mark L. Miller, Ph.D. founded Learningtech.org, incorporating it as The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit, in March 2000. He continues to serve as both its lead technical contributor and its President and Executive Director. The mission of the organization is to help "children of all ages" use technology more effectively for learning. The firm has helped schools throughout California, as well as in several other states, with projects ranging from Classroom Technology Officers to Build-a-Computer to Program-a-Robot. Services include: E-Rate applications; technology plan preparation; network design; grant preparation assistance; server and router configuration and administration; data wiring installation; laboratory setups; workstation cloning; technology impact assessments; purchase recommendations; workshops for students; and staff development for teachers. Institute staff members have contributed to the efforts of Smart Valley (Net Day and PC Day), Challenge 2000, Wired for Good, and the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits. The Institute works closely with K-12 schools and other nonprofits on all aspects of technology.
Prior to founding the Institute, Dr. Miller had served as Lab Director for Learning and Tools at Apple Computer, reporting to the Vice President of Apple's Advanced Technology Group [ATG], where he spent almost a decade heading up educational technology investigations. Apple programs under his direction at various times included: Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow [ACOT]; Apple Global Education [AGE]; Visualization and Simulation; Business Learning and Performance Support; and Multimedia Authoring Tools. Responsibilities at various times included oversight of over three dozen employees, including Apple Distinguished Scientists and numerous engineers with advanced degrees, with budget responsibility in excess of $6M.
Dr. Miller's other major corporate experience includes Texas Instruments, Inc., Central Research Labs, where Miller established its widely recognized Machine Intelligence research program, emphasizing educational applications, expert systems, natural language processing. Miller also co-founded Computer*Thought Corporation (Dallas, TX), a high-tech startup backed by venture capital financing - over $5M equity financing raised during the first three years of operation - where Miller led the technical design of the Ada*Tutor, an advanced instructional system designed to retrain software engineers for the Ada programming language, as mandated at that time by the U.S. Department of Defense for projects such as Space Station.
Dr. Miller's teaching experience includes serving on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Texas and Southern Methodist University (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence; Survey of Knowledge Engineering; Design and Implementation of Programming Languages; Compilers, Assemblers, and Operating Systems; Software Engineering Using Ada; Discrete Structures). Miller has supervised successful M.S. and Ph.D candidates. While at MIT he served as both Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering and the Artificial Intelligence and LOGO Laboratories. Miller has also taught high school mathematics as a guest instructor, Filemaker Pro and related topics from time to time at Community Colleges and County Offices of Education, and a high school computer science elective that received UC A-G approval for use throughout the Summit system.
When time permits, which is not nearly as often as he would like, Miller authors articles for his blog site about educational technology, entitled, That Shouldn't Matter. Mark currently serves as Vice President of the Silicon Valley Computer Science Teachers Association.
Dr. Len Erickson holds a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University and a B.S. in Biology from Caltech. He has thirty years of experience in a range of high tech industry roles. This has included product design, development and marketing for the manufacturing software that was created to track and control the manufacture of silicon chips. This experience ranges from startup ventures to work as a senior technical consultant in HP's Professional Services group.
Len is especially well-known in coastal San Mateo, where he has developed extensive collaborative efforts to ensure access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM] for under-served students from Pescadero to Pacifica. His relationship with Learningtech.org began as our key collaborator to create the San Mateo County Community STEM Alliance [SMCCSA]. Some of his recent efforts are available on his companion website, Coastside STEM.
In addition to his high tech industry experience, Dr. Erickson developed and sold a product that provided one of the first graphical interfaces for educational robotics, Hyperbot, developed as full featured product for the Macintosh platform. In the 1990’s these material were used frequently in public workshops at The Tech Museum in San Jose and in school classrooms both many sites in the Bay Area and across the country. This range of experiences provides Dr. Erickson with a direct acquaintance with the critical competencies of the High Tech industries and considerable experience work with students both in in-school and out-of-school camp and workshop settings.
Eileen Miller holds an M.B.A. in Marketing from National University as well as a B.A. in Art History from Occidental College and a B.S. in Computer Science from Coleman College. She had been offering consulting and subcontractor assistance to Learningtech.org since 2005, later joining as a full-time employee and recently being promoted to Vice President to head up both our E-Rate and our Technology Planning operations. She also applies her marketing expertise to assist with many of our marketing, fund-raising and proposal-writing efforts. She brings a variety of additional expertise to the organization, including software programming, technical writing, marketing/research and analysis and product, project and facilities management.
