Helen Mowers

Helen Mowers

    Edublogger, podcaster, lifelong learner

  • Harker Heights TX

Work History

Work History

Leadership Dev/21st C Learning Specialist

2009 - Present
Academic Services Department 

Professional Learning Specialist

2006 - 2009
Professional Learning Department

Instructional Technology Specialist

2005 - 2006
Instructional Technology Department

Instructional Technology Specialist

1998 - 2005
Montague Village Elementary

Pre-AP Physical Science Teacher

1994 - 1998
Killeen High School 9th Grade Center



Alternative Principal Certification, Region 12


Masters of Science in Education Human Resource Development

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Alternative Teacher Certification, TMATE

Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas

    Bachelor’s of Science in GeneticsB.Sc

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

Contract Employment

2009 & 2010         teacher2teacher ConferenceMedicine Hat, Canada
2009Emerge Summer InstituteEdmonton, Canada

Region VIII Podcasting and Digital Storytelling

ESC, Region VIII, Mt Pleasant, TX
2007Region VI iPod & PodcastingApple, Inc
2005Region XII Technology Instructor for Pre-service teachers             ESC, Region XII—Waco, TX
2003-05Professional Development Killeen ISD – Killeen, TX
1998-01Technology Trainer School Vision – Austin, TX
1997-98Consultant, Center for Distance Learning ResearchTexas A&M University – Bryan, TX

Exellent Communicator

  • Co-creator TechChickTips (http://techchicktips.net) – podcast and blog supporting the role of technology to transform learning and teaching
  • Maintain and contribute to my PLN as an active participant of a variety of social networks specifically for educational technology and teaching, learning, and leading (e.g. Twitter, Ning, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Created and maintain a number of online spaces to facilitate communication among central office support and campus personnel (professional development materials, discussion boards, collaborative learning, etc.)
  • Proven track record of designing and delivering content and motivating employees in capacity building sessions covering a wide variety of topics (most recently Podcasting for the Fine Arts – a 12 hour workshop series)
  • Presented at numerous local, regional, state, national, and international conferences, including Texas Computer Educator’s Association (state and regional), National Education Computing Conference (NECC/ISTE), teacher2teacher, Texas Distance Learning Association, and Texas Women’s Business Association (most recently a Spotlight Panel at NECC ’09: Podcasting and Podcatching for the Absolute Beginner and a Spotlight Panel at Tech Forum Southwest ‘09: Beyond the Hype: Focusing on What Really Matters)
  • Authored multiple articles featured in School Library Journal (latest May, 2008 http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6555562.html)
  • Collaborated to serve as a proposal reviewer for ISTE 2010
  • Contributed to iTunes U Continuity of Learning Project
  • Leadership role in numerous district initiatives including:
    • Schlechty Center for Leadership in Reform—Working on the Work:
      • served as Design Fellow at Leadership and Design Team Conferences
      • successfully completed Coaching for Design, Level II
    • Textbook adoptions technology consultant
    • District technology plan committee (2000, 2005, 2007)
    • Curriculum writing (multiple subjects and grade levels)
    • Emotional Intelligence trainer
  • Consulted in numerous Texas school districts covering a wide variety of topics, including technology integration, critical thinking skills, distance learning, and alternative assessments


Exemplary Leadership

  • Support numerous district-wide events, to include logistical coordination, content design, and facilitation (district wide learning experiences, design conferences, presenter broadcasts, etc)
  • New Professional Induction: facilitate multiple Induction sessions throughout the year for over 600 new professionals annually - prepare content and supporting materials, coordinate facilitators for training and technology support, helped to create/maintain database to track attendance, communicate with district and campus staff to sustain support for new professionals
  • Facilitate mentor training and induction (over 200 mentors and 600 new professionals annually)
  • Awarded Apple Distinguished Educator, Class of 2007, and Google Certified Teacher, 2010, for educational technology leadership
  • Coordinated district-wide Young Author’s Conference, co-sponsored by the Bell County Reading Council: promoted, acquired authors/presenters/speakers, garnered community support, and registered and scheduled over 300 participants, parents and volunteers.

Exceptional Thinker

  • Seeker of creative solutions for challenges presented
  • Designed district-wide Design Academy, Digital Literacy, and Digital Leadership learning experiences
  • Collaborated to help design district-created professional learning registration and tracking application (LEARN: Learn ~ Engage ~ Apply ~ Review ~ Network)
  • Collaborated to create and maintain a campus database that teachers use to track early attendance, tardies, discipline and other student-related issues
  • Created template for curriculum writers to use that could be imported directly into district curriculum database
  • Created curriculum for Physical Science (now called IPC) and coordinated and setup multiple science labs when 9th Grade campuses opened

Evolving Skills

  • Experience using Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office products, visual mapping, multimedia production and productivity, and Web 2.0/Internet applications
  • Thinkfinity Field Trainer of the Month for June, 2009
  • Challenge-based Learning and Personalized Learning at Apple Distinguished Educator Summer Institute, July, 2009
  • Live-blogged multiple events from Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development annual conference (March 6-8, 2010)