Learning Technology Integrator
Albemarle County Public Schools, Baker-Butler Elementary and Broadus Wood Elementary Schools
As a member of the learning technology team in ACPS we have committees that support our work at the division level. I created and led the Global Outreach Team – a team that organizes, launches, and supports division level events like digital citizenship week, the hour of code, and digital learning day. A project I recently began leading is a professional development pathway team where we are going to look at our professional development offerings in a wholistic way and focus on how we can differentiate the needs of our faculty. These are a few examples of leadership in the division and this work is really important, however, my main focus is always being a teacher servant. The most vital work I do is supporting teachers and students in the classroom.
Vision for VSTE
I’ve been a member of VSTE for several years, and honestly, I’m consistently impressed! The conferences, the people, and even the email communications have been an important part of developing me as a professional. VSTE can keep on doing what they’re doing! My vision for VSTE is to continue its outreach to all educators in Virginia! One of my favorite experiences with VSTE is when I volunteered to be a part of a discussion panel with other ITRT’s – during that meeting I heard an incredible idea, and encouraged that person to share her work with others at the VSTE conference. This past December, I attended her incredible session, and have started implementing some of the things I learned in my schools this year! This is what VSTE is about – learning from each other and building a talented, confident educator force in Virginia that values quality instruction that uses technology integration purposefully and intentionally. I’m here for it!
I’m humbled by this opportunity to share a little about me. I grew up in Indiana, but our family moved all over because of military assignments! I was a stay at home mom for 12 years and entered the teaching force a bit behind my colleagues! I recognized a need to “catch up” and promptly enrolled in a Masters Program and ultimately became a licensed Reading Specialist. After 7 years in the classroom, I took a giant leap of faith, and became a Technology coach! Again, feeling the need to “catch up” I entered a second Master’s program in Educational Technology, which solidified my passion for technology in education! My most recent accomplishment was to become an ISTE certified educator last summer! I’m passionate about learning, and even more passionate about what technology can do for teachers and students. I would love to join the VSTE board and appreciate you considering me!