About Mr. B
Tyler Breitbarth, MAET
Master of Arts in Education Technology
Technology Specialist, Eureka CUSD #140
Online Social Studies Instructor, Illinois Virtual School
My name is Tyler Breitbarth and I am currently a Technology Specialist for Eureka Community School District 140, as well as an online Social Studies Instructor at Illinois Virtual School. As part of my role as a Technology Specialist, I am responsible for the technology used in District 140 as well as helping students, teachers, and administrators effectively use technology in the school environment.
I was born and raised in Eureka, Illinois. I made may way through Davenport Elementary, Eureka Middle School, and earned my high school diploma from Eureka High School in 2004. From there I went to Illinois Central College until I earned my Associates Degree in Secondary Education in 2007. I transferred to Eureka College, earning my Bachelor's Degree in History with Teacher Certification in 2009. I completed my Master's coursework in Education Technology in 2015 through Aurora University's cohort program in Eureka, graduating Summa Cum Laude. I am certified in the Charlotte Danielson Framework for teaching and Apex online teaching. Most recently I earned certifications as a Google Certified Educator and a Google Certified Administrator.
I first started in education as a management trainer at McDonald's. I created and implemented a management training program for over 10 local franchise stores between 2003 and 2011. I student taught Civics and World History at Dee-Mac High School in Fall 2009. After student teaching, I substitute taught in various schools until I became a Special Education Paraprofessional at Eureka High School in August 2011. Three months into this position, a Social Studies Teaching position opened up unexpectedly mid-year. I began teaching American Cultural Studies, Government and Law, and Current Events. I would go on to teach U.S. History and Global Cultures until the teaching position was reduced due to declining student enrollment and budget constraints in Spring 2014.
Throughout my education experience, I became a strong supporter of technology in the classroom. During my teaching experience, I piloted a classroom set of iPads and Chromebooks. I became the "go-to" person for teachers with technology questions. I transitioned to the Technology Department at District 140 as a Technology Specialist. In this position, I am responsible for administering and maintaining over 2,000 Chrome devices as well as other classroom technology including VMWare workstations, Windows laptops, Macbooks, Overhead Projectors, Document Cameras, Tablets/iPads, and more. I also provide student and teacher support/training, in-district professional development in-services. I am also responsible for managing and supporting all district software and licensing, including IXL, M.A.P. testing, and the state assessment system P.A.R.C.C., among other duties. I have created teacher training programs on various technologies/apps and integration methods. I have presented training sessions to local schools in both the Public and Private sectors. I also provide technology support, website building, as well as technology consulting.
In 2020, I started a student-led technology repair help desk. This program ensures that students get formal training in a real help desk environment. Students learn how to complete device repairs, take requests, manage help desk tickets, provide excellent customer service, manage parts inventory, among other skills. Through this program, students also take a class to learn about technology to choose their area of focus/expertise as well as their Comp TIA I.T. Fundamentals + certification.
I have a strong passion for technology and have always tinkered with computers most of my life as a hobby. I never expected that as I became a teacher that I would be able to combine my passions of technology and teaching. I am one of the fortunate people who enjoy going to work everyday, as I work with teachers on effectively integrating technology into their classrooms.
In my personal time enjoy spending time with family and friends, as well as their dogs. I do not have a dog yet, but I see one in my future. I collect vintage video games dating back to the age of Atari and Nintendo. I run the YouTube Channel, "Player One Start." I am also a movie buff as well, with a special preference to Historical dramas and movies based on true events. I enjoy reading historical non-fiction and books on education.
Favorite Education & Technology Quotes
The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth." ~Dan Rather
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important. – Bill Gates
Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~Unknown
The most important thing that schools can do is not to use technology in the curriculum more, but to use it more effectively. - John G. Palfrey & Urs Grasser
A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his/her own image, but to develop students who can create their own image. ~Unknown