Staff

Staff

Jen Vanek
Director of IDEAL Consortium
Jen VanekJen is currently a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction/Second Languages & Cultures at the University of Minnesota. She has been working in the field of adult literacy since receiving her MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1995. Her recent work centers on creating online content for Adult Basic Education (ABE) learners and supporting the professional development of ESL and ABE teachers in the area of digital literacy, distance learning, and adult career pathways.

Leah Peterson
Assistant Director of the EdTech Center
Leah PetersonLeah supports the work of the IDEAL Consortium and manages other EdTech projects including World Education E-Learning. She is also the editor of Tech Tips for Teachers and supports the communications efforts of the U.S. Division of World Education.

Ben Bruno
Instructional Technologist
Ben BrunoBen Bruno is Instructional Technologist for the U.S. Division of World Education where he produces webinars, creates online audiovisual content, enhances website design, and leads online course development and tech support for World Education E-Learning.

Destiny Simpson
Consultant, IDEAL Consortium 
Destiny SimpsonDestiny Simpson is a consultant for the EdTech Center’s IDEAL Consortium. Presently she is the coordinator for the Pennsylvania Distance Learning Project and teaches adult learners. She also works on communications project that provides resources and technology support for adult education practitioners and the PA Professional Development System. She began her career in adult basic education as a volunteer tutor in 1999 and has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Communications Technology.

Ebony Vandross
Staff Associate
Ebony VandrossEbony Vandross supports the EdTech Center and the work of the IDEAL Consortium, playing a key role in supporting the IDEAL Summer Institute. She also works on publications and program development. Ebony comes to World Education from the MCPHS University where she did administrative work for seven years.