Conference Bloggers

The following individuals are serving as official conference bloggers for the 2013 Annual Conference. They simply agreed to share their experience as they move through the activities, events and conversations. You can follow their journey through the NAIS 2013 Annual Conference by subscribing to their blogs, following this Online Community blog or tracking them on the conference community dashboard. Now…Meet this year’s conference bloggers!

Mike Brown
Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School, Texas

Head of school at Trinity Episcopal School (Texas), Mike Brown leads the PK-8 school, distinguished by students’ academic success, superior technology integration, fine arts, and community involvement. Recently relocating from California, Mike has served in NAIS schools for nearly 20 years, in a variety of capacities, at Calvary Christian School (California) and St. Mark’s Episcopal School (California). In his free time, Mike enjoys fishing, reading, and playing the piano. Mike is happily married with two daughters who attend Trinity School.

His blog is located at:

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Kim Sivick
MS Director of Technology Engagement
Coordinator of Student Leadership with Technology
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

Bio:  Kim Sivick is the Director of Technology Engagement at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.  She is a NAIS Online Community Ambassador and a NAIS Teacher of the Future.  Kim has presented at ISTE, NAIS, PAECT and #140edu. She was recognized by Microsoft for innovative education and invited to the 2012 Innovative Educators Forum at Microsoft Headquarters. Kim co-founded EdCamp and is on the board of the Edcamp Foundation.

Her blog is located at:

sandra- bloggerSandra (Chap) Chapman
Director of Diversity & Community
Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School
New York

Bio: I’m a Nuyorican, meaning I’m a Puerto Rican (& Dominican) woman born and raised in El Barrio, or Spanish Harlem, in NYC. I began my career as an early childhood educator in the independent school world in the fall of 1990, and I have been here ever since! I am currently the Director of Diversity & Community at Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School. I sit on the NAIS Call-to-Action Think Tank and the NYSAIS Diversity Committee, and am a faculty member of the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute (formerly SDI).

Her blog is located at:

Kelsey- bloggerKelsey Vroomunn
Online and Blended Learning Specialist
St. Mary’s Academy

Bio:  Kelsey Vroomunn is a high school teacher and the Online and Blended Learning Specialist at St. Mary’s Academy in Englewood, Colorado.  She was named as a 2012 National Association of Independent Schools Teacher of the Future and serves as an Ambassador for the Schools of the Future online forum on NAISConnect.  The Google Certified Teacher was also recognized as a 2012 Emerging Leader by the International Society for Technology in Education and assists with the organization’s new educator initiatives.  Kelsey has degrees from Trinity University and Columbia University.

 Her blog is located at

Tony Featherston
Head of School
The Town School, New York

In his first year as head of The Town School (New York), Tony Featherston enjoys the challenges of learning the ropes in a new school and being a passionate Red Sox fan in enemy territory. Prior to Town, he spent six years as the head of Elmwood Franklin School (New York). Tony started his career as a history teacher, dorm parent, and coach at Concord Academy (Massachusetts) before stints at Kent Denver School (Colorado) and Pine Point School (Connecticut). His wife, Helen, is also an educator, and they have two daughters. In his free time, Tony enjoys cycling, playing hockey, and exploring New York.

His blog is found at


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