Technology Integration and Innovation


The mission of the Technology Integration and Innovation department is to empower educators to develop future-ready learners through technology integration, technology usage, and the use of relevant resources.

We support our teachers in designing technology-rich learning experiences by providing them with resources, training, and collaboration opportunities. Together, we prepare our students for the digital world.

Department Contact:

Susan Anderson

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7551

Twitter: @kaywoody

Susan joined TI² (then named ITD) in April of 2001 after teaching at Nichols Junior High for several years. She has taught everything from Child Development to JH Math to Driver’s Ed. As a Technology Integration Specialist, she enjoys working with teachers to give students innovative experiences using technology. Susan earned her BS in Education from Georgia Southern University, and her MS in Applied Technology, Training and Development from the University of North Texas. She and her husband David have two adult daughters.

Supported Schools:

  • Ag Center
  • Arlington Collegiate HS
  • Barnett JH
  • Bowie HS
  • CTC
  • CVPA
  • Natatorium/Arena
  • Ousley JH
  • Seguin HS
  • Turning Point SS

Department Contact:

Lori Heaton

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7553

Twitter: @LoriAHeaton

Lori joined TI² in August of 2013 and supports elementary campuses. Prior to joining the department, she was the librarian at Larson Elementary and a 5th grade teacher at Wimbish. Before AISD, she also taught 7th and 8th grade English and reading. She feels that she has come full circle because her first teaching job after graduating in December many years ago was a long term substitute position teaching 7th grade computer literacy! As a TIS, Lori enjoys sharing new ideas related to digital student creation that teachers can quickly customize and use with their students. From IOS apps to web apps and from designing to producing, she enjoys tapping into her creative side when creating resources or trainings to share. When work is done for the day, Lori enjoys listening to audiobooks, cooking, binge-watching dramas or reality shows, and using her iPad for games or a little online shopping! She also enjoys spending time with family and friends over a good meal, seeing movies, or playing games.

Supported Schools:

  • Corey Academy
  • Duff ES
  • Foster ES
  • Hill ES
  • Johns ES
  • Jones Academy
  • Key ES
  • Short ES
  • South Davis ES
  • Swift ES

Department Contact:

Jim Holland

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7547

Twitter: @verytalljim

After teaching science at Nichols Junior High, Jim joined TI² (then named ITD) in October of 2000. He is a published author and holds degrees in Biology (B.S.) and Computer Education and Cognitive Systems with an emphasis on Instructional Design (M.S.). Jim enjoys hiking, pickleball, strategy board games, woodworking, home improvement projects, reading, writing and spending time with his two adult children, Jaylee (also a teacher) and Jayden (a computer programming college student).

Supported Schools:

  • Boles JH
  • Carter JH
  • Martin HS
  • Sam Houston HS
  • Workman JH
  • Young JH

Department Contact:

Stephen Hayes

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7546

Twitter: @HayesStephen13

Stephen joined TI² in July of 2020. As a Technology Integration Specialist, he most enjoys working with campuses to use and integrate technology in meaningful ways. Prior to joining TI², Stephen taught multiple grade levels and subjects at Bryant Elementary. He received his B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Texas at Arlington and his M.ED in Instructional Technology from Texas Tech University. Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife, Brandy, and two kids, Grayson and Colbie. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, music, and sports.

Supported Schools:

  • Ashworth ES
  • Bebensee ES
  • Beckham ES
  • Bryant ES
  • Farrell ES
  • Fitzgerald ES
  • Pearcy Academy
  • Starrett ES
  • West ES
  • Williams ES

Department Contact:

Maria Rodriguez

(682) 867-7545

My name is Maria Rodriguez and I am the Secretary for Technology Integration & Innovation. I’ve had the privilege of working with outstanding professionals in different industries such as restaurants, retail, non-profit organizations volunteer, movie rental companies, hospitals, and now school districts. My educational background includes business, education, and translation. I’m always looking for new opportunities to learn innovative ideas.

Department Contact:

Crystal Lee

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7521

Twitter: @clee530

Crystal joined TI² in August of 2018 after teaching 7th-grade math and science at Young Junior High for 8 years. She received her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from UT Arlington and her M.Ed in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville. As a Technology Integration Specialist, Crystal finds it encouraging when students are afforded opportunities to take ownership of their learning. Crystal and her husband, Leander, welcomed their first child, Titus Kingston Lee, in December 2021. Along with caring for her son, Crystal enjoys watching action-packed superhero movies, traveling, cooking new recipes, and playing cards and board games with family and friends.

