Canvas Consultant. Eighteen years in public school education - brick and mortar, online, and school administration.
I love adopting animals, vacationing by the water, and college basketball.
At my heart - I am a teacher.
When I was hired for my first English teaching job, in an inner city school district, the secretary gave me a set of keys and a map for how to get to my new classroom. When I unlocked the door I was met with an abundance of light from a large bank of windows highlighting the freshly waxed floors, rows of tables and chairs, and empty bookshelves. No textbooks, no supplies, no nothing. Surely this had to be a mistake? I quickly found out it was not. I also quickly found out that I can handle just about anything. Cutting my teeth in that room, in that district, with those students was the best thing that ever happened to me.
I am resilient. I solve problems. I think on my feet. I am not afraid of challenges. And, at my heart, I am a teacher. This has served me well throughout my many transitions in my career. I found myself interviewing for a teaching position at cyber charter school in December 2004. I had, up to that point, made exactly one PowerPoint.
Just like that, I was the only English teacher for this brand new cyber charter school. Everything was online, I taught every grade from 7 through 12, and I was in love with what technology could do for these students. I have seen it tear down walls between students and teachers, build students up who previously had no hope, and provide tremendous opportunities for children, teachers, and parents.
That position allowed me to stretch in ways that I never imagined. In addition to teaching students I had the opportunity to also I design professional development for teachers who were on the cutting edge of education. I also project managed a change to a new learning management system.
I know the power of educational technology, the importance of a teacher, the ability to reach through a computer screen and grab a student’s heart for learning - no matter his or her age.