Ellen Senisi is the lead creator of EdTechLens. She is an educator (former teacher with two graduate degrees, including one in Educational Media and Technology) and an author/photographer of children's photo essay books and eBook/apps. She has 20 years of experience photographing in classrooms for the major education publishers, and produces multimedia videos for and about children and education. Ellen sees this as an exciting time where the definition of "author" is expanding to include digital and online media. The new media opens the door to many possibilities for producing creative and engaging curriculum for her favorite readers: kids.
Content Manager / Video Producer
Steven Senisi is a co-creator of EdTechLens where he manages all educational content. He also produces the educational and marketing videos for EdTechLens. A music composer, audio producer, and videographer, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a focus on music production. He has played cello since age 8 and piano since age 5. Steven plays bass guitar in a metal band and licenses his original music for use in films, tv, and advertising.
Project Manager / Instructional Designer
Donna Facer refined her skills in instructional design through a series of ed tech projects that included assessment reporting, media production, and digital coursework design. Now at EdTechLens, she combines her academic roots in science with experience in teaching technologies to help create progressive courseware that inspires curiosity and learning.
Marketing and Communications
Danielle oversees marketing and communications for EdTechLens. She coordinates publicity and maintains the company image on social media while offering support and customer service. She has authored several Rainforest Science Blogs for Kids and organizes all editorial materials. Danielle earned her BA in Communication & Rhetoric from University at Albany. Danielle is a novice investor and enjoys cooking.
Mary Kay Carson
Children’s Nonfiction Writer
Mary Kay Carson is a freelance writer and author of nonfiction books for young people. Her books include a number of titles in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Scientists in the Field series as well as others published by Scholastic, Enslow, and Chicago Review Press. Awards and mentions have included selection as an ALA's 2011 Notable Children's Book and a 2015 Ohioana Book Award Finalist. Additionally, her book Exploring the Solar System was the 2009 recipient of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Children’s Literature Award. At EdTechLens, Mary Kay “translates” curriculum content given to her by instructional designers into appealing, readable nonfiction that engages Rainforest Journey students.
Devin Buhl is a self-taught programmer. He loves creating websites and web based applications. Devin has over 10 years experience with Windows, Linux and Mac desktop and server based systems. His hobbies include discovering new music, billiards, skateboarding, video games and tinkering with electrical devices.
Emily Brenner Stump
Emily Brenner Stump, M.S.Ed., is an educator holding certifications from New York State in general and special education from birth through Grade 6. She has spent valuable time teaching students in Kindergarten and Grade 2. Prior to teaching, Emily worked as a Learning Designer for an educational technology company which provided her with valuable insight into learning theory and online educational game development. Emily’s classroom experience, extensive child development background and time in educational technology contribute to her work as an Instructional Designer for EdTechLens where she designs curricula and teacher materials focusing on standards alignment.
Thomas Marent is a rainforest and wildlife photographer. He lives in Baden, Switzerland, when he is not photographing in rainforests around the world. He first set foot in a rainforest when he was 23 years old, and says of the experience: “It was hot, humid, noisy, and completely exhilarating. There and then I made up my mind to explore rainforests throughout the world.” And that’s exactly what he has done for the last 20 years. Thomas’s photographs are published regularly in books, magazines, and calendars. His own book, Rainforest, has sold over 300,000 copies and been translated into 15 languages. Images from Thomas’s fantastic collection are used to supplement the Senisi Multimedia images on Rainforest Journey. Find his images online at www.thomasmarent.com
Jeff Cremer is a wildlife photographer and photography instructor in the Peruvian Amazon. He contributed photos, video, and valuable information about the rainforest to the Rainforest Journey website. Leaving home to explore the world when he was 24, Jeff says “I’ve traveled to many far away places and had a lot of adventures but the rainforest is what I call home.” Jeff’s work has been displayed in galleries around the world and published in numerous books and magazines. His gigapixel photography work was recently published in “EARTH Platinum Edition”, the world’s largest atlas. When not leading photography tours in the Amazon, Jeff Cremer can be found at the gym where he is a weightlifter and trains in Jiu-Jitsu.
Phil Torres is a biologist and science educator who has worked on research projects around the world- from the steppes of Mongolia to the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. His extensive science knowledge has been a valuable research source for the writers at the Rainforest Journey website. His research focuses mostly on entomology, the study of insects. He first got excited about entomology as a seven-year-old when he saw the opportunities it provides for traveling the world and discovering new species, all in the name of science. Phil has a strong belief that science is fun and fascinating, and takes every opportunity to share his experiences with others. A Cornell University graduate, Phil not only enjoys the research but also the education side of science. He currently hosts “TechKnow” on Al Jazeera America, a TV show highlighting innovations and exciting science around the world.
Kate Greene is an award-winning art director and nature enthusiast. If you don’t find her at her desk, you can find her in the garden or walking the rocky beaches on Maine’s beautiful coastline. As a member of the EdTechLens team, she has designed the identity of the brand, allowing her to tap back into her childhood wonder of nature’s awesome power and beauty.
Christa Dillabaugh is the creator of the hands-on activities for Rainforest Journey. She is also managing the classroom field testing of the activities. Christa has a degree in biology with emphasis in science/environmental education and is a former middle school science teacher. She is now the Director for Amazon Rainforest Workshops and the driving force behind the Educator Academy in the Amazon, a professional development workshop for K-12 educators hosted annually in the Peruvian Amazon. She also works as a free-lance science consultant to Pearson Education and Discovery Communications, contributing to curriculum and activity guides as well as educator in-service workshops and training materials focusing on STEM, 5E Learning, and Understanding by Design in the middle school classroom.