Supported Schools:

  • Adams ES
  • Amos ES
  • Butler ES
  • Ellis ES
  • Larson ES
  • Peach ES
  • Pope ES
  • Sherrod ES
  • Speer ES
  • Webb ES
  • Wimbish WLA

Department Contact:

Jessica Mays

Coordinator of Technology Integration & Innovation
(682) 867-7545

Twitter: @lovesgoogle

Jessica has been serving in public school education since 2001 and joined TI² in August of 2019. Prior to joining Arlington ISD, she served as a digital learning specialist in Temple ISD and was also the project manager for the district’s Raising Blended Learners grant. Jessica holds a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction and is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer and holds a Flipped Learning Global certification. She also has experience as a secondary ELAR teacher and department chair. Jessica believes in the power and promise of personalized learning and educational technology and their ability to amplify communication, elevate learning, and engage and inspire students at every level--every day.

Supported Schools:

  • Venture HS

Department Contact:

Levianne Mirabelli

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7556

Twitter: @Levianne

Levianne joined TI² in 2017 after 26 years of teaching Elementary Music at Fitzgerald Elementary. Her educational background is in music education with a certificate in All Level Music PK-12 from Texas Christian University. Additionally, she holds an Elementary Self-Contained certification for grades 1-8. Levianne is married to Russell, another musician and TCU Horned Frog, and they have two sons that are college age; Anthony and Andrew. My favorite things include Disney, Broadway, Cooking, Crafting, and Coffee!

Supported Schools:

  • Atherton ES
  • Blanton ES
  • Burgin ES
  • Crow Academy
  • Goodman ES
  • Hale ES
  • Kooken EC
  • McNutt ES
  • Morton ES
  • Rankin ES
  • Remynse ES

Department Contact:

Kenny Pinkerton

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7550

Twitter: @knypink

Kenny joined TI² (then named ITD) in November of 2011 after teaching Career & Technology courses at Martin High School for 13 years. During his time at Martin, he also served as a campus technology liaison and junior class sponsor. Kenny has both a BBA and an MEd. in Educational Administration from the University of North Texas. His passion is exploring and evaluating new tools and strategies that help innovate classroom learning. When he is not at work, Kenny enjoys reading, hiking, being outdoors and playing pickleball. Kenny also enjoys spending time with his wife, Pam and his daughter, Nicole.

Supported Schools:

  • Arlington College and Career HS
  • Arlington HS
  • Bailey JH
  • Gunn JH
  • Lamar HS
  • Nichols JH
  • Shackelford JH

Department Contact:

Steve Simpson

Director of Technology Integration & Innovation
(682) 867-7728

Twitter: @AISDblended

Steve arrived in TI² from the Social Studies Department in May 2014. As Director, his work involves guiding varied efforts to ensure the learner experience in Arlington ISD includes meaningful opportunities for technology integration, technology usage, and the use of relevant resources. Prior to working in the Social Studies Department as an instructional specialist, Steve taught 7th and 8th grade history at Ferguson Junior High School. He holds B.A.s in History and Political Science, a M.Ed. (Curriculum & Instruction) from UTA, and his principal certification. More significantly, he is married to a wonderful woman and has two amazing, high school-aged children.

Department Contact:

Deann Thompson

Technology Integration Specialist
(682) 867-7549

Twitter: @DThompsonAISD

Deann joined TI² (then named ITD) in July of 2004 after teaching 4th grade for 7 years at Swift Elementary. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas A&M-Kingsville and her M.ED in Educational Technology Leadership from Lamar University. Deann enjoys spending time with friends and family including her two sons, Camden and Cullen. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music (especially George Strait), traveling, creating fun projects with her Cricut, and going to see the latest blockbusters.

Supported Schools:

  • Anderson ES
  • Berry ES
  • Crouch ES
  • Ditto ES
  • Dunn ES
  • Little ES
  • Miller ES
  • Moore ES
  • Patrick ES
  • Thornton ES
  • Wood ES