Meet the Team

Shannon Tabaldo

Shannon N. Tabaldo is the Director of Digital Curriculum Integration and Development for the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, and is the founding director of the iDEAL Institute. Before coming to LMU, Shannon was the Director of Educational Technology at Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. She has been a classroom teacher, teaching technology to K-8 as well as Junior High Math. With over 20 years of technology experience and a passion for teaching, she began to see the need for educational technology resources and the need for teacher training. Her personal and professional goal is to fulfill the need of training educators on technology that can be used in their classroom for the benefit of the students.

Shannon is currently researching iPads in teacher preparation as well as blended learning in K-12 Catholic schools to achieve digital literacy and close the achievement gap.

Shannon sits on the school board for St. Columbkille Catholic School, the St. Lawrence Martyr Education Foundation, the Technology Committee for Bishop Montgomery High School and provides technology professional development for schools in the Los Angeles and Orange County Archdioceses.

Shannon has a B.S. in Business Administration from Linfield College and an M.A. in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She is a LeadingEdge Certified Professional Learning Leader, a Google for Education Certified Innovator, a Google Certified Power Searcher, a Quality Matters Peer Reviewer, as well as a Microsoft Office Application expert and an Apple App fanatic.

If you want to know what Shannon is thinking about or working on, she maintains a blog called Tabaldo On Tech - Teaching Technology | Teaching with Technology. Follow her on Twitter @TabaldoOnTech. She can be reached by email at stabaldo@lmu.edu

Greg Akai

Greg Akai, M.A., is the Program Coordinator of Blended Learning Projects for the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University.

Greg comes from the Torrance Unified School District where he taught in blended and online high school programs. Greg, who earned a M.A. in Educational Technology from California State University, Los Angeles, holds a Designated Subjects Teaching Credential and certifications in online and blended teaching and learning technologies.

Greg enjoys spending time with his five-year-old daughter, who, as daily routine, begins talking when she wakes up and stops talking when she goes to sleep. Greg's highbrow tastes include conveyor-belt sushi, Tito's Tacos and Costco pizza. 

He can be reached by email at gakai@lmu.edu

Ashley Ireland Dann

Ashley is the Program Coordinator of PreK-12 Technology Integration Projects for the iDEAL Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

Ashley has held various roles in education including teacher, instructional coach, program coordinator, reading specialist, teacher trainer, and school leader. Most recently she was the Professional Learning Developer for Alexandria City Public Schools in the DC Metro area. As Professional Learning Developer Ashley created in-person and online professional learning for teachers of grades PreK-12. The professional learning videos Ashley produced for teachers are used by school districts, credentialing programs, and universities across the country and around the world.

Ashley has her B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.Ed in Educational Psychology- Leadership, Policy, and Social Foundations from the Curry School at the University of Virginia. Ashley holds K-8 multi-subject teaching certificates in both California and Virginia with authorizations in English Language Development as well as Gifted and Talented Education. In 2015 she was named to the prestigious ASCD Emerging Leader class.

Ashley loves to travel, read, talk about pedagogy and education reform, and go (back) to school. In her free time she can be found playing on the beach or in the waves with her two young boys, her husband, and her very large extended family.

Follow her on Twitter @TeachinginFocus. She can be reached by email at adann@lmu.edu

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IN LOVING MEMORY~

Crystal Wilhite

Crystal Wilhite was the Program Coordinator of PreK-12 Technology Integration Projects for the iDEAL Institute at Loyola Marymount University.


She held various roles in the School of Education which include coordinator for the CAST (Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers) Program and the Department of Urban Education. As a staff member, LMU graduate, and mother, Crystal was thoroughly involved and invested in education. She specifically had an interest in the purposeful integration of technology and advocating on behalf of all children.


Crystal earned her B.S. in Sports & Health Sciences from American Military University and her M.A. in Educational Studies with a focus in Counseling from LMU. Prior to LMU, she worked in the automotive industry as well as served in the United States Army. She also volunteered at local community colleges to support veteran students, lead workshops, and provide general counseling.