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Justin BrooksbyJustin Brooksby

justin [at] uen [dot] org (Email Justin )


Justin manages the professional development department for UEN. Justin began working at the University of Utah in 2005. Before joining UEN he was Associate Director for the University Guest House and Conference Center. His expertise is in learning strategies, technologies, business management and process improvement. He is passionate about using technology as a learning tool. Justin has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Education degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.


Vickie ArnoldVickie Arnold
Administrative Assistant

varnold [at] media [dot] utah [dot] edu (Email Vickie )


Vickie began work with the Utah Education Network as secretary for the Intel Teach to the Future grant, and now is the administrative assistant for the professional development department.  She graduated from Provo High and worked for five years in banking.  Vickie took time off to raise her family, and then went back to work as an elementary school secretary in Granite district for 12 years.  With her children grown, she decided to grow up too, and took a full-time position in patient accounting at the University of Utah.  However, Vickie missed working with teachers so much, she transferred at the first opportunity into the Utah Education Network.


Rob BentleyRob Bentley

rob [at] uen [dot] org (Email Rob )
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Rob specializes in multimedia projects and resources for the classroom. He focuses on how teachers can effectively use video, images, and other media to teach their students, and also how to get students creating exciting media of their own such as educational computer games, animations, mashups, comics, zooming presentations, infographics, and much more. Rob also teaches courses that help teachers learn the basics of computer usage. Previously Rob taught Spanish and language arts in Granite School District. His Bachelors degree is in Spanish education with an English minor, and he also holds a Masters in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.


Jared CoviliJared Covili

jared [at] uen [dot] org (Email Jared )
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Jared Covili specializes in teaching strategies for classroom integration of technology such as Google Tools, geospatial learning, web page design, and digital devices. Jared's background is in secondary education where he was a Language Arts teacher at the secondary level. Jared received his Bachelors degree in English and his Masters degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah.

Besides his work at UEN, Jared is also an adjunct faculty member of the College of Education at the University of Utah, where he teaches technology integration classes to undergraduate students. Jared served as the president of Utah Coalition for Educational Technology for 2011-2012 and currently serves on the UCET board. In 2012, Cowrin Press published Jared's first book, Going Google: Powerful Tools for 21st Century Learning.


Jared FawsonJared Fawson

jfawson [at] uen [dot] org (Email Jared)

Jared Fawson brings innovative ideas and practical application to using technology in the classroom. Jared is interested in effectively integrating technology for student projects using web sites, videos, and other multimedia. Jared received his degree from the University of Utah in Social Studies Composite Teaching. He spent the first eight years teaching at-risk students before working the past seven years as a geography teacher and student government advisor. In 2013 Jared was awarded the Davis technology teacher of the year and Standard Examiner teacher of the year.


Michael HakkarinenMichael Hakkarinen

michael [at] uen [dot] org (Email Michael )

Michael Hakkarinen is an experienced Educational Technology Specialist from Maryland and a new member to the UEN Team in 2014. Michael enjoys sharing his experience with using Mac Tools, Google Apps for Educators, iPads and iOS devices, Interactive Whiteboards, and many other online tools for engaging students in the classroom. Before moving to Utah to join the Canyons School District as an EdTech, Michael was a “Technology Resource Teacher” and an Elementary School Classroom teacher in rural Frederick County, Maryland. Earning his Bachelors in English from the University of Maryland at College Park, Michael then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Mount Saint Mary’s University where he was also an adjunct professor teaching courses on Instructional Technology at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. Michael is currently serving as an elected member of the UCET Board.


Dani SloanDani Sloan

dani [at] uen [dot] org (Email Dani )

Dani Sloan is a technology specialist with an expertise in using social media in the classroom. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Utah teaching technology integration in classrooms. Dani is enthusiastic about sharing new online tools, using iPads and Chromebooks in classrooms, and learning to unplug at home. Dani was a member of the organizing committee for Utah’s first EdCamp. Dani has a B.S. in Elementary Education and has a M.Ed. in Instructional Design & Educational Psychology from the University of Utah.


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