Jon Fila is the NROC Ambassador of the Year
A longtime adviser and active member, Jon has championed the solution-incubator aspect of membership. His commitment to the power of Open Educational Resources has made him a strong advocate for HippoCampus, and his experience as an engaged participant in the Moodle open-source software community has improved NROC's own culture of sharing. Jon's affinity for cooperative resource development has strengthened the NROC suite of solutions.
Over the years, Jon has represented broad efforts in Minnesota (e.g. Minnesota Learning Commons), and he specifically modeled the potential of Educational Service Agencies to build awareness of member resources and to offer instructional technology training across a region. His early work with Northern Star Online School enhanced our understanding of the needs of online programs, and his personal passion for English and making a difference for all students continues to inspire us.
As a non-profit organization, NROC partners with educators to create open and low-cost courses and tools designed to recognize every student's unique learning needs and preferences.
We are so excited that our very own Dani Berry is a semi-finalist for the 2018 Teacher of the Year! Dani is a math teacher extraordinaire at Epsilon (Care & Treatment) #287edchat
"My favorite part of my job is helping students see themselves differently. Some students told themselves their whole lives that they were not good at math. Once in my classroom, we debunk this belief! They develop new ways of thinking and believing in themselves - and learn that how they view themselves as learners is what matters. They experience all the awesome ways that math impacts their lives and more times than not, they evolve into "math nerds!" I love seeing the confidence in their face and spark in their eyes when they start seeing the beauty and power of mathematics all around them." - Dani Berry