Sara Armstrong, PhD, develops and delivers School2Home’s professional development modules. She has over four decades of experience in education, having taught elementary grades for 17 years, founded and ran her own Montessori elementary school for 11 years, and developed curricula and lead professional development efforts. Her interests in education include project-based learning, the effective use of technology tools, helping students and teachers ask good questions to get good answers, social emotional learning, and the power of storytelling. She has been honored by Computer-Using Educators (CUE) with a Gold Disk and a Platinum Disk for service to education and the organization. She was the honored volunteer for the Storytelling Association of California in 2015. She has written a number of books focusing on the thoughtful integration of technology in education; most recently, she authored with David and Norma Thornburg The Invent to Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success.
Larry Best is Neighborhood Transformation Director of the California Emerging Technology Fund. In this role, he leads CETF’s efforts to transform public institutions—through county-city-school partnerships—and works collaboratively with School2Home, which is the centerpiece of Neighborhood Transformation. He brings to this position experience in the foundation world as a policy leader, grantmaker, and community builder, as well as experience in Washington, D.C. as a policy advocate for mental health consumers and day treatment providers.
Ann Kruze is Program Manager of School2Home. She has served as an educator for more than three decades—as a classroom teacher, principal, and district level administrator. Her primary classroom experience has been in middle school science, math, and technology. As a grant director of a Technology Innovation Challenge Grant (Urban Dreams, 2002-2007), she managed staff development, web page development, budgets, and yearly reports; and as principal she focused on maximizing student potential by combining community building with education. Her goal in all of these endeavors has been to disrupt patterns of moribund education and create new paradigms for working with students, families, and teachers to build more equitable, humanistic, and effective schools.
Sunne Wright McPeak is the President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF), a statewide non-profit organization whose mission is to close the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband. She assumed the position as the CETF first chief executive in December 2006 after serving for three years as Secretary of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency. Under McPeak’s leadership, CETF has positioned California as a national leader in closing the Digital Divide, initiating groundbreaking applications such as the California Telehealth Network, Digital Literacy, Smart Housing Policy, School2Home (to improve education), and Get Connected! (to drive adoption).
Anu Natarajan is Executive Co-Manager of School2Home. She has expertise in public policy and advocacy, community engagement, urban planning, and project management. Before joining CETF, she worked with MidPen Housing Corporation as Director of Policy and Advocacy; Program Director for Common Good Collaborative at American Leadership Forum, Silicon Valley; and as a planning consultant with various cities in the Bay Area. She served as Vice Mayor/Councilmember in Fremont for 10 years.
Agustin Urgiles is Executive Co-Manager of School2Home. He has extensive experience delivering educational programs to students and parents in underserved communities, and has long worked in collaboration with non-profit and community based-partner organizations to advocate for improved educational outcomes for low-income, minority students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a first-generation college graduate, with degrees from University of California, Berkeley and University of Southern California, he firmly believes that a quality education can improve the lives of low-income students.