To truly teach is to become lifelong learner –anon.
Welcome to my Digital Portfolio!
This is a website to show off my qualifications to become your next ISTE Coach! First a bit about my educational background. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a psychology minor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln Nebraska. After working for a few years as a biologist, I realized that I really wanted to teach. I 1997, I receive a Master of Arts in Teaching Biology from Brown University in Providence Rhode Island. There I studied with an emphasis on progressive, experiential-based education. I decided to teach at an diverse urban high school in the Bay Area, and started at San Leandro High School, where I taught for the next 17 years.
Initially, I started off teaching integrated science. It was a fledgling program, and I wrote all of my own curriculum. After teaching for two years, I became concerned with the lack of technology training at the school, so another teacher and I wrote and proposed a course in computer science. I had previously worked as a computer technician, and have always been very strong with computers. When the course got approved, we had no computers and no funds, but were able to secure computers through donations. I later was key in writing the successful Digital High School Grant, and through that was able to secure better equiptment.
The program continued to grow, and by the time I left, included Introduction to Computers, Intermediate Computers and Advanced Placement Computer Science. I left in 2013 to work for my brother as his Director of Marketing and Social Media at Golden Eagle Properties, where I designed and coded a new webpage for them and developed the company SEO plan. Now I am once again interested at becoming involved in education as a ISTE coach. I enrolled in the Master of Science Program in Educational Technology at California State University, Fullerton. I expect to complete my degree my May of 2017.
I have always been a firm believer in progressive teaching techniques and have been very innovative in implementing these in my classroom. As computers and internet connected devices have become available to more and more students, progressive techniques and individualized instruction have become available in ways we could only dream of before. Finally the dreams of such luminaries as Vygotski, Dewey and Sizer have begun to come to fruition.
Having taught for 17 years, I now will embark on the next step: to teach my professional colleagues how they can use the wonders of technology to bring individualized instruction into their classrooms to enhance student engagement and train them is the skills of the 21st Century. These methods are increasingly easy to implement given the tool which are and will be available. However, in the rapidly changing landscape of today’s world, a teacher must be willing to continually update their skills. ISTE coaches can lead them there.
The purpose of this site is to aquaint the reader with my qualifications to work as a ISTE Coach and show examples of my work so far. I hope it is informative to you!
A Word About Navigating The Site
the site is set up for easy navagation to any page. The Top navigation bar remains on the scree at all time. The side bar has convient links to all of the ISTE Coaching Standards. Enjoy.