Hello, I am

Daniel Mares

Education Professional


K-12 Administration

Professional Teaching Certificate

MI 6-12 RX, CC, CD


ISTE Certified Educator

Google Certified Educator

Level 1 & 2


Curriculum Leaders Institute/Michigan ASCD
Central Office Endorsement/2020-2022

Masters of Arts/Michigan State University
K-12 Administration/2015-2017

Teacher Certification/Michigan State University
6-12 RX, CC, CD/2008-2010

Bachelor of Arts/Michigan State University

Values & Beliefs


Relationships are at the core of my beliefs for positive impacts in education. School is a partnership between students, teachers, administrators, and stakeholders built upon solid, meaningful relationships.


Growth Mindset

Everyone must believe that they can grow. Everyday, we must strive to get better in all that we do from implementing research-based teaching practice, analyzing data, and implementing meaningful change.



True collaboration driven by norms and data are essential to growing, developing school culture and fulfilling goals. Collaboration must come naturally to all members of the school culture.


Shared Leadership

Developing and sustaining a leadership vision must be done through sharing leadership with staff and teachers. This allows for increased growth, ownership and goal achievement by all members of the staff.


Work Experience

Director of State, Federal, and Grant Programs/Coloma Community Schools


  • Developed Title & State Grant Applications
  • Oversaw planning, allocation, and spending of $1.8m annual grant budget for district as well as over $4m in COVID-19 related grants
  • Located and assisted in writing additional grants for the benefit of the district
  • Supervised and served as the Director of Migrant Education for the district


Co-Founder & Head Organizer/The Lake Michigan Technology Conference


  • Planned effective professional development conference for an average of 150 participants in each year
  • Recruited and hosted local, regional, and national speakers for the event
  • Designed conference schedule to maximize opportunities for teacher growth
  • Executed effective communications campaign for the events using social media, WordPress, and newsletters
  • Created community partnerships with local and national companies
  • Achieved revenue positive outcomes each year

Instructional Technology Specialist/Coloma Community Schools


  • Developed staff training opportunities around a variety of topics including classroom management, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, effective communication with stakeholders, effective teaching practices with technology, and more
  • Coached individuals, small groups, and large groups in effective teaching strategies and effective use of technology in the classroom
  • Designed and implemented 1-1 plan for our 6th graders
  • Assisted in redesign and alignment of curriculum
  • Developed Camp Chromebook, an interactive website for Chromebook skills, and basic computing skills for students


Instructional Technology Coordinator/Career Academy South Bend


  • Developed and wrote K-12 Technology Plan for all schools within Charter School Network
  • Designed and implemented classroom workshops for teachers and students
  • Streamlined administrative process by creating portal for frequently used documents and curriculum resources
  • Coordinator Digital Citizenship Awareness week with outside organizations
  • Implemented “Technology Immersion Program” for teachers interested in technology use in the classroom

Social Studies Teacher/Career Academy South Bend


  • Utilized Project-Based Learning to fulfill academic requirements
  • Organized mandatory after-school activity schedule for all students
  • Created and implemented standards-aligned curriculum for 8th grade U.S. History, high school U.S. History, Economics, and Government

Highlighted Speaking Engagements

MACUL / 2022
10 Strategies to Re-Engage Students Following COVID-19 Pandemic

WIRED TC / 2021
Engagement Strategies for Students

MACUL / 2021
Alternative Assessments for Engagement

MACUL / 2020
Podcasting with Students

MACUL / 2019
Cultivate Curiosity with Project-Based Learning

ISTE / 2018
Hacking Google Slides

Lake Michigan Tech Conference / 2018
1-1 Classroom Management Techniques

GoogleFEST / 2017
Classroom Websites with Google Sites

MACUL / 2017
Adventures by Chromebooks: Chromebooks in Elementary Classroom

miGoogle / 2016
Redefining Google Slides

Indiana Connected Educators / 2016
Trials & Tribulations of a 1st year Tech Coach

MACUL / 2016
Instantaneous Feedback with Google Forms

University of Notre Dame ACE Program / 2015
Formative Assessment in Your Classroom


Professional Organization Memberships

Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Michigan Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development (MIASCD)

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)
– Technology for Tomorrow Chair (2021-Present)
– Learning Area Delegate – Technology Leadership (2019-2021)

Michigan Educational Technology Specialists (METS)
– Executive Director (2020-Present)
– Director of Communications (2019-2020)
– Fall Rally Coordinator (2018)

References Available Upon Request

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