Resume

Who I Am

I am a well-traveled, enthusiastic, open-minded teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator with passion for learning and technology, a good sense of humor, a strong work ethic and proven organizational and leadership skills. As a learning coach I focus on innovative ways to help core subject teachers authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. My inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed using the Understanding by Design process combined with the MYP Technology Design Cycle.

Where I’ve Worked

(click on each job title for more information)

Yokohama International School, Japan

August 2010 – present

Technology and Learning Coach

International School Bangkok, Thailand

August 2007 – June 2010

21st Century Literacy Specialist

Mont’Kiara International School, Malaysia

August 2005 – June 2007

Middle School Technology Facilitator

Munich International School, Germany

August 2000 – June 2005

Middle School Academic IT Coordinator


What I Do

Leading

I am engaged and inspired by the dynamics and challenges of change in schools, specifically related to technology for learning. I work with administrators, teachers, parents and students to develop systems that help better connect a school to its community, that consider the changing nature of technology within today’s society, and better prepare students for a technology-rich world. I am a forward-looking but also detail-oriented planner, able to develop both the systems needed for effective and sustainable change, as well as the practical steps to make it happen. My recent focus has been on developing our Connected Learning Community (1:1 program) at YIS.

Learning Coach

I love helping teachers understand the power of technology to enhance and support learning. As a learning coach, I have inspired teachers to use technology to do new things in new ways – not only in their classroom, but also in their professional learning. Connecting with individual teachers to tap into their interests and passions to help them take the next step in their own professional growth is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job – whether through co-teaching in the classroom, one-on-one professional development, or creating networks of learning communities.

Classroom Teaching

I feel I’ve succeeded when students leave my classroom feeling confident, enthusiastic and excited by the possibilities technology has to offer and their ability to learn how to learn. The MYP Technology Design Cycle provides an ideal framework for creating a student-centered and process- and project-based learning environment. I design projects that highlight new tools while focusing on the 21st century literacy skills of collaboration, creativity, communication and digital citizenship.

Delivering Professional Development

I am always learning. I strongly believe that every teacher has something to learn and something to teach. When designing professional development opportunities for my teachers, my goal is always to highlight the expertise on staff, to build connections between teachers, subject areas, and grade levels. I enjoy creating a sustainable, networked professional learning environment which meets the needs of individual teachers, as well as school goals.

Educational Consulting

Along with professional development at my own school, I have developed a consulting career through presentations at regional conferences, providing one and two-day workshops around the world, authoring book chapters and articles in various educational publications, and participating in a variety of global education leadership projects, like the K-12 Horizon Report. I bring this experience to my local school environment by organizing and facilitating professional learning opportunities in order to build collaborative partnerships between schools. I am also co-founder and professor of our Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program, through Buffalo State, SUNY, currently facilitating the YIS cohort here in Japan.

Connecting Communities

Parents are our most valuable partners. Often they feel out-of-touch with how and why we are using technology for learning. I collaborate with the library and counseling teams to develop and deliver effective and relevant workshops for parents that build understandings about the use of technology at school, and how they can support that learning at home. Building a strong partnership, based on a shared vision of technology use, helps me create a positive and pro-active learning community.

Empowering Students

Our students have valuable ideas, insights, opinions and skills that are often left unrepresented. Through the development of a Student Tech Team, involving students in important committees like our Connected Learning Community, as well as featuring students in panel presentations for campus visitors, I strive to respect and promote the thoughtful perspectives of our student community.

Where I’ve Studied

Buffalo State, State University of New York (SUNY)

Bangkok Cohort

Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy

August 2010

Buffalo State, State University of New York (SUNY)

Kuala Lumpur Cohort

Certificate of Educational Leadership

August 2007

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA, USA

Master’s of Education, Curriculum and Instruction

August 2003

Specialization in Multicultural Education

George Mason University, FAST Train Program

Fairfax, VA, USA

State of Virginia Teacher Certification

July 2003

Elementary Classroom PK-6

History and Social Sciences 6-12

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, USA

Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude

May 1999

Double Major in History and Political Science

Minor in International Studies

Universitá di Connecticut a Firenze

Florence, Italy

Study Abroad: Intensive Italian language, culture and history January – June 1997


More About Me

Professional Development: I love learning and sharing. Please see the full list of all professional development I have offered and received.

Publications & Recognition: Please see the full list here.

General Skills: Apple Distinguished Educator. Experienced IBPYP and IBMYP teacher. IBO approved MYP Trainer. Basic Italian, German and Spanish. Taught English as a Second Language.

Technology Skills: Avid user of web 2.0 tools including: Google Apps, WPMU, wikis, podcasts, social media, video streaming, IM, Skype, screencasting. Proficient in PC and Mac including: Adobe Creative Suite, iLife, iWork, Microsoft Office, Inspiration, Rubicon Atlas, Making the Grade, GradeQuick, School Office Discovery, Edline, PowerSchool, and Veracross grade reporting.

Professional Memberships: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Personal Interests: technology, travel, yoga, reading, photography, jewelry making, hiking.

Professional Interests: innovation and creativity in the classroom, social media, multiculturalism, differentiation, curriculum development, and technology integration.

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