Connecting a supportive learning environment.

Instructional Technology

What We Do

Our commitment to students and colleagues is to support classroom instruction, reliable networks, campus wireless, as well as district practices reliant on tech---all of which contribute to a supportive learning district.

Where We've Been
In February 2017, Evergreen Education Group released a 16-month study that includes a research profile of Placer Union HSD and how it has utilized the Google Suite of software and devices. These "Impact Portraits" highlight ten districts from around the globe. Visit their website which lists all the districts or click straight to the Placer Union profile or soon-to-be published blog post.

Click through our Tech Trek slide deck, dating back to the "ancient history" of the early 90s. If you have questions, email: chromebook at

Where We're Going

Placer Union is embarking on a spring series of Tech Think Tank (T3) meetings to determine priorities moving forward. Three areas will be under consideration by a diverse team of staff, faculty & community. 
  • Instruction that leverages Chromebooks for student learning
  • Student data privacy protections and data security
  • Technology infrastructure to support future uses
Dates for these meetings were: Feb 23 @ Colfax; Mar 9 @ Placer; Mar 23 @ Foresthill. If you have ideas or input for the planning team, please email: chromebook at Here's a peek into our first T3.

The domains listed below---part of a transformation framework shared by the Google Education team---will serve as a guide as we navigate through our T3 planning process. 

And for a future look at technology in schools, take a look at the 2016 Horizon Report, a product of extensive research and forecasting by The New Media Consortium and CoSN

IT Audit & Plan

In Fall 2016, a team from School Services of California conducted a review of Placer Union's IT infrastructure, software systems, and practices. The visiting team's recommendations were presented at a January 2017 Board of Trustees meeting and will be thoroughly reviewed during the district's Tech "Think Tank" planning meetings. (see above for "Think Tank" dates)

Teacher Certs

Since 2016, ninety faculty have become Google Certified Educators. This involved extensive online preparation as well as a secure 3-hour online assessment. Faculty support was provided by Placer Union's tech coordinator teachers: Joel Agee, Darren Belles, Isaak Egge, Don Isbell, Christian Kinsey, Ashley Lopez, Dan Wilson, Wade Wolff & Nick Zerwas. The presentations below are two teachers' reflections. Thanks to Colfax's Sarah Schopfer and Del Oro's Joel Agee. 

Resources for Students

Resources for Parents

Resources for Staff


District Campus: Request Form
Colfax: Request Form
Del Oro: Request Form
Foresthill: Request Form
Placer/Confluence/Maidu: Form

When in doubt: Who to call. (PUHSD only)


Tanya Zito

Administrative Assistant


tzito at

Stacy Petrovich

Student Information Support - Aeries


Fred Dollahite

District Systems Admin


Greg Bettencourt

PSAdults Sys. Adm. & Canvas LMS


gbettencourt at

Michael Farnham

Placer, Confluence, Maidu Sys. Adm.


mfarnham at

Lisa Fitzinger

Foresthill Systems Admin


lfitzinger at

Louis Marston

Colfax Systems Admin


lmarston at

Richard Young

Del Oro Systems Admin


ryoung at

Mick Shatswell

IT & Data Management

Gregg Ramseth

Technology & Assessment

T3 Planning Team

Nick Zerwas
Del Oro Assistant Principal

Tanya Zito
Tech Center Admin

Christian Kinsey
Colfax CTE Instructor

Danise Hitchcock
Colfax Assistant Principal

Sandy Russo
Director of Budget & Accounting

Arij Mousa
Placer School for Adults

Jeff Tooker
Deputy Superintendent

Charis Grey
Administrative Assistant

Derek Hildinger
Foresthill Teacher

Louis Marston
Colfax SSAdmin

Courtney Doyland
Colfax Instructor/Distance Ed

Don Isbell
Placer CTE Instructor

Val Buckingham
Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction

Michelle Isheim
PUHSD Library Lead

Social Media

Chromebook Info

Thanks to our parents and community for the support and enthusiasm they've demonstrated for our 1-to-Web initiative. 
New to PUHSD is our Chromebook Protection Plan. Check out our Chromebook Update for the latest or email chromebook at your questions. Learn more...

Docs & Links

Privacy of Data
Please read our letter to families regarding student information. This is an effort to provide you assurances, state our commitments, as well as be responsive to society's fast-changing technology landscape. Also addressed are the latest California statutes on student data protections. Privacy Letter to Families  Do you have privacy questions? Contact our digital privacy  liaison using the email: chromebook at

Distance Learning

We offer courses via a distance format that utilizes our technology infrastructure and the talents of some amazing faculty. Offerings are broadcast live from one campus to another via Chromebox for Meetings equipment with TV monitors and 2-way audio. 
  • AP Statistics - Mr. Hild
  • Calculus A/B - Mr. Hild
  • EAP Senior Math - Mr. Siebels
  • French 1/2 - Ms. Young
  • French 3/4 - Ms. Breton
  • AP Physics - Mr. Hild
  • AP Junior English (11) - Ms. Schopfer
  • U.S. History (asynchronous) - Mr. Eichman & Mr. Hildinger
Thanks to these pioneering educators for their dedication.

Contact Info

Map & Directions
District Address
13000 New Airport Rd.
Auburn, CA 95603

Technology Dept.
Master Calendar