Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a teacher. I used to line up all my dolls and stuffed animals and play school with them. I couldn't wait to have a class of my own!
In my junior year of high school, I took computer applications. I think this is when I first fell in love with technology and my passion was ignited. The next year, I took the advanced computer applications class. I remember my teacher, Mr. Bayne, would use me to help install software (yes, via a floppy disk!) on and off campus at another site, as well as other various computer related tasks.
Moving on to college, I decided I wanted to major in computer science. I quickly fell in love with programming. I took several classes including, C, C++, Pascal, Assembly, and Visual Basic. After receiving my A.S. in Computer Science, I moved on to California State University, Bakersfield to continue my pursuit of being a computer engineer/programmer. CSUB didn't really have a strong program, and this is when things got a little muddled for me. I took a break from college and went to work full time for The Bakersfield Californian. I took a job as a Computer Operator in their System Integration department. After doing this for 3 years, I really didn't see a future for me there. Although I never lost my passion for technology and programming, it just got pushed to the side, and I decided to go back to that little girl dream of becoming a teacher. And that's what I did.
During my 10 years in classroom, utilizing technology for my own benefit was something that always existed. I used technology to make my life easier. I was good at using Excel, SMART Notebook, and general troubleshooting, and people took notice of that. I quickly became the go-to person for any technical questions. But the thought of technology integration in my class never crossed my mind. Although I was still good with technology, it was like I had let go of that passion. (I can't help but wonder how different my 10 years in the class would have been if I had integrated technology more with my students! But that's for another blog post.)
So when the district flew a new position, Academic Coach for Technology, I knew this was a job that I would love! And here I am today, 6 years later, living the dream; my two passions, education and technology, have collided. And now my mission is to not only make my life and other lives easier by utilizing technology, but to use technology in a transformative way!
Education and Certifications
- Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, University of La Verne, 2003
- B.A., Liberal Studies, University of California, Bakersfield, 2001
- A.S., Computer Science, Bakersfield College, 1999
- Chrome OS IT Administrator, 2019
- Google Certified Trainer, 2017
- Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, 2017
- Google Certified Educator Level 2, 2016
- Google Certified Educator Level 1, 2016
- Academic Coach for Technology, Lamont School District, Lamont, CA, 2013-Present
- 4th Grade Teacher, Myrtle Avenue School, Lamont, CA, 2009-2013
- 6th Grade Teacher, Myrtle Avenue School, Lamont CA, 2003-2009
- 6th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Mountain View Middle School, Lamont CA, 2002-2003
- Speaker at CUE, March 2019
- Speaker at CUE, March 2018
- Speaker at KernCUE Tech Fest, October 2017
- Kern Rural Teacher Residency, Maker Education Event, April 2017
- Empower with Code, IndieCade, October 2016
- r00tz Asylum, Hack Minecraft on Raspberry Pi, August 2016
- Kern Rural Teacher Residency, Choose Your Own EdