Join us this summer as we take education to new heights! We’ve had lots of requests for another TestOut Conference, and while we aren’t doing an in-person conference this year, we are hosting an event that everyone can attend. It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to gather as a TestOut Family, and we are excited to see you this summer and reconnect.
During the virtual education week, you’ll have the opportunity to:
Stay updated on Elevation Summit.
In conjunction with TestOut Elevation Summit, we are presenting two Professional Development courses. We’ve been teaching these courses during this semester and the response has been overwhelmingly positive from those attending. These are paid options for the summit, will extend over five days, and will cover best practices for teaching IT Fundamentals and how to build a cybersecurity program.
Every day we will be offering sessions that cover a wide variety of topics and will be taught by TestOut employees and fellow educators from around the country. We are finalizing our presenters, so be sure to check back soon for more info and a chance to register for courses you’d like to attend.
Join us as part of the free sessions to get first-hand looks at new products, cool features, and an inside perspective on what it takes to make a TestOut Course. During this time, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the courses and have a Q&A with the developers of the product.
You'll be able to see:
Deborah Crenshaw teaches business and technology classes in the NISD Career and Technical Education program (CTE), grades 9-12, at Nacogdoches High School in Nacogdoches, Texas. With her strong background in Microsoft Office, she has successfully led numerous students to obtain the Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications to help prepare them to be both college and career ready.
Deborah graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Broadfield Business. She also has certifications in Speech and Early Childhood Education. Crenshaw served as CTE Department Head from 2018-2021 and has served as a New Teacher Mentor for several years. She has taught in the CTE Department at Nacogdoches High School for 23 years. Deborah has served on several committees for NHS, including the Student Health Advisory Committee, Prom, Project Graduation, and Homecoming. She received the Principal’s Award in May 2021.
Crenshaw has been a member of the Texas Business & Technology Educators Association (TBTEA) and was the Region 7 President for the organization from 2010-2011. She was Chairman of their Annual Cluster Conference at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2005 and was the TBTEA Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Deborah is a member of the Nacogdoches Branch of the American Association of University Women, (AAUW) and served as Vice President for Membership from 2020-2022. She will serve as Treasurer for AAUW for 2022-2023. She co-chaired the Expanding Your Horizons career event for middle school girls, in February of 2022 which was sponsored by AAUW. Deborah was selected as Educator of the Year by the Nacogdoches Branch of AAUW in April 2022.×
Jan Imhoff has taught B&IT for over 25 years and has seen many changes in the curriculum. The classes that Jan teaches include Microsoft Office Academy, Employability Skills, Social Media Marketing, Sports & Entertainment for Business, and Personal Finance. One of the only good things about the pandemic is that it introduced her to the TestOut software for MS Office programs. TestOut changed her life and how she runs her Microsoft Office classes. She feels her students know the software better and her success rate for certification testing has increased significantly.
Other than teaching, Jan’s passion is FBLA. As the Portage FBLA Adviser, Jan has had over 150 National qualifiers, 9 National Champions, and 12 other Top Ten finishes at Nationals. This coming year Jan will be the adviser to the WI FBLA State President, her 12th State Officer.
Jan is a past winner of the WI Educators for Business & IT (WEBIT) Outstanding Early Educator Award, the WEBIT K-12 Outstanding Educator Award, and WEBIT’s Russell J Hosler Award for contributions to Business & IT Education. She was also named WI FBLA Adviser of the Year in 2009. Most recently in 2018, Jan was 1 of 100 teachers awarded the WI Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award. In her free time, Jan likes to travel, spend time with family and friends, and is a fan of the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, Food Network, and crime TV shows like NCIS and Chicago PD.×
Meghan Burgin has been passionate about education since she was young, always desiring that to be her career. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Rider University and a Masters in Teacher Leadership from Rowan University. In addition, she holds various certifications in Microsoft Office and through NextGen Personal Finance. She began her career as an educator in 2006 at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, New Jersey and is now in her 16th year there. She has taught a variety of business courses during her tenure. Currently she teaches Digital Foundations, Personal Finance, and Microsoft Professional. In addition to her teaching duties, she is the co-advisor of the Student Government Association, and was the advisor of the Morris Hills Torch yearbook from 2012-2021.
