Cathy Wague is from Senegal in West sub-Saharan Africa. She is a lifelong learner coming from a family that valued service through teaching and learning. Cathy started her own pursuit of learning in France while attending Pierre & Marie Curie University, in the heart of Paris. In the mid-nineties, as she settled in the US with her husband, her scientific curiosity led her into Computing as the internet era was taking hold. With a Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems, Cathy started her teaching career in the District of Columbia Public Charter Schools where she helped Friendship Edison Public Carter Schools establish a strong technology integration program in the curriculum, the classroom and at home. For seven years, the school system leadership harnessed Cathy’s management skills, ease in the classroom and ability to relate to different cultures and socio-economic contexts. Cathy spent a couple of years in each assigned schools, armed with her effective practices and an uncompromising belief that all teachers and students can adopt different ways to improve learning. In 2006, Cathy joined the Arlington Public Schools (APS) Technology Integration Coordinators (ITC) team. From her base at Gunston Middle School in South Arlington, Cathy conducted teacher and administrator training throughout the county using the most cutting edge tools and ideas of the time such as Interactive boards, wikis, blogs while managing the fleet of computers, laptops and increased interactive devices in the classrooms. She also participated in the county Cultural Competence program as a trainer which resonated deeply with her interest in constructive conflict management and her studies at George Mason University. Cathy is expected to graduate with a Master’s of Science in Conflict Analysis & Resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University in May 2014. Cathy, a mother of three children is a certified K-12 Science and Technology teacher, and a consummate early childhood and youth advocate. She is currently the Deputy Chief of Information Technology at Child Care Aware of America©, a local non-profit organization advocating for quality child care in the nation. Cathy is proficient in multiple languages, including English, French, Spanish and Wolof, the dominant dialect used in Senegal. She would be the first one to acknowledge that her bio would not be complete without mentioning her love of music and dancing. On her free time, you can find her Salsa dancing at a local hot spot or better yet, in her living room with her two year old son, cheek to cheek!