Meet the PrincipalPLN

Theresa is a Co-Host of PrincipalPLN podcast which can be found at and on iTunes. She is currently in her fourth year as Building Principal and Lead Learner at St. Mary Catholic School in Rockwood, MI. Theresa was featured in Dr. Spike Cook's first book "Connected Leadership: It's Just a Click Away. The PrincipalPLN has published their first book "Breaking Out of Isolation: Becoming a Connected School Leader" published by Corwin Press. Full bio can be found

Jessica Johnson is an Elementary School Principal and District Assessment Coordinator in Wisconsin.  She is the 2014 Wisconsin Elementary School Principal of the Year.  She has previously taught in Minnesota and Arizona. She is passionate about reading, writing, Daily 5/CAFE, the power of Twitter, and the concept of leading with a “coaching hat” as an administrator. She has a self-published childrens’ novel, Adventures in Blockworld: A Novel for the Young Minecraft Fans. She co-moderates the #educoach chat on Twitter each Wednesday night at 9pm CST and is currently working with her co-moderators to write a book for principals on Leading with a Coaching Hat. You can follow Jessica on Twitter as @PrincipalJ or check out her blog at

Spike C. Cook is the principal at RM Bacon Elementary School in Millville, NJ.  He is a life-long learner who enjoys collaborating with others educators throughout the world to improve teaching and learning. As a new administrator, Dr. Cook utilized Social Media to transform his leadership into a 21st Century mindset. He then built capacity within his school so that teachers, parents, and students were able to connect with others throughout the globe.  He was the co-creator of the un-conference model professional development model at his school, and has worked collaboratively with other administrators to promoting 21st learning.  Spike is committed to assisting and learning from other educators. 

Spike was featured in Eric Sheninger’s best-selling book Digital Leadership.  In Chapter 3, Eric Sheninger captured Spike’s keys to sustainable change in his school.  He has presented at the ASCD and NAESP’s national conferences, as well as state and local conferences. Spike’s first book, Connected Leadership: It’s Just a Click Away, is scheduled for release from Corwin Press in fall of 2014.

Spike earned a Bachelor of Arts, two Master’s Degrees and a doctorate from Rowan University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Rowan University in the College of Education. He teaches aspiring administrators in the Masters of School Administration. He lives in Turnersville, NJ with his wife Theresa and two children Henry and Catherine. 

Spike’s blog, Insights Into Learning, was recognized as a finalist for Best Administrator Blog by the EduBlog Awards in 2013.  Connect with @drspikecook via Twitter.

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