Mike Sumpter epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work, and faith in serving others. Mike grew up in Plymouth, Indiana and started his technology career at age twenty-two, working as a technology technician for Plymouth Community School Corporation. He has worked in all aspects of technology education as a technician, technology engineer, as well as a Technology Director.
What is one device you could NOT live without?
What is your favorite book?
What is your favorite professional moment?
Launching a 450 device 1:1 in two and a half months with 94% success rate on device handout with MacBook and vell environment.
What is your favorite vacation getaway?
St. Pete Beach, Florida
What would be one thing most people do NOT know about you?
I love ballroom and swing dancing
What is your favorite quote?
If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always gotten.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Lee Dennie cause he encouraged me to dive into predicting weather patterns using satellite images from NOAA and GOES. It was the first time I downloaded satellite images and then animated them to predict weather patterns.
If you could describe yourself in one word?
What is your favorite movie or movie series?
Facing the Giants
What is your favorite song?
The Rose by Bette Midler
What is your favorite music group or musician?
Michael W. Smith
Who is your favorite sports team?
Who is the most inspirational person in your life?
What is your favorite restaurant?
Jim Branson is a highly accomplished Information Technology Account Manager with over 23 years of experience in Management Consulting and IT solutions with K12 education. Jim is passionate about education and education technology.
Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to be a teacher. I had a First Grade teacher in grade school who let me come to her room during my lunch and recess time to help her with her students and that greatly encouraged me to work towards my dream of becoming a teacher!
Because my parents did not have the money to send me to college, I worked several jobs and put myself through school. It took me a long time but I persevered and got my BS and MS degrees in Education!
I loved being a teacher for 20 plus years working with my students and treasure those many years and students!
Dr. Schauna Relue is the Assessment and Policy Director at Key Data Systems. She served as a Chief Academic Officer and Director of Curriculum in multiple districts for more than 10 years and served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Indiana Department of Education, where she worked closely with the Office of Student Assessment. There she supervised all content area specialists, Indiana’s Academic Standards, implementation of state code regarding curriculum requirements and recommendations, and served as a team member of all areas impacting the state’s academic achievement.
Dr. Relue was responsible for the state’s plan for implementing the Common Core State Standards. This included leading teachers, instructional coaches, professors, and content experts in the development of state curriculum maps which served as a starting point for schools to develop curriculum and find appropriate resources which support the standards. Most importantly she then led the effort to align a state-wide system of formative assessment to the curriculum maps. She also supervised the Division of College and Career Readiness which worked with business, industry, and higher education to develop career pathways which lead to certification or dual credits. Dr. Relue served for two years on the ELA Content work group for the PARCC assessment consortium helping shape the design of next generation summative assessments.
Prior to joining Key Data Systems, Dr. Relue was the the Director of Software Engagement and Strategic Partnerships with one of Key Data Systems’ Partners. There she led the effort to ensure the KDS solution aligned precisely to the needs of the districts in the states she served and worked through getting those solutions through multiple state approval processes. Dr. Relue’s experience working in districts, at the state department level, and for the foremost leader in formative assessment makes her a valuable consultant to those with whom she works.