James Fester earned a B.A. in history from Cal State Long Beach and holds a teaching certificates in California. He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he has taught history to people of all ages for over 16 years. For the last 10 years he has taught U.S. History as a public school teacher. Currently, he works as a teacher coach helping teachers who are new to the profession begin their career successfully. In addition to teaching and developing blended-learning curriculum for K-12 schools, he has volunteered as an interpreter for both California State Parks, National Parks, and the County of San Diego.
In addition to 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 Google Certified, a Common Sense Media Digital Ambassador, an Apple Teacher, and is currently service as president of the NorthBay chapter of 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 across the U.S.