Each of Full Sail's degree programs is developed and shaped in conjunction with an advisory board of industry professionals. By working closely with leaders and creative minds within a given industry, we are able to constantly adapt and revise our curriculum to make sure we're giving students the optimal educational experience to help propel them into their careers.
Jesus DeLeon has been a professional public school educator for over 25 years. His previous experiences include art education, elementary school education, teacher of the gifted, as well as various positions within the Title I program and 5th grade. Mr. DeLeon focuses on the integration of 21st century technologies to enhance the learning and motivation of multiple style learners. As one of the only two Quest Atlantis trainers in the state of Florida, he has been actively involved in professional development of Seminole County educators integrating this engaging program within the curriculum. Currently he is a virtual school instructor for Seminole County Virtual School (6-12) and Seminole Academy of Digital Learning (K-5) as well as one of the curriculum designers for their K-5 art online program.
Sharyn Gabriel is the Principal of Ocoee Middle School located in Orange County, Florida, the 10th largest district in the nation. Sharyn’s effort to address the engagement crisis while simultaneously preparing students for the complexities of Florida’s rigorous state test led to the revitalization of Ocoee Middle’s campus and technology labs to include video game design, digital media, graphic arts, and digital video production. Inside of two years, she added over 300 MacBooks and iMacs, 70 iPads and almost 500 iPod Touches. Her crusade to create an environment that embraces and nurtures the digital native led to OMS being recognized by Apple as one of 53 Distinguished Schools throughout the nation. In the year that followed, Sharyn received statewide recognition as FCITL’s Innovative Principal of the Year and the FSTE’s Outstanding Technology Leader of the Year as well as being named Orange County’s Secondary Reading Leader of the Year and an Apple Distinguished Educator for the Class of 2011.
Dr. Allison Powell is the Vice President for State and District Services/New Learning Models of the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), which provides expertise and leadership in K12 Online Learning. At iNACOL, Allison has helped write the National Standards for Quality and several other documents to expand and improve the field of K-12 online learning. Before joining iNACOL, Allison taught in both face-to-face and online K-8 environments. She has been working in the field of online and blended learning for over twelve years, starting as a K-8 online teacher for Odyssey Charter Schools in Las Vegas, NV. After teaching in the online environment, the Clark County School District asked her to help start the Virtual High School in the fifth-largest school district in the country. In her role as an administrator for the program, she helped with training teachers, building courses, overseeing technology, and educating leaders on the benefits of online learning. Allison regularly shares her expertise in K-12 online and blended education by speaking at various education and policy meetings and events around the world. She has served on several boards for various schools and organizations. Allison completed her doctorate in educational technology from Pepperdine University.
Dr. Denise Threlfall has over 24 years experience in adult education and training with an emphasis on curriculum development. She began her career in adult education by teaching Army enlisted, NCOs, and junior officers in the Basic Skills Educational Program (BSEP) and Advanced Skills Educational Program (ASEP) while living in Germany in the late 1980s. Because of her passion for teaching, she completed a Master of Science in Adult Education from Old Dominion University, and subsequently completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Services Education from ODU as well. Dr. Threlfall has extensive experience in designing adult education and training programs as well as consulting in both marketing and training. She also served as the Education and Training Co-Chair for MODSIM World 2008. Dr, Threlfall has been on the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge IPT since 2009.
Pete Episcopo has been producing digital media for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music & Communications from Seton Hall University and a Master of Science Degree in Education Media Design & Technology from Full Sail University. Pete currently is a founding teacher at The Academy for Digital Arts & Media in Central Florida and is a lead instructor in the Bring Your Own Technology pilot program for Brevard Public Schools. He recently served as a contributing educator for the Florida Department of Education Task Force that developed new Sunshine State Standards for Communication Technology. Pete is also an Adobe Education Leader and a recipient of the first Adobe Ed Leader Award in 2010.
