Adventures in Teaching

About Me

My main strength is that I am multifaceted person. Although during all my teaching career I have taught technology, I am equally at ease with teaching other subject areas. Click here to view a few lessons I created including one on a topical subject: discrimination. I believe this website clearly illustrates my diverse interests and favorable reflects on how I was able to integrate technology with core subject areas and the arts. It also shows my desire to get students involved in their communities.

Computer Instruction Evolution

I taught technology for 15 years in the Chicago Public School (CPS) system at the K-12 grade level. For the most part, my teaching in the my early years revolved around teaching the components of the Microsoft Office suite of applications: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. I tried to connect what I was teaching to something students were doing in their classroom. For instance, for a classroom that was learning multiplication facts, I would show the class how to create a tables in a Word and then have them create a multiplication table using the skills they just learned. I also introduced students to programming and often started a class with a mini-lesson on a technology, math or science related topic such as using number bases other than 10. This would allow me expose students to using exponents, scientific notation, etc. Overall, my goal was to have students use the skills they learned in the computer lab in their classrooms in a transparent manner. For example, students using a Word document table to summarize the results of a science lab experiment. Unfortunately, most classrooms only had 2 or 3 computers, so most class projects had to be done in the our computer labs, which was a less than an ideal way to integrate technology into a classroom.

In recent years, the ubiquitous availability of the Internet via improved wireless technology and the development of relatively affordable portable devices such as the iPad and Chromebooks have begun to revolutionize computer instruction and usage in schools. At my last school, all the students either had a Chromebook (3rd through 8th) or iPad (K-2nd) that they used throughout the day in a hybrid learning environment. Students used their devices in all subjects. They even took their devices to art, music, and physical education. Furthermore, students used their devices in a robust manner. They used their devices to collaborate with other students and communicate with their teachers. They shared documents, presentations, and spreadsheets with each other as they worked in teams. In essence, students were using technology throughout the day in a way that paralleled how they will use technology when they enter the workplace.

Accomplishments

Computer Teacher/Technology Coordinator, Sept. 2008-2017

Scammon School

  • Developed a Rich, Engaging Computer Curriculum and Taught it to Students in Grades K-8
  • Introduced students to a wide variety of uses of technology such 3D design and printing, CAD, digital audio workstations, etc.
  • Introduced students to the intimate connections between computers, math, science, and social science through lessons in symbolic math, binary numbers, basic electronics and physics, privacy issues, fact checking, etc.
  • Worked to Develop a Transparent, Robust Integration of Technology in All Classes
  • Received Excellent Rating on Reach Performance Evaluation and 3.97 score on Professional Practice Section
  • Managed Software and Hardware Technology Resources
  • Served on Instructional Learning Team and test data analysis team
  • Coordinated Creation of First Place City of Chicago NATO Welcoming Video Contest Entry
  • Coordinated and Wrote Several Parts of Successful CPS Three iPad Cart Grant Entry
  • Oversaw Transition from a Traditional Computer Lab Based Technology Environment to a One Device per Student Hybrid Learning Environment in Grades 1-8
  • Developed and Maintained School Website and Created School Publicity Videos
  • Conducted Teacher and Parent Technology Training Classes

Computer Teacher/Technology Coordinator, Sept. 1999-2006

A.N. Pritzker School

  • Developed a Rich, Engaging Computer Curriculum and Taught it to Students in Grades K-8
  • Received Superior Rating on Evaluation Every Year
  • Managed Software and Hardware Technology Resources
  • Served on LSC
  • Wrote School’s Technology Plan and Completed E-rate Application
  • Wrote Successful $45,000 Technology Literacy Grant and Managed Grant Project
  • Managed Illinois Workforce Advantage Grant in Conjunction with Near Northwest Side Neighborhood Network (NNNN)
  • Served on School Improvement Plan Committee
  • Competed Gifted Institute Training
  • Conducted Summer Science and Technology Program for Students in Gifted Program
  • Developed and Maintained School Website and Implemented Student Newspaper
  • Successfully Solicited Community Investment and Partnerships in School Technology Improvements
  • Conducted Teacher Technology Training Classes

Endorsements/Education

  • Middle School, Social Studies, Math, Science, Computer Applications, and Computer Science
  • B.A., Elementary Education with High Honors, University of Illinois