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Summary

As a Technology Integration Specialist for Avoca School District, Vail Mountain School, and now, Aspen School District, I have spent my 16-year career supporting educators in grades K-12 with innovative teaching. As a curriculum developer and teacher of technology, STEAM, multimedia, and design thinking courses, I also help develop confidence and leadership abilities in students while creating pathways to future careers and interests. I have facilitated the creation of school makerspaces, innovative learning spaces, sponsored innovation festivals, and conferences, and traveled both domestically and abroad with students to help them develop new outlooks and cultural perspectives.  At Aspen High School, I teach Broadcast Journalism to high school students and provide ongoing professional development and technology support to teachers in grades K-12. More recently, I have created systems for successful remote learning as COVID has caused us to be ready for anything. This year, 2022, I'll be taking on a new role as Educational Technology & Innovation Coordinator for the school district.

Work experience

Aug 2022Current

Educational Technology & Innovation Specialist

Aspen School District - Aspen, CO
Sept 2019July 2022

Technology Integration Specialist

Aspen School District - Aspen, CO

  • Created on-boarding materials for students and families for remote learning.
  • Equipped classrooms and recommended peripherals for remote learning.
  • Trained teachers on best practices and software for remote learning.
  • Creator of SkierTV - Aspen High School Broadcast Journalism Program
  • Co-creator of "Innovative Learning for Unprecedented Times" professional development conference for Aspen School District (August 2020)
  • Implemented 1:1 Rocketbook Program at Aspen High School for remote learning
  • Co-sponsor of Aspen Educational Foundation grant which put new laptops into the hands of scholarship recipients .
  • Coached teachers on best practices for remote learning (Summer 2020)
  • Member of Aspen High School Leadership Team
  • Accepted Presenter at SXSWEDU 2020 (canceled due to COVID)
  • Co-Sponsor Aspen High School GSA
  • In Progress: Lead on Aspen High School Library Renovation 


Professional Development:

  • ISTE / SWSWEdu
  • Presenter and attendee: Innovative Education Colorado Conference (InnEdCo)
  • Leadership + Design Fellow 2019-2020
  • IB Film & IB Design Workshops
Jun 2014Sept 2019

Instructional Technology Coordinator K-12, Dept. Chair

Vail Mountain School

  • Google Apps administrator, Atlas Curriculum Mapping Administrator, Haiku/PowerSchool Learning LMS administrator
  • Manage school subscriptions, new technology equipment deployment and all budgeting for VMS instructional technology & devices
  • Technology support and technology integration specialist for teachers in grades K-12 
  • Technology support to administration and executive team
  • On-site technology trainer for all K-12 teachers
  • Homeroom Advisor (11th & 12th grade)
  • Technology Coach 
  • Senior Project Advisor,  2016-2019
  • Technology teacher for grades 7-12 
  • Helped pitch, design and implement a new school Makerspace 
  • Implemented Chromebook program for grades 2-5 & BYOD for 6-12

School Leadership:

  • Aspen High School Library Renovation Lead
  • Aspen High School Leadership Team member
  • Co-Sponsor AHS GSA
  • Technology & Innovation Team Department Chair
  • Co-Chair of VMS Diversity Committee
  • New Faculty Mentor
  • Leader and founder of VMS "Forward Alliance" Club for students

Experiential Education:

  • Orientation Trip Leader 2014-2017: White Water Paddle Boarding
  • Hut Trip Leader: 6th-8th grade
  • Trip Creator/Leader: Technology & Innovation in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, From the Mountains to Mardi Gras
  • Trip Leader - Senior trip to NYC 
  • Trip Leader - India, Summer 2019

Vail Mountain School Distinctions:

  • Planned a technology site visit to California with administrators which led to hiring two technology teachers and building a Makerspace
  • Attained Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator status
  • Attained Apple Teacher status
  • Presenter at ISTE 2016 - "Building Community with Google Hangouts"
  • Hangouts On-Air Podcaster & Blogger from SXSWEdu 2014-2015
  • Co-Creator of "The Minnow Tank"

Professional Development:

  • Recipient of Leadership + Design Fellowship Scholarship  (2019-2020 SY)
  • Participated in one year leadership course through L + D (2019-2020 SY)
  • Presenter: Owning Your Story: A workshop for LGBTQ+ Youth - Mountain West Diversity Conference, 2019
  • Creator and attendee of VMS Executive Team trip - "Innovative Schools in the Bay Area"
  • Cherry Creek Diversity Conference Attendee - Denver, 2018
  • Aspen Ideas Festival Weekend Workshop Attendee - 2017
  • Wonder Women Leadership Conference - Leadership & Design,  Palo Alto, CA 2017
  • ISTE Presenter: Creating Community with Google Hangouts  - Denver, 2016
  • SketchUp Basecamp Attendee - Steamboat Springs, 2016
  • SXSWEdu Attendee  - Austin, TX, Spring 2014, 2015, 2019
  • CodeHS Teacher Training
Jun 2008Jun 2014

