I am an Instructional Technology Coach and Webmaster for Queen Bee District 16 in Glendale Heights, IL. I have been coaching best practices in technology integration with students and teachers from Pre-K through 8th grade since 2011. Before that, I taught music in Villa Park School District 45 for seven years. It was in my second year as a music teacher, that I got to participate in a state grant that earned me a SMART Board for my classroom. I found teaching with technology to be a natural skill and a passion that I wanted to explore so I decided to go for my Masters of Education in Technology Integration.
I am so glad that I went for that degree because I truly love what I do. I have gotten the opportunity to work with some fantastic teachers on some very rewarding projects.Technology is a unique subject because it gives me the opportunity to work with students on all subjects in education, not just music or computer science. I really enjoy watching students learn and create.
I aspire to be a Technology Coordinator or Technology Director for a school district. I find that coordinating the curriculum with the district technology scope and sequence will create a backbone for any technology initiative.
I am currently working in my first year of a 1:1 Technology Initiative with Chromebooks, Schoology, G Suite for Education, Go Guardian, Illuminate, Pearson Realize, Envision, and InterACTIVE Science, Discovery Education Techbooks and more! I have coordinated device deployment, student support, staff professional development, parent/guardian assistance, and communication. I have prepared policies and paperwork for our initiative and presented plans to stakeholders.
Class of 1996-Go Panthers!
Music Educator Grades 1-5: 7 years
Instructional Technologist Grades 4-8: 4 years