Vander Veen

Director of technology

Educator. Tech Geek. Pensive Wanderer.


A collection of objects. Usually a summary. Since 2010.

Screenshot | Abre

Abre | Open Platform for Education

Designed for schools who use the web as a platform

Abre is an open platform for schools who want to have a creative portal for their staff and students. Abre holds a collection of web apps. It also provides a framework for developers to create standalone web applications. Abre is licensed under a GNU General Public License (Version 3). Contributors welcomed.


G Suite for Education

Implemented full adoption of Google's Suite of Applications for schools. This includes transitioning from older platforms, training of staff, and continual deployment of new features.

Screenshot | OER

Framework for Online Books

A method for creating open education resources using PressBooks, WordPress, Abre, and FuturePress.

Presented as a proof of concept for creating online textbooks for schools.



Started in Education in 2001

  • Employment

    Hamilton City School District (Cincinnati, OH)
    Director of Technology & eLearning, August 2012 – Current

    Oak Hills Local School District (Cincinnati, OH)
    eLearning Coach and Course Developer, August 2009 – July 2012

    Delhi Middle School (Cincinnati, OH)
    Social Studies Teacher for 8th Grade, August 2006 – 2009

    Paul Revere Middle School (Houston, TX)
    Social Studies Teacher for Seventh and Eighth Grades, August 2001 to 2006

  • Education

    Masters in Science Educational Technology
    University of Nebraska Kearny, Cincinnati, OH. 2009

    Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Education
    University of Houston, Houston, TX. 2003

    Bachelor of Arts History
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 2000

    Bachelor of Arts Latin American & Caribbean Studies
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 2000

  • Certifications and Licenses 

    Ohio Alternative Administrative License. 2014

    Ohio Social Studies Comprehensive. 2006

    TX Secondary Social Studies Composite. 2005

    TX Secondary History. 2003

    TX Gifted and Talented. 2002

    TX Advance Placement. 2002

  • Key Qualifications

    Additional Languages: Spanish and Portuguese

    Technology Skills: Programming abilities in HTML, PHP, CSS, and MySQL. Excellent knowledge of popular proprietary software (Microsoft) and open source software.

    Technology in the Classroom: My classes used different forms of technology. Examples: course managements systems, discussion boards, online presentations and grades.