Who are we?
Laurel Aguilar-Kirchhoff, MS.Ed., is a former history and science educator now serves as a digital learning specialist, consultant, and adjunct university professor. Her areas of expertise include digital citizenship, media literacy, blended learning, curriculum instruction and design, as well as educational technology and innovation in the classroom. Laurel is a Google Certified Trainer, a Leading Edge Certified Online Blended Teacher, and holds many EdTech platform certifications. Laurel is a proud member of the National History Day-California State Leadership Team. Laurel has volunteered as the incoming co-president of ISTE Digital Citizenship PLN Leadership team and continues as a ISTE Community Leader. She was recently recognized with the ISTE Volunteer Service Award in 2022. Additionally, she serves as the VP of Events for Inland Area CUE as part of the Board of Directors. In addition, Laurel provides instruction and best practices to educators across the world as the facilitator for the ISTEU Digital Citizenship graduate level course.
You can find her on Twitter: @LucyKirchh
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Karalee Wong Nakatsuka
Karalee Wong Nakatsuka, MA. Ed., has taught middle school US History since 1990. She is a Gilder Lehrman Master Teacher, who was recognized as the Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year and a top 10 National Finalist in 2019. She serves on the American250 History Education Advisory Council, the Gilder Lehrman Teacher Advisory Council, and the Monticello Teacher Advisory Group. She is a member of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) & National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), iCivics Education Network, and the National Council for History Education (NCHE). She serves as a Makematic Teaching Advisor and is also a ThingLink, Wakelet, and Flip Certified Teacher. Karalee was honored to be featured in The New York Times' August 2022 Multimedia and newspaper piece "What's Actually Being Taught About U.S. History" and in Time Magazine’s September 2021 issue “From Teachers to Custodians, Meet the Educators Who Saved a Pandemic School Year.”
You can find her on Twitter: @HistoryFrog