Education & Certification
Master of Education - Technology in Education, 2008
National Louis University, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education, 1998
Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois
Illinois Professional Educator License
Endorsements: Technology Specialist, Middle School, Language Arts, Physical Science, Social Science
Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2
ISTE Certified Educator - in progress
Educational Technology Director, River Grove School District 85.5, River Grove IL - Current
Lead the school in developing a vision for technology in the classroom. Provide leadership on technology and curriculum as the administrator on the Strategic Planning Technology Committee. Support students and teachers by modeling technology integration lessons, develop and lead professional development, and assist students in projects. Transition the Junior High to a 1:1 model. Transition faculty to GSuite. Design a new school website. Develop processes and digital systems to improve faculty and staff workflow. Supervise Media Center and Technology staff. Develop and manage a technology budget. Meet with vendors and manage district contracts. Manage and maintain all district technology systems.
Head of Instructional Technology, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Chicago, IL - Current to 2011
Lead the school in creating a vision for technology use. Moved the Lower School from a weekly computer class model to an integrated technology model over the course of 2 years. Develop and lead professional development. Oversee the 1:1 iPad program and craft a vision for the future of BYOD. Supervise the Instructional Technology Coach and Tech Leader programs. Plan, co-teach and model technology integrated lesson with teachers. Work with students on curriculum-based and independent projects. Advise and participate in the development of a science curriculum that incorporates virtual worlds, robotics, and programming. Advise and participate in the development of an Innovation Lab. Facilitate extracurricular activities in programming, Arduino, and MinecraftEdu.
Teaching and Learning Consultant, Graphtech Systems, Deerfield, IL - 2011 to 2010
Conduct Promethean interactive whiteboard (IWB) professional development sessions. Develop custom IWB professional development sessions and user group meetings for districts. Develop and lead professional development for the implementation and use of Google Apps for Education. Provide consultation on best practices in professional development and create professional development plans. Provide hardware and software technical support. Develop and maintain company website.
Instructional Technology Coach, NSSD 112, Highland Park, IL - 2010 to 2009
Develop and conduct district-wide technology training on software, Interactive Whiteboards, peripherals, SMS, electronic gradebook and Web 2.0 tools. Create hands-on training sessions tailored to meet the needs of teams and individuals. Create video tutorials and step-by-step directions for software. Provide team and one to one support in person, via email and IM. Collaborate with teachers to create lessons that integrate technology into their curriculum in order to meet state and district standards. Co-teach technology integration lessons. Provide students with on-going support and technical instruction as they complete integration projects. Provide basic break/fix support.
Technology Instructor, Norridge District 80, Norridge, IL - 2009 to 2004
Create inquiry and research-based projects which require extension and application of technology skills for grades 6-8. Utilize alternative methods of assessment to determine student comprehension. Encourage creativity in the creation of curriculum related projects. Adapt lessons and classroom environment to meet the needs of students at various levels and those with IEPs. Provide individual advanced skill instruction in digital photography, frame animation, digital storytelling, HTML/web design, video production, and programming. Provide school-wide and individual training in technology integration and software use.
Create and implement summer school curriculum in digital photography, clay animation, HTML/web design, and programming.
Adjunct Instructor, National Louis University, Chicago, IL - 2010 to 2009
Teach a graduate class on Using Technology for Inquiry Learning and Problem-solving. The class focused on creating problem-based learning and students developing a model of a complex system or problem using Mindtools. Design and teach workshops on Digital Storytelling and Interactive Whiteboards for graduate students enrolled in the Technology In Education program. Instruct graduate students on how to integrate these tools into their curriculum. Designed and co-taught a week-long series of summer professional development workshops focused on using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
Technology Director, St. Eugene School, Chicago, IL - 2004 to 2001
Coordinate and teach integrated lessons in all areas of curriculum for grades K through 8. Use alternative methods of assessment to determine student comprehension. Encourage application of knowledge throughout curricular areas. Combine established and innovative teaching and classroom management techniques to create an exciting learning environment. Adapt lessons and classroom environment to meet the needs of students at various levels and those with IEPs.
Implement a grant comprising of networking the entire school, installing a new server, and installation of a Windows XP lab. Implement use of an electronic gradebook program. Direct technology training for faculty. Maintain and service a Windows 2000 server, 75 classroom computers, and 31 printers. Establish a framework for a Technology Planning Committee. Contribute to the design and production of a school web page.
Computer Application Teacher, Resurrection High School, Chicago, IL 2005 to 2002
Provide accelerated hands-on summer school instruction of Microsoft application use for high school students. Provide teaching assistance to new colleagues.
Assistant Director/Kindergarten Teacher, MineeSubee, Arlington Heights, IL 2000 to 1999
Create and teach thematic units for science, reading and math. Expose students to art and music through hands-on activities. Coordinate graduation ceremony for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, including songs and a play. Review and coordinate thematic units and lessons for Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.
Team Science Teacher, Springman Junior High, Glenview, IL - 1999
Educate seventh-grade science students using hands-on and application projects. Coordinate with team members to create interdisciplinary units. Provide before and after school assistance.
Google Apps for Education
iPad App Integration & iPad Management
Android Tablet and Chromebook Apps & Management
|Apple Creativity & Productivity Apps||
Learning Management Systems
Introductory Programming (Alice, Scratch, Arduino, MaKey MaKey)
Windows 3.1- 7
Adobe Creative Suite
Microsoft Office Suite
Web 2.0 Tools
Interactive Whiteboard Software
|Digital Storytelling||Multimedia/Hypermedia Software|
|Digital Photography||Inspiration/Visual Thinking Tools|
|Video Production||Camtasia/Jing Screen Capture Software|
|Podcasting||Hardware and Network Maintenance|
Presentations & Workshops
No More S"kill" and Drill! Get Creating - Tech Fest, Diocese of Joliet, 2014
iAssessment & Documentation - Tech Fest, Diocese of Joliet, 2014
No More S"kill" and Drill! Get Creating!- Illinois Computing Educators, 2014
eBook Authoring: It's Elementary!- Illinois Computing Educators, 2014
Google Earth Mashups - Northern Illinois Computing Educators, 2013
iPads Integration for Under $10 - Illinois Computing Educators, 2013
eBooks by the Littlest Authors - Illinois Computing Educators, 2013
Google Earth Mashups - Illinois Computing Educators, 2013
ActivInspired Lessons! Building Better ActivInspire Lessons - Illinois Computing Educators, 2013
iPads for Creativity & Assessment, Northern Illinois Computing Educators, 2012
Google Earth to Curriculum, Do You Copy? - Illinois Computing Educators, 2012
Enhancing Lessons with Digital Media - Illinois Computing Educators, 2012
- ISTE, 2011
Whiteboard Web Wonders - Illinois Computing Educators Conference, 2011
Inspired Learning - Illinois Computing Educators Conference, 2011
Share Your Inspire-ation - Northern Illinois Computing Educators Mini Conference 2011
Help! I Have an Interactive Whiteboard. Now What? - Rock Island Computing Educators Mini Conference, 2011
Resources to the Rescue - Rock Island Computing Educators Mini Conference, 2011
How'd You Do That?!? - Rock Island Computing Educators Mini Conference, 2011
Whip Up a Wiki - Illinois Computing Educators Conference, 2010
Teacher 2.0 - National-Louis University, 2009
Show Me a Story - Symposium Presentation, National-Louis University, 2008
"Philosophical Questions about Learning Technologies," With Craig A. Cunningham, Ph.D., a chapter in The SAGE Handbook of Philosophy of Education, edited by Richard Bailey, Robin Barrow, David Carr and Christine McCarthy, SAGE Publications Ltd., 2010.
Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) - Serve as Executive Board President (2016-2017), Secretary (2015-2016), Governing Board Representative (2012-2015), Volunteer Committee Co-Chair for ICE Conference, Current to 2012
Northern Illinois Computing Educators - Serve as President (2012), Mini Grant Coordinator (2013 - 2015), and Governing Board Representative (2012-2015), Current to 2012