I began my teaching career in 1995 as a student teacher at Esperero Canyon Middle School. Although I have spent many 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. In my current position as a Curriculum Technology Integrator, I love 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 learn from them through the examples of outstanding teaching practices I am able to see every day.
Manzanita & Ventana Vista
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.
My teaching career has lead me through four states, six districts, and eight schools over the past 23 years. I’ve taught almost every grade Pre-K through 8th in a desire to learn more and be the best teacher I can be. As the years went by, I found inquiry based STEM lessons helped my students become the best they could be, so I perfected the craft by getting a Masters in Inquiry Based Natural Sciences and collaborated with the Air Force Academy and NASA. I am excited to continue integrating science, technology, engineering, and math into classrooms while increasing student choice on ways to connect with the ever changing world.
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.
Sunrise Drive & Canyon View
Catalina Foothills High School
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.