Currently, I am a Director of Innovation and Technology where I provide professional development and teacher coaching as well as co-teach in the area of technology integration, along with the more technical aspects of overseeing a technology department. I am also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ambassador for Canvas LMS, which allows me a deeper understanding of these tools to teach in my professional development. My passion is speaking to educators both inside and outside my district on technology integration, good teaching and learning, climate & culture and being engaged in the teaching profession.
I am passionate about learning and my profession in general, but my two favorite components of my position are being able to provide professional development to teachers and present/keynote conferences. I believe that by providing these opportunities to teachers, I am in turn able to reach many more students and ultimately affect their learning experiences. Also, on a personal side note, I was insanely afraid of public speaking throughout my life until I reached college. At that time I took multiple public speaking courses to try to get over my fear of speaking in front of people to the point where it was silly for me not to declare it as my minor because I had so many credits. The ability to get up in front of adults (which is not the same as getting up in front of kids) and not bawl like a baby is one of my accomplishments that I’m most proud of. Just another reason I think I like providing PD , presenting & keynoting.