Work History

Work History
Sep 2009 - Present

Digital Academy Director

University Prep Academy

As Digital Academy Director, I am responsible for planning and executing educational training workshops for the University Prep Academy staff. 

This includes SMART Board and SMART Notebook software training and hands-on technology integration workshops for teachers and administrators. Topics of these workshops have included, among others:

  • Teacher and Student Blogging
  • twitter
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Website Creation
  • RSS
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Web 2.0 Tools

Digital Academy website: http://uprepda.pbworks.com

Jul 2012 - Present

K-5 Instructional Coach

University Prep Academy

As an instructional coach, I provide guidance and assistance to teachers in the form of professional development workshops, grade level meetings, classroom observations, model lessons, and more. 

Another of my main functions is to help teachers at my school transition to the Common Core State Standards, by both providing professional development workshops as well as assisting with both unit and lesson planning in all subject areas (reading, writing, math, social studies, and science).

I also lead regular data meetings with grade level teams to analyze unit and interim data, guiding them in strategic planning around increasing student achievement.

In addition, I will be working to provide mentoring, support, and orientation workshops to newly hired teachers.

All of this work takes place in an urban setting, with over 85 percent of students receiving free and reduced lunch.

Jun 2005 - Jun 2012

Teacher

University Prep Academy

I taught both fourth and fifth grades, all subjects, during my tenure. In my teaching, I strove to provide a 21st Century learning environment that was student centered, collaborative and connected to the world.  I helped students achieve this through the use of educational technology--podcasts, blogs, wikis, digital movies, and more. My students participated in collaborative projects with classrooms across the United States and in countries such as Turkey, Russia, and Taiwan.

In addition, I served in the following roles:

  • Grade Level Team Leader--5th Grade
  • member of School Leadership Team
  • member of district Good-to-Great Team
  • member of District Technology Committee
  • member of School Curriculum Team charged with alignment to Common Core standards 

View my class blogs here: http://mrcurran.blogspot.com and here: http://20kindsofawesome.blogspot.com

View our online global book club website here: http://bookclub21.wikispaces.com

View my blog on teaching poetry here: http://thesmallnouns.blogspot.com

Jan 2000 - Jul 2005

Teacher

Warren Woods Middle School

At Warren Woods Middle school I taught the following:

  • 7th grade math
  • 7th grade social studies
  • 6th-8th grade computer skills

I also served on the School Improvement Committee and as Volleyball Coach and Do Something teacher representative.

Education

Education
Sep 2004 - Dec 2007

Master's of Science

University of Wyoming

Course work included:

  • Distance Education
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Technology Integration
  • Design and Evaluation
  • Instructional Technology
Jan 1997 - Dec 1999

Bachelor of Science

Eastern Michigan University

  • Degree with certification in Elementary Education (K-8) and endorsements in Math (6-8) and Social Studies (6-8)
  • Summa Cum Laude graduate

Certifications

Certifications
Jun 2017

Michigan Professional Teaching Certificate

K-5 all subjects (6-8 self contained) 6-8 Math 6-8 Social Studies