Newsmaker: Luis Almeida
Residence : Washington, Pa.
Occupation: Communications professor at Waynesburg University; consultant for the Classrooms for the Future Initiative
Education: Almeida earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Science degree from Clarion University and a Ph.D. from Penn State University. He also is a professional golfer who played on the Brazilian national golf team.
Career: Almeida specializes in training teachers to use basic computer applications to teach math and science.
Background: Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Almeida came to the United States in 1998 to learn English. A Mac enthusiast who started programming at age 11, he quickly became fascinated with how computers are used in education.
Noteworthy: Almeida was named one of two consultants assigned to analyze the responses provided by principals and coaches for the state's Classrooms for the Future initiative, a program involving more than 500,000 students at more than 540 high schools.
Quote: "Our kids in the United States need to be competitive worldwide. We need to be able to maximize the way our students can learn. My role is to show educational leaders that using technology in the classroom is not that complex, and that it's not that expensive."