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As a Technology Integration Specialist for Vail Mountain School, I support teachers in grades K-12 with curriculum technology/STEAM integration and training.  Administrative tasks include managing our school LMS, budgeting and technology course development for middle and upper school. I facilitated the creation of our school makerspace and currently teach two 9th grade technology courses  - “Design Thinking for Innovation” and “Technology and Information Literacy”.  When I'm not working, I spend my time paddle-boarding, traveling, skiing, hiking, reading and cooking.

Work experience

Jun 2014Present

Technology Integration Specialist & Dept. Chair

Vail Mountain School


  • Google Apps administrator, Atlas Curriculum Mapping Administrator, Haiku/PowerSchool Learning administrator
  • Manage school subscriptions, new technology equipment deployment and budgeting for instructional technology
  • Provide technology support and curriculum integration for teachers in grades K-12 
  • Provide technology support to administration and executive team
  • Provide on-site technology training for teachers
  • Homeroom Advisor (11th & 12th grade)
  • Technology Coach 
  • Senior Project Advisor,  2016-2018
  • Technology teacher for grades 7-12 
  • Helped pitch, design and implement a new Makerspace 
  • Implemented Chromebook program for grades 2-5 & BYOD for 6-12

Experiential Education & School Leadership:

  • Technology & Innovation Team Department Chair
  • Co-Chair of VMS Diversity Committee
  • New Faculty Mentor
  • Leader and founder of VMS "Forward Alliance" Club for students
  • Orientation Trip Leader 2014-2017: White Water Paddleboarding
  • Hut Trip Leader: 6th-8th grade
  • Trip Creator/Leader: Technology & Innovation in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, From the Mountains to Mardi Gras
  • Trip Leader - Senior trip to NYC 

Vail Mountain School Distinctions:

  • Planned a technology site visit to California with administrators which led to hiring two technology teachers and building a Makerspace
  • Attained Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator status
  • Attained Apple Teacher status
  • Presenter at ISTE 2016 - "Building Community with Google Hangouts"
  • Hangouts On-Air Podcaster & Blogger from SXSWEdu 2014-2015
  • Co-Creator of "The Minnow Tank"

Professional Development:

Presenter: Owning Your Story: A workshop for LGBTQ+ Youth - Mountain West Diversity Conference
Creator and attendee of VMS Executive Team trip to visit innovative California schools
Cherry Creek Diversity Conference Attendee - Denver, 2018
Aspen Ideas Festival Weekend Workshop Attendee - 2017
Wonder Women Leadership Conference - Leadership & Design,  Palo Alto, CA 2017

ISTE Presenter: Creating Community with Google Hangouts  - Denver, 2016
SketchUp Basecamp Attendee - Steamboat Springs, 2016
SXSWEdu Attendee  - Austin, TX, Spring 2014, 2015, 2019
CodeHS Teacher Training

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

Conference Presentations


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


Oct 20092011

Masters in Instructional Media (Educational Technology)

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)



Illinois Type 03 Teacher Certification

State of Illinois
Oct 2009Present

Type 10 Tech Specialist Endorsement

State of Illinois