Virtual Explorers is a group of educators who use technology to explore and discover the world in order to share their adventures with students and teachers everywhere.

Expeditions of this magnitude require the generosity of many people. We are grateful to those who believe in our dream of bringing faraway places into the classroom.


Shelly Luke, M.A.

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Shelly divides her time between Santa Clara University where she teaches Technology and Learning, a core technology class, serving as the Education Manager for National Semiconductor's Thin Client @ School Initiative, and acting as lead trainer for National Semiconductor's Global Connections Program. Shelly is a frequent speaker at technology and education conferences and does teacher training on the integration of the Internet into curriculum. She formerly taught at the elementary level for six years where she specialized in thematic curriculum development, student centered instruction, and special education. Shelly holds a Master of Arts in Special Education and two teaching credentials with emphasis on multiple subjects and educating the learning handicapped. Additionally, she is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Association of Curriculum and Development, and the Parents Education Resource Center. Shelly is also the vice president of the Saint Mary's College School of Education Alumni Board and sits on the board of edHORIZONS and

Susan Reid, M.A.

Presently Susan Reid is a consultant with edHORIZONS, a professional development firm in Berkeley, CA. Ms. Reid was formerly the Director of Educational Technology for the Diocese of Oakland, She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa, then as a technology coordinator and math teacher in San Francisco. She received a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University in 1996. Ms. Reid has had extensive experience training educators in how to integrate technology into learning environments. In addition, she has presented at a variety of educational conferences, including Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Conference, National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), Technology & Learning (T&L), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) TelEd Multimedia Conference. Ms. Reid is a member of the teaching staff at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California.

Tracy Anne Sena

Currently the technology resource teacher at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, Ms. Sena previously taught thirteen years in inner-city and suburban elementary schools giving her extensive experience working with teachers and students in grades K-12. In her current position, Ms. Sena works with students and faculty in designing and implementing curricular projects which include photo manipulation, graphic design, video editing and digitizing, and multimedia development. As a cofounder of the Summer Technology Institute for the Diocese of Oakland, Ms. Sena helped develop curriculum and implement a week-long teacher training program assisting teachers in designing technology-rich, interdisciplinary curricula. Additionally, she frequently gives day-long seminars nationally on the integration of technology into the classroom curriculum, presents at various educational technology conferences and gives teacher trainings on the use of technology throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


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