Chief Innovation Officer

Susan M. Bearden previously served as the Director of Information Technology at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, FL. A strategic, growth-focused technology leader, she approaches IT from an educator mindset and facilitates best practices in education technology and innovative teaching and learning. With over 12 year of experience she has championed the adoption of a number of innovative classroom technologies, including BYOD, Google Apps for Education, social media in the classroom, iPads, Chromebooks, and Makerspaces. In 2015, she received the ISTE “Making IT Happen” award from the Florida Society for Technology in Education. In 2014, Bearden received the Bammy Award for School Technologist of the Year (www.bammyawards.org) and was also a finalist in the category of Education Talk Show Host.

Bearden has presented at a number of national, regional and state conferences, including ISTE, FETC, CoSN, Miami Device, the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES), and the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS). A popular blogger and advocate for social media in education, Bearden co-founded and moderates the #edtechchat and #digcit (Digital Citizenship) Twitter chats and participates regularly in the weekly EdTechChat Radio podcast for the BAM Radio Network. She has presented a number of webinars about social media and digital citizenship for organizations such as CASE, EdWeb.net, the ISTE Mobile Learning Network, the ISTE Administrative Learning Network, and FSTE (Florida Society for Technology in Education). She is the author Tweechme, a mobile application that teaches educators how to build Professional Learning Networks on Twitter