Meet the Teacher

I am excited to start the year here at Platte River Academy.  I have an undergraduate degree in architecture from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in education from DePaul University. Because of my background I have a different experience with technology that encompasses much more than computers.  21st Century Skills at Platte River Academy crosses many disciplines: art, science, language arts, and math.  We need to educate students in a way that will not only allow them to function in our ever changing world, but to succeed, contribute, and make a real difference.  I strive to provide a safe, nurturing and fun environment that allows students to take risks, try new things, fail, succeed, build resiliency, and grow.  

This year in technology we will be using the Technology Education Series by Structured Learning.  While building skills, the students will engage in activities that are related to homeroom topics based on Core Knowledge curriculum.  In addition to computer based lessons I will be incorporating hands on problem solving and engineering projects.  We will stress the 4C’s - Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity in the majority of the projects this year.