2012 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Teacher and Technology Staff Developer
Great Neck South Middle School
Great Neck UFSD
Brian Mannix is a technology staff developer, a social studies teacher, an entrepreneur and a father who wants to change the way we think about our local and global solutions to the challenges that we are faced with in the 21st century.
Brian was named Tech & Learning's 2010 Educator Leader of the Year for his work in the classroom, designing and implementing "The Connected Classroom" - a project dedicated to providing 1 to 1 netbooks and 1 to 2 iPods to his academic team.
Brian is a Flat Classroom Certified teacher and through his work with the Digiteen™ project was able to inspire his students to build an anti-cyberbullying App for the iPhone.
As a social studies teacher at Great Neck South Middle School, Brain has piloted "How Could War Look Different?" an online template for classrooms around the world to collaborate, re-enact and re-examine the wars of our past. He also has championed the Akidemy Awards where students create mini-documentaries answering the question "What is the greatest challenge facing the United States today?" and participate in a full-fledged awards ceremony.
As an educator, Brian has brought together more than 60 middle and high schools, and 500 students and teachers on Long Island to participate in a Pay It Forward Conference to spread the message of kindness. In 2010, he brought this message to a global audience of more than 15,000 participants from 62 countries with the online and interactive Global Education Conference.
In addition, as president and CEO of BabysittingBarter.com, Brian is seeking to revolutionize the way moms, dads and caregivers across the country do babysitting. Babysitting Barter is a free service that enables parents to set up cooperative villages to schedule and receive babysitting for free by trading with their friends and family.
Brian, of Sea Cliff, N.Y., is supported by a wonderful wife Deirdre and his four beautiful children.