2016 Next Generation Leaders

Young professionals

CoSN is committed to recognizing and supporting emerging leaders who are passionate about K-12 education technology and committed to taking their career to the next level. That is why we created the NextGeneration Leaders Program.


Congratulations to the 2016 NextGeneration Leaders!

2016 NextGeneration Leaders

Michele Eaton portraitMichele Eaton
Director of Virtual and Blended Learning
Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township
Indianapolis, IN

Michele Eaton leads MSD's online and blended learning team, but she aspires one day to lead the district's technology department. She was chosen to speak at CoSN's annual conference last year about identifying and supporting Next Generation leaders. During the session, she also highlighted the benefit of programs like Indiana's CTO2B group in which she participated, and she is also expected to present at this year's conference on expanding similar programs for other future leaders. Michele is the conference chair for the Indiana Connected Educators, and serves as president of ISTE's Online Learning Network. She has also served as the social media chair and web master for the "Yes 4 Wayne" political action committee.

Travis Eldridge portraitTravis Eldridge
Technology Integration Specialist
Laramie County School District #1
Cheyenne, WY

Travis Eldridge has skillfully leveraged his talent as an educator to define and then exemplify what "deeper learning" means for students and teachers. With classroom educators, he is reassuring, attentive and practiced. With site and district administrators, he is objective, mission-focused and optimistic. Travis understands the necessity and nuance of change. He communicates the district's technology enhancements using language affiliated with a concrete, student-centered learning model. He understands the natural uncertainty that his colleagues feel regarding new initiatives, and works strategically to help them discover new steps incrementally. Over the past year, Travis has worked to move an entire school forward in its ability to integrate technology into the curriculum. The movement was so successful that several other schools sent teams of teachers and administrators to observe the success they were having so they could implement them back on their own campuses.

Roshni Lakhi portraitRoshni Lakhi
Blended Learning Specialist
Highlander Institute
Providence, RI

In just her second year as a teacher, Roshni Lakhi was named the lead technology integrator in her school district. She has been honored with multiple awards and now, through the Highlander Institute, works with schools and districts throughout New England and beyond. One example of her leadership is her work bringing Girls Who Code to Rhode Island; she found the time to train, organize, manage and teach coding to a group of underserved urban students from multiple schools as a volunteer last year. It was the first Girls Who Code site in the state. Roshni displays all of the leadership qualities that CoSN values, and she has already made a name for herself in the growing blended learning sector. She is able to seamlessly straddle the education, technology and business sectors, liaising and communicating with various stakeholder groups, and sees the inherent need to bring these groups together to do what is best for kids in the digital learning age. As a young woman of color in this work, Roshni is a great role model for young women both in the technology and education sectors.

Andrew Neiburg portraitAndrew Neiburg
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
Henrico County Public Schools
Henrico, VA

When Andrew Neiburg came to Highland Springs High School three years ago, he brought stability and excitement to a school in need of visionary leadership. His dedication to the teachers and students can be seen in the writing center and peer tutoring service he established with an English teacher his first year, which encourages students to sign up when they need help with the writing process. He also created the "HSHS Virtual School," a place for students and teachers to connect outside of school and collaborate on lesson plans and for departments to work together to achieve accreditation. This year, Andrew built a student and teacher hub to provide easy access to everything at HSHS. Andrew is a visionary leader in his school and has been a large part of moving it towards excellence in instruction and closer to being accredited.

Nathan White portraitNathan White
IT Operations Manager
Elmore County Public Schools
Wetumpka, AL

Nathan White's interpersonal skills make him well suited to any position that involves interaction with others. He is an excellent troubleshooter, and he is able to prioritize problems and work to resolve them in the most appropriate manner, a critical skill when time-sensitive technology issues arise. Nathan has the ideal mix of technical and interpersonal skills. In the technical area, he has recently earned the designation of Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL), one of only a few who hold this title throughout the state. Nathan is charged with significant responsibilities in the technology realm and takes those responsibilities very seriously. Not only does he supervise the four technicians to meet many and varied hardware and software needs across the district, but he also manages numerous staff and student software programs, security cameras, cell phones, and other areas as well.

To qualify for the NextGeneration Leaders program, candidates must have met the following criteria:

  • Currently employed by a K-12 school/district or an education service agency
  • No more than 5 working years as an education technology professional
  • Demonstrated leadership in the schools/districts they serve
  • Preference for emerging leaders who are from, or serve, underrepresented populations (e.g. women, minorities, small, rural, or inner city schools)

The NextGeneration Leaders program is co-sponsored by EdScoop with support from Microsoft. EdScoop highlighted the program in their article, "Calling for NextGeneration school tech leader nominees." Please contact Irene Spero for any inquiries.