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About the Tech Team
TECH COACHES/INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT
847-367-4120 ext. 2718
Dave Huber received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Illinois State University in 1994 and a Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis on Jazz Studies and Technology Based Music Instruction from the University of Illinois in 1999. He began working at Oak Grove in August of 1999 as a band director and technology specialist, and has served in a variety of roles since then. Currently, Mr. Huber serves as a technology coach, data management specialist, and 4th grade general music teacher.
847-367-4120 ext. 2707
Allison Honaker received an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from St. Xavier University in 2006, and a B.A. in Art History and Elementary Education from Knox College in 2001. She began working at Oak Grove in 2003 as a 1st grade classroom teacher. She piloted a 1:1 classroom with iPod touch devices in 2009, which led to a full time interest in Tech Integration. In 2014, Ms. Honaker attended the Apple Academy in Cupertino where she became a Certified Apple Foundations Instructor. She is currently a Tech Coach, supporting Kindergarten through Third Grade Teachers with their use of Promethean Boards, Activotes, iPads, and Macbooks. She helps plan and implement Professional Development for teachers to educate them on the SAMR Integration Model and All Things Tech.
847-367-4120 ext. 2099
John Mehnert has spent most of his life in the Midwest going to school, playing sports, and enjoying the outdoors. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Carthage College and Southern Illinois University, Mr. Mehnert joined the Oak Grove family as a classroom teacher in 1994. In 2000, he completed a Masters in Education program from National Louis University in Curriculum and Instruction. It was about this time that he started to incorporate technology into classroom projects and took a great interest in educational technology in general. After nine years as a classroom teacher, Mr. Mehnert changed roles at Oak Grove, and has been teaching technology to different grade levels ever since. Currently Mr. Mehnert is a Technology Coach and enjoys working with students and teachers on incorporating technology into their classrooms.
Dr. Jason Meltzer
847-367-4120 ext. 2517
Dr. Jason Meltzer grew up in Los Angeles, California and Potomac, Maryland. He started playing trumpet in 4th grade, and later received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, Summa Cum Laude. He later taught band at Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago where he was introduced to a computer connected to a synthesizer...he was hooked! He earned a Master of Music with a Certificate in Technology from Northwestern University. In 2001, Mr. Meltzer became Dr. Meltzer when he earned a PhD in Music Education Technology and Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Illinois. He often presents at technology sessions at a variety of conferences including the Northern Illinois Computing Educators (NICE) and the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE). Dr. Meltzer also serves on the Board of Directors of NICE and is a Co-Chair for the ICE annual conference. He currently teaches 6-8 technology classes and serves as a tech coach.
847-367-4120 ext. 2711
Josh Costes earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009. He is an Apple Certified Mac & iOS Device Technician. For over five years, Mr. Costes worked for Apple as a Genius. He currently serves as Oak Grove’s Technology Support Specialist. Outside of work, Mr. Costes is an Eagle Scout & Assistant Scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America, a professional portrait & wedding photographer, and an outdoor enthusiast!
847-367-4120 ext. 2311
Eric Hackl resides in Glenview, Il. He has been a school technology specialist and network manager since 1998. He has worked at Oak Grove since 2014.
847-367-4120 ext. 2716
Patti Jacobs began working at Oak Grove School in 2002 as a classroom aide. Each summer, Patti played a very important role on the summer tech team making sure that all of our technology was properly cared for and properly inventoried. As her skill set grew and Oak Grove moved to a 1:1 environment, Patti joined the technology team full time in the summer of 2016.
847-367-4120 ext. 2003
Scott Blumberg received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Bradley University. Despite the finance interest, Scott has been working in school technology departments since 8th grade. Scott went on to obtain a Masters Degree in school business administration from Northern Illinois University and currently serves on the tech team and in the Oak Grove Business Office.