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Work experience

Aug 2003Present

Instructor, Kentucky Virtual High School

Kentucky Department of Education

Since retiring from the Fayette County Public Schools, I have maintained a personal service contract with the Kentucky Department of Education. I currently teach 76 students in 3 courses: AP United States History, United States History and Geography. I created the on-line US History course for the Kentucky Virtual High School. I represented the Kentucky Virtual Schools at the Southern Regional Education Board meeting in April, 2008 to develop professional development standards for on-line instructors.

I have found that on-line instruction can:

  • Engage students with learning styles that previously were not easily engaged in the classical classroom situation.
  • Redefine the learning environment in such a way that the individual learner is the central concern and learning is facilitated.
  • Benefit students in rural (and sometimes poor) areas where Advanced Placement and other courses are not available.

Technology is a resource which will allow students of the 21st century to adjust to a lifetime of change; and whether they are seeking information, or marketing services, the successful citizen of the future must be proficient in its use.

 
Aug 2003May 2007

District Technology Resource Teacher: Project Administrator for IMMEX National Science Foundation Grant

Fayette County Public Schools

As Project administrator of the NSF IMMEX (Interactive Muti-Media EXercises) grant, I organized a team of lead teachers at each of the participating middle and high schools. The purpose of this innovative grant was to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). I managed all functions of the grant including recruitment and overseeing the work of the teachers. I planned and conducted two-week summer workshops for each of the 3 years of the grant. I managed our budget, worked with internal and external evaluators, and coordinated with our project partners at the UCLA College of Medicine. The software our students developed in this project have been identified as very effective instructional resources and are available to all teachers. As part of my work I also connected the project teachers and students with business partners (Lexmark, Lexington Legends, Lexington Science Museum, to name a few). I established an on-line forum among the project teachers and UCLA and directed the work of lead teachers and a technician.

Aug 2002Aug 2003

State Coordinator for Technology Resource Teachers

Kentucky Department of Education

Being the KETS state coordinator for technology resource teachers for a year was a wonderful learning opportunity and a chance to network with instructional leaders all over the state. My chief responsibility was to provide leadership to the technology resource teachers in every region of the state by conducting workshops and participating in on-site-visits. I provided extensive resources through the TRT list serve and a web page. I promoted information about grants and guided the school instructional division through the first round of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) competitive portion of the No Child Left Behind Grant.

Aug 1986Jun 2002

Teacher

Danville High School

I love to teach and I think learning is a joy. As a Danville High School teacher I thought my students' best interest would be served if their education was focused not only on learning but on understanding how to learn and developing a love of learning. Because I believe that all my students can learn, I set high standards for them and then I held them accountable for that learning. In all of my courses, but most certainly in the Advanced Placement class, I taught critical thinking skills.  These skills promote the ability to recognize, understand, and solve problems; to establish reasonable standards of evidence; and to recognize, formulate, and resolve differences due to conflicts in basic assumptions or values. These critical thinking skills transcend all content areas and disciplines. In teaching them to think I hoped to engender in my students intellectual curiosity and a life-long desire to learn.

Education

2007Present

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)

University of Kentucky

DISSERTATION

NOT FOR THEM: WOMEN AND THE

PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENCY

1990Present

Rank I

Eastern Kentucky University
1981Present

MA

University of Kentucky

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Additonal Professional Activities

Presenter, National Educational Computing Conference  2004 & 2005

Presenter, National School Boards Association Technology and Learning Conference  2004 & 2005

Presenter, Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference

2001 –2006

Participant, National Academy: Training for Teachers.Foundation for Critical Thinking, Sonoma State University. 1999

Chair, Danville High School SBDM Council’s Professional Staff Development Committee

1996-2000

Member, Danville High School SBDM Council 1995-1996

Participant, International Peace, Security, and Conflict Management, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. 1996

Director, Danville High School’s Summer Bridge Program 1995, 1999, & 2000

Leader, student travel

  • USSR
  • Eastern Europe
  • Australia
  • Greece
  • Egypt
  • Scotland

Participant, Republics: Ancient to Modern, National Institute for the Humanities, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 1989