My first teaching position began at Catalina Foothills High School. I started as a math teacher before moving on towards developing and managing our school's online based credit recovery program. Learning technology always came easy to me as I always found it engaging. I continue to be on the lookout for ways technology can support classroom learning. The role of a CTI gives me the opportunity to share, with students and teachers, how technology can be engaging part of teaching and learning.
Prior to earning the position of CTI, I taught 7th and 8th grade social studies at Orange Grove Middle School for three years. Growing up, I didn't consider technology a valuable educational tool until I attended college. Taking programming classes, learning how to create and assess projects in the digital format and having professors who encouraged questions without "correct" answers prompted me to look for work in school districts that embraced technology use in the classroom. I thoroughly enjoy finding new tools for teachers to use in the digital format. I am passionate about helping my colleagues implement project based learning elements and systems thinking tools into their classrooms.
Before becoming the Curriculum Technology Integrator (CTI) for Orange Grove Middle School, I taught 7th and 8th grade ELA at OGMS. I loved using technology in my classroom and encouraging students to communicate in new ways and create projects to express themselves, often with the use of technology. It has been a natural transition to helping support others with using these features in their classrooms as well. Before my CFSD experience the past several years, I taught high school English in Phoenix and overseas. I bring with me an array of knowledge and skills from my background in English, my previous work as an administration and marketing assistant, and my overall love of technology. It is my goal to help teachers and students use technology in the classroom as well as the Deep Learning Proficiencies (DLPs).
My parents always told me I’ve been an educator as soon as I was old enough to “educate” so becoming a teacher was a natural progression for me. After getting my Master’s in Education I taught middle school ELA, Math, and Science and embraced innovative and creative ways of teaching that included project-based learning and educational technology. Students were always invested, engaged, curious, and empowered when using these types of approaches to educating them in my classroom. It was rewarding to be a part of that. Therefore, it was a natural step for me to work as a technology coach and collaborate with other teachers so they could begin to use similar approaches and tools in their classrooms. Coaching and collaborating with teachers in educational technology and innovative learning practices has become a passion of mine. I love working with colleagues and then seeing a room full kids inspired by new ideas their teacher has shared with them, having fun, directing their own learning, and deeply engaged in the content. My colleagues and the students we serve continue to amaze me with their excitement for learning and engaging with ideas in new and interesting ways.
I began my teaching career in 1995 as a student teacher at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Although I have spent the majority of the years since then teaching middle school mathematics, I have also worked as a math coach in TUSD and an educational technology trainer for a private company. This year I have the chance to combine my interests by teaching math and also working with teachers and students to integrate technology into the curriculum.
I like to see the excitement from both teachers and students when they learn something new or a new way of incorporating technology. In the same sense, I find it very rewarding to be able to go into other teachers’ classroom and see examples of outstanding teaching practices that I can incorporate into my own classroom.