I am a former classroom teacher. I worked for four years teaching middle school students as both a Social Studies and English teacher, and it was one of the most challenging and amazing things I’ve ever done. I adore working with kids – they never cease to surprise, inspire, amuse, challenge, and amaze me. You can see more about my work experience here
Now, as a technology integration specialist, I am so excited that I get to work both with students and with teachers to collaborate on how to provide high quality, technology rich instruction to students. For the past two years, I supported the Magnet Schools program whose schools were STEM, STEAM, and Spanish-immersion focused schools. Now I am the Technology Integrationist for the entire school district (all 27 schools!), the opportunities to engage kids in increasingly unique ways is huge. We recently passed a large bond that will continue to transform learning opportunities for students by focusing on a variety of pathways for students to engage in the world. Utilizing STEM, STEAM, foreign language immersion, Biomedical, and arts focused education in addition to community partnerships, students in the Lansing School District will have access to a myriad of educational opportunities. I’m so excited to integrate new technologies in the district – from transitioning to GSuite district-wide, to connecting with schools and students all over the world, to allowing students to take ownership of their learning and be creators of technology.
I also served in 2015-2016 as a Michigan Educator Voice Fellow. America Achieves, the parent organization of MiEdVoice, was established as a way to help elevate the voice of teachers and schools throughout the country. As a fellow, I shared the powerful stories that are happening in Lansing and around the state. There are 100 fellows in Michigan and I was incredibly humbled to serve as a fellow. The program did not get funded for the 2016-2017 year in Michigan, but I continue to lean on this network of educators who advocate for students, teachers, and the future of education in our state and country.
Outside of the work day, I enjoy being active, listening to Hamilton on repeat and running. I have completed one full marathon and countless half marathons. Lansing has a beautiful River Trail with miles of paved trails that provides safe and beautiful surroundings to pound the pavement! I also enjoy reading and watching Tigers games. I am a bit of a baseball fanatic, so spring and summer are my favorite times of year. My husband and I enjoy traveling together and updating our home. We have two cats – Miguel and Magglio – and a Shi-Tzu named Charlie.