James Fester holds a degree in history and teaching certificates in both California and Minnesota. He now lives in St. Paul area where he has taught history to people of all ages for over 17 years, ten teaching U.S. history and government as a public school teacher. Currently, he works as a teacher coach helping teachers who are new to the profession begin their careers successfully. In addition to teaching and developing blended-learning curriculum for K-12 schools, he has volunteered as a historic interpreter for California State Parks, National Parks, and the County of San Diego.
Along with his work in the classroom, he is a technology trainer and consultant who has presented to educators across the United States on topics ranging from Google Apps, Project-Based Learning, and many other topics. He is a Google Certified Educator Trainer and Innovator, a Common Sense Media Digital Ambassador, an Apple Teacher, a Microsoft Innovative Educator, and also served as president of NorthBay Computer Using Educators (CUE)
When he's not in the classroom, James works as a guide for a company specializing in using our nation's national parks as science classrooms. He's led students from multiple states into parks like Yellowstone, Shenandoah, and Grand Teton.
He also writes on a number of topics relating to history and technology. Currently, he is developing a podcast on historic landmarks in California and a series of student-focused lessons on national parks and monuments.