Ms. Miller also serves as President/Owner of They Tell Me, a firm that provides web-based customer satisfaction surveys to her clients. They Tell Me offers a convenient means for gathering actionable information to enhance customer satisfaction and increase revenue. Eileen's entrepreneurial background has been invaluable to Learningtech.org in the design of information-gathering survey materials for E-Rate clients. Eileen's combination of technical expertise with her M.B.A. provides a solid foundation for work on E-Rate, which requires technical understanding of the products and services sought, solid project management and an appreciation of market forces and trends.
Chris Miller has been with Learningtech.org since 2001, when he merged his own successful computer consulting proprietorship with the company, to the enrichment of both organizations. A widely-recognized expert on Macintosh Server installation and configuration, Chris is Apple-certified and has been working on Macs since childhood. Chris is at home with the Unix command line and has written numerous programs in Java, C, Python and other languages. He teaches robotics and computer programming to middle school and high school students at our summer camps and in-school electives. He has installed and configured countless networks and servers in K-12 schools throughout California. Chris also serves as one of the main Instructors for Learningtech.org's STEM and computer science workshops.
When not sitting at an X-Serve keyboard, Chris is playing keyboards professionally at local jazz/funk/rock venues. As a Camp Instructor, his favorite topics besides programming robots include sharing his musical experience through tools such as Garage Band on iPads.
Andree joined Learningtech.org in 2008, when she moved to California with her family, from New York. There she worked with school districts and universities on Student Information Systems (notably PowerSchool), teacher professional development, and technology management. She ran her own consulting firm, Miller Educational Data Services, and has a great deal of relevant experience; most recently, she worked as a PowerSchool implementation trainer for Pearson.
Andree holds a B.S. in Computer Science from City College of New York and an MS. Ed. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from Hofstra University. She belongs to the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and the Help Desk Institute (HDI). She also holds various credentials and certifications including: Pearson PowerSchool IPT Trainer; Langevin Training Instructional Designer; Novell Network Administrator; and Brainbench Excel Fundamentals. Andree's background and contributions are significant assets of great benefit to our clients.
Pedro Flecha is an IT Specialist who also services as an Instructor for Learningtech.org's high school Computer Science electives. Pedro completed his CompTIA A+ certification in April of 2009 and studied Computer Science at Foothill College. Pedro is a great role model for high school students interested in A+ certification and careers involving computer technology. Students in our high school programs, our summer camps and after school STEM offerings know Pedro to be technically expert, kind, patient and wise.
Tom Wilkerson has been with The Miller Institute since 2001. Tom is a first-rate network administrator and desktop technician. Tom holds an Apple Certification on Mac OS X v10.4. Tom has probably cloned more Macintoshes in K-12 schools in the Bay area than any other single individual. His experience prior to joining included extensive experience in customer support roles relating to technology. Through this experience, Tom has become a patient teacher and excellent troubleshooter. His hobbies include automotive customization and audio engineering; Tom is an expert on Pro Tools, yet still enjoys getting children started with Garage Band. He also has considerable experience teaching computer troubleshooting skills to middle school students through our summer CTO workshops. Tom also plays a major role in providing technical support both internally and for our IT Services clients.
Matt joined Learningtech.org in 2013. His broad range of experience includes work with the BearingPoint/USAC Site Reviewer project, during which time he visited over 120 E-Rate applicants throughout the United States. While working with USAC from 2005-2007 Matt demonstrated that, through the use of recently developed content filtering software, mobile data plans could be rendered CIPA compliant and therefore eligible for E-Rate funding. So, for those reading this on their E-Rate-funded mobile device, give Matt a high-five next time you see him.
Throughout his career Matt has always sought out opportunities to promote the democratization of information through technology. As an award-winning communications consultant and writer he has worked companies such as Click3x, AccessData and Astro Studios as well as organizations including PBS, the United Way and the Stanford Persuasive Technology Laboratory.
In addition to his communications and non-profit work, he has been senior contributor to four editions of the Time Out, San Francisco guidebook, written book reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle, travel and beer, wine and spirits columns for the San Francisco Bay Guardian and articles for Napa/Sonoma, Design for Living, Jambase, Mobile and Zyzzyva.
