Grades 3-5 Book

About the Team

Meg Ormiston

Meg Ormiston is on a mission to change the world of education. She shares her passion for teaching and learning with technology through her keynote speaking, through her writing, and on social media. Meg was a classroom teacher for twelve years and now travels nationally and internationally, speaking about the power of teaching and learning with digital tools. When Meg is home in the Chicago suburbs, you will often find her in classrooms serving as an instructional coach.

In her role as a consultant, Meg partners with school systems that are committed to 21st century learning experiences for everyone. Meg creates a unique partnership in each district, reflecting the mission, vision, and direction that local leaders have identified. Her districtwide projects have included guiding teams through the visioning process, designing and delivering professional development, facilitating classroom modeling, developing student leaders in technology, and educating parents.

As a thought leader in education technology, Meg has published seven books and is collaborating with a team for the five books in the NOW Classrooms series. Meg holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University.

Sheri DeCarlo

Sheri DeCarlo, a National Board–certified teacher, is a learning and instructional technology coach at a 1:1 Chromebook intermediate-level school in suburban Chicago. Sheri spent ten years as a classroom teacher before transitioning to technology leadership in various roles as a technology teacher, coordinator, and coach since the 1990’s. As a member of her district’s technology leadership team, she has provided professional development for district staff and teachers and instructed numerous master’s-level technology classes for the district’s on-site university program. Sheri has had the honor of presenting at local, state, and national conferences.Sheri earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northern Illinois University and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a concentration in instructional technology. She is pursuing her certification to become a certified education technology leader. She enjoys spending her free time cooking, traveling, and having family movie nights with her husband and two daughters, as well as attending car shows and cruise nights.

Justin Gonzalez

Justin Gonzalez is a young, passionate, and innovative educator who believes in the power of education technology. He has experience teaching both first grade and third grade and works in a third-grade inclusion classroom where he co-teaches with a special education teacher to meet the varied needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities. Justin embraces the use of iPads in a 1:1 Apple Distinguished Program and has found many ways to use technology to differentiate for students, enhance learning, and better assess student knowledge and understanding. He has presented at local and state conferences. At his school, he leads the student-run tech club.Justin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago. 

Grace Kowalski

Grace Kowalski is a master at teaching and learning in the classroom, engaging her young students by using digital tools. She was an elementary teacher in a 1:1 Apple Distinguished School district in suburban Chicago with experience instructing with both tablets and laptops. Grace is now an instructional coach in a K-8 district. Grace was named an Apple Teacher in 2016, and she is a Google-certified educator. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences and enjoys leading professional development for all teachers.Grace attended the University of Missouri, where she received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and her master’s degree in instruction and curriculum. She is pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago. Grace is passionate about personalized learning and providing a hands-on, engaging experience for all students.

Sonya Raymond

Sonya Raymond has presented to school staff, parents, the Illinois Board of Education, and Illinois state lawmakers, and at an Illinois Computing Educators mini-conference in the area of technology. Confirm. Sonya has had a wide variety of teaching experiences in third grade through eighth grade in multiple U.S. states. Sonya’s love of learning has kept her current, and her love for students has kept her passion for teaching alive. Sonya embraces change; she modeled a growth mindset before educators were talking about it.Sonya attended Southeastern Louisiana University, where she received her bachelor of arts degree, and University of St. Francis University where she received her master’s degree in teaching and learning in differentiation. She also received her Type 75 Illinois Administrative Certificate from Concordia University Chicago.