I have been teaching for over twenty years integrating technology into the learning environment. I did this integrating in order to extend my student’s learning and my colleagues teaching.  I believe that when the focus is on the learning first and the technology second all members of the organization benefit.  I currently am the Middle School Digital Learning Coordinator at Durham Academy in Durham, NC USA. As a teacher, I understand the culture of schools and work hard to make connections in my training to learning, efficiency, and change management while addressing all constituencies in a safe and active learning environment.

As an authorized Google Education Trainer, I can provide training on the entire Google Apps for Education suite along with setup and best practices for success. I can provide virtual sessions to get your team started or onsite personalized sessions that meet the needs of your organization. If your school or nonprofit is looking at deploying Google Apps or have used Google Apps for a few years with limited success, I can help with your implementation or adoption issues. I do freelance work and also work with The Virtual Independent School Network VISnet Transformation Consultants. 

Having helped to successfully implement a 1:1 iPad learning program, I can help your school deploy student mobile learning devices. In fact, our school was recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School because of our program's effectiveness. I can help your school achieve similar success using Google Apps for Education and mobile devices. As you know adding a mobile learning device to Google Apps for Education is best done with a plan. Making a purchase of devices is the first step, I can help with the next steps and the transitions needed to harness the transformational power that digital learning offers.

In many respects I started working towards becoming a GET in 2008 as I worked to bring Google Apps for Education (GAFE) to Durham Academy. I knew it was the tools we needed to support our learning community. It has transformed the learning community and myself in the process. While my work started in 2008, it was not until 2010 that we adopted GAFE. Since that day I have used GAFE as my go to resource and creation location. I live in the Googleverse and promote it with my colleagues and students. 

I was excited when I heard Ravenscroft was hosting a GAFE Summit and quickly asked to attend the Google Apps Certified Trainer Bootcamp. I wanted to become part of the community helping schools learn how GAFE can change their school. After 7 months work of studying, taking exams, and helping Durham Academy, VISnet, The Lerner School and others implement GAFE, I have submitted my application. Since I started the process, the name has changed from Google Certified Trainer to Google Education Trainer (GET). I am hopeful I will be accepted although I will not know until June. This is my GET application I submitted. In preparation to being accepted, I also created this site for my consulting work.

I was accepted on June 2, 2014 and now officially a GET!        Google Education Trainer

Here are two movies I made for my application:

My introduction filmed on one of the many snow days we had this past winter.

How to use the Concatenate function in a Google Sheet.