Using Fear as the Catalyst

#CEMM - Connected Educators Monthly Meetup
Zoom talk & chat


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST

The world is facing uncertain times. Schools, educators, parents and students are all being forced to look at new ways of teaching and learning. The fear of the unknown is what is on everyone's minds as it's the first time we've ever faced anything like this. Learn how we can use fear as a catalyst

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#CEMM - Zoom talk & chat

To join #CEMM (Connected Educators Monthly Meetup) Zoom talk and chat on April 19th, click on the link above. You will be able to watch, ask questions or "raise your hand" if you want to be included as a panelist. 


The event will supported by a Twitter chat. In order to join it, go to the @ConEduAD twitter page at the time of the event or just search for the #CEduAD, #CEMM or  #InteractiveLearning hashtags.


You can join this slow chat any time, share your own questions or answers with the global edu community and feel free to contribute.

Join the chat, follow Ella's questions, learn and share your own journey with others. We are all learners!

Tim McDonald guides individuals and organizations on their journey to becoming 21st-century leaders. He is passionate in his pursuit of purposefully connecting people. He instigates engagement and conversation, turning students into teachers and teachers into students. Tim encourages new ideas and navigates building solid relationships through giving and receiving. He helps you understand and internalize your role as community builders.


His experience, working with organizations like No Kid Hungry, Cinnabon and Carvel Ice Cream, among others, has included leading the overall marketing vision, strategy, and execution of social media campaigns. This includes blogger programs and influencer relationships.

Currently, Tim is writing a book about journeying with fear. He has found it amazing, the different perspectives others have regarding this topic and the number of people who may initially have thought they have to time for, or relationship with, fear: they were of the belief that they had no fears.

"I would love if the term social distancing wasn't used. In these days it makes much more sense to call it physical distancing. In digital era, we are anything but socially distanced. "

- Tim McDonald

Meet the panelists

Maureen Tyra
Leticia Barr
Thomas Rogers
Angell Troxler
Alfred Thomson
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Maureen Tyra is a middle school teacher in Fairfield County, CT. In 2018, she was recognized as the East Ridge Middle School Teacher of the Year. As an advisor of the first middle school GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance) club in her town, she is the proud organizer, of the first LGBTQ+ PRIDE event in Ridgefield CT.

She and her students have transitioned to virtual learning as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. She is comfortable with online learning; she says her students remain focused, connected, and committed

During her 18 years as an educator, Tyra has also taught high school and college students.
She is a passionate educator dedicated to providing an enriching and empowering learning experience.

Thomas Rogers is a Canadian educator who has a passion for educational technology and meaningful implementation to enrich experiences and meet the needs of both teachers and students. He has had the opportunity to use and test several educational tools and enjoys pushing technology to new areas of the classroom. Thomas works with teachers through presentations, Personal Development sessions, 1:1 interactions, tutorials and resource development. Thomas has fulfilled multiple roles throughout his teaching career and has firsthand experience learning from all stakeholders in education, making technology more accessible and applicable. Thomas is creative and innovative in his approach to the challenges of education today, excited to seek out new technology. Recently, he has joined the ranks of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts for the 2019-2020 school year. During the COVID 19 situation, Thomas has acted as the main point of contact for her current school ensuring that students, staff and parents have the information, technology and hardware they need to deliver and receive quality instruction.

Leticia Barr is an award-winning technology, education, and parenting blogger who founded  based on personal and professional experience.

Since 2008 she has combined her knowledge of child development, psychology, education, technology, and parenting to provide useful advice for families about the technology tools that have become a part of their lives. Leticia always has her finger on the pulse of hot new apps, educational games, social media tools, and digital devices designed to make parents’ lives easier.

Angell Troxler has always been drawn to the empowerment of children. In her early years in she was a Director for an after school program in Kentucky. She then spent close to a decade working with children with special needs in a non-public facility in Baltimore. It was during this time she completed her Masters of Teaching. It was then that she returned back to the south and became a classroom educator. Angell is finishing her 7th school year as a 2nd grade teacher in Charleston, South Carolina.

Alfred Thomson 

teaches high school computer science at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua NH. Prior to teaching Alfred worked in the software industry for many years. Most recently, Alfred was an Academic Developer Evangelist working with high schools and universities nationally on curriculum. Alfred was a member of the ACM/IEEE 2013 Task Force and the K12 Computer Science Framework writing team.

Alfred writes about computer science education on his popular blog at

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