Thomas Conmy wears a few hats (including a wizard one). He is K-8 STEM teacher and technology coordinator in the Bay Area. As a doctorate student at the University of San Francisco, he is gathering data for dissertation, which is examining the usage of tabletop roleplaying games in the classroom. He has presented this first phase of his research at the 2019 Hawaii International Conference on Education and will be presenting a panel at PAX East 2019 in Boston. Recently, Tom started both a podcast and a Twitch stream, both under the Mages and Mentors brand, which hosts DnD+Edu professionals and enthusiasts. When not playing Dungeons and Dragons or fighting with his recording equipment, he is on the hunt for sushi and burritos.
Over the past three years, Tom has worked in a hybrid instruction and STEM administration role in a private K-8 school. There he spearheaded Chromebook deployment and SMARTBoard instructional sessions while instructing various grades levels with projects taking advantage of Google Applications and coding. Tom also manages a few after-school programs, including a MakerSpace program that combines Legos and coding using Scratch, a Bay area coding camp, and student Dungeons and Dragons campaigns.
Whether inside or out of the classroom, Tom is always looking for new ways to improve his craft. As a fourth year doctoral student studying Learning and Instruction at the University of San Francisco, he has been developing his research writing, understanding of data collection and creating presentations to discuss findings. He has conducted research and presented findings on teacher self-efficacy and is currently in the process of conducting a small mixed-methods study on using non-digital games as an instructional methodology.
Tom brings to the table a commitment to education, seeking to ensure personal development and helps to promote a community that utilize creativity and innovation. He gets excited at all the possibility of becoming more involved with the educational world and loves opportunities to be challenged. Feel free to drop him an email and see what magic can happen.