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Work experience

Jul 2012Present

Director of Instructional Technology & Learning Spaces

Lake Forest District 67
Aug 2007Jun 2012

District Technology Facilitator

Northbrook District 28

Provided professional development on technology topics to 150 teachers and staff. Co-planned and co-taught lessons with classroom teachers to assist with the integration of technology into the teaching and learning process.

Executed an iPad initiative from pilot program to implementation into K-2 and Special Education classrooms. 

Researched viability of and planned implementation for Google Apps for Education for staff and students in grades 3-8. 

Worked with staff to learn needed skills, plan lessons, and plan for utilization of interactive whiteboards in the teaching and learning process.

Aug 2004Jun 2007

Technology Director

Kildeer CCSD 96

Managed the computer lab for students in grades 1-5 at Country Meadows School. Maintained school computers. Planned and implemented technology-infused lessons. Coordinated NWEA-MAP testing for grades 2-5. Participated in district’s gifted education committee.

Aug 1986Jun 2004

Classroom Teacher

Northbrook District 27

Instructed students of all ability levels in areas of math, science, social studies, reading, writing, character education, and study skills. Used differentiation strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Actively participated in curriculum writing and leadership committees working with colleagues, parents, administration, and the Board of Education.

Education

Aug 2010

Administrative Certification

Johns Hopkins University
Jun 2005

Master of Education

National-Louis University
May 1985

Bachelor of Science

Illinois State University

Certifications

Type 03, standard teaching certification

Illinois State Board of Education

Type 10, technology specialist certification

Illinois State Board of Education

Type 75, administrative certification

Illinois State Board of Education

Accomplishments

Professional Affiliations

References

References provided upon request

Passionate about education and technology since last century.

It is my professional objective to further the role of technology in the teaching and learning process within my school district and beyond.

Recent Presentations

ISTE 2012 San Diego, CA:

  • Birds of a Feather: Apps for Higher Level Thinking

ISTE 2011 Philadelphia, PA:

  • Birds of a Feather: Using iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhones for Teaching and Learning

Mobile Learning Experience 2011 Phoenix, AZ:

  • Is There a Magical Device for Schools? 
  • What Makes an App Educational? 
  • Paradigm Shift in Mobile Learning

North Shore School District 112  Highland Park, IL:

  • Technology for Middle School English: Google Apps, Chrome Apps/Extensions, Google Lit Trips, Web Tools
  • Technology for Elementary Physical Education: Google Apps, iPads, QR Codes, Web Tools and Resources
  • Technology for Middle School Science: Google Apps, Chrome Apps/Extensions, iTunes U, Web Tools

Downers Grove District 58 Downers Grove, IL:

  • Comic Life in the Classroom: Thinking Beyond the Speech Bubble
  • iPads and Digital Storytelling

Brookwood School District 167 Brookwood, IL:

  • Enhancing Lessons and Projects with Technology

SET Connections Conference Park Ridge, IL:

  • Personal Learning Networks and Professional Development 
  • Connecting Reading, Writing, and Technology

Other Recent Topics:

  • Beyond "There's an App for That" ...moving beyond basic skills apps
  • Using Google Apps in the Classroom 
  • Using Google Apps for Teacher Productivity 
  • iPads and Special Education Students 
  • iPads in the K-2 Classroom 
  • Photo Essay as a Genre Study 
  • ActivInspire and Interactive Whiteboard usage 
  • Beginning Programming with Scratch|Imagine, Program, Share
  • Creating a Personal Learning Network

Professional Activities and Honors

Presenter at local and national education conferences. Topics: mobile learning, Google Apps for Education, technology integration, and personal learning networks

Founding Member: EdReach.us – Education Media Network

Co-host of Te@cher Tech T@lk podcast and occasional blogger for EdReach.us

Professional Organizations: Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

Nominee: Golden Apple Award 1997, 2005, 2008, Disney’s American Teacher Award 2002, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2004

Google Certified Teacher, 2013