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HIGHER EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy

George Mason University
2017-12
  • Major: Education
  • Specialization: International Education
  • Dissertation: Student-Created Videos as a Language Acquisition Strategy for a Haitian Learner

Master of Education

Howard University
2007-05
  • Major: Elementary Education
  • Thesis: The Effects of Classical Music on the Behaviors of First Grade
    Students

Bachelor of Arts

Howard University
2003-05
  • Major: Radio-Television-Film
  • Minor: French

CURRENT POSITION

Regional Technology Coordinator

Prince George’s County Public Schools

Coordinating technology initiatives in the county and within a cluster of schools.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Affiliate Faculty

Loyola University
2018Present

Taught the ET630: Digital Communication in the Classroom course to Master's level in-service teachers.

Co-Founder

Edcamp Voxer/Edcamp Voice
2015

International edcamp held entirely on Voxer.

Founder

EduMatch
2014

Project utilizing social media to connect educators globally along topics of similar interests (edumatch.org).

Presenter

Technology Training Team
20112015

Conducted CPD training for the county on Google Drive, Google Sites, and PowerPoint

Technology Liaison

Prince George's County Public Schools
20082015

Facilitated technology initiatives within the school, and served as a liaison between the school and county.

Technology Teacher

Prince George's County Public Schools
20082015

Taught technology in elementary, middle, and high schools.

Reading/English Teacher

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20082015

Taught Reading in grade 2 and English in grades 6-8.

1st Grade Teacher

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20052008

General education teacher.

5th Grade Teacher

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
20042005

General education teacher.

GRANT ACTIVITIES

Grant Participant

20082010
  • Sharing Technology with Educators Program (STEP).
  • Awarded by Prince George's County Public Schools.

HONORS AND AWARDS

Making it happen

ISTE
2017

ASCD Emerging leader

ASCD
2016

Outstanding Educator Using Technology

Prince Georges County Public Schools
2015

20 to Watch

National School Boards Association
2015

Sharing is Caring Award, Digital Innovation in Learning Awards

Edsurge and Digital Promise
2014

Digital Arts Award

Prince George's County Public Schools
2012

White Paper Award (Nominee)

Maryland Society of Educational Technology
2012

Digital Arts Award

Prince George's County Public Schools
2010

Digital Arts Award

Prince George's County Public Schools
2009

ETS Recognition of Excellence – Elementary Education:Content Knowledge

The Praxis Series
2004

Cum Laude Honor

Howard University
2003 (Spring)

MEMBERSHIP/AFFILIATIONS

  • Raspberry Pi Certified.                        
  • ASCD.
  • International Society for Technology in Education.
  • American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
  • Google Certified Innovator.
  • Google for Education Certified Trainer.
  • Google for Education Professional Development Partner.

RECENT PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS

Vice President

Our Voice Alliance Board
2019Present

PRESIDENT

EduMatch Foundation Board
2017Present

ESSA Title IIA - Teacher Leadership Committee

Maryland State department of education
20172020

National Strand Leader - Instructional Coaches

Future REady
20172020

ISTE educator Standards refresh committee

international society for technology in education
20162017

Google Mentor/Coach

Google
20162017

Technology Committee Co-Chair

EdCamp Maryland
20152016

Teacher to Teacher

Advisory Council, Gates Foundation
20152016

Digital Equity PLN Co-Leader

International Society for Technology in Education
20152020

Professional Development Presenter

Prince Georges County Technology Training Team
20112015

Technology Liaison

John Hanson French Immersion School
20082015

School Leadership Team Member

John Hanson French Immersion School
2012Present

STEP Program Committee Member

John Hanson French Immersion School
20082010

Social Studies Department Chair

Clinton Grove Elementary School
20072008

School Leadership Team Member

Clinton Grove Elementary School
20072008

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

  • French: Proficiency
  • Haitian Creole: Proficiency
  • Spanish: Basic knowledge

PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

  • Thomas, S., Howard, N., and Schaffer, R. (2019). Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for the K-12 Classroom. International Society for Technology in Education.
  • Howard, N., Thomas, S., and Schaffer, R. (2018). Closing the Gap: Digital Equity Strategies for Teacher Prep Programs. International Society for Technology in Education.

DISSERTATION

  • Thomas, S. (2017). Student-Created Videos as a Language Acquisition Strategy for a Haitian Learner. George Mason University.

RESEARCH REPORTS

  • Thomas, S. (2007). Classical Music and its Effect on the Behaviors of First Grade Students. Howard University.

PRESENTATIONS

Keynote and featured speaker on topics such as digital equity, future of education, gamification, video in education, and educator empowerment.  [Sample]