MB Faculty & Staff

Rock Star Lead

Alice Chen


Alice is an English Language Arts teacher and Technology Coach, which means she is both a classroom teacher (80%) and a Tech TOSA (20%). She is also a Google Certified Teacher, CUE Lead Learner, SGVCUE Board Member, and OC Department of Education Trainer.  In addition, co-moderates Google's Connected Classrooms and is a member of the Google Educator Groups (GEG) SoCal Leadership Team.

Alice has been recognized as a UCSD Outstanding High School Teacher, 2014 PBS Lead Digital Innovator, 
Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 U.S. Finalist, and the 2012 Teacher of the Year at her school. She was the Lead Faculty Member of CUE Rock Star Orange County last year, and she’s having a great time organizing Rock Star Manhattan Beach this year.

Please contact Alice via Twitter or Google+ if you have any questions about this Rock Star camp.

Rock Star On-site Coordinator


Jeanne Reed


Jeanne Reed is an electrical engineer turned educator, now educational technologist sharing her passion and perspective on technology in education to inspire and improve student learning. An enthusiastic, high-energy educator, she spent three exciting years as a computer lab specialist for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District teaching 300 fabulous K-5 students. Currently, she is an Educational Technologist consultant for the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.

In her spare time she loves to attend and participate in Twitter chats, CUE events, Edcamps and Playdates for professional development and inspiration. Prior to teaching, Jeanne enjoyed an aerospace career specializing in satellite technology and sales that took her all over the world. Two million miles later, she continues to connect globally online. Jeanne is a global thinker, using her experience to further advance students’ reach using technology in the classroom. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois.

Rock Star Faculty

Reuben Hoffman


Reuben 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. He earned an MA in Curriculum Development and Educational Technology at National University. He is both a Google Certified Teacher and Googel Education Trainer.

Reuben has been an Ed Tech Integration Specialist for his district since 2010. He has led over 90 workshops and presentations focusing on the integration of technology into the curriculum throughout his district and at a county, state, and national level.

Karl Lindgren-Streicher


Karl learns and teaches with 9th and 10th graders, mostly about world history. He fearlessly integrates technology with his class set of Chromebooks that he fundraised over $8000 to get. Karl believes that technology in the classroom must be used for student creation, not consumption. He believes in making mistakes, owning them, and learning from them with your students’ help.

Karl is a member of the Silicon Valley Computer Using Educators board, an edcampSFBay organizer, a creator and organizer for edcampHome, Playdate San Jose, and the Michigan Flipped Learning Conference, and a creator and moderator of #CAedchat, a Twitter chat for California educators. He also serves on his district’s instructional technology committee.

Karl is a MERIT graduate and has worked on the MERIT instructional team. He is also a former attendee of CUE Rock Star.

Nancy Minicozzi


Nancy has been teaching in one way or another most of her life. She holds several degrees, including a Master's degree in Educational Technology, and currently works in northwest Los Angeles County at the Las Virgenes Unified School District as a media specialist, helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. She is passionate about working with teachers to innovate their practices and has presented at local CUE events and at the annual CUE conference. A firm believer in collaborative professional development, Nancy is the founder of PLAYDATE Los Angeles and a member of the EdCamp Ventura County organizing team. She blogs at www.coffeenancy.com.

Lisa Nowakowski


Lisa is a Google Certified Teacher & Trainer and has presented at CUE Rock Star events in California. She was in the first cohort for Innovative Educators Advanced Studies Certificate and a Leading Edge educator. In 2010, Lisa was awarded the Crystal Apple Award sponsored by the local NBC affiliate. She has been an Ed Tech innovator in her district for over 15 years. Lisa currently teaches 5th grade at King City Arts Magnet. As a district technology leader, she has brought 1:1 Chromebooks to her classroom with great success. As a 3rd grade teacher, she incorporated GAFE into her classroom. Students created Documents, Presentations, Forms, and Websites. It is her belief that students of all ages can take advantage of all that Google has to offer.

Victoria Olson


Victoria is a Grade 3/4 and Tech Teacher at West Langley Elementary School in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. She is a graduate student in the Master of Educational Technology program offered through the University of British Columbia. Victoria co-founded #bcedchat in the summer of 2013 in a hope to connect BC educators and to enrich the focus on professional development and educational discussions within the province. She is highly involved in her school district as a co-founder of EdCamp35, a Digital Literacy Coach, and a member of the district's Educational Technology Committee. Victoria is a Lead Mentor for the EdTech Mentorship Network, designed to provide quality professional development resources for school districts across British Columbia. She is an active member of her Personal Learning Network and an advocate for online sharing of best pedagogical practices.

Kate Petty


Kate Petty was a 9th/12th grade English teacher for 11 years and the ELD Coordinator for her school. She recently took an EdTech TOSA position for her district as they deploy 1:1 Chromebooks in their Door to the Core project. Kate is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. Kate also works with CUE as their Blog Editor and serves as Webmaster on the Board of Directors for the OC affiliate of CUE. Kate’s superpower is patience and her is weaknesses are dark chocolate and red wine.

Moss Pike


Moss Pike studied engineering as an undergraduate but later shifted his career focus to the ancient world through graduate work in the Greek and Latin linguistics. He now teaches Latin at the Harvard-Westlake School and is also a member of the school’s TILT team, helping to oversee their 1:1 laptop program. Always in search of creative outlets, he thrives on the process of innovation and has lately been experimenting with design thinking and gamification in his classrooms. Moss is also a Google Certified Teacher and board member for the CUE Los Angeles affiliate, and he is always eager to expand his PLN by connecting with other educators both in person and online (Twitter | G+).

Jen Roberts


Jen is a high school English teacher, a Google Certified teacher and co-author of the upcoming book, Power Up Teaching: Foundations of 1:1 Classrooms. She was the San Diego Innovative Educator for 2013 and is the Digital Lead Teacher at her school site. With over six years experience teaching with 1:1 and using Google tools, Jen is ready to help you power up your teaching, rock star style.

John Stevens


John is, first and foremost, a tinkerer. If it's broken, it needs to be fixed. If it works, it can work better, and we are always #bettertogether. This idea applies to technology, math, pedagogy, and education in general. John has tinkered with math for 8 years, technology for far longer than he can remember, leads the www.appsinclass.com team, and started #EdCampPS in Palm Springs, CA. He is also a #CAedChat co-founder and CUE Rock Star 2013 faculty member.