I began my career as a paraprofessional, took advantage of New York City’s Career Ladder Program, and became a classroom teacher. As a classroom teacher I employed many innovative teaching strategies including integrating technology into my lessons and curriculum. As a result of my proven track record I was recruited out of the classroom to work for my school district office as a Technology Learning Specialist/Staff Developer.As a Staff Developer I had ample opportunity to increase my skills as a classroom teacher as well as a staff developer. In my role as a staff developer I’ve worked with teachers in all grades and subject areas assisting them as they integrated technology into their own curricula. When NYC restructured and eliminated many of the positions within the Community School Districts I was asked to stay with the new organizational structure and bring my social studies background and technology integration skills into the role of a Staff Developer for a Teaching American History Grant. My role as a Social Studies Professional Developer allowed me to further my knowledge in the field of social studies as well as teacher training and coaching and upon the retirement of the grant’s Project Director I was offered an administrative position managing the district-wide federal grant. My technology background and administrative experience made me a perfect match for the Director of Instructional Technology position and when my predecessor left I was immediately placed in that role. I served as the Lead Instructional Technology Specialist serving 151 schools in the three school districts that made up New York City Department of Education’s Region Two. I am currently in the position of an Educational Technology Specialist in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District.
Feb 2007 - Present
Educational Technology Specialist
In my current role as the Educational Technology Specialist I am responsible for all of the Instructional Technology related Professional Development in the six schools within the district. In addition to delivering Professional Development workshops to school and district administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and children I am also coordinating many of the various technology-related special projects throughout the district. Some of my other duties and responsibilities include serving as the district’s webmaster and eChalk (e-mail) coordinator, as well as the Atlas Curriculum Mapping coordinator.
Jan 2006 - Feb 2007
Lead Instructional Technology Specialist
As the Lead Instructional Technology Specialist I was in charge of all of the Instructional Technology related issues in the 140 schools within the Region. In addition to coordinating the various technology-related special projects throughout the district I also delivered Professional Development workshops to school and district administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and children. As well as designing and maintaining the Region’s website I also coordinated the work and projects of the webmasters in the schools throughout Region Two. I was also responsible for assisting schools and their instructional leadership in the instructional technology planning, including making hardware and software recommendations, coordinating technology purchases, and arranging appropriate training and support.In addition to my responsibilities as the Lead Instructional Technology Specialist, I also served on the Region’s Social Studies Content Team and finalized the work I did as Project Director of the Teaching American History Grant that came to an end in September 2006.
Oct 2004 - Oct 2006
Teaching American History - Project Director
As the Teaching American History Grant Project Director I was instrumental in implementing, overseeing, and guiding the progress of the Teaching American History program, a three-year federally funded initiative that provided professional development to approximately sixty-five 7th and 8th grade history teachers. As the Project Director I had overall administrative responsibility for the project. My roles and responsibilities included: scheduling and facilitating all grant related activities and professional development opportunities, including after school workshops and full day PD sessions; working with individual schools and school administrators to increase the level of participation among the teachers in the program; managing budgets, including processing payments for services, supplies, admission fees, and payroll; acting as liaison with partners and participants; working with the grant evaluator to provide access to and support for the collection of all project data required for ongoing formative and annual summative evaluations of the program to make program modifications, as needed; as well as selecting and evaluating grant personnel;
Sep 2003 - Oct 2004
Teaching American History - Staff Developer
As the Teaching American History Grant Staff Developer I provided demonstration lessons and classroom coaching to the 7th and 8th grade social studies teachers in my assigned schools. I conducted post lesson conferences with the teachers to assess student progress, modify methodologies, and suggest new activities. In addition to designing and presenting appropriate workshops to social studies teachers I also coordinated professional development opportunities and sessions with various outside agencies. I also served as the grant’s webmaster and created, designed, and still maintain the Teaching American History Web Site www.tahgrant.net. When the Grant’s Project Director retired I was selected to assume the role of the Project Director.
Sep 2000 - Aug 2003
Technology Learning Specialist/Staff Developer
New York City Department of Education - CSD 8
As a district-based Learning Technology Staff Developer I was responsible for all of the technology issues within my assigned schools. My primary responsibility was to train teachers how to integrate technology into their curriculum. I also assisted principals and other school-based administrators in all technology related questions within their schools. I was in charge of creating, designing and maintaining the school district’s web site. I provided Professional Development and training to administrators, teachers, and parents as needed. I planned and conducted various citywide workshops for NYC Department of Education conferences. I provided demonstration lessons and classroom coaching to all subject area teachers in all grade levels (Pre K – 8). When I wasn’t providing technology related professional development I would provide troubleshooting for various hardware and software problems including the installation, configuration and maintenance of the computer networks within the schools.
Sep 1997 - Jun 2000
Teacher - Social Studies using Technology
New York City Department of Education, IS 125, CSD 8
I taught seventh grade Social Studies, Technology and Career Skills. I also served as school’s Technology Liaison. I created and published a Web page for the school and taught technology after school and on Saturdays to both students and parents. I also served on the School Leadership Committee.
Jan 1990 - Jun 1997
New York City Department of Education, MS 180, CSD 11
As a Paraprofessional/Educational Assistant I worked closely with the classroom teacher and assisted in all classroom activities. In addition to educating children I also transported physically challenged children to and from class and assisted in all Activities of Daily Living. I worked with children in all Special Education classifications. My other roles and responsibilities included communicated with parents, heavy computer work including the training of staff on the use of computer. I helped created many of the district’s computerized IEP programs and related forms.
Instructional Technology Integration
Here is a presentation that I have given to teachers to assist them with evaluating websites.
I put together this site for the KLSD's Wellness Committee.
This is my own personal website that I maintain to supplement the work I do with teachers.
This is the Teaching American History website I created when I was the Staff Developer for the Grant. I still maintain the site and it is now being used by new TAH Grants.