Meet our Instructors:

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Nicholas (Nic) Leask

Nic is a STEAM Coach with experience in Technology at LC Consulting, LCC. He is a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Certified Instructor and Microsoft: Education Educator (MEE) Certified Instructor.  He attended the Minecraft: Education Edition training at the Microsoft Corporate Office in Redmond, Washington. He graduated from Stony Brook University where he attained a degree in Environmental Studies and a degree in Business Management. Post-graduation Nic worked for an environmental marketing agency and later worked at a technology recruitment firm. The latter is where Nicholas found his opportunity to move into technology. He attended a software engineering bootcamp in NYC where he gained experience working primarily with CSS, HTML, JavaScript & React. While working with Connect-The-Dots, Nic has helped shape Nebula Academy and taught the importance of bringing tech into the classroom and how to utilize technology as a resource tool to engage students in immersive learning experiences.

Mark Grundel

Mark Grundel is a former 5th grade teacher, working in public education for 12 years, first at Trenton Community Charter School and then at Woodbury City Public School District.  Mark is the founder of #MinecraftEDU a weekly Twitter chat that brings educators from across the globe together to discuss best practices in game-based learning with games like Minecraft.  Mark has been recognized for his work by his district, where he won Teacher of the Year in 2016, by Microsoft, where he was awarded MIE Expert, MIE Trainer, Skype Master Teacher, Surface Pro Expert, Minecraft Global Mentor, and Minecraft Certified Trainer. Mark has worked with Black Rocket Productions for 3 years where he has helped write and revise cutting edge, innovative curriculum that focuses on turning children from consumers of content, into the producers.  Mark has presented at the NJEA Convention, Minefaire Philadelphia, Microsoft's Educators' Summit in Redmond, Washington, developed Minecraft Trainings and MOOCs, in conjunction with Microsoft, and presented at several EdTech Conferences, Convnoentions, and EdCamps. Mark has led several trainings on Game-based learning, most notably multiple sessions at the Microsoft Flagship Store in NYC for NYC DOE STEM Teachers and at Temple University.  Mark is also a Google Certified Educator and part of the NJ Standards Advocates, which is the local chapter of Achieve the Core.

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Dr. Julene Reed

Julene is a professional development consultant, researcher, and educator with over twenty–five years of experience in education. Julene holds a doctorate in education leadership with a focus on global education. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Teacher, Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, Google Earth Education Expert, Microsoft Innovative Educator and Trainer, education author, and international consultant and presenter.

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