The 2020-2021 school year marks my 26th year in the classroom. In my current position, I teach Medieval World History at the middle school level, and I’m loving every single minute! The kids are great, they keep me on my toes, they make me laugh, on occasion drive me crazy, but more importantly they make me realize that I’ve found my true calling.
I’ve been working in a 1:1 iPad classroom for ten years – which has brought its share of highs and lows – mostly high, thank God. Technology constantly reminds me that Murphy’s Law is just around the corner and to always have a Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D ready.
I have served as the history/social science department chair and co-technology coordinator. I also design and facilitate technology professional development in the areas of online/blended learning, differentiation, and technology integration not only for my department and school site but also for my district.
Because I love to share the wonderful work of my students, I have had the privilege of presenting at over 75 conferences and workshops both regionally and at the national level.
I have several publications in the areas of social emotional learning, wikis, and historical analysis skills. And because I have a love for learning, I decided that it was high time to take the next step in my educational journey–earning a doctorate. In July 2019 I successfully defended my dissertation at Johns Hopkins University School of Education where my research focused on technology integration in K16 education. My dissertation title: Supporting Teacher Technology Implementation Practices Through Peer-to-Peer Coaching: A Mixed Methods Study. It was a crazy three years, but well-worth the effort.
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