TOPONE Instructors are seasoned school
administrators (a minimum of 25 years of experience each) who deliver content
rooted in reality and relevant to today's educational leaders!
Tom Schmeltzer, a.k.a. TOPONE
Tom Schmeltzer is an education industry professional with
over thirty years of experience with educational institutions and Fortune 500 companies
and the creator of the TOPONE Program for School Administrators. He is the founder and
managing director of Technology Solutions, an education technology consulting company with
headquarters in Marietta, Georgia.
Tom and Technology Solutions have a national reputation for
excellence in working with schools, universities, and educational leaders, as well as,
hardware vendors, software developers, textbook publishers, state technology directors,
industry consultants, and on-line providers focused on the education market.
He is an effective presenter with an international
reputation for excellence. Tom is the author of numerous magazine and online articles and
most recently authored, MODELS OF SUCCESS: Case Studies of Technology in Schools,
published by the National Association of School Boards.
Tom was recently featured in Technology and
Learning for his article "Professional
Development Models for School Administrators"
Tom Schmeltzer is the lead instructor in TOPONE workshops!
Dr. Ed Bouie, a.k.a.
Ed is currently the Executive Director for Management of
Information Systems in the DeKalb County School System (Georgia). He manages the
Department of Information Systems, which includes development and maintenance of local
area networks, wide area networks, technical and support services, instructional
technology, and all mainframe applications including business and accounting functions,
human resources, and student accounting. Ed manages an annual budget of $20 million.
Ed has also served the DeKalb County School District as an
Area Executive Director, Principal of Chapel Hill Elementary School, Assistant Principal
for Curriculum and Instruction at Briarcliff High School, Assistant Principal for
Curriculum and Instruction at Gordon High School, Assistant Principal for Discipline at
Gordon High School, and Band Director at Columbia High School. Since 1987, he has also
held the position of Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University in the Department of
Educational Administration and Supervision.
Dr. Ed Bouie is a nationally recognized presenter who is
also a prolific writer. He is the creator of the nationally acclaimed Family Technology
Resource Center Initiative which bridges school and the community. He is a
Principal instructor in the TOPONE workshops.
Terry Schmeltzer, a.k.a. FLAMINGO
Terry is currently a Senior Manager, Personal Computer And
LAN Training, responsible for managing the successful design, development, and delivery of
personal computer and LAN training for a Fortune 100 Company. She manages budgets,
contracts, and training vendor relationships, as well as an internal staff. Terry is
personally responsible for the management of the "Enterprise Desktop" strategy
for over 5,000 personal computers in the Southeastern United States. Terry has created
business partnerships that provide quality, cost effective, and timely training to
Prior to her current assignment, Terry was an Instructor,
Department Chair, and consultant for the Holly Area Schools, Holly Michigan. She taught
Vocational Data Processing and Vocational Office Education courses, instructed evening
adult business education classes and directed student council activities. Terry also
chaired the Business Education Department, Computer Education Curriculum Committee,
Business Education Curriculum Committee, and Computer Hardware and Software Purchasing
Committee. She served as the Chairperson of the North Central Certification Review
Terry personally designed and implemented one of the first
data processing laboratories in a United States high school. Upon receiving national
recognition, the program was featured in IBM movies and professional magazines as an
exemplary program. Terry has been a keynote speaker for several national audiences on this
Terry is the CFO of Technology Solutions, Inc. and
a "Tools" instructor in TOPONE Workshops
Dr. Rita Oates, a.k.a. JAYHAWK
Rita is President of Oates Associates, Inc., an educational technology consulting firm
that helps companies envision, develop, and create technology-based products for the
education market and helps those in the school market select and use them. She conducts
market research and plans events to promote products among education elite and key
influencers, develops teacher training materials and delivers training. She frequently
delivers keynote speeches for national audiences. Dr. Oates is a prolific writer who has
authored numerous articles for professionals and parents about technology in schools and
Rita was the founding and managing editor of Internet Strategies for Education
Markets, a monthly newsletter. She developed 3-6 grade materials for Celebrate The
Century, a millenium project of the U.S. Postal Service.
Prior to starting her consulting business, Dr. Oates was the Instructional Supervisor,
Computer Education and Technology, Dade County Public Schools (Miami). There she wrote and
administered $7.7 million in state grants and $600,000 in federal grants for technology,
teacher training, and curriculum development, in addition to normal state and federal
funding. She also managed training institutes for teachers and administrators and created
new summer professional development programs.
Ritas additional education assignments have included: Assistant professor of
journalism at the University of Alabama; Teaching assistant in journalism and visiting
lecturer in education at Indiana University; Special projects editor, Phi Delta Kappa;
Teacher of high school English and Journalism, Alma and Kansas City, Kansas; Chair of
English department at Alma; and Editor of the University Daily Kansan at University of
Dr. Oates has received numerous honors in her educational technology career, including:
Finalist, ComputerWorld Smithsonian Award in Education; Finalist, Electronic
Educator of the Year, Electronic Learning magazine; Representative of the U.S. on
People to People exchange on computer-based education, visiting England, Scotland, France
and the Netherlands.
Rudi Shumpert, a.k.a SPYDER
Rudi Shumpert is a Senior Web Developer for an
Atlanta Firm. He has extensive experience working to get schools on the
internet. He has developed Acceptable Use Policies, Intranets, Internet,
and WWW designs to help schools get the best out of their Internet Experience.