Nearpod PioNears

A global community of leaders, visionaries, and ed-tech enthusiasts.

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Who are the PioNears?






Combined years of teaching experience






Combined years of teaching experience

Established ed-tech leaders

Rachelle Dené Poth

  • • Educator, Ed-tech Consultant and Author
  • • 2019 recipient of ISTE's Making IT Happen Award and Presidential Gold Award for 500 hours of education volunteer service
  • • Named one of 30 K-12 IT Influencers for 2021

Entrepreneurs and innovators

Dr. Desiree Alexander

  • • Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC
  • • 2022 and 2021 TCEA Featured Thought Leader and 2020 ISTE Featured Voice
  • • 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers

International educators

Antonio Grez Grezan

  • • Teacher and consultant in Chile
  • • Co-Founder of the Ibero-American social initiative #CompetenciaDigitalCero which works to reduce the gap in the use of digital technologies in educational spaces

Social media mavens

Pam Alba

  • • STEAM teacher in Dominican Republic
  • • 2.5k Instagram followers
  • • Uses social media, YouTube videos and workshops to spread the love of technology

Mentors and collaborators

Janet Corder + Joan Gore

J2 Training
  • • Educational Technology Consultants
  • • Have four books on technology integration and professional development
  • • Former TCEA Board of Directors

Passionate brand champions

Dustin Ecker

  • • Educator at Ron Clark Academy
  • • Featured educator of Nearpod’s documentary series Spotlight Series: Inspirational Stories of Student Engagement

PioNears bring the Nearpod community to life

U.S & International

In-person & remote

Are you our next PioNear?

Take a peek at this checklist.

I am Nearpod Certified

I am Flocabulary Certified

I’m that teacher at my school or district always promoting Nearpod and Flocabulary

I actively participate in the Nearpod community (Twitter chats, Facebook groups, #CampEngage)

I seek out opportunities to connect and grow with other educators

We welcome new PioNears in cohorts 1-2 times a year. Think that should be you?

Meet the PioNears

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Nearpod's PioNear Summit 2018 brought more than 100 educational technology leaders to Hollywood, FL to learn, share, and discuss how we can transform teaching together.

Blogs by and about PioNears

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  • engaging learning
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  • supports student
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