I began my career teaching Biology and Physical Science in High School. I then went on to teach Integrated Curriculum at a Science/Technology Magnet Middle School. In 1999, I moved into the Elementary arena and taught 5th grade science and K-5 Tech Apps. Now I am a Technology Integration Coach.
I teach adults now so my techniques are somewhat different than when I was teaching kids. With adults my goal is always to simplify as much as possible without making the teacher feel foolish. My attitude is - this is something I am good at, and I want to make you better at it. How silly would it be if I went to dance lessons and the dance instructor made me feel stupid while teaching me? However, I still develop products for children, and when it comes to kids I am basically a constructivist.
My district nominated me for Instructional Technology Specialist of the Year for the Texas Computer Educator Association. Although I did not win, it was a great honor. :) I have also been awarded a "Hero" award with my district, which is a Technology Employee award. One of my favorite honors is that the teachers I worked with years ago still talk about me and how much I was able to help them, even though I was moved from that campus many years ago.
I attended public schools in Texas and graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1985. I attended Baylor University where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education. I later added certifications for Elementary Comprehensive, K-12 Technology Applications, and Master Technology Teacher. I am currently working on my Master's degree in Instructional Technology.
I am married, have 1 beautiful adopted son, and the proud "mama" of 2 dogs and 2 fish tanks. When I am not teaching or using the computer to create things, I love to read, sing, and spoil my nieces.