Randal Bassett attended and completed the innovation cohort in 2019 and
Is now the superintendent of the Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) in Fontana, California.Under his leadership, FUSD has achieved success by establishing student-centered innovation processes that often challenge the norms. Based on the belief that learning can occur at any place, time, and virtually any pace, Fontana has embarked upon the first large-scale purpose-built education cellular network to ensure high-speed connectivity inside and outside the classroom for its students.
He was one of the first educational leaders on the West Coast to bring fiber-optic connectivity to all of his organization’s facilities. Under Bassett’s leadership, Fontana Unified established the first two computer science immersion schools in the region and implemented C-STEM to integrate computer coding into mathematics instruction in a district where over 85% of students are considered low-socioeconomic.
Lindsey Dyer started her career in education, crafting an interdisciplinary curriculum rooted in sustainability for K-8 students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lindsey parlayed her love of education and passion for environmental sustainability into the clean energy sector helping homeowners’ transition to solar energy and helping renewable energy companies scale their enterprises.With Digital Advisors, Lindsey brings together her passion for education and her aptitude for fostering strategic and impactful relationships in her role as the Senior Director of Client Engagement, helping school district leaders solve the most pressing challenges related to technology and innovation.
Dr. Edds completed the innovation cohort in 2017 and currently serves as the Superintendent of the Orcutt Union School District, a K-12 district on the Central Coast of California.She began her career as a Special Education Teacher, working with students with severe language disorders and taught them in their native language, Spanish, in King City, California. Dr. Edds then relocated to the Paso Robles Public Schools where she taught both regular and special education at the district’s newly created Dual Immersion program and was named Teacher of the Year at Georgia Brown Elementary School.
Dr. Edds moved to the Orcutt Union School District as the principal of Joe Nightingale Elementary School and then the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and finally to her current role as Superintendent in the District.
Dr. Edds also served as the state president for the Association of California School Administrators during the 2018-19 school year after serving in multiple leadership roles within the organization.
Tim Watrous has over 25 years of education and private sector tech experience providing strategy and partnerships consulting to companies such as Cisco Systems Inc. A.V.I.D, Scholastic, Facilitron, iSchool and Securly.In 2015 Tim launched an innovation and technology certification initiative for education leaders designed to improve cross department communication and develop collaborative problem-solving skills.
In 2019 Tim founded Digital Advisors a K-12 tech consulting firm offering school districts access to the experts and guidance they need to unlock their full potential. Tim is passionate about supporting education in leveraging technology to help districts realize their ultimate goal of developing productive citizens and future leaders.