Work History

Work History

Adjunct Faculty

Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell

  • Taught Business Communications and Introduction to Business online and also in a SMART Classroom -an interactive learning environment where computers and other electronic devices are the primary information delivery systems.
  • Experience with BANNER.
Jan 2010 - Present

Owner and Consultant

Beth Smith Consulting
  • Help organizations develop strategy to integrate social media and cloud computing into communication and marketing channels. Educate others on the benefits of new and emerging media, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Foursquare.
  • Manage and moderated online communities that resulted in thousands of people to follow and interact on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Creator, moderator and coordinator of #nmeducators, a discussion on Twitter involving education issues in New Mexico.
  • Teach workshops on digital marketing to educators, business owners, civic groups and job seekers.
  • Create training portal for organizationsto access professional development materials, training manuals and materials, online tutorials and training videos, and downloadable/printable job aids.
  • Leading an open learning course with school based administrators and educators on the effective use of Social Media to improve student learning and create self-directed learning environments.
  • Consulting services provided to the State of New Mexico Department of Education, University of New Mexico - Institute for Professional Development, districts, universities, organizations and state agencies regarding educational issues.
  • Working with preschoolers on a daily basis focusing on literacy and numeracy skills while introducing them to technology.
  • Creation and maintenance of websites.
Sep 2009 - Nov 2009

Program Director

New Mexico Department of Education, Professional Development Bureau
  • Reported to Bureau Chief of Professional Development Bureau, recruited, trained, advised, and maintained participants for the Transition to Teaching program for the State of New Mexico through a federal grant, implement and evaluate Title II, Part C Transition to Teaching Program.
  • Designed and implementation of mentoring support system for recruits.
  • Developed and delivered training activities and materials supporting T2T recruits and Partnership Districts which include Gadsden, Espanola, Belen, West Las Vegas, Walatowa, and Grants.
  • Compiled data for reports and surveys for internal and external agencies.
  • Maintained data related to T2T participants, modifying queries to extract data from Public Education Department's database system.
  • Generated accurate, recurring reports for Bureau Chief, External Evaluator and also the Federal Government.
Nov 2008 - Jul 2009

Assistant Principal

Rio Rancho High School
  • Collaboration with school principal and five other Assistant Principals to ensure smooth day-to-day of all classrooms and school programs for grades 9-12, including: oversight of student assessment, addressing disciplinary issues with students, social and emotional needs and growth of all students, communication with parents, supervision of classroom teachers, planning professional development for all faculty and staff, and overall activities of 3,187 students and 310 staff members.
  • Participation as a member of the school's administrative team in decision-making and discussion about all aspects of the school, including: budget and finance; personnel policies and practices; alignment of the school's curriculum and mission; defining the focus of the school's education efforts; and planning and leading orientation for new faculty/staff.
Jul 2007 - Nov 2008

Assistant Principal

Colinas del Norte Elementary
  • Worked to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents through a beliefin, and focus on, open communication.
  • Assisted in the planning, managing and directing of the overall activities of 1,230 students and 134 staff members, including open house, curriculum night and awards.
  • Created a school portfolio for CDNE, which is based on the research of Dr. Victoria Bernhardt. Throughout the process of working with the administrative team, teachers, ancillary staff and parents we created an action plans and articulated a vision for student success.
  • Used our school resources to ensure a safe environment and support learning initiativeswithin our school, including facilities management.
  • Implemented an effective model of supervision for teacher on growth plans for the Rio Rancho Public School District and also a tracking system for administrators to use throughout the process.
  • Facilitated professional learning opportunities for teachers in the area of technologyintegration, based on a site visit with the Kyrene School District with an emphasis on effective use of podcasting in the classroom.
  • Instructional supervision and evaluation of programs such as the Comprehensive Literacy Program (CLM) and Data Driven Classrooms (DDC).
  • Wrote grants for educational needs.
Apr 2007 - Jul 2007

Assistant Principal

Eagle Ridge Middle School
  • Assisted in the planning, managing and directing of the overall activities of 750 students and 90 staff members.
  • Collaborated with school improvement team on data analysis and how to improve instruction by monitoring the progress of students and programs.
  • Created a data profile of the school, including trend data for student achievement, student engagement, student participation in extra-curricular and enrichment courses, parent, staff, and student satisfaction trend data to use for decision making to improve student learning.
  • Worked with staff to create a discipline matrix to ensure a safe environment and support learning initiatives within our school, including Positive Behavior Support.  At the end of the year I was awarded the "Discipline Goddess" award from the ERMS staff and Principal Debby Morrell.
  • Worked with edtech in providing professional development in the area of technology to make sure we were using it efficiently and also getting the most for our money.
Aug 2006 - Apr 2007

Reading Teacher/Podcast PD

Lincoln Middle School
  • Provided focused instruction on critical thinking skills while promoting verbal and written communication skills.
  • Designed multiple interactive units utilizing web-based instruction, activity/project-based assessment, and various other alternative assessment methods.
  • Incorporated the use of data folders while implementing Baldridge tools and techniques.
  • Used podcasting in the classroom to engage students while also working on fluency.
  • Prepared student to participate in the KidCast Podcast - "Where in the World". 
  • Provided professional development for district integrating technology into the classroom including Smartboard, Mimeo and Podcasting into the classroom trainings..
Oct 2004 - Oct 2006

Accelerated Math Consultant

Renaissance Learning
  • Provided educators across the United States technology solutions and training with the Accelerated Math and STAR Math programs.
  • Extensive traveling.
Jun 2003 - Aug 2006

Principal

Valley Christian Academy
  • Start-up of a new Christian School where we as a community received accreditation in one year.
  • Worked to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents through a beliefin, and focus on, open communication.
  • Developed and coordinated scheduling for all teachers from 1-12, ensuring that coursedelivery was aligned with the New Mexico Department of Education Standards and Benchmarks.
  • Created the Valley Christian Academy website, along with editing of the Valley Christian Academy yearbook.
  • College counseling and career day implementation.
  • Coordinated and spoke at awards and graduation ceremonies.
  • Designed a Professional Development program that was built upon the strengths of ourstaff, including technology.
  • Used our school budget and resources to ensure a safe environment and support learning initiatives within our school.
  • Modeled and encouraged hard work, risk taking, and commitment to school goals.
  • Created a technology lab and technology plan with the assistance of staff, parents and community.
Aug 1996 - Jun 2003

7th and 8th Grade Teacher

Sierra Middle School
  • Worked to develop strong relationships with students, staff, and parents through a beliefin, and focus on, open communication.
  • Taught math, social studies and Title I.
  • Created the Sierra Middle School website, along with editing and creating the Sierra Middle School yearbook and newspaper.
  • Coordinated the Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math Programs.
  • Worked with all school stakeholders to help develop the SMS Technology plan for1998-1999.
  • Developed curriculum for Social Studies, appropriate methods of presentation and assessment, and determining necessary instructional components.
  • Designed multiple interactive units utilizing web-based instruction, activity/project-based assessment, and various other alternative assessment methods.
  • Sponsored the SMS Student Council which had a main focus on building relationshipswithin the school community through its activities.
  • Received the Wright Edge Award.
  • Wrote a grant to obtain cell phones for administrators.

Education

Education
Aug 2006 - May 2008

Advanced Studies

University of New Mexico
Aug 1996 - May 1999

Master of Education

Eastern New Mexico University
  • Major in Education and Licensure in School Administration
  • Recipient of the Eastern New Mexico University Graduate Fellowship award
  • Member of Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society in Education
  • Ability to express a comprehensive understanding of education through my Masters thesis
Aug 2003 - May 1996

Bachelor of Science

Eastern New Mexico University
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Recipient of the ENMU Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Elementary Education