Technology Facilitator

Avoca West Elementary School
  • Technology Facilitator for Apple 1:1 laptop program in grades 4 and 5 and iPad pilot in first grade.
  • Instructor and curriculum developer of "Encore Technology" enrichment class for grades 1-5 
  • Selected to attend Google Geo Teacher's Institute 2011
  • Google Certified Teacher 2009
  • Coordinate weekly meetings with teacher teams which focus on technology integration into core curriculum
  • District Google Apps for Education Administrator
  • Avoca District 37 Technology Planning Committee - Sub Committee Chair 2010-2011
  • Social Studies Curriculum Committee member, 2010-2011
  • Team Leader and Building Leadership Team representative for Encore team of teachers
  • Member of "Powerful Learning Practice" cohort 2008-2009 school year
  • Developed and Implemented new teacher technology training program, "Tech Bytes"
  • Instructor, Avoca Community Classes, "Creating an iGoogle Homepage" and "All You Ever Wanted to Know about Google"

Avoca School District 37 Distinctions:

  • Avoca West Elementary School - Apple Exemplary School Award Recipient, Host of National School Board Association Technology Site Visit, Recipient of "District Salute Award"
20092012

Google Trainer

Roosevelt University
  • Trainer for bi-annual Google Sites electronic portfolio workshops at Roosevelt University College of Performing Arts 
  • Implemented new e-portfolio development from software-based Dreamweaver to web-based Google Sites
  • Created training materials for students
  • Assist College of Performing Arts students throughout the school year with troubleshooting and questions
20112013

Summer School Teacher

Northwestern University Center for Talent Development

Summer 2011

  • Summer School Teacher for Apogee One Week program at Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
  • Taught 4th grade computer programming class: "Keys to A New World: Scratch"

Summer 2009

  • Summer School Teacher for Apogee One Week program at Northwestern University Center for Talent Development
  • Taught 4th grade technology based class, "Your Life in Comics" using Comic Life software
  • Wrote one-week curriculum for academically talented students
Mar 2007Jul 2008

Instructional Technology Specialist

Evanston Skokie District 65
  • Promoted to Instructional Technology Specialist position from Technology Assistant position
  • Provided instructional technology support to 17 schools
  • Managed teacher and student machines using Remote Desktop software
  • Organized large scale Promethean ACTIVboard deployment and professional development for 100+ teachers
  • Organized Summer 2007 and 2008 professional development for teachers which offers 20+ technology-related courses for teachers
  • Organized deployment of 100 additional Promethean boards and corresponding professional development
  • Developed, implemented and maintained District 65 Discovery "One Place" website, a single sign-on system which housed all district online subscriptions and links to curriculum specific websites
  • Developed and trained teachers in ongoing professional development courses including, "Digital Video to DVD," "One Place in the Classroom," "Document Cameras in the Classroom" and "FirstClass end user training"
  • Maintained district online subscriptions (NetTrekker, United Streaming, Atomic Learning, Maps 101, World Book Online, SIRS Explorer) and relationships with district vendors (Apple, AverVision, 3M, Promethean, GraphTech, FirstClass, PDA ISEL, NWEA MAP, CDW-G, Softchoice, etc.)
  • Managed ISEL (Illinois Snapshot for Early Literacy) testing for 17 schools and maintained individual teacher PDA devices for testing
  • Coordinator NWEA MAP testing
  • Coordinator of Promethean user group meetings to support Promethean teachers
  • Served on multiple district committees including: Technology Study Committee, Technology Standing Committee, Professional Development Committee, Curriculum Advisory Committee, Advanced Technology User Committee
  • Co-wrote approved District 65 state technology plan
20092021

Conference Presentations

Jun 2010Jul 2014

Volunteering Experience

Akwaaba - Esaase Organization

  • Volunteer for Akwaaba-Esaase organization at Esaase Christian School and Orphanage in Kumasi, Ghana
  • Taught technology to students in grades 3-8
  • Performed maintenance on school computers and peripherals
  • Assisted computer teacher with best practices
  • Installed open source software on school computers
  • Filled in when needed as a substitute teacher

Villa La Paz Foundation

  • Volunteered in a home for special needs children in Chaclacayo, Peru
  • Helped children with social and life skills
  • Tutored children
  • Took children to the park and to school

Education

Oct 20092011

Masters in Instructional Media (Educational Technology)

Wilkes University

Courses Completed:

EDIM 501 Technology and Cognition

EDIM  503 Differentiation Supported by Technology

EDIM 502 Project Based Learning

EDIM 511 Portable Video Production

EDIM 504 Digital Storytelling

EDIM 510 Web 2.0 Impacting Learning Environments

EDIM 510 Globalization and Advocacy 

EDIM 513 Inquiry Based Learning (current)

Interest

Certifications

Google Certified Innovator & Google Level 1

Google

Colorado Initial Teaching License

State of Colorado

CTE Endorsement: Digital Video Production & Broadcast Journalism

Illinois Type 03 Teacher Certification

State of Illinois

Type 10 Tech Specialist Endorsement

State of Illinois