School Based Technology Specialist
Westfield High School/Fairfax County Public Schools
I’ve served as a school based technology specialist (SBTS) for the last 10 years where I have led professional learning, collaborative teams and equity work. I have been part of a number of pilot programs including FCPSOn, a division initiative to ensure all equitable access for all students to meaningful learning experiences and technology. I moved into a division leadership position supporting professional learning and expansion of this initiative to all middle land high schools, leading a cross departmental project team before returning to a high school SBTS in October of 2019. My experiences at school and division levels bring a unique perspective and understanding of the big picture and specific details needed to make change.
Vision for VSTE
VSTE’s commitment to pedagogy and relationships, professional learning and building connections between educators around the state is critical to ensure all students have equitable access to meaningful learning opportunities. VSTE is uniquely positioned to partner with and connect districts and individuals for learning experiences focused on strong pedagogical practices. These ongoing connections are what truly makes a difference in our schools and classrooms.
Margaret Sisler is a former elementary teacher, elementary tech coach and division level educational specialist who currently holds her dream job - high school tech coach, where she spends her days supporting teachers and students, coplanning meaningful learning for all students and supporting school wide professional learning and the work of the school’s Equity Team. She is a cofounder of #NoVAedchat (a weekly Twitter chat) and edcampNoVA (a bi-annual day of learning for teachers) and a member of the VSTE Conference Committee. Outside of school, Margaret enjoys being outdoors, gardening, reading, aerial yoga and she is a huge WVU sports fan!