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Summary

As a teacher of 15 years, I have grown to see the value of technology in the classroom. I obtained a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Central Michigan University to give me the tools that I need to help the students in my classroom. I became an expert in the field of educational technology and am now hoping to play a wider role in helping more than just the students in my classroom. By moving to an administrative role, I will be able to build a framework that will assist all students and staff to effectively integrate technology into their lives, making them 21st Century learners and leaders. In 2013, MACUL and ISTE both recognized me as their Teacher of Year. I have also become a Google Certified Innovator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and a TED Ed Innovative Educator. 

Work History

Jan 2002Present

Teacher/ Technology Curriculum Specialist

Grosse Pointe Public Schools

I have taught English and Social Studies for the Grosse Pointe Public Schools for 15 years. During that time I have also been a part of many different student organizations and district level committees. 

Football Coach

Soccer Coach

Class Adviser 

Key Club Adviser

Creative Writing Club Adviser

Grosse Pointe South Technology Committee

Grosse Pointe Public Schools Technology Committee

I have worked part time as a technology curriculum specialist with the Grosse Pointe Public Schools. I work with teachers around the district to help them integrate technology into their classrooms. I also spent time helping write new technology policies for district and had been tasked with finding a new web host for the district. I continue to investigate the possibility of moving the district into the Cloud with Google Apps or other like services. I've dedicated a great deal of time to making all of these transitions possible and I'm excited to see the changes continue.

 

Jan 2010Present

Chief Nerd

The Nerdy Teacher

The Nerdy Teacher is a blog that I started in January 2010 to explore the world of educational technology. My site has opened many doors for me as an educator. I have been invited to speak at national conferences and welcomed into school districts to share my experiences regarding the value of technology integration in education. I have professionally consulted with technology companies and was invited to interview Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. The site is always growing because my repertoire is always growing. I look forward to the great things ahead because of this formerly small blog that I started five years ago. 

I do consulting for school districts and am currently working with one district to help teachers integrate Technology and Google Apps into their English Language Arts Curriculum. 

May 2010Present

Lead Organizer

Edcamp Detroit

Edcamp Detroit is an unconference inspired by similar events organized around the country. Our goal is to bring educators together to share their passion and ideas for better learning in an open format. It is a conference for educators, by educators. Anyone who attends the event can sign up to host a session on any topic that they choose. If someone wants to run a session, they simply write their name on the board. If people get something out of it, that’s great. If not, participants are encouraged to vote with their feet. We are heading into the fourth year of Edcamp Detroit and met our registration quota in only one month. We are very proud to be able to offer professional development to educators across Metro Detroit and the State of Michigan. We look forward to continued growth in the future.

Dec 2013Present

Author

Corwin Publishing

Co-authored Classroom in the Cloud. This books shared examples of using cloud technology in the classroom to enhance teachers' skills. Visit here for more info on my book. http://amzn.to/1PxrbJG 

Jan 2014Present

Organizer

TEDxGrossePointeSouthHS

I'm the lead organizer for TEDxGrossePointeSouthHS. This is one of a very few high school co-organized TEDx events in the country. Students from Grosse Pointe South High School will be sharing their thoughts on learning and education based on their 20 Time Projects. It has been an exciting project and I can't wait to see my students shine on June 6, 2015.

Here is a link to the completed talks from June 2014. 

Oct 2012Present

Education Ambassador

Evernote

I was selected to be one of Evernote's first Ambassadors in the United States. I work with teachers and school districts around the country on integrating Evernote into their professional life and classrooms. This is not a paid position. For more information on the Ambassador Program, please follow this link

Aug 2013Present

Creator/Host

#NerdyCast

I am the creator and host of #NerdyCast on YouTube. It is a channel dedicated to discussing education and technology through the experiences of people I meet. The goal of the channel is shine a light on the different ways that people have experienced education and how that info should change the way we educate students today. 

2011Present

Featured Blogger

The George Lucas Educational Foundation

The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating for innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives. I write twice a month on emerging topics in educational technology. Many of my stories have been picked up by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and shared with readers around the world. 

Education

20102011

Masters

Central Michigan University

This Masters program has prepared me for the world of educational technology and was a great platform for my future ventures in the field. 

Jan 2000Jan 2002

BA Education

Wayne State University

I did my student teaching in East Detroit Public Schools and Grosse Pointe Public Schools. 

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Certifications

Aug 2014Present

Google Certified Innovator

Google and CUE
I was selected to be part of the Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View in 2014.
Feb 2016Present

Raspberry Pi Certified Educator

Raspberry Pi Foundation

I was part of the first US cohort to attend Picademy. I was trained on how to get the most out of using Raspberry Pi with my students. 

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