Growing up in St. Louis, the world felt like a giant, intimidating place. After being placed in Trinidad & Tobago for my practicum teaching, the world started to shrink and call my name. I moved on to teach all elementary grades as well as serve as a tech coach and professional learning facilitator as I made my way to Guatemala, The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, San Diego and now back full circle to St. Louis.
I never considered myself to be a ‘techy’ teacher. I was actually kind of afraid of it, because a lot of it was new terrain for me. That all changed, however, when I witnessed the transformation in my students once I began to embrace technology for learning.
“When I gave my 4th grade students a global audience using their blogs, they actually wanted to write.”
When my 1st grade class video-conferenced with authors and experts from around the world, my students paid attention without me asking them to and were inspired to be readers and scientists.
In my most recent roles, I have been fortunate to facilitate learning for educators all over the world, exploring innovative learning and teaching strategies. I am passionate about purposefully using technology to deepen student learning. One way I enjoy taking learning to another level is through collaborative global projects. I believe that by giving kids authentic, meaningful learning experiences, we are successfully setting them up to be lifelong, socially responsible learners.