Who is the Edtech Guru? 

 
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Leena Marie Saleh has been coined "the Edtech Guru." She has devoted more than a decade working alongside educators, thought leaders, and education technology companies to assist in navigating the next "ERA" of education. She is bringing in new trends for the students of the future while displacing outdated, antiquated practices. Leena thinks it's crucial to give students the skills they'll need for the future, and that doing so will improve opportunities for ALL students.

"Exposure Creates Opportunity"

True Story

So who is the Edtech Guru? 

 
 

Leena Marie Saleh has been coined "the Edtech Guru. She has dedicated her professional career to assisting in the exposing instructors, administrators, and students to real-world skills that will stand the test of time.

 

How did she get here, though?

 

She gained insight into the disadvantages experienced by many students, as she was the very first generation in her family to graduate from both high school and college. Leena consistently achieved high grades as a student, yet she was never cognizant of the employment opportunities that existed outside her K–12 education.

When Leena first walked into her student teaching, she walked directly into a familiar room that undoubtedly had the same look and feel of a classroom she had dawned many years before. The desks sat in rows, the teacher was still at the center of the room. The curriculum resources were outdated. Although year after year the students who occupied those seats would change, the teaching practices themselves stood still. Teacher centric. It was then that she knew instantly this wasn’t the way that she wanted to teach her students. With that being said, her student teacher was an amazing experience. The teacher was fun, engaging and always produced high achievement on the state tests. Even with high achievement and a fun atmosphere, Leena couldn't help but think longingly that there was more. There assuredly had to be more. 

 

It was in her second year of teaching that her administrative team brought the teaching staff on a field trip. On their way to the trip, the group of teachers had no idea where they were headed. When they arrived, the building was rather plain. It looked like a building that anyone would have driven by a thousand times and never known that it existed. Entering inside that building would forever change her. 

 

Inside that plain old building, an engineering firm, it was abuzz. Each department within the building was working on something new, problem-solving, and communicating with one another. As she looked knowingly at these local engineers, seeing her own self in them. Knowing that if she had known that this type of career existed, that she might have changed her career path. It was then, at that moment, that she knew that this was the type of environment she wanted to bring to her own students.  That it was just the beginning. 

Leena has always been technology adverse, taking risks and exploring new platforms with ease. She always believed that the more platforms and resources that her students could be exposed to, the more flexible they would be and risk-adverse with each new platform. Able to try any new task that was place in front of them. 

 

Leena knew that she had to do more. She took her knowledge to other educators, and edtech companies to help them with the same methodology that she brought to her students. Over her career, Leena has been dedicated to working collaboratively with educators, thought leaders and edtech companies, guiding them through this next 'ERA' of education. Disrupting old dated practice. Triumphantly bringing in new trends for tomorrow’s learners.  Leena devoutly believes that providing students the necessary skills for our viable future is absolutely vital and is important in creating equitable opportunities for ALL learners. With exposure, it creates opportunity. 

 

"Let's Disrupt Together"