As the current Supervisor of Instructional Technology for Prince William County Schools, I collaborate with instructional technology coaches, curriculum staff, teachers, and administrators to foster innovation and further technology integration in our schools. In my current position, and in my previous positions in Fairfax County Public Schools, I have led projects that promote student empowerment and engagement and instructional models and strategies that enhance student learning. For the past three years, I have collaborated with a team of instructional technology coaches to host EdCamp PWCS. As a member of the VSTE Board of Directors, I have been a part of the advocacy team that helped lawmakers understand current issues facing our schools. My involvement with VSTE has also inspired me to encourage others in my district to be active members in VSTE. Prince William County staff have increased participation in several VSTE events and activities.
Vision for VSTE
VSTE can lead the way for education in three areas: professional learning through collaboration, keeping Virginia on the forefront of innovative instructional technology in teaching and learning, and advocacy for increased support for the use of technology in education across the state. Over the next three years, I envision that VSTE will develop partnerships with a variety of organizations who support our efforts in to ensure equity of access to high speed internet, quality resources, and innovative tools that enhance learning. I believe the partnership that VSTE has with the Virginia Department of Education should be stronger so that VSTE members have a voice in policy and innovative initiatives. Virginia is a large state and we do not often hear about what districts are doing or how they are solving problems. The VSTE organization can be a unifying agent that brings Virginia school districts together to collaborate and learn from each other.
This is my 32nd year in education in the state of Virginia. I have been a classroom teacher, an instructional technology resource teacher, an instructional technology curriculum specialist and I am currently the Supervisor of Instructional Technology in Prince William County Schools. As a life-long learner, I continue to find new ways to improve my practice. I am a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator trainer and have recently become a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL). I hold a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a specialist’s degree in School Administration.