George Lucas Educational Foundation

Aaron Sams

Aaron Sams is the CEO of Sams Learning Designs, LLC and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. He has been an educator since 2000 and is currently the Director of Digital Learning at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He taught Chemistry and AP Chemistry at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado and at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, CA. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee and serves as an advisor to TED-Ed .He frequently speaks and conducts workshops on educational uses of screencasts and The Flipped Classroom concept. He believes strongly in inquiry and in student centered learning environments in which students are encouraged to learn and demonstrate their understanding in ways that are meaningful to them. Aaron brings a unique educational perspective to any audience with experience in public, private, and home schools in both face-to-face, online, and blended learning environments. He is a lifelong learner, reader, maker, and explorer. He can often be found making beer, roasting coffee, or figuring out a way to control either process with his computer and a voided warranty. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.A.Ed. both from Biola University.