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Derek Ritzenberg

Montgomery County Public Schools
Technology Project Specialist
With 15+ years in education and 10+ years in video game development, Derek has been at the forefront of designing immersive virtual experiences to impact student learning. Derek pilots VR studies in Special Education, hosts annual student game development competitions, runs STEMBright: a 3D development studio for teens, and co-hosts Creator Con: game/art/technology festival for communities in the DMV. After 15 years in the classroom, Derek is currently drafting VR/AR policy in school systems, developing VR/AR Assistive Technology for students with special needs and working at the Board of Education for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, Maryland.