Currently, I am a Director of Innovation and Technology where I provide professional development and teacher coaching as well as co-teach in the area of technology integration, along with the more technical aspects of overseeing a technology department. I am also a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ambassador for Canvas LMS, which allows me a deeper understanding of these tools to teach in my professional development. My passion is speaking to educators both inside and outside my district on technology integration, good teaching and learning, climate & culture and being engaged in the teaching profession.
I was going into my fifth year of teaching, and it could have been my best year yet. I had looped from fourth to fifth grade with my same class. All of my kids had chosen to come with me. It’s still one of the greatest professional compliments I’ve ever received. And these kids...they were amazing. We had our procedures down. I knew their strengths and what they needed help with. I knew their interests, passions, and extracurricular activities. I knew what I had done that worked with them the previous year. It should have been an amazing year, and yet I still wasn’t feeling like I was loving teaching anymore. I looked forward to the weekends, counted down the days until summer break, and was perpetually perturbed at the district administration for their lack of support and complete misunderstanding of what was actually going on in the classroom as they passed down their initiatives. I wanted to love my job like I did my first couple years, and I just couldn’t. I was doing a good job teaching, but I never got into teaching just to be mediocre.