Newark Public Schools, Executive Director for Educational Technology and Computer Science
Koen served over two years as a Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic from 1998 – 2000 teaching and collaborating with local educators and educational organizations and earned his Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor’s in Psychology, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). From 2000-2005, he worked for the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology as the Manager of Professional Development where he directed and authored professional development programs for K-16 teachers, administrators, and faculty in the use and integration of educational technology.
Prior to joining the NJDOE, Koen served as the Executive Director for Data, Assessment, and Educational Technology with NPS and as the Technology Director, a CTO/CIO role, with the Passaic City Public Schools (PCPS). In both capacities, he assembled and led a team responsible for implementing two large-scale 1:1 Chromebook initiatives, 10,000 student devices NPS and 4,800 student devices in PCPS, with a primary focus on improving student outcomes through the meaningful integration of technology. Koen also served as the Chief Innovation Officer with the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) responsible for developing and executing the vision to effectively use technology in the classroom, supporting innovations in the field and growing computer science throughout the state. He currently leads the Educational Technology and Computer Science office with the Newark Public Schools (NPS) and is a doctoral candidate attending New Jersey City University (NJCU), pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Technology Leadership.
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