On October 24, 2015, David Theriault, longtime English Literature teacher at Fountain Valley High School, presented at the CUE (Computer Using Educators) 2015 Fall Conference as the closing keynote speaker. His session titled, “The Life Aquatic: This is Adventure,” references the movie, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” and brings its listeners into the submarine of Theriault’s classroom and, using stories from his life and the lives of his students, challenges listeners to seek adventure and embrace not knowing.

CUE is a nonprofit educational corporation founded in 1978 whose goal is to inspire innovative learners in all disciplines from preschool through college. The organization provides its members with year-round support through meetings, grants, events and conferences among other resourceful features.

Theriault is currently in his 21st year of teaching, with 17 of those at Fountain Valley High School. For the 2015-16 school year, he enthusiastically teaches four periods of College Preparatory English and one period of Honors English 10.

Although an innovator in the online education world now, Theriault’s journey to become an esteemed “computer using educator” did not begin as one might think it would – with strong, passionate roots in the technological world. For a large portion of his teaching career, Theriault didn’t feel the need to integrate technology into the classroom and more so, he didn’t push technology in his classroom since his classroom didn’t have easy access to daily technology anyway.

After his initial reluctance to become involved in the “online world” and years of heavy influence from fellow educators and friends, Theriault grasped onto the Google for Education concept after attending the Google Teacher Academy (GTA) sponsored by CUE. Theriault’s involvement with the CUE organization was derived from this involvement with the GTA, a professional development experience designed to help primary and secondary educators get involved with innovative technologies. The GTA is produced by CUE for Google for Education, a collection of digital tools designed to host and distribute digital documents, communication and collaboration.

Once the world of online resources and classroom technology started to become a more concrete asset in Theriault’s personal and professional life, there was no turning back. Now, with technology as a staple in his daily classroom endeavors, the title of Google Lead Learner, an impressive 7,000+ followers on Twitter, and founder of multiple online education chat forums and blogs, Theriault’s influence stretches far and wide at not just at his school, but the education realm as a whole.

It was only natural that the CUE organization pursued Theriault to feature as a keynote speaker at their esteemed Fall Conference. Educators, technology coordinators, and administrators attended this conference from around the nation in order to learn how to better use technology to support student achievement from individuals with a unique instruction perspective, such as Fountain Valley High School’s very own David Theriault.

To submerse into David Theriault’s submarine that he calls a classroom and hear more about his education experiences, please take the time to view his CUE closing keynote speech below.