Gloria Peifer began her career in the business world working for the Xerox Corporation. After eight years with Xerox and the birth of her second son, she went back to school to obtain a teaching certificate. Three years and another two sons later she graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics.
She taught middle school math, high school Algebra, and Computer Applications in schools throughout the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In the late nineties she went to Mt. Carmel Academy along with Suzette Surbeck to be part of the school's first technology council. While there the school earned recognition in a national education journal and was recognized as an innovative model of hi-tech creativity for their integration of technology across the curriculum.
Peifer and Surbeck presented at many academic conferences both local and national which lead them down a new career path after Hurricane Katrina. After a year of working with Certiport to build the company’s teacher portal, DATT (Digital Age Teacher Tools), they decided to form their own consulting company and e_dat, Educators for Digital Age Training was created.
The Tech Ladies were hired by St. Bernard Paish in December 2006 and Peifer now loves working with the middle and high school teachers.
Suzette Lemaire Surbeck began her teaching career at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elementary School and continued teaching in various schools in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Orleans in Elementary Education as well as a Master's Degree in Educational Technology from McNeese State University. Surbeck has taught grades 1 – 12 students and other educators for over 20 years.
In 2005 Surbeck reinvented her career from a classroom teacher to working to train and support other educators in their use of technology tools in their classrooms. She began her new career in the St. Bernard Parish Public School System in December of 2006 as half of the “Tech Ladies” team. She is blessed to work with such a wonderful group of professionals and hopes to be part of the SBPSB family for many years to come.
Surbeck is a native of New Orleans and is happily married to Charles Surbeck, graduate of Chalmette High School. They have three sons, Charles, Jr., Patrick and Daniel and three grandsons.