Jon Zurfluh is a Washington State native where he grew up and attended college at Pacific Lutheran University for both his undergraduate and graduate degree in Elementary Education and Educational Administration respectively. As a teacher for 11 years in University Place School District, he also was closely involved with the incorporation of the City of University Place, the Washington Education Association in various union leadership roles, and as a leader in youth ministry with both Mount Cross Lutheran Church and regional positions in Western Washington. Jon moved to China in 1994 as first a teacher and then elementary school principal in Guangzhou. He returned to the states in 1997 and served as an elementary school principal in rural White River School District, where he successfully implemented Gates Foundation Classrooms of the Future grants, the first of their kind. Jon returned to China in 2002 and served as the opening principal at the Pudong Campus of Shanghai Community International Schools. Under the SCIS banner, Jon moved to the Hongqiao Campus as Deputy Headmaster for SCIS and then returned in 2008 as the Head of School for SCIS Pudong campuses, which now included 700+ students on two sites.
Jon continued his community involvement as founding member of the Pack 969 Cub Scout group and through work on various projects with Community Center Shanghai and other charitable organizations like Rock Island Aid. In 2007, while still an administrator at SCIS, Jon participated in founding the first Learning 2.0 conference along with Jeff Utecht, Michael Weber and the multiple school team at Concordia International School.
Jon returned to Washington State in 2009 to complete his certification as a Washington State Superintendent through the Executive Leadership Program at Seattle University. In 2011, he took over as Director at the Anglo-American School of Moscow where he served for 5 years and implemented broad based strategic plan efforts. He left Moscow to join the American School of Warsaw, where he is now presiding over a school of 1000 students representing more than 50 countries.
Throughout his career, Jon has been a strong advocate for seamless integration of technology in education. He setup the first Apple II labs in Washington State in the 1980’s and has implemented leading edge technology initiatives in each school he has served over almost 40 years. A long time Apple, Inc. advocate, Jon is an avid user of technology, a part time coder, and a trainer in the use of technology at both the teacher and leadership level.
Global Coaching Course Lead
Board Assistant Secretary
Jeff Utecht is an educational technology consultant, educator and author. He holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Technology as well as his administrative certification through Washington State. Jeff began his career in the Elementary Classroom at a public school in Washington State. In 2001, he was the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant called the Technology Leadership Program. This marked the beginning of his journey with technology and learning.
Over the past 10 years, Jeff has taught at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. Moving from a classroom teacher into technology facilitator roles and administrative positions, Jeff began sharing his passion for learning via his blog The Thinking Stick. In 2007, he was invited to create an innovative conference focusing on learning and technology; the Learning 2.0 Conference was initiated. He also began consulting with East Asia Regional Council of Schools. Continuing to share his vision, Jeff provided regular articles and blog posts for Tech&Learning publications, authored chapters in numerous books, worked as the educational consultant for a wiki company, and began speaking at schools and educational events around the globe. He has worked with politicians in Washington DC and participated in The Educational Project at the invitation of the Prince of Bahrain. In 2010 Jeff was invited to present at the first TEDx conference in Bangkok, Thailand.
As Jeff’s online presence grew, his blog reaching over 10,000 subscribers and his Twitter account growing to over 13,000 followers, he fully embraced the power of connections. Based on his own experiences of using technology for learning and connecting with people around the world, Jeff published his first book for educators titled Reach in June of 2010. He has continued to consult with web companies, educational organizations, and most recently has co-developed a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program for educators.
Jeff is a Google Apps Certified Educational Trainer. In tandem with his values of collaboration and open source, he created the Google Ninja Program. This free program designed to support students and educators in their learning of the Google Applications is now widely used around the globe. It is Jeff’s belief in learning and future generations that continues to drive his passion.
DR. RICHARD T. KRAJCZAR
Past Chair of the Board
Richard T. Krajczar has held the position of Executive Director of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools since 2007, and also from 1996 to 2005. From 2003 to 2007 he was Executive Director of the Association for the Advancement of International Education. Dr. Krajczar, better known as Dr. K to the EARCOS family of schools received his BA and MA at the University of Wyoming and his Ed. Doctorate in Leadership from the University of Florida. Prior to assuming the helm of EARCOS, Dr. K held director and head of school positions at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, American Community School, Amman, Jordan and Damascus community School, Syria. He began his international career in 1972 as the K-12 principal at the American International School of Kabul, Afghanistan. Dr. K and his wife of 45 years, Sherry, have two children Josh and Morgan who both teach at international schools in Manila and Shanghai.
Simon is originally from New Zealand. He has worked in Florence, London, Caracas, Cairo, Bangkok, Shanghai and is at present working as a Technology Coach and Co Director of Digital Learning at the American School of Warsaw, where he has been for the last 3 years. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Trainer.
Simon works with teachers and students in the use of technology both in and out of the classroom. He also helps parents understand the technology their children use and bring into their homes.
Simon has been on the executive planning committee for Learning 2 since the first conference in 2007. His continued involvement in the conference is driven by his commitment to offering exceptional professional development opportunities.
JAMES LANEY JR
James Laney Jr was born in Yuma Arizona in 1959. He began his teaching career in the US Peace Corps in Kenya in the early 1980s. Now in his 30th year as an educator, he has worked in American and international schools in New York City, Nicosia, Taipei, Warsaw and Addis Ababa. He has been at teacher at all grade levels from K-12 and was the Director of Technology at Taipei American School. He served as a principal in elementary, middle and high school programs, prior to becoming Head of School at the International Community School of Addis Ababa in 2010. Jim holds a BSc in computer systems engineering from Oregon Institute of Technology, an MA in Science Education from Teachers College Columbia University, and has completed his doctoral coursework in International School Leadership from Boston University.
Originally from England, is now based at the Western Academy of Beijing where she has been since 2008. She is a high school educational technology specialist and her primary focus is to work alongside classroom teachers to promote innovative pedagogical practices, brought about by the affordances of new technologies. She is currently piloting an exciting new program focusing on a self-directed learning program for some of their senior students.
She has been a global educator for almost twenty-five years, mostly in international schools in Asia. She has taught at many levels in schools from Grade 1 through to Grade 12, although she most enjoys the challenge of the upper teens as they transform into young adults. Prior to teaching, she was a programmer and marketer in the computer industry and she is so excited to see coding making a big comeback in schools with all the STEAM initiatives. She always learning, informally through social media channels and formally through her current MEd studies in Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation.
Dan James became the Executive Director of the Positive Coaching Alliance Seattle Chapter in January of 2017. PCA is a US nonprofit that uses sport to develop “Better Athletes, Better People.” Prior to that Dan was the National Manager of Wheelchair Tennis for the United States Tennis Association where he served as the US Paralympic Coach at 5 Paralympic Games. He was critical to bringing wheelchair tennis to the US Open Grand Slam and did development work through wheelchair tennis in numerous developing nations. James resides in Seattle, WA.