Todd Theobald, Noel Gomez, Marcus Painter
Todd Theobald, Consultant, Center for Leadership and Learning, Instructure
Todd A. Theobald, principal at Majestic Elementary for the past four years, had a vision for his school: to make every minute matter. Serving this diverse community with a high rate of generational poverty has been a challenge that Theobald has energetically risen to. The hiring of a Family Learning Coordinator and a Homeless Liaison has helped the school connect with families to emphasize the importance of education, and addresses the needs of struggling students and prepares them to come to school ready to achieve. Creating a safe and welcoming place for students is paramount, with teachers engaging in six days of yearly professional development around the theme of trauma-informed schools. Theobald has implemented Academic Parent Teacher Teams, where parents are taught how to understand data related to their child’s performance on foundational skills. Parents are then given tools and activities that they can do at home with their children to support their learning. Creating an involved parent community has resulted in positive student academic gains. With strong teacher collaboration and a focus on data-driven differentiated learning, Theobald makes every minute matter for the young learners at Majestic. Theobald holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Brigham Young University, and an M.Ed. in Math Pedagogy from Southern Utah University.
Noel Gomez, Product Marketing Manager, Instructure
Noël Gomez spent 22 years in public education as a teacher and school and district administrator before bringing her skill set to MasteryConnect/Instructure. Noël has provided professional development and supported schools and district implementing MasteryConnect globally over the past 7 years. She is currently the Product Marketing Manager over K-12 Assessment and continues to share her passion for teaching and learning in this role. Outside of working hours, Noël loves to travel and is an avid soccer fan.
Marcus Painter, Senior Manager, Leadership Development, Center For Leadership And Learning, Instructure
Marcus Painter has been in public education for 20 years as a secondary English teacher, Media Specialist, Tech Integration Coach, a Coordinator of Digital Learning, and as a district administrator. Marcus has taught grades 6-12 Language Arts and English. He has experience teaching in both rural and urban school districts. Over the past 7 years, Marcus has presented content at education conferences and delivered keynotes at conferences, workshops, and corporation professional development workshops. Marcus is a contribution to the Instructure and community by facilitation to the conversation and collaboration between Instructure users worldwide.