Beth Holland

Food for thought…

My Resume

Current Employment

Johns Hopkins School of Education, Baltimore, MD, June 1, 2015 – Present
Doctoral Student, Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education

EdTechTeacher Inc., Dorchester, MA, July 1, 2011-Present 

  • Lead face-to-face and online workshops for K-20 classrooms with a focus on innovation with technology as well as pedagogical concepts such as Design Thinking, Project Based Learning, and Universal Design for Learning.
  • Blogger – posts have been published at EdTech Researcher at Education WeekEdutopia, Edudemic, Diversa, Free Technology for Teachers, and MindShift. (full list of articles)
  • Conference presenter & keynoter –  ASCD 2015, COSN 2014 & 2016, MassCUE 2012-15, EdTechTeacher Innovation Summits 2012-16, TEDxMosesBrown 2013, Associazione Italiana Biblioteche Progetto Invitro keynote 2014, iPad Summit South Africa keynote 2015&16

Relevant Experience

St. Michael’s Country Day School, Newport, RI: July 2005-September 2011  

Director of Academic Technology at a PreSchool-8th Grade independent day school

  • Collaborated with the faculty to redesign the curricula for grades 2-8 to address differentiated instruction, Universal Design for Learning, Project Based Learning, and emerging technologies in the classroom.
  • Implemented a web-based Student Information System (Pearson’s PowerSchool). Conducted the business analysis, built the database, and then customized the system to meet the school’s needs.
  • Sole faculty member on the Strategic Planning Committee. Presented the DRAFT plan to the board and continue to collaborate with key stakeholders to complete the final plan.
  • Conducted an evaluation of the school’s technology infrastructure as well as curricula, and then created strategic plans for the technology as well as the curriculum.
  • Taught the formal technology classes for grades 2-8.

Anteon Corporation: August 2002-December 2004 (now owned by General Dynamics)
Research and Design Analyst, Knowledge Management consultant, Instructional Systems Designer, Human Systems Integration (HSI) consultant

  • As coordinator of the Innovation Laboratory at the Naval War College, collaborated with research groups such as the Naval Strategic Studies Group, the Office of Naval Research, DARPA, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and the Human Performance Center, to identify and analyze the strategic educational and communication needs for the Navy for the year 2030.
  • Project lead for the development of an enterprise-level, web-based, training system for the Navy Warfare Development Command (NWDC). As the lead designer and architect, created a web-based system to allow senior staff officers to learn the processes and procedures for operating within a networked environment.
  • Won “Best Presentation” at the Anteon Technology Symposium, and presented, as well as published, a paper on the use of a Multi-User Virtual Environments (now known as Social Networks) to facilitate the development of new training and educational policy for the Navy for the 2003 Inter-service/ Industry Technology Simulation Education Conference (I/ITSEC).
  • Designed the instructor-led and computer-based training for a new submarine sonar system and created a CD-Rom for the Coast Guard R&D Center to educate safety trainers.


Harvard University: Education Master’s (Ed.M) Degree, June 2002
Concentration – Technology, Innovation, and Education

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.0
  • Course work focused on curriculum development, teacher professional development, second language acquisition, technology policy, and emerging technologies.
  • Interned at Riverdeep Learning Company (now Houghton Mifflin) and OPEN (, developing standards-based curricular materials, drafting proposals, and conducting evaluations.
  • Designed a web-based teacher professional development tutorial for FreshPond (now Cambridge Education), as well as a software application to enhance traditional Language Learning environments.

Northwestern University: Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree, June 1998
Major – Communication Studies

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.57/4.0 Major GPA: 3.8/4.0
  • Communication Studies work focused on Interpersonal Communications and Education.
  • One of 12 students (selected from 115 candidates), to be accepted into the Creative Writing for the Media Program. Wrote two feature length films, a three-act play, a short film, and a television pilot.
  • Completed an additional concentration degree in French as well as coursework in Italian.
  • Member of the Varsity Sailing Team: Fund Raising Chair 1996-1997, Captain 1997-1998
  • Raised over $60,000 in four years for Dance Marathon – the largest student-run fundraiser in the country – as a dancer as well as a member of the corporate sponsors committee.

Additional Qualifications

Technology Skills
Highly experienced working with mobile devices – particularly iOS and Chrome. Proficient in web programming (HTML/PHP/XML/CSS). Experienced with a variety of collaborative tools, database programs, and Student Information Systems.

Business Skills
Experience pursuing new business opportunities, writing grant proposals, drafting strategic plans, managing budgets, assessing Total Cost of Ownership models, fundraising, and selling new concepts.

Process Skills
Proficient in the areas of Social Media Communications, Knowledge Management, Human Factors Engineering, Usability Engineering, Small Group Processes, and Formative as well as Summative Evaluation.

Communication and Language Skills
Superb writing skills with experience in journalism, blogging, grant writing, professional white papers, and editorial work. Excellent communicator in all environments, from face-to-face meetings, to large audiences, to virtual environments.

Other Related Projects

Big City Mountaineers: September 2008 – Present

  • Provide fundraising advice to other volunteers and mentors (ongoing)
  • Served as a mentor for 5 urban teens from Mercy Housing, Denver, and helped them summit Oh Be Joyful Pass (July 2010)
  • Took part in the BCM Challenge Program and raised $5,600 (2009-2010)
  • Raised over $6,500 and climbed Mt. Langley as part of the Summit for Someone program (2008-2009)
  • Conducted market research to determine potential markets for cash donations and reported to the marketing manager (2010)

Northwestern University Alumni Interviewer: 2008-Present
Conduct interviews with prospective students and then provide feedback to the Admission Office about the potential of candidates. Once students have been accepted, follow up with them to welcome them to the university and answer any additional questions.

St. George’s Sailing Team: March 1999-2012
Assistant Sailing Coach
14 years of working with high school sailors of all ability levels. Also responsible for overseeing/completing boat maintenance, managing the budget, and coordinating a team of 4 other coaches.

Learning at the Extreme: March 2008-June 2009
Project Manager and Instructional Designer
In collaboration with teachers, Boardman Design, and Sail Newport, created an online education program to provide middle school students and teachers with lessons and activities that bring the excitement of the Volvo Ocean Race into their classrooms. (Demo site available upon request.)

National Geographic Xpeditions: June 2002 – August 2002
Free-lance writer of educational content
Published a series of lesson plans to meet the national Physical Systems Standards and accompany National Geographic’s on-line Wave Simulator:

Lowell Massachusetts High School: January 2001 – April 2001
Educational Consultant
Created the concept and prototype of a multi-phase plan for “Project Pathways” – a multi-lingual, Student Information System to allow students, teachers, and parents, to track their academic progress. Researched bilingual education (60% of the school population spoke Khmer) and consulted with the school community to determine the information needs and technical demands of the system.

Rocky Hill School: School Year 1999-2000 
English Teacher, Class Advisor, and Sailing Coach
Designed and implemented a 9th Grade English curriculum to effectively address multiple learning styles and integrate technology. Mentored and coordinated the 9th grade class. Resurrected the school sailing and journalism programs.

ActionQuest: Summers 1995-2000
Head of the Instructional Sailing Program, Captain of a 50-foot sailboat
Captained a 50-foot sailboat with 12 high school students on board for 3-week sessions in the Caribbean and French Polynesia. Managed the instructors for the basic sailing program, and taught sailing, leadership and team-building.