What are all of the essentials that one lists in a Bio…and more importantly, who sets the said standards? Questions like these are ones that you will find me asking. I am a curious learner, looking to the world to inspire my inquisitive nature. In the classroom, I try to model this in order to create a passion for learning among my students (whether child or adult). Currently, I am the MAET Program Coordinator at Michigan State University. I have also worked as a 1:1 Technology Facilitator in Illinois, a 6th grade science and ELA teacher in Michigan, and as an instructor for the MSU-WIPRO STEM & Leadership Teaching Fellowship. Education and technology are my game and I always look forward to growing as a digital and global citizen.
“I challenge you to make your life like a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”
Michigan State University : East Lansing, MI
Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology July 2012
“Learning Technology and Culture, Study Abroad Program”
The University of Michigan-Dearborn: Dearborn, MI
Bachelor of Arts , Graduated with High Distinction May 2009
Major: Language Arts Minor: Integrated Science
HONORS AND AWARDS
- Runner-up in Tech & Learning’s Leader of the Year Program, 2011
- Teacher of the Year, Fortis Academy 2011-2012
- UM-Dearborn Chancellor’s Medallion
- UM-Dearborn Student Teacher Panelist
- UM-Dearborn Distinguished Student Leadership Scholarship
- UM-Dearborn Service Learning Award
- Michigan Campus Compact Community Service Impact Award
- UM-Dearborn Emerging Student Leader
State of Michigan Elementary Provisional
- Endorsements: Language Arts (BX); Integrated Science (DI); Educational Technology (NP)
State of Illinois Professional Educator
EXPERIENCE IN TEACHING
♦ Michigan State University
Master of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET), Program Coordinator 02/16-Current
- Advising, curriculum development, teaching, social media management, and outreach for the MAET Program.
♦ Michigan State University
MSU-WIPRO STEM and Leadership Teaching Fellowship, Program Coordinator 06/14-Current
- Collaborating with the instructional team to design adult learning opportunities in a year-long fellowship, comprised of 25 Chicago Public School teachers. This fellowship is a hybrid of online and face to face learning.
♦ Springman Middle School Glenview, IL
Technology Facilitator 08/12-01/16
- Overseeing/Coordinating technology integration for 850+ students and 90+ staff members
- Overseeing/Coordinating the 1:1 resource allocation rollout at the middle school (iPad)
- Working with Executive Technology Director and Technology Facilitator team to support the district’s strategic plan and provide professional development relating to the district’s goals
- Planning and implementing district-wide and building-wide professional development related to instructional technology
- Collaborating with staff members to support instructional strategies and design with digital resources
- Member of the DALFA Committee (Digital Age Learning For All)
- Member of the Common Core Math Curriculum Mapping Committee
- Member of the Next Generation Science Standards Mapping Committee
- Tech Club co-sponsor and collaborating on development of a makerspace in both middle school libraries
♦ Michigan State University Online
Educational Technology Certificate Instructor 01/13-05/14
- Teaching online courses for the Educational Technology Certificate program: CEP 810 (Teaching for Understanding with Technology), CEP 811 (Adapting Innovative Technologies in Education), and CEP 812 (Applying Educational Technology to Issues of Practice).
♦ Fortis Academy, National Heritage Academies Ypsilanti, MI
Science and Language Arts Teacher, 6th Grade 08/09-08/12
- Developing an inquiry science curriculum for 6th grade (Earth, Life, Physical Science, and models & designs)
- Designing and planning the Language Arts lessons for the entire 6th grade team.
- Strong emphasis placed on formative assessment and tracking student data.
- Co-sponsor of Lego League robotics team
- Sponsor of National Junior Honor Society, JV Cheerleading Coach and Assistant of the competition squad, JV Basketball Coach
- Co-chair of the staff morale committee, developed and implemented staff recognition program.
- Collaborated with colleagues to create annual “Invention Convention” to display student inventions.
- Member of the reading committee (developed AR technology workshops, planned school-wide activities).
♦ Northville Public Schools Northville, MI
Summer School Teacher, 1st-2nd Grade Transitional 06/09-07/09
- Developed and delivered innovative lesson plans to students ranging from 1st-3rd grade, in the areas of reading, writing, math, and science.
