Jen has worked in the field of special education since 1995 and has been a teacher in PAUSD since 2003. Over the course of her career she has worked as a classroom aide, in a non-profit, as a special ed classroom teacher and as an itinerant specialist so has a wide variety of experience which allows a unique perspective on the educational process. She started her career as a teacher of the visually impaired and found her way into assistive technology certification in 2002.
Jen has collaborated with, and provided trainings for, a wide array of districts, organizations and educational institutions. She loves that her position allows her to constantly learn and teach new skills and discover ways in which the ever-changing technology in our lives can support the students and teams she works with.
Jen works three days a week and in her "spare time" enjoys being a mom to two amazing teenagers who keep her busy with sports and social events.
Brian Gadus has worked with the PAUSD Assistive Technology team since 2009. Brian earned his Bachelor degree from Portland State University, and his Master of Arts in Special Education from Notre Dame de Namur University. Brian is inspired by working with assistive technology to create access for all students.
Brian teaches a graduate level course for prospective teachers at Notre Dame de Namur University, titled "Technology in Special Education."
Brian has had multiple speaking engagements with Stanford University's Graduate School of Education, Technology for Equity in Learning Opportunities (TELOS) and Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). He has also been a panelist with Silicon Valley Computer Using Educators (SVCUE).
While Brian is a huge proponent of technology, he enjoys unplugging. He also loves music, coffee, and bicycles. You can find him on the Caltrain bike car commuting from Morgan Hill.
Mario recently joined the PATCH team and has been working in the field of education, off and on, for the past fifteen years. He has always had a strong passion for helping underserved communities and has spent many years working in the field of special education.
Mario attended PAUSD schools as a kid and loves working with teachers and students at these familiar sites.
You can catch Mario in his free time playing futbol, taking epic bike rides, or cooking delicious meals for his family.