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Aug 2008Present

Ed.D. Student

University of Florida - College of Education

My research focuses on the successful implementation of educational technologies into K-12 settings by examining the common implementation challenges, opportunities, and options through both literature review and original research.


  • Research for Educational Technology
  • Foundations of Educational Technology
  • Designing Technology Rich Curricula
  • Instructional Computing II
  • Seminar in Educational Media
  • Instructional Design
  • Research Methods (Statistics I & II)

Master's of Science

Work experience


4th Grade Teacher

Bethesda Elementary - Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Heavily incorporated educational technologies into both instruction and planning including clickers, smart boards, document cameras, online learning environments, and lesson planning tools
  • Nominated for Teacher of the Year (2009) at Distinguished Title I school with high ESOL population in a Top 5 Most Improved Urban county
  • Served on the Media/Technology Committee each year of employment while mentoring Technology Club
  • Led before-school technology-based tutoring sessions
  • Designated Gifted cluster teacher
  • Developed and maintained Paluch's Place, an online community for fourth graders (password=paluch09)

Full-time Tutor/Substitute Teacher

Freeport School District #145
  • Facilitated ISAT preparation in both math and literacy
  • Utilized proven "Love & Logic" behavioral management techniques
  • Substitute taught from K-10
  • Long-term substitute taught in gifted 1st grade classroom

Senior Manager, Usability

  • Developed and practiced the ability to turn often qualitative, behavioral research findings into actionable recommendations
  • Co-authored "Scaling for the masses: usability practices of the web's most popular sites" for 2000 ACM-CHI panel.
  • Acted as workgroup's frontline technical support contact


As an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and pedagogically skilled lifelong learner, I am seeking an opportunity to help children become academically fit, socially competent, and psychologically healthy.

Additional Experiences & Associations

  • Participated in voluntary programs such as  Saturday Writing School and Title I "Be There" fair
  • Trained in "Learning Focused" strategies
  • Member of both International and Georgia Societies for Technology in Education, ASCD, & Illinois Computing Educators




Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Sep 2005Nov 2005

Gifted Institute Certificate

llinois Association for Gifted Children