Becky Kellogg has been with Learningtech.org since 2016. She has a B.A. in English Literature, and advanced studies in Library Science. Becky brings many years of both high tech and nonprofit Human Resources, library and organization systems, fund development, and office management experience to her position as Manager of Development and Office Operations. In her role, she is responsible for all office support, including payroll and HR, development processes, and creating an organized support environment to assist the company and her co-workers. When not working with Learningtech.org, Becky enjoys cat rescue, creating jewelry, researching family history, and genealogy.
Kimberly was raised in an environment where she was allowed to keep up with the boys whenever she wanted and learned that she could do anything they could do that she cared to. As a result, she satisfied her love of science and math by becoming an engineer and excelled at helping others grasp technically complex ideas using more easily understood terms and ideas. After more than 15 years in the simulation field working to help representatives in our country and other partner countries to embrace simulation for training, Kimberly took a break to be a stay-at-home mom. Now she is energized to help kids embrace technology and hopes to see that effort yield more women who are technologically savvy in traditionally male-dominated fields. "I'd love to see more women teaching in science, technology and engineering fields in high schools and college; working in technical fields throughout our military and corporations; and inspiring others to do the same. I want the engineering world to be filled with engineers, not enginerds, and I believe women have a significant role to play to ensure that happens."
Teirra Howe joined Learningtech.org in 2016. She started working with E-Rate in 2010, sparking her passion for the program. Additionally, she has worked in the administrative field for over 10 years. Teirra holds an A.S. in Business Administration and is currently attending Penn State for her B.S. in Accounting.
Lea joined Learningtech.org in 2016. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi, and holds inactive CPA licenses in California and Virginia. Lea was an auditor for 8 years before she was the Business Administrator of a small California nonprofit for 3 years. Those experiences provided a strong foundation in finance and nonprofit operations and provided the skills to assist clients with many facets of the E-Rate process. When not crunching numbers, Lea enjoys hiking and biking with her husband and three daughters.
Teresa started working with the E-Rate Program for the Puerto Rico Department of Education in 2011. She was part of a team that assisted the PRDE to regain credibility and establish their commitment to the Program. Learningtech.org became part of the team in 2013, and the great working relationship has led the way for her to become an E-Rate Consultant with Learningtech.org as of 2017. She is a well rounded administrative professional with experience in different fields including media and entertainment, business administration and Theatre Arts management and performance. She believes that helping schools achieve success in the E-Rate Program helps to enhance learning experiences for children and that is our reward.
Mel Espinoza has been with The Miller Institute since 2016. Mel has been in the field of education for the past 22 years. He was an Elementary school teacher in the former Del Paso Heights School District (Now Twin Rivers Unified in Sacramento). He later became a district administrator and was responsible for categorical programs and district technology. This included addressing technological needs, creating an educational technology program and finding financial resources to improve district technology such as E-Rate and other grants.
Mel has always loved technology and made it a point to ensure that all students in the district had access to technology and quality curriculum. At one point he managed a program that provided technology classes and refurbished computers to district families. Mel dedicated his postgraduate work to finding ways to improve the
Digital Divide and increase technology access to all. In another life Mel was a Fortran programmer and was charged with maintaining local networks. Although he loves teaching, he can often be found tinkering with electronics, computers and engines. He considers himself a lifelong learner and is always excited to delve into the latest technology.
Mike has a broad set of professional interests and background. After graduating with honors from the US Air Force Academy with a BS in Physics, he was selected as a Hertz Fellow and earned an MS and PhD in the Department of Applied Science (a small graduate school affiliated with UC Davis, but co-located with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory). His thesis on computational physics combined computer science and physics, the first of his many interdisciplinary activities. His subsequent Air Force career found him at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, defining large computer systems for logistics, doing computational fluid dynamics, and teaching math and computer science at AFIT, the Air Force's graduate school.
After leaving the military, Mike continued a varied career, directing a scientific computer center for Sohio Petroleum, being COO of an early Hollywood startup for CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery), and building information-integration tools for oil and gas exploration. He subsequently led software development teams at Apple, IBM Research and Adobe Systems, all of which centered on building personal enablement tools across areas such as mobile devices, multimedia, usability research, and assistive technology.
More recently Mike has returned to combined hardware and software projects, creating wearable wireless devices. As a private consultant, he has designed, built and programmed these devices for uses as diverse as keeping track of kids in the park, helping blind people navigate around their neighborhoods, tracking the motion of disabled vets, and several medical applications. Now at Learningtech.org, he brings this experience to bear in leading Maker Space classes, and development of integrated hardware and software for teaching kids maker skills and robotics.