About BTE Staff

Veronica Holbrook | Director of School Programs

After completing her degree in Electronic Engineering, Veronica began her career teaching computer skills to students in grades K-10 and training teachers in Microsoft Office applications. In 2003 when she began working for BTE she developed lesson plans, trained teachers, and wrote curriculum in the areas of word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, database, multimedia, and video editing. Additionally she has developed 100’s of technology-integrated projects which are grade and subject specific as well as being aligned to the state standards. She has mentored dozens of teachers within the BTE organization, training large groups as well as working individually with them; she has created and updated the professional development curriculum as operating systems have evolved on PC’s and Mac’s. Veronica is currently SMART Notebook certified for PC, SMART Notebook certified for Mac, SMART Response certified. She is a Google Education Trainer; she has a B.S. in Electronic Engineering, a B.A. in Mathematics, and is working towards her Masters in teaching mathematics.

 

Melisa Collins | Director of School Programs

Melisa Collins, Director of School Programs with Beyond Technology Education, has been involved in education, with both children and adults, for over 20 years. With two teaching credentials and an M.S. in Education from California State University at Fullerton, Melisa began her career as a public school teacher. After teaching multiple grade levels, Melisa moved into the private business arena, where she became managing Director for a private learning center. In that position, she was responsible for business and marketing aspects of the center, as well as the academic success of over 100 students. Melisa then discovered her love for teaching adults when she became a Corporate Training Manager, and Help Desk Manager, for the Information Technology department of Wyle Electronics, where she was responsible for training thousands of employees in a company roll-out of new Windows-based applications. With an understanding of educational curriculum, technology knowledge, and teaching and communication skills, Melisa is very successful in training and developing teachers and designing integration for the classroom. She is an Authorized Google Education Trainer, and an Adjunct Professor with Point Loma Nazarene University.

Melisa lives with her husband, Lynn, in Laguna Niguel, California. They are the proud parents of a daughter who recently graduated from college and is currently living in San Diego.

 

Susan J. Brooks-Young | Senior Education Technology Consultant

Susan is an award winning author, educator and consultant. Susan has been a keynote speaker and presenter at CUE, FETC, ISTE, NCCE, ACSA and dozens of other notable education conferences both domestic and abroad. Susan has written books for ISTE and is a regular columnist for Today’s Catholic Teacher. She is sought after around the globe and is among the luminaries in the educational technology landscape. Susan received her Multiple Subject Credential from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, her Preliminary Administrative Credential from California State University in Fullerton and her Professional Administrative Credential from California State University in San Bernardino. Susan lives in Washington State with her husband.