Drew McConnell

Drew McConnell
Manager of Digital Learning, FIRST

As a life-long learner, Drew McConnell believes that learning happens 24/7. Every day he is learning how to be a better husband, friend, neighbor, teacher, citizen, and employee. As Manager of Digital Learning at FIRST, he is responsible for empowering the FIRST community to be lifelong learners through the use of digital tools. He is dedicated to the idea that we can create a better world by inspiring and empowering people to pursue learning in all aspects of life. 

He began his career as a technology trainer at Abilene Christian University, where he was responsible for training students and faculty in the use of various equipment and software applications to create media. In this role he also performed research in the use of gamification to foster motivation and self-direction in learners. McConnell has also worked as a technology trainer and instructional designer, designing and implementing courses on the creation of mobile applications. Prior to joining FIRST in 2015, he was the Director of Online Learning for Connected Consulting, a company dedicated to empowering schools to create positive change through the implementation of technology and learner-centered instructional practices in the classroom. 

In addition to his work at FIRST, McConnell volunteers at a Nashville high school teaching an Introduction to Programming course. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Abilene Christian University and a Masters of Arts in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University. The hours in the day are not long enough to fulfill the pursuit of all his hobbies which include developing mobile apps, writing and playing music, making, gardening, cycling, running, rock climbing, and hiking.