James Fester is a Teacher on Special Assignment from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area specializing in project-based learning and technology integration. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, James brings over a decade of experience as a secondary classroom teacher and a PBL and technology coach in California public schools. James is passionate about supporting teachers of all experience and comfort levels by sharing experience from his own practice and helping teachers design projects that engage their students. In addition to being a member of the Buck Institute's National Faculty, he is also a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, a Common Sense Media Digital Ambassador, and a presenter at educational technology conferences across the U.S. James is a tireless advocate for experiential and place-based learning, and serves as a volunteer interpreter and guide for the U.S. National Park Service.