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Summary

High-energy, team-oriented professional with strong record of accomplishment developing training for a spectrum of adult skills and experience levels. Accustomed to juggling multiple projects and delivering complex solutions on schedule and budget. Excited by opportunities to affect the way professionals learn and grow.

Professional Expertise

Innovation and Organizational Change
  • Extensive experience  leading innovation to meet the dynamic professional development needs of clients, such as managing the cross-departmental transition from face-to-face training to blended and virtual formats.
  • Regularly contribute in senior level organizational change initiatives.  Recently appointed to state level committee, steering development and statewide transition to an innovative teacher appraisal system.
  • Doctoral dissertation applied change management theory to teacher professional development, resulting in an 150% increase in teacher utilization of instructional technologies across 23 campuses.
Related Skills and Certifications
  • Formal training and work experiences in application of Deming Continuous Improvement Processes.
  • Proficient with authoring and maintaining content within and across a variety of Learning Management Systems, image manipulation and web-authoring tools (e.g., Canvas, Jing).
  • Teaching and learning experiences within traditional and virtual classroom contexts.  Experience with Mac OS X, basic HTML coding skills.
  • Certified for Instructional Leadership Development and Professional Development and Appraisal System.
  • Certified as a Principal (K-12), English as a Second Language Teacher, and Math & Science Teacher.
Experienced Program Manager
  • Project manager for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) initiatives at Education Service Center Region XIII. Responsible for quality, expenditures, contracted services, marketing and revenue. Innovated and published an instructional model for STEM education. Developed products and support services on time and on budget.
  • Managed curriculum integration initiatives district-wide within Leander ISD, in close collaboration with instructional stakeholders, to develop guaranteed and viable curriculum and teacher training.
  • Regularly apply change management approaches, e.g., lead the School To Watch Initiative for Leander ISD, resulting in a National Designation for the school and invited participation in a U.S. Department of Education Round Table in Washington D.C. to steer policy.
Senior Trainer and instructional Developer
  • Expert in the application of learning theory and instructional design methodologies for adult learners, e.g., strategic utilization of theory to drive teacher implementation of educational technology.
  • Sought-after training consultant, coaching clients to develop differentiated professional development pathways for teachers, principals and administrative staffs at multiple districts.
  • Have delivered training on a variety of technical, functional and analytical content, including instructional technologies, instructional coaching, problem-based learning, STEM, data assessment and analytics.
  • Strong background in development of virtual and blended course materials. On time and on budget delivery of over twenty online courses.

Education and Technical Proficiencies

Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting, 2015

Harvard Business School - Credential of Readiness

Ph.D., Educational Leadership, 2010

Trident University – Dissertation: Factors influencing the implementation of educational technology within American elementary schools: A mixed-method analysis

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, 2008

Concordia University

B.A., Child Study and Language Development, 2006

Southwestern University – Cum Laude

Work History

EDUCATION SERVICE CENTER REGION XIII                                                                                                              2013 - present

Transformation Central Texas STEM Center

Education Specialist

Instructional Coach

LEANDER INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT                                                                                                           2005 – 2013

District Technology Curriculum Integration Specialist

Instructional Technology Facilitator

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teacher

Professional Service and Selected Publications

  • Editorial Review Board, Electronic Journal of Science Education (EJSE) (2011-Present)
  • Education Workshop for Pre-Service Teachers, Southwestern University (2006-2014)
  • Education Department Advisory Board, Southwestern University (2010-Present)
  • Curriculum Oversight Committee, Southwestern University Education (2010)
  • Guest Lecturer, Educational Technology Course at Southwestern University (2010-2014)
  • Kessler, G., Ramos, G., (2015). A blueprint for building a STEM program: integrate, innovate, inspire. Austin, ESC Region XIII.
  • Kessler, G. (2015). STEM essential elements to STEMify the classroom. In-Sight: A Newsletter for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, (17).
  • Kessler, G., Wydeven, A., Marble, S. (2015). Increasing science literacy through weekly article abstracts. In-Sight: A Newsletter for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, (16).
  • Kessler, G., Waters, P. (2015). Making STEM-centered makerspaces work. In-Sight: A Newsletter for Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment, (16).
  • Kessler, G., Hyden, S., Gauthier, J., Mihalyo, B., & Meade, J. (2012). Barrier blasters: The processes to blast barriers for quality learning. Presentation delivered at Texas middle school association's 47th annual conference, Galveston, TX.
  • Kessler, G. (2010). Factors influencing the implementation of educational technology within American elementary schools: A mixed- method analysis (doctoral dissertation). Dissertations and Theses Database. (UMI No. 3431935).
  • Judson, J., & Kessler, G. (2008). African American scientists and inventors lesson plan. Association for the study of African American life and history (ASALH) Black history bulletin. Volume 70, No. 1.
  • Kessler, G., & Douglas, S. (2008). Standards-based grading in the science classroom. Presentation delivered at Leander ISD's 15th annual continuous improvement conference, Leander, TX.
  • Kessler, G. & Douglas, S., (Spring 2008). Impact of video IPODs in two sixth grade science classrooms. Presentation delivered at Leander ISD’s 15th annual continuous improvement conference, Leander, TX.
  • Kessler, G., & Kamen, M. (2005). High-stakes testing: A case study of impacts on a fifth-grade math and science teacher and her teaching decisions. Presentation delivered at National association for research in science teaching, Dallas, TX.
  • Kessler, G. (2004). Sexism in children’s literature. Presentation delivered at Third annual region 6 texas NAME multicultural education conference, Georgetown, TX.
  • Kamen, M., Hasegawa, L., Kessler, G., Milovich, R., & Smith, S. (2004). A Potpourri of hands-on learning activities. Presentation delivered at Conference for the advancement of science teaching, Corpus Christi, TX.