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Achievements

  • Presented at Iowa Technology and Educational Connection (ITEC) conferences 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • Featured speaker at Iowa Technology and Educational Connection (ITEC) conferences 2016.
  • Featured in the summer 2012 Ed Tech Magazine for my integration of Skype in my classroom
  • Highlighted in the Iowa City Press Citizen Newspaper for utilization of a SMARTBoard in my  classroom.
  • Presented on digital portfolios, blended learning and coding with iPads at iPad U hosted by the Grant Wood  Area Education Agency.
  • Presented over a variety of topics at the Midwest Google Summit, Central School District Tech Conference in DeWitt, IA and the Technology Integration Conference in Dubuque, IA.
  • Apple Education Trainer
  • Sphero Innovator
  • Teacher Innovator Amazon Education 2016
  • Google Educator Level 1 & 2

Work History

Aug 2016Present

Instructional Design Strategist: Technology and Innovation

Iowa City Community School District
  • Collaboratively planning and facilitating differentiated learning experiences for teachers and administrators that harness the 4Cs (communication, collaboration, communication and critical thinking) to empower learners 
  • Analyzing Brightbytes data to inform technology and innovation initiatives for students, teachers and administrators 
  • Cognitively coaching teachers and administrators to build their capacity in leveraging technology within instruction.
  • Promoting and highlighting innovative practices by teachers, buildings and administrators through Twitter and Instagram.
Aug 2014Present

5th Grade Teacher

Iowa City Community School District
  • Differentiating instruction through multiple analog and digital tools and resources
  • Integrating blended learning into core instruction to accommodate multiple learning styles 
  • Collaborating with peers to analyze data from formative and summative assessments allowing for adjustments in instructional decisions
  • Delivering supplemental and intensive plans for Response to Intervention
  • Utilizing innovative and traditional research based teaching strategies in conjunction with the Common Core to produce a solid foundation for lifelong learning
  • Actively engaging students in the learning process through the use of diverse manipulatives and mediums for creating, collaborating and sharing learning to a global audience
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships and communication with parents from varied backgrounds through e-mail, face-to-face contact, conferences and phone communication
  • Serving on District Technology Committee to collaboratively construct an ongoing strategic technology plan. 
  • Leader and facilitator of building Technology Committee to promote integration skills for technology in the classroom
  • Developing and facilitating staff training on SMARTBoards, iPads, and Web 2.0 tools
Aug 2015May 2016

Innovation PD Facilitator

Iowa City Community School District
  • Collaboratively planned and facilitated professional development for 28 innovation coaches
  • Identified and coached innovative instructional strategies that enhanced teachers' instructional practices
  • Modeled best practice with integrating technology into the classroom
  • Co-taught to mentor teachers using innovative pedagogical strategies
  • Assisted in designing long term visions with integrating technology as well as crafting systematic and differentiated levels of professional development
Sep 2007Aug 2014

1st Grade Teacher

Iowa City Community School District
  • Differentiated instruction through multiple analog and digital tools and resources
  • Integrated blended learning into core instruction to accommodate multiple learning styles 
  • Collaborated with peers to analyze data from formative and summative assessments allowing for adjustments in instructional decisions
  • Delivered supplemental and intensive plans for Response to Intervention
  • Utilized innovative and traditional research based teaching strategies in conjunction with the Common Core to produce a solid foundation for lifelong learning
  • Actively engaged students in the learning process through the use of diverse manipulatives and mediums for creating, collaborating and sharing learning to a global audience
  • Developed and maintained strong relationships and communication with parents from varied backgrounds through e-mail, face-to-face contact, conferences and phone communication

Education

Jan 2003May 2007

Bachelors Degree

The University of Iowa
  • Dean's List
  • Academic All-American
  • Academic All Big Ten
  • Letter winner Iowa Football
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters