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Work experience

Aug 2010Present

Graduate Assistant / Instructor

Northern Illinois University

Instructor and administrator of an online class for undergraduate students in the College of Education and the Department of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment.  Utilize Blackboard Learning Management System to fully integrate an asynchronous online learning environment.  Responsible for delegation of all assignments and grades.  Guide students through activities, discussion, and feedback to assist with best practices in technology and curriculum.  Help students to understand the importance and value of technology in the 21st century classroom.

Jul 2011Present

Academy Coordinator

Joliet West High School

Instructional leadership administrative position.  Direct and supervise 45 teachers in all content areas.  Responsible for the identity and development of Human Services and Health and Medicine Academies.  Develop parent, teacher and student partnerships.  Facilitate and develop professional learning opportunities for teachers and staff with a focus on content, pedagogy, technology and cross-curricular connections.  Provide support and problem solve on a daily basis.  Mentor new teachers and recruitment of teaching and clerical staff.

Jul 2013Present

Director of Instructional Technology

Indian Prairie School District 204

Establish the vision for instructional technology within the district and conduct program evaluation of various technology initiatives.

Jul 2009Jul 2011

Application Administrator and Trainer

Joliet Township High School

Assist classroom teachers to successfully integrate the use of effective strategies and multiple technologies in order to differentiate and enhance student learning.  Responsible for monitoring effectiveness of technology integration across content areas.  Development and facilitation of district-wide training sessions and materials for numerous applications.  Creation and implementation of “Technology Coach” teacher leadership program.  Effective collaboration with technology, district administration, and teachers.  Participation in numerous leadership teams. Oversee and create relevant staff development for certified teaching staff.  Responsible for applications utilized by district staff in order to ensure appropriate and responsible use.  Assist faculty to utilize best practices in regards to technology standards.  Develop online safety curriculum for all students and present the information via presentations and online references.  Work closely with Application Manager to develop SharePoint environment and training for district implementation.   Maintain facility scheduler application, along with other key applications in the district.


English Teacher

Joliet Township High School

Responsible for five classes of freshman English at the college-prep level.  Develop instruction during co-taught class for three periods with the special education teacher in order to meet the needs of approximately 35 special education students included in the general education English classroom. Collaborate with members of the English team, as well as, teachers in other academies to integrate cross-curriculum projects.  Member of the English Subject Area Committee which oversees the development and implementation of the English curriculum with district teachers.  Development and implementation of ACT writing curriculum for all freshman and sophomore English students.  Continually implement new technologies and develop ways to engage students in the learning process.  Professional responsibilities met through efficient work habits such as keeping electronic records of daily attendance and student performance. Maintain contact with students, parents, and community members.  Lead freshman advisory teacher responsible for the implementation of activities and dissemination of information.  Various leadership roles within the organization.  


Adjunct Professor

Governors State University

Instructor for British Literature II and American Literature I and II courses.  Responsible for selecting relevant works within the time period, ensuring students develop their ability to read text critically, take part in scholarly discussions, and produce logical argumentative essays.



Doctoral Candidate


Master of Arts


Master of Arts


Bachelor of Arts


Cheryl McCarthy

Michael Wilkes

Teresa Gibson


Type-75 Endorsement


Type-09 Teaching Certificate


Visual Highlights


We cannot prepare 21st century learners with 20th century practices.


Engage Technology Conference--Founder (2010)

Apple Educator Conference (2009, 2010)

ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) (2009)

Illinois Computing Educators Conference (2009, 2010)

Numerous ICE Mini-Conferences (2009, 2010, 2011)

Illinois Association of Teachers of English (2008)

National High Schools That Work Annual Convention (2005, 2006, 2007)

Differentiated Instruction by Carol Ann Thomlinson (2007)

Successful Career Academies by Mark Thompson (2006, 2010)

Successful Co-Teaching by Project Choices (2005, 2006, 2007)


To utilize my leadership qualities in order to engage, empower, and motivate staff and students.

Personal Interests


Postmodern American Fiction


Leadership Roles

Engage Technology Conference

Founder (2010)

Illinois Computing Educators

De-Ice Chapter President (2010)

International Society for Technology in Education

Conference Proposal Paper Reviewer (2010)

Joliet Township High School

Strategic Planning Co-Facilitator (2011)

Technology Coaches Program Director (2010, 2011)

New Teacher Technology Orientation (2009-11)

JTHS Technology Committee Member (2009-11)

Staff Development Committee Member (2009-11)

Academy Facilitator SIP Reform Committee Leader (2007, 2008, 2009)

SIP Literacy Committee Member (2005, 2006)

Freshman English SAC Facilitator (2007, 2008, 2009)

Freshman Advisory Lead Teacher (2007, 2008, 2009)

Team Leader for Instructional Team (2007, 2008)

ACT English Curriculum Lead for Reading/Writing (2007, 2008)


ICE Scholarship $250 (2010)

JTHS Mini-Grant $500

(2005 &2006)

Eco-Lab Grant $1000 (2006)


"Bridging the IT and Curriculum Gap" Illinois Educators Technology Conference, November 2010

 "Technology Tools:  Whad Do You Need?" Ice-Cold Mini-Conference, October 2010

 "Internet Safety" Joliet Township Student Body, September 2010

 "SMART Tools" Joliet Township Board of Education Meeting, October 2009

 "Videos, Wikis and Blogs--Oh My!" Joliet Township Teacher Institute, January 2009

 "Shakin' It Up Shakespeare Style" Illinois Association of Teachers of English Coference, October 2008

Professional Enrichment Programs

SharePoint Administration by Mindsharp (2010)

SharePoint Power End User by Mindsharp (2010)

SMART Technology (2010)

Grading Cadre with Tom Gusky (2007, 2008)

Co-Teaching Team Member (2006, 2007, 2008)

Project CRISS (2005)

Mentor Teacher (2007, 2008)

Cognitive Coaching (SM) (2009, 2010)

Differentiated Instruction with Dr. Linda Munger (2009, 2010)

Professional Memberships

Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Illinois Association of Teachers of English

Illinois Computing Educators

International Society for Technology in Education

National Council of English Teachers

Society for Information Technology and Teacher Educatoin