I grew up in poverty and my family moved a lot, always staying a step ahead of the ramifications of my father's behavior. As I witnessed education around the country I collected powerful experiences that still influence my conversations and my work with educators. I spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and spent summers leading creative, adventure camps for kids for 17 years. For the past three years I have hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks (http://artsnacks.org) where I share 150+ ten minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. This social “learning” network is my Petri-dish for learning to mentor teachers and students in virtual environments.
I am currently serving my eighth year as a Technology Integration Specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas. At ESSDACK I research and develop programs with a strong passion for making teachers and learners comfortable with technology. I am a school board member in the town of Inman, Kansas and am currently serving in my second term. I feel that one of my most important roles is to help vision what the future holds for learners and to help move my district in right, new directions. During my classroom tenure, I developed project-based approaches to learning that infused technology and problem solving skills. I created a film program for kids and developed it into a fully functioning curriculum at the high school level.
I have developed; online safety, anti-bullying and cyber-bullying curriculum which I share with parents, teachers and students around the country and I certify instructors in my curriculum. I continue to work with schools to develop innovative, engaging curriculum to better prepare learners for the world they will face when they graduate. I am passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and I work with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the "lost" learner. I travel the country speaking at conferences and working with educators at the grassroots level and I like to promote a "tradigital" approach to education.
I like to bring my personal life experience and a sense of humor to the mission of helping prepare 21st century learners!
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