Greg is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education, of Touro College where he earned a Master of Science degree on Literacy K-12, and of SUNY Cortland where he earned Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership. Greg has experience teaching in elementary, middle, high school, and college classrooms, including 12 years as a Social Studies teacher specializing in World History at Whitesboro High School. At OHM BOCES, Greg has overseen the development of regionally-created elementary and secondary Social Studies curricula that is currently leveraged by classroom teachers across New York State. For the last six years, Greg has supervised both the Distance Learning and World Languages programs at OHM BOCES. He also oversees online coursework for credit recovery and credit accrual as well as video conferencing through the Zoom platform. In 2018, OHM BOCES became the first and only BOCES in New York State to have World Languages Checkpoint exams approved as 4+1 Pathways exams by the New York State Office of Assessment. As such, schools throughout New York State have adopted OHM's checkpoint exams to provide their students with additional opportunities to meet State graduation requirements. This is Greg's first time acting on the the New York State Distance Learning Consortium's executive committee, however, he is eager and excited to give back to the group that has helped him so much over the last six years.
Melissa is a graduate from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor Degree, a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership (CAS) from SUNY Oswego. Her path in education began as a Junior High Spanish Teacher for 11 years turning into a teacher on special assignment as a technology integration specialist at Cicero-North Syracuse School District. Currently, Melissa is the Director of Virtual Learning & Innovation P-16 at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation (CiTi) in Mexico, NY (Oswego County BOCES) since August 2020. Previously, Melissa was the Distance Learning Coordinator for CiTi since 2015. This is Melissa’s second term as the New York State Distance Learning Consortium Secretary since summer of 2016. The Distance Learning Service for Oswego County coordinates video interactive and online college courses with 9 districts as well as virtual field trips and collaborations for 10 districts. The service also supports credit recovery tools and online summer college. The newest program at CiTi is Synergy Virtual High School: Early College Pathways.
Christina graduated with a Bachelor Degree in English from Hunter College in New York City. She discovered her love for education by assisting in the start-up of a creative writing program for The Children’s Theatre Company, developing lessons, teaching classes, and helping children showcase their written talents in creative ways. Christina earned her Master Degree in English Education from the University at Buffalo and pursued her interest in blended and online learning by researching the influence of technology in education. Christina’s research led to an investigation of how teachers create opportunities of inquiry using multiple literacies and educational tech tools to encourage diverse student populations to use their voice in the world. This passion for equity and educational technology led Christina to a career as an online teacher for CA BOCES teaching online English courses, giving students options outside of the brick and mortar classroom and developing curriculum in Moodle. Currently, Christina is excited to be a Distance Learning Specialist for Erie 2 BOCES, helping grow the online learning program, managing Moodle, developing training resources for online and blended learning, and assisting with the support of 22 component districts.