Marlena Hebern, known for her gentle approach to educators, draws upon her 18 years of successful classroom experience to connect with educators when training, supporting and coaching on engaging students through technology, hands-on tech, and district implementation of technology programs.
The biggest challenge to education today are teachers that are using their classroom technology as a portal to canned programs instead of designing instruction to fit the challenging needs of their curriculum. Marlena’s greatest passion is finding ways to help educators design better lessons!
Marlena’s early outdoor classroom experiences as a camp counselor shaped her approach to education as she engaged her students with fun hands-on curriculum. Her own children taught her how important it is to develop well rounded youngsters armed with skills to tackle the world!
When Marlena is not busy playing around with EduProtocols, she works as a Coordinator Specialist of Instructional Technology Services and Regional Manager for Code.org at the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools in California’s central valley designing trainings for educators and working with district administrators to implement better technology enhanced instruction. Marlena comes from a broad educational background at both the local and county office levels as an English Language Arts K-8 Coordinator, English Language Learner Services Coordinator, English Language Arts K-8 Academic Coach, and over 18 years of classroom experience spanning the grades of Kindergarten through 8th grade.
Marlena has been recognized as a Beginning Teacher Support Provider of the Year and has a master’s degree in Reading Instruction. She is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and co-founder of Edcamp Yosemite and Edcamp Mammoth. Marlena also presents at local and regional conferences including CUE and ISTE.
Marlena enjoys her rural home near Yosemite National Park and the outdoors with her husband, who is a talented (and retired) multimedia/video teacher. They are very proud of their two daughters, who are now embarking on their young careers.