I am currently a Director of Innovation and Technology in Wisconsin where I support and encourage educators to create innovative change in their classrooms. My passion lies in reinvigorating and re-engaging teachers back into their profession, as well as what is needed to support teachers in their pursuit of innovative and divergent thinking and teaching. I consult internationally with school districts and post-secondary institutions in the effective use of technology to support great teaching, mental health support for educators, and how to create organizational change. My first book, The Fire Within: Lessons from defeat that have ignited a passion for learning, discusses mental health awareness for teachers. My second book, Divergent EDU, is based on an organizational structure called the Hierarchy of Needs for Innovation and Divergent Thinking which was developed to support teachers in innovative and divergent thinking.
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.