Division Instructional Technologist
Sussex County Public Schools
My educational leadership experience as Division Instructional Technologist includes assisting and training all faculty, staff, and administration with incorporating technology into their classrooms or buildings. I conduct numerous technology trainings throughout the school year to increase technology usage when appropriate to do so. I facilitate multiple online teaching methodology courses (7-weeks) for Sussex County Public School’s faculty and staff at no charge to prepare them for online teaching with a learning management system. In addition, I speak with community members and parents on how to assist their child/children with the proper use of technology once they leave school for the day, as well as the dangers of being online and growing up in a digital world. Also, I oversee and evaluate our division’s internet safety program and the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel (TSIP) program. I am currently coaching teachers and administrators on how to incorporate the Virginia Computer Science Standards into K-12 instruction. Among other duties, I am the Google, Canvas, and Brightspace/D2L administrator for the division.
Vision for VSTE
My vision for VSTE is to continue to be the beacon in educational technology and how it can be used in education to enhance teaching and learning and to improve student outcomes. Furthermore, my vision is to continue fostering a culture of 21st-century learning while promoting lifelong learning and producing active and productive citizens in society. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in technology infrastructure, educational technology, and equity. I will continue to advocate for closing the “digital divide” in all localities, especially rural areas while encouraging school districts to adopt and/or expand their virtual learning opportunities for students across Virginia.
Born, raised, and educated in rural, southern Virginia, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in Information Systems from Old Dominion University. In addition, I earned my Master’s Degree from Strayer University in Instructional Technology and Post Master’s Certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. Certified in Computer Science and Middle School Mathematics and Social Studies, I am an experienced educator, technology integrator, and educational technology advocate with over 15 years experience. I’m a lifelong learner, especially all things technology. I’m a lover of all things Google and a certified Google educator. I have also earned certifications in VMware deployment, network and system security, and Dell technologies.