Thom Timko influences others in many positive ways. From being an educator at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, a husband, a father of two young children, a lightsaber enthusiast with Sabercraft, and a friend to many, he strives to be a positive impact on anyone he can. Thom has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida, where he was introduced to the concept of Human Factors Psychology and participated in a number of Virtual Reality research protocols. He completed a capstone course in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and uses techniques from the discipline to influence anyone he comes across to live a more fulfilling life. He was classically trained in video game playing as a young child with an Atari and ColecoVision, yet found his true passion for gaming on the NES. Games and simulations are central to his educational pedagogy and he implements Gamification techniques in each of his AP and IB Psychology classes. Thom Timko conducted attentional research at UCF, presenting and publish his team’s findings at state and national conferences. Over the past three years, he has presented on Gamification at the FECT and FCIS. He is excited to bring his social scientific perspective into the technological discussion of Virtual and Augmented Reality.