I knew from the time I was in high school in Georgia, and later Germany, that I wanted to work in education! This passion pushed me to travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy in college to study their approach to early childhood education and while getting my master’s I went to Nigeria to further deepen my understanding of education globally. My teaching career has been centered around supporting teachers and students to engage with technology as a tool for creation and global communication and collaboration. I have partnered with teachers at every grade level and also worked with students from Pre-K to university age.
I believe deeply in students constructing their own knowledge and engaging in passion-driven projects that allow them to work as makers, designers, and innovators to solve the problems facing our world today.
I spend a lot of my time as a Technology Coach supporting teachers to design projects and units that incorporated this type of student work. I also established global connections for each of my classrooms, so students could connect with others their age to learn more about the larger world. Currently, as a Director of STEAM Innovation, I serve as a collaborator, coach, and catalyst for all of our faculty, supporting them in developing interdisciplinary projects and applying design thinking, project based learning, and other approaches to teaching and learning in the classroom. This might involve helping fifth graders to brainstorm ways they can create a model of the Nile river with real water or supporting eighth graders in empathizing with kindergarten buddies as they design a science museum for them. Helping students and teachers find the right tech tools to bring learning to life and share their creations with authentic, global audiences, is one of the most rewarding parts of my job!
“I have the wonderful opportunity to work with Eduro to facilitate workshops and collaborate with the Eduro team. I am inspired by the depth and time Eduro puts into developing teacher-centered, meaningful professional learning experiences.”