The IC Collective uses a blended approach to distance learning by incorporating both on-demand courses and live interactive events. Live events provide a platform for information updates, case studies, project based learning, Q & A, and deep learning. Remember to check the calendar for upcoming events! For Educators, Administrators and Parents
Join Inspired Classroom's Virtual Learning Collective (VLC)
The IC Virtual Learning Collective (VLC) is a gathering of individual educators similarly interested in warping space and time to bring innovative experiences to ignite their students’ imaginations! As a member you will build a network of support, trade ideas and inspirations with other teachers, learn from each other and receive invitations for VLC online gatherings.
Inspired Classroom Faculty
Elizabeth A. Kaleva was raised in Missoula, Montana. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Boston College in 1991. Bea graduated from the University of Montana School of Law in 1995.
Elizabeth serves as counsel for school districts in all areas of employment and school law. Specific practice areas include: contract negotiations, employee misconduct and discipline, student misconduct and discipline, special education and federal programs, and Board of Trustees practice and procedure. She provides litigation defense to school districts and their employees in federal and state courts, arbitrations, and administrative agencies relating to all aspects of school district operations.
She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for the areas of education law and employment law, and was named the Best Employment Law Lawyer for the Missoula area in 2015.
Greg Zorbas has 20 years as a classroom teacher and coach and is a co-founder of Classroom Without Walls (CWOW). He was recognized as BP Teacher of Excellence in 2013 and was named the 2014 Alaska Society for Technology in Education Teacher of the Year. Greg was recognized by The United States Distance Learning Association for a Gold Award for Best Practice using Video conferencing. CWOW is an innovative approach to the 21st Century classroom using technology. It connects classrooms so that students and teachers are engaged in interactive lessons anywhere in the world. For several years Greg has team-taught world history with CWOW co-founder Rob Sparks and their collaborative model has revolutionized the learning experience in these classrooms.
Megan Swanson has worked in education for the past fifteen years. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science and Public Administration. She went on to receive her Masters of Education specializing in curriculum design and instruction and Secondary Education Social Studies Broad field. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an expected completion date of 2018.
In her time working in education, Megan has worked with a children’s museum, taught multiple subjects in middle school, coached high school cross country, and for the past five years; taught freshman at Montana State University. She has a passion for education and access to education for all. She is a strong believer in active learning and her curriculum reflects that. Learners will be able to use their minds, their voices and their hands to better understand and grasp concepts that are new and important. She is grateful for the opportunity to write curriculum for Inspired Classrooms!
Allison DePuy is an avid outdoors enthusiast and lifelong learner. With a dedication to education she brings experience into the classroom to provide engaging and applicable learning opportunities. Allison received her B.A. in Art and k-12 teaching endorsement in 2002 from the University of Montana.
Her experience in education rages from classroom teacher, art specialist to education and curriculum director. Since 2012, Allison has worked with Inspired Classroom meshing technology and content through interactive distance learning. As Co-owner of Inspired Classroom Allison is able to explore the world with students and engage role models in the classroom.
Allison lives with her husband, two daughters and two dogs in beautiful Missoula, MT. She 'commutes' and connects to classrooms around the world.
Kathleen Dent has been a public school educator for the past 30+ years. She brings classroom teaching, gifted and talented programming, curriculum development and administration to the virtual world. She passionately believes in teachers and is dedicated to bringing 21st century learning to the classroom.
Kathleen lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband and cat. She enjoys all of the inspiring outdoor activities that Montana offers and loves to travel visiting friends, family and the big wonderful world!
Jenn has a Master of Education degree from the University of Utah. She has 15 years experience in customer service training design and facilitation, Quality Assurance as well as leadership development. She is passionate about talent development and enjoys using her Instructional Design skills to develop leaders across all levels.
When she's not working, she enjoys playing trains with her 3-year old son and cuddling her 1-year old daughter. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and travelling to national parks.
Dr. Udo Fluck has collaborated with Inspired Classroom since 2013, providing cross-cultural and global competence seminars, in partnership with Council in the Classroom, a program hosted by the Montana World Affairs Council. He is an award-winning, innovative instructor with over a decade of experience in educational program development, implementation and assessment. As an Inspired Classroom faculty member, Dr. Fluck delivers tailor-made, authentic seminars that provide learners with an international and global perspective, promoting mutual understanding, exposing participants to “outside” content, providing a knowledge foundation, directly engage learners, and giving them the tools to become more cross-culturally and globally aware and competent. Through Inspired Classroom’s interactive distance learning technology, Dr. Fluck’s trainings have been broadcasted across the State of Montana, into classrooms, enriching curricula in remote learning communities, like Moore, ……., …., to name but a few. In recent years, he has also developed and taught hundreds of cross-cultural and global competence seminars in elementary, middle and high schools in the Missoula school district.
Dr. Fluck is a German born cross-cultural researcher and educator and a University of Montana alum, with a doctorate in Multicultural Education and a Master Degree in Instructional Media Technology, Fluck’s doctoral research focused on the development of a hybrid learning structure that increases cultural intelligence in participants. Subsequently, he founded and directed the University of Montana’s Multicultural Learning Solutions (2004 – 2013) and served as the Director of Global Gateway (2013 – 2016), the largest multicultural education office in Montana, housed on UM’s campus. As a dynamic presenter, he easily relates to audiences and engages learners with varying degrees of education and subject matter awareness.
At UM, Dr. Fluck has taught a variety of university-level courses during the past decade, ranging from 100-intro courses to 600-level graduate seminars, including, but not limited to classes in the College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Forestry and Conservation, College of Health Professions and Biomedical Sciences, College of Humanities and Sciences, Davidson Honors College and the School of Business Administration. However, his educational endeavors are not limited to teaching students, but extend into professional development for educators as well. In 2014, he designed and offered the first Global Competence Summer Academy (GCSA) for faculty at UM. Due to its popularity, the GCSA was offered again in 2015.
Inspired Classroom’s collaboration with Dr. Fluck continues with new instructional projects and partnerships for 2017 and beyond.
M.A. Latin American Studies, M.A. Sociocultural Studies, B.A. Spanish
Amy Wallner-Drake is a teacher at Bozeman High School and Montana Digital Academy. She currently teaches AP human geography, human geography, and works with the gifted and talented program. Amy has taught middle school and high school in New Mexico and Montana. As an educator Amy works to broaden the global horizons of her students and promote international understanding in the classroom.
Rob Sparks - Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Rob taught Social Studies at Skyview High School for 23 years and is currently in his 4th year at Soldotna Preparatory School. Rob is a co-founder of Classroom Without Walls (CWOW). CWOW is an innovative approach to the 21st Century classroom using technology. It connects classrooms so that students and teachers are engaged in interactive lessons anywhere in the world. For several years Rob has team-taught world history and Alaska Studies with Greg Zorbas and their collaborative model has revolutionized the learning experience in these classrooms. Currently Rob has been establishing a network of Alaska teachers for collaborative opportunities. His efforts have been recognized on the local, state, national and international level as an innovative 21st century approach to education. The CWOW program was recognized in 2011 by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development: Artifacts for Alaskans Competition. He was recognized as a BP teacher of Excellence and BP State Teacher of the Year for the Kenai Peninsula in 2013. Greg and Rob were recipients of the United States Distance Learning Association Gold Award in 2016. In 2017 Rob was the recipient of the Alaska’s humanities Forum Governors’ Award for Alaska Studies Teacher of the Year.