Courses: Digital Journalism, 9th grade Honors English, 10th Honors English, 10th College Prep English
Leadership: Technology Coordinator (2012-2015), English Department Chair (2011-2012) .
Foothill Mobile Tech Academy: As Foothill's technology coordinator, I initiated a school-wide program in Fall 2012 for interested teachers to apply for grants to receive iPads, funds for apps, and professional development in a cohort setting in order to experiment with and share emerging best practices for mobile device instruction. I researched and purchased equipment, developed and supervised the grant process, selected participants, and provided professional development for staff. The Academy will be an ongoing program. In 2013, we added Chromebooks to six classrooms.
The Foothill Dragon Press I started this journalism program at Foothill as a lunch club in 2008 and then created a UC-approved journalism course in 2009, featuring an online-only newspaper. In 2011-2015, the publication was honored by the National Scholastic Press Association with an Online Pacemaker, one of the highest awards presented to high school journalism. The Dragon Press won a Gold Crown Award, the highest honor from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in 2012-15. I was named one of six Special Recognition Advisers by the national Journalism Education Association in 2012.
Project Hello: Notes from the Edge of the World. Inspired by a book that Foothill students read in 10th grade world literature, A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, I organized an international web-based writing project with students from Foothill and students in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Students corresponded on a Ning from November 2009 to May 2010, learning about their lives, hopes, fears and plans for the future. The project, paid for by a grant I received from the National Education Association (NEA), resulted in the publication of a book of children's stories and a website. "Salone Stories: Ten Traditional Stories for Children," subsequently was reprinted and is being used as curriculum in 16 primary schools in Sierra Leone and has been republished as an e-book by Worldreader.
School for Lungi Village. Co-led a team of students to raise $56,000 in 2010-2011 to build a new school for the community of Lungi Village, 30 minutes outside Bo City, in Sierra Leone, West Africa. The goal was surpassed by April and the school was built in May 2011. I returned to Lungi Village in July to participate in the opening ceremony.
The Phoenix Art & Literature Contest of Ventura County, 2008-2010. I created this contest for high school students living or attending school in Ventura County. My journalism students organized the contest, and community writers, artists and photographers judged it. The contest annually attracted hundreds of entries in art, photography and writing and resulted in the publication of books of art and literature.