- Differentiated learning for students with Down Syndrome and Asperger’s Disorder.
♦ Amerman Elementary School , Northville Public Schools Northville, MI
Student Teacher, 5th Grade01/09 – 04/09
- Successfully collaborated with teammates on planning daily lessons for class in all subject areas.
- Incorporated creativity and provided community learning experiences into daily lessons.
- Modified lessons for child with Down Syndrome by collaborating with Special Education Teacher.
- Emphasized the importance of reading and writing through pen-palling with local fire fighters.
- Contributed as a co-sponsor of Student Council, helping to open the school store.
- Participated in direct discussion with Principal during a weekly “Seminar on Effective Teaching”.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
- Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MCAUL), March 2017: “Designing the Ultimate PD Experience“
- Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), February 2017: “Creative Twists on Assessment“
- Portland Public Schools (MI), February 2017: “Computer Science in Your Content Area”
- Live Curious, Go Beyond (Monterrey, MX), February 2017: “Not so Standardized Assessment“
- Share Fair, November 2016: “Creative Assessment“
- Illinois Reading Council (IRC), September 2016: “Now and Then: Bringing the Past to Life by Podcasting in the Classroom“
- Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference, March 2016: “Reinventing TPACK, STEM Teaching and Leadership in an Urban Context”
- Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), February 2016:
- Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference, March 2015: “Enhancing Urban Teachers STEM and Leadership Capacities: A Preliminary Report on a Unique Private-Public-Public Partnership”
- Illinois Computing Educators (ICE), February 2015: “1:1 Deployment in the Middle School: iSucceed, WeSucceed”
- Presenter, Northfield English/LA Township Annual Conference, October 2014: “Genius Hour: A Pathway to Literacy“
- Attendee, Edcamp Illinois, September 2014
- Attendee, EdTechTeacher Summit, July 2014
- Presenter at ISTE Conference, June 2014: “Remix, Repurpose, Redesign: Promoting Student Ownership and Engagement” and “iPadeology: Staff and Student Resources for iPad Deployment“
- Presenter at ICE Conference, February 2014: “Remix, Repurpose, Redesign: Promoting Student Ownership and Engagement” and iPadeology: Staff and Student Resources for iPad Deployment”
- Presenter at NICE Minicon, January 2014: “Reframe Your Content in 120 Seconds
- “Attendee, Edcamp Home, January 2014
- Attendee, PLAYDATE Chicago, December 2013
- Presenter at the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, July 2013: “Catch You on the Flip Side: How Educators can Explore Digital Literacy Through Flipped Professional Development“
- EdTech Startup Collaborative: User Conference, Summer 2013, Chicago
- Presenter at Tech & Learning’s Tech Forum in Spring 2013, Chicago: “Creativity, Collaboration, & the Common Core“
- ICE Conference, February 2013
- Kagan Training on Cooperative Learning Strategies: Fall 2012
- Attendee, Edcamp Chicago, October 2012
- Presenter, RELATe Conference (Rouen Educational Leadership and Technology): July 2011
- Fortis Academy, Unit Planning and Assessment Best Practices: Spring 2011
- Fortis Academy, Accelerated Reader Training and Scoring Scales: Winter 2011
- Fortis Academy, Tracking Student Data and Growth: Winter 2011
- Fortis Academy, Analyzing and Evaluating Student Work: Fall 2010
- Fortis Academy, Tracking Student Data to Guide Instruction: Fall 2010
- National Heritage Academies New Teacher Training: August 2010
- Fortis Academy, Differentiation of Instruction: Spring 2010
- Fortis Academy, Unit Planning and Formative Assessment Best Practices: Winter 2010
- Fortis Academy, Formative Assessment Strategies: Fall 2009
- Attendee, SMEA Conference: Winter 2009
- Presenter and Attendee, Golden Key Regional Conference: Winter 2009
- Attendee, MTSA Conference: Fall 2008
- Attendee and student volunteer, MRA Conference: Winter 2008
- ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
- ICE (Illinois Computing Educators)