Stella Erbes, Associate Professor of Education, Pepperdine University
Twitter: @stellaerbes

As a teacher educator, I am committed to educating future teachers about how to integrate technology effectively in their classrooms. I am responsible for teaching educational technology at Pepperdine University, and our student teachers are always set apart in the application pool because of their tech knowledge. I have also served as a technology consultant for independent pre-K-12 schools in southern California and in the past 6 years, I have organized and led groups of 10-15 teachers annually to their first CUE Conference. It has been rewarding to witness how CUE sparks their imagination. I have coordinated mini-CUE conferences during teacher inservice days at local schools, and I have presented at the annual conference in the past. My latest published journal article is entitled “Teachers exploring mobile device integration: A case study of secondary teachers’ responses to iPads in the classroom.” (Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, 15, 503-516.)

Q: Why are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors or what influenced you to run for a position?
A: I have benefited from the CUE community for a long time and believe that it is time that I stepped up and served in a leadership position. I would also feel honored to be a part of an organization that helps such a large body of educators to enhance their pedagogy using technology in today's schools.

Q: What do you believe are the most important goals and initiatives for Gold Coast CUE and what do you feel you can contribute in meeting these goals and initiatives? 
A: I believe fostering community is important although this may be difficult given the rigorous and tight schedules of teachers. I believe that I can assist with event planning with my strong organization skills and enthusiasm.