Clark Aldrich, an international consultant, workshop leader, and popular conference speaker, is also an award-winning designer of educational simulations including SimuLearn's Virtual Leader global product line. He is the author of two award-winning books, Simulations and the Future of Learning (Wiley, 2004) and Learning By Doing (Wiley, 2005), the creator of the blog/wiki/glossary “Clark Aldrich's Style Guide for Serious Games and Simulations”, and founder of and former director of research for Gartner’s e-learning coverage. Mr. Aldrich advises many of the world's most influential organizations (private and government), serves on over a dozen boards, and his work has been featured in hundreds of sources, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, CNET, Business 2.0, BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Reports, and, among other distinctions, he has been called an "industry guru" by Fortune magazine. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Cognitive Science, and earlier in his career worked on special projects for Xerox's executive team.
Anthony Armstrong is an eighth-grade U.S. History teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon, CA. In his 13‐year career, Anthony has taught grades 5-11 in subject areas ranging from U.S. History and World Geography to Algebra and Digital Learning. Prior to his current teaching assignment, he taught overseas at Korea International School. There, he worked as an eighth-grade social studies teacher and provided staff training for the integration of technology into subject curricula. He also developed a global collaborative project that informed students of innovative web technologies and provided a digital cultural exchange between students in South Korea and the United States. Anthony recently completed his master’s degree in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University, where he devised a digital model for the employment of wikis into the curriculum of a one‐to‐one social studies classroom.
John Couch is Apple’s vice president of Education and is responsible for driving Apple’s sales and marketing strategy in the education market. He has over thirty years experience as a computer scientist, executive and advocate for technology in education.
Directly prior to his current position at Apple, Couch was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DoubleTwist Inc, a leading provider of genomic information and bioinformatics analysis technologies, which made headlines as the first company to provide a comprehensive annotation of the human genome. The year before joining DoubleTwist, he was Executive in Residence for Mayfield Fund, where he provided strategic planning, management and technology advice to high technology companies.
Couch began his professional career as a project manager at Hewlett-Packard, and in 1978 joined Apple, where he held various positions as a director and vice president.
Don Henderson is the Senior Manager of Creative Expression for Apple Education. In his role, Don is responsible for creating programs and solutions that integrate Apple’s Digital Media Tools across the curriculum. In this role, Don works with educators around the country and abroad that have created programs focused on the use Apple’s Professional Applications. Don’s focus continues to be on creating engaging learning environments for the digital native, a place where students can creatively express themselves as part of their learning without the fear of failure. Prior to joining Apple, Don was the Director of Educational and Library Technology for the Grossmont Union High School District in San Diego, California. Don is also a two-time Smithsonian Laureate for the award winning Digital Media programs he created for the Grossmont Union High School District.
Dr. Jason Ohler is a speaker, writer, teacher, researcher and lifelong digital humanist. A quarter-century ago at the University of Alaska, he helped create one of the first educational technology programs in the U.S. devoted to teacher empowerment, and has been involved in the world of digital learning ever since. His recent article in Education Leadership magazine (“The World of Digital Storytelling”), as well as his upcoming book for Corwin Press (Digital Stories in the Classroom: A Telling Experience), reminds us that first and foremost he is a storyteller, telling tales of the future of our imaginations that are grounded in the accomplishments of our past. He is author of many articles, books, and teacher resources and continues to work directly with teachers, administrators and students.
Paul has directed, written and produced over 60 animated films at ILL Clan Animation Studios. His recent work includes writing the mysteries for the Virtual CSI: NY game and the machinima footage for two CSI: NY episodes, "Down The Rabbit Hole" and "DOA For A Day".
Ron Smith has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for nine years, most recently at Hollywood High School, teaching digital graphics and video. He came to teaching by way of photography after being a commercial photographer and lab operator for 20 years. He holds a B.A. in Art, and an M.A. in Art Education, both from California State University, Northridge. For the last three years, Ron has been working on a doctorate in educational technology at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
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