Gifted Resource Teacher
Marsteller Middle School/Prince William County Schools
I have served on many county committees, on gifted advisory boards, as grade level chair, 504 coordinator, mentor, and on leadership teams making decisions that offered equitable and rigorous opportunities for all students. I currently participate in my county’s digital citizenship educator cohort and facilitated a professional development session on gifted education via Zoom using collaborative apps like Mentimeter, Padlet, and break out rooms. Previously, I served as a middle school assistant principal where I facilitated a digital safety session for parents and served on the county’s leadership team making decisions on initiatives for the county. I presented at a Virginia gifted conference on a STEM project in which my students had an experiment included on a NASA sounding rocket; I enjoyed encouraging teachers to participate in the program.
Vision for VSTE
My vision for VSTE is to support the goals of all Virginia educators from small to large divisions as they use the tools of technology to implement Virginia’s 5 Cs. VSTE can lead the way by researching emerging technologies while considering how they can support current school initiatives such as ensuring equity and culturally responsive instruction. VSTE can also lead in demonstrating how technologies can support learners of all abilities. By providing requested professional learning and other opportunities for educators, both live and asynchronous, VSTE will lead the way in supporting teachers and encouraging technology in education.
For seventeen years I have worked in four counties with students of all ability levels on the elementary and middle school levels. I taught Language Arts and gifted resource classes and served as a middle school building administrator and 504 coordinator. I recently earned a doctorate in educational leadership from VCU and the experience taught me a great deal about working digitally with a team. I enjoy sharing my passion for lifelong learning and my interest in using tools that engage students in STEAM education to bring them what they need for the future.