Her passion for teaching came from those “aha” moments that she often witnessed both as a parent and educator. There is nothing quite like the pure joy that comes from seeing her children and students finally “get it”. She has been privileged to witness many of those moments through using TestOut in her Microsoft Professional class this year.
Meghan is a wife and mother of two children ages 8 and 5. They spend their time laughing, playing, and enjoying all of life's little pleasures. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking and being outdoors in the warmer months.×
Kelly O’Dell attended Ohio University obtaining her undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement / Criminal Justice. She worked for the Ohio Department of Youth Services after college and then for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.
At 18 she began to coach gymnastics. After getting married and having her third child in under five years her and her husband decided she would be a stay-at-home mother, though coaching was still part of her life. About ten years later it was time for her to re-enter the workforce. However, she couldn’t imagine going back into the type of schedule she used to work. Since she had coached gymnastics for a large portion of her life, teaching and mentoring youth just seemed like a natural transition. She went back to school obtaining a Master’s in Education and Workforce Development from Ohio State University. A teaching position would allow her schedule to align with her growing children.
Personally, as an outdoor enthusiast, she is passionate about helping youth overcome day to day challenges by finding confidence through outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, running and rock climbing. And yes, she even occasionally teaches IT classes outdoors. Kelly is also an ultramarathon runner and a cross country coach. This summer she will participate in the Badwater 135.×
Audra Yocom graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Technology & Engineering Education, and she is almost finished with her M.S. in IT Management from WGU. As a computer science and information technology educator at Pleasant Grove High School, she is always on the lookout for unique, meaningful experiences and opportunities to share with her students.
Audra was inspired by her mother and both of her grandmothers to work in education. Gayle Judd, her grandmother, was heavily involved with education throughout her life and was even state PTA president from 1981-1983. Beverly Yocom, her grandmother on her father’s side, was a beloved lunch lady, working with students in a non-traditional, but vital role. Lynne Yocom, Audra’s mother, is retiring from hourly teaching this year after 23 years at American Fork High School. The running joke in the family is how funny it is that Lynne graduated from PGHS and teaches at AFHS while Audra graduated from AFHS and now teaches at PGHS.
In addition to her teaching job at Pleasant Grove High School, Audra is the Director of Technology Education for the Success in Education foundation, overseeing their Code to Success and Ken Garff Esports programs; both of which she has participated in as a teacher. Audra is excited to shape and build these programs for Utah students. http://ctsutah.org/ | https://kengarffesports.org/
Since 2018, Audra has also taught a few courses as an adjunct for Utah Valley University, including BMED 4300, Methods of Teaching Computer Science, a course that is a part of their newly created “Computer Science Education” degree.
When not thinking about work, Audra is often playing fetch with her 10-year-old golden retriever, Ellie Tiger-Lily, and working on updating her grandparent’s 70-year-old house she purchased a few years ago. Audra’s accolades include NASEF Scholastic Fellow, 2021-2022, Teacher of the Year, Pleasant Grove High School 2020-2021, and Utah ACTE New Teacher of the Year 2018.×
Eli Cochran currently teaches Cybersecurity to high school students at a local career center like the one he graduated from. Before that he was a regional manager at a business that provided digital courtroom recordings and A/V integration. He was also employed for in the financial industry working with ATMs.
He has worked in Information Technology for 15+ years and has multiple certifications. He is an amateur radio operator (KD8RBH) and Eagle Scout. He is the Director of Contest Judging at The National Robotics Challenge in Marion Ohio and a technical volunteer for the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.
Eli is a resident of central Ohio along with his wife, son, and dog. He calls himself a geek! He is passionate about electronics, robotics, computers, and technology in general. He has always enjoyed making and modifying technology to do things it wasn’t intended to do.×
Sessions are free except for the two Professional Development courses each day.
During the week lots of prizes, giveaways, and swag will be available for those attending the conference live. Check back soon to see prize and giveaway options.