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 serves 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 and in several other states. Services include: E Rate applications; technology plan preparation; professional development relating to Computer Science, Robotics and Making; IT consultation (network design; server router configuration/administration; technology impact assessment); and sponsored research in the areas of Educational Technology and Computer Science Education.
Before founding the Institute, Dr. Miller served as Lab Director for Learning and Tools at Apple, reporting to the Vice President, 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 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 experience includes Texas Instruments' Central Research Labs [TI], where Miller established its widely recognized Machine Intelligence research program, emphasizing educational applications, expert systems, natural language processing. Miller later co-founded Computer*Thought Corporation (Dallas, TX), a high-tech TI spinoff backed by venture capital, where he led the design of an advanced instructional system to retrain software engineers for the Ada programming language, then being implemented for the International Space Station.
Dr. Miller's teaching experience includes the University of Texas (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). He also supervised successful M.S. and Ph.D. candidates at UT and Southern Methodist University. 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 and other topics at K12 schools, Community Colleges, and County Offices of Education. He developed and co-delivered a high school CS elective that received University of California "G requirement" approval, for use at multiple schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recently, Miller completed on a journal article to be published June 2020 in ACM SIGPLAN's History of Programming Languages journal, with a half dozen Logo pioneers, describing the early development of Logo (the highly influential programming language for children made famous by Seymour Papert (1980), in Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas). Miller worked with Papert at MIT and TI; some of Miller's contributions are mentioned in the End Notes of Papert's seminal publication. Mark also currently serves as President of the Silicon Valley Computer Science Teachers Association and teaches Python and Java at Northeastern University's San Francisco and Silicon Valley campuses. He's currently also serving as a member of the Computer Science Steering Committee, San Mateo County Office of Education.
Eileen Miller has been part of the Learningtech.org team since 2005, and now serves as Vice President to manage our E-Rate and Technology Planning operations. Decades of work in corporate America taught her broad business and management skills. 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. She holds an M.B.A. in Marketing, a B.A. in Art History and a B.S. in Computer Science. Eileen's combination of technical expertise with her M.B.A. provides a solid foundation for her current role, which requires technical understanding of the products and services sought, solid project management, and an appreciation of market forces and trends.
Chris 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 tools and teaching 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.
When not sitting at an Xserve's keyboard, Chris plays keyboards professionally at local jazz/rock/funk venues. As a camp instructor, his favorite topics besides programming robots include sharing his musical experience through tools such as Garage Band on iPads.
Tom Wilkerson has been with Learningtech.org since 2001. Tom is a first-rate network administrator and desktop technician. Tom is Apple certified on Mac OS X. 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 troubleshooting skills to middle school students through our summer camps. Tom also plays a major role in providing technical support both internally and for our IT Services clients. These technical skills, along with many years of E-Rate application experience, make Tom a key member of our E-Rate team.
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.
Anne Petrie re-joined Learningtech.org in 2020 after performing rigorous E-Rate QA seasonally for a few years. Decades of experience in the Medicare Advantage sector of the managed care industry contribute to her strengths in dealing with regulatory compliance and its rigid rules and strict deadlines. She brings additional knowledge to the organization in the areas of product management, process improvement, contracting, and strategic marketing. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration/ Computer Information Systems and an M.B.A. in Management/Marketing. Anne is an authentic leader known for delivering results through cultivation of strong relationships with client and stakeholders.
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.
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].
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.