My Life in a Nutshell
Although I grew up and began my career in Central Illinois, I’m currently a 6th year middle school English teacher in Fort Lupton, Colorado. During my young career, I’ve witnessed first hand that education is constantly growing, changing, and morphing, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of that.
Living in Denver is a dream, and I’m grateful for my life of seeking out adventures with my friends–from catching live music in the city, to breathing fresh (yet thin) air in the mountains. My favorite things in life are cooking and laughing in the kitchen with my S.O., catching up on podcasts while walking around City Park with my pup Stevie, and reading in bed for long bouts of time.
Information and Learning Technologies
I’m currently a student in the Information and Learning Technologies program through CU Denver. This site was created as a space to keep my reflections, projects, and other professional accomplishments. Through this program, I hope to learn about ways I can enhance quality technology instruction in schools and to provide teachers with resources that make their lives easier.
Purpose and Program Philosophy
I think that part of the beauty of teaching is the creativity found in the struggle. It is a right of passage. My philosophy, however, is that teachers should struggle with determining what strategies and resources are best for their particular students, NOT with finding the strategies and resources they need on a weekly basis. With this in mind, I want to help create options for teachers in order to foster choice and autonomy. I firmly believe that this can reduce teacher burn-out, which ensures better quality education for our students. Aside from making it easier on teachers, I believe that technology also expands students’ engagement and teaches them relevant 21st century skills, giving them an advantage and broadening their ability to become capable contributors to society. This is a win-win situation for both sides of the coin in education.
An Educator AND a Student
I love being in the classroom. Watching a student go from apprehensive, to comprehending, to completely engaged and confident in a mastered skill makes my heart swell on a weekly basis. With that being said, I feel that I have so much unrealized passion for helping teachers. Through this program, I’d like to learn how to create content for teachers. I’d like to learn how to design curriculum around resources that are useful, relevant, rigorous, and standards based. I feel that my inclusion in this program and my overall vision–learning how to create resources to help teachers– will present a unique plan of study and to help me reach a long-time career goal.