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Summary

As a Technology Integration Specialist for Vail Mountain School, I support teachers in grades K-12 with curriculum technology integration and training.  In addition to staff development, I teach inquiry-based technology enrichment classes to students in middle and upper school covering applications such as Hopscotch, Scratch, CODEHS, Tinkercad, LEGO Robotics, iMovie, and digital citizenship. I am also a participant in the Colorado ACIS instructional technology community. When I'm not working, I enjoy traveling, playing the guitar and African percussion, skiing, hiking, reading and cooking.

Work History

Jun 2014Present

Technology Integration Specialist

Vail Mountain School
  • Technology teacher for grades 7-12 
    Current Courses Include:
    • CodeHS : 9th-12th grade
    • Technology & Society : 9th grade 
    • Computing Ideas : 8th grade
    • Creative Technology : 7th grade
  • Curriculum developer for new technology courses and enrichment classes
  • Provide technology support and curriculum integration for teachers in grades K-12 
  • Provide technology support to administration team
  • Provide on-site technology trainings for teachers
  • Google Apps administrator, Atlas Curriculum Mapping Administrator, Haiku/PowerLearning administrator
  • Responsible for ordering and renewing school subscriptions, new technology equipment and budgeting for instructional technology

Vail Mountain School Distinctions:

  • Presenter at ISTE 2016 - "Building Community with Google Hangouts"
  • Hangouts On-Air Podcaster & Blogger from SXSWEdu 2014-2015
Jun 2008Jun 2014

Technology Facilitator

Avoca West Elementary School
  • Technology Facilitator for Apple 1:1 laptop program in grades 4 and 5 and iPad pilot in first grade.
  • Instructor and curriculum developer of "Encore Technology" enrichment class for grades 1-5 
  • Selected to attend Google Geo Teacher's Institute 2011
  • Google Certified Teacher 2009
  • Coordinate weekly meetings with teacher teams which focus on technology integration into core curriculum
  • District Google Apps for Education Administrator
  • Avoca District 37 Technology Planning Committee - Sub Committee Chair 2010-2011
  • Social Studies Curriculum Committee member, 2010-2011
  • Team Leader and Building Leadership Team representative for Encore team of teachers
  • Member of "Powerful Learning Practice" cohort 2008-2009 school year
  • Developed and Implemented new teacher technology training program, "Tech Bytes"
  • Instructor, Avoca Community Classes, "Creating an iGoogle Homepage" and "All You Ever Wanted to Know about Google"

Avoca School District 37 Distinctions:

Avoca West Elementary School - Apple Exemplary School Award Recipient, January 2010

Avoca School District 37 - Host of National School Board Association Technology Site Visit, April 2010

Avoca School District 37- "District Salute Award" recipient, 2009

Examples of student work:

5th Grade - Invention Convention

5th Grade - Foley Art Podcast

4th Grade - Scratch Nursery Rhymes

4th Grade - Photography

Extracurricular Clubs & School Participation:

Sponsor: iOnAvoca - Broadcast club for 5th graders

Volunteer: Code Club - Programming club for 5th graders - Currently a pilot school for CodeArtScience

Volunteer: Guitar accompanist for 3rd and 4th grade music concerts - 2009-present

Volunteer: "Life in Ghana" presenter for 3rd and 6th grade Kids to Kids International Project - 2008-present

Sep 2009Present

Google Trainer

Roosevelt University
  • Trainer for bi-annual Google Sites electronic portfolio workshops at Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts 
  • Implemented new e-portfolio development from software-based Dreamweaver to web-based Google Sites
  • Created training materials for students
  • Assist College of Performing Arts students throughout the school year with troubleshooting and questions
Jul 2011Present

Summer School Teacher

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development

Summer 2011

  • Summer School Teacher for Apogee One Week program at Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
  • Taught 4th grade computer programming class: "Keys to A New World: Scratch"

Summer 2009

  • Summer School Teacher for Apogee One Week program at Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
  • Taught 4th grade technology based class, "Your Life in Comics" using Comic Life software
  • Wrote one-week curriculum for academically talented students
Mar 2007Jul 2008

Instructional Technology Specialist

Evanston Skokie District 65
  • Promoted to Instructional Technology Specialist position from Technology Assistant position
  • Provided instructional technology support to 17 schools
  • Managed teacher and student machines using Remote Desktop software
  • Organized large scale Promethean ACTIVboard deployment and professional development for 100+ teachers
  • Organized Summer 2007 and 2008 professional development for teachers which offers 20+ technology-related courses for teachers
  • Organized deployment of 100 additional Promethean boards and corresponding professional development
  • Developed, implemented and maintained District 65 Discovery "One Place" website, a single sign-on system which housed all district online subscriptions and links to curriculum specific websites
  • Developed and trained teachers in ongoing professional development courses including, "Digital Video to DVD," "One Place in the Classroom," "Document Cameras in the Classroom" and "FirstClass end user training"
  • Maintained district online subscriptions (NetTrekker, United Streaming, Atomic Learning, Maps 101, World Book Online, SIRS Explorer) and relationships with district vendors (Apple, AverVision, 3M, Promethean, GraphTech, FirstClass, PDA ISEL, NWEA MAP, CDW-G, Softchoice, etc.)
  • Managed ISEL (Illinois Snapshot for Early Literacy) testing for 17 schools and maintained individual teacher PDA devices for testing
  • Coordinator NWEA MAP testing
  • Coordinator of Promethean user group meetings to support Promethean teachers
  • Served on multiple district committees including: Technology Study Committee, Technology Standing Committee, Professional Development Committee, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Advanced Technology User Committee
  • Co-wrote approved District 65 state technology plan
20092012

Conference Presentations

Educational Technology 

Jun 2010Jul 2014

Volunteering Experience

Akwaaba - Esaase Organization

  • Volunteer for Akwaaba-Esaase organization at Esaase Christian School and Orphanage in Kumasi, Ghana
  • Taught technology to students in grades 3-8
  • Performed maintenance on school computers and peripherals
  • Assisted computer teacher with best practices
  • Installed open source software on school computers
  • Filled in when needed as a substitute teacher

Villa La Paz Foundation

  • Helped children with social and life skills
  • Tutored children
  • Took children to the park and to school

Education

Oct 20092011

Masters

Wilkes University

Courses Completed:

EDIM 501 Technology and Cognition

EDIM  503 Differentiation Supported by Technology

EDIM 502 Project Based Learning

EDIM 511 Portable Video Production

EDIM 504 Digital Storytelling

EDIM 510 Web 2.0 Impacting Learning Environments

EDIM 510 Globalization and Advocacy 

EDIM 513 Inquiry Based Learning (current)

Interest

Certifications

Illinois Type 03 Teacher Certification

State of Illinois
Oct 2009Present

Type 10 Tech Specialist Endorsement

State of Illinois