I am currently a Technology Integration Specialist in the East Penn School District. I strongly believe in learning through Inquiry-Based and Project-Based approaches. I feel that the classroom should be an experience students want to attend. Through gamification, my students embark on journeys and quests for their personalized learning experience.
I'm also a graduate instructor for PD Campus and am the creative marketing director and lead learner for STEM Camp EDU. I have written a graduate level course on Media Production with iPads and am currently working on a course on Coding & Robotics in the Elementary Classroom.. On top of that, I have presented at many different events on STEM Topics as well as technology based tools and gamification.
Recently, I became the SHINE Coordinator with focus on STEM implementation in the classroom and to improve at risk students' academics. Here, I help train the staff on concepts such as coding and 3D printing and facilitate Family Nights with hands on, fun STEM activities.
Outside of education, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Philly sports (Super Bowl Champs!), exercising, listening to music, consuming ridiculous hot sauces, and playing guitar.
SHINE Afterschool Program (2017 - Current)
I work with a group of teachers to implement STEM into their after school program at Tamaqua Elementary. I also design and curate a monthly newsletter and coordinate a monthly Family Engagement Night that includes a hands on STEM activity for all families and students.
CREATIVE MARKETING DIRECTOR
STEM Camp EDU (2016 - Current)
I help develop the curriculum and marketing plans for STEM Camp EDU, which helps bring STEM/STEAM into classrooms all over Pennsylvania. We help educators and admins integrate STEM into their curriculum by giving them a hands on experience.
PD Campus (2015 - Present)
I have taught and written graduate level courses for PD Campus. These courses have included topics such as Flipped Learning, Digital Storytelling, iPad Implementation, Project Based Learning, and Game Based Learning. I am currently writing another course on Coding & Robotics.
5TH GRADE TEACHER
Tamaqua Elementary (2010 - 2018)
Northern Lehigh (2009 - 2010)
I was Science/STEM teacher in Tamaqua Elementary. I have helped start our BYOD Policy, Integrate Chromebooks in the Classroom, and helped develop our STEM Curriculum to integrate more coding and 3D printing in the classroom.
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION SPECIALIST
East Penn School District (2018 - Current)
I will be working closely with the curriculum department to help facilitate professional development in the realm of educational technology. There, I specialize in 3-5 1:1 iPad Classrooms as well as STEM in the MS/HS level.
INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA MASTERS DEGREE
Wilkes University (2011 - 2014)
I earned my master's in Instructional Media at Wilke's University through Discovery Education. I attended classes on BYOD, Web 2.0 Tools, Enhancing Lesson with Technology, and Project Based Learning.
LEADERSHIP PRINCIPAL'S CERTIFICATE
Penn State University World Campus (2019 - Present)
I am currently working on my leadership certificate at Penn State University through their online World Campus. Here, I will complete 360 hours of internship as well as look at Educational Law, Instructional Technology Trends, Supervision, & School Improvement.
ELEMENTARY EDUCATION BACHELOR'S DEGREE
Kutztown University (2004 - 2008)
I earned my bachelor's in Elementary Education at Kutztown University with a 3.4 GPA. During this time, I earned the Board of Governor's Scholarship through academic achievement.
MUSIC IN THE CLASSROOM
I was awarded $500 for my project Music in the Classroom. This was funded by the local Raider Foundation and it purchased an iPad Mini, iRig Keyboard, and connections. In the life of this grant my students have created digital podcasts and recorded plays while creating their own background music via GarageBand.
SPRK! LEARNING W/ SPHEROS
This grant of $417 went to purchasing 3 Spheros for my classroom. The goal was to extend what they have already learned during the Hour of Code in a more tactile manner. I used the Spheros to teach basic things such as velocity, rate, angles, and friction. Students have also used them to simulate the solar system.
3D DESIGN W/ CHROMEBOOK
This $1,000 grant was to introduce my students to concepts such as CAD design and coding with Ozobots. These Chromebooks would also help my students create, collaborate, and think critically to solve complex 21st century problems through Inquiry Based Learning Challenges.
The local Raider Foundation granted me $1,200 to purchase a MacBook Air. This MacBook was both teacher and student centered. I have used it to help create better, higher quality videos for my flipped classroom lessons as well as students have used it for programming and coding as well as tinkering with the Makey Makey,
ENGINEERING WITH K'NEX
This grant of $388 went to purchasing 3 sets of Forces, Energy, & Motion Kits for my classroom. I have now replaced an older Variables Kit with this module to teach controlled experiments and data collection and analysis as well as concepts such as friction, rate, speed, gravity, and design thinking.
COMMUNITY & CODING
For this grant, I purchased more Chromebooks, Ozobots, and a classroom set of Spheros to not only use in my classroom, but to have coding nights for parents which will introduce them to coding. These four codings nights will consist of Code.org, Coding with Markers, Block Coding, & Coding Challenges.
STEM LAB & MAKERSPACE
For this grant, I was awarded over $3,000 to purchase materials for my STEM class. These materials included robots like Spheros, Ozobots, and Dash and Dots, as well as a 3D Printer, Little Bits STEAM Kits (6), and Makey Makeys. I plan on integrating them inside my regular STEM curriculum as well as the robotic club.
GREENSCREENING & MEDIA
This grant of $412 went to purchasing a foldable green screen, IK Multimedia iRig STUDIO Mic, and Professional Photography Lights. This will be used in the upcoming year in our Makerspace to film product reviews and commercials, reflections on learning, as well instructional videos for review.
FLEXIBLE SEATING IN STEM
This crowd funded grant gave my students both storage and flexible seating in the classroom with ottomans. These ottomans will provide practical storage will also giving us more room for experiments, coding challenges, and more in the classroom. This grant was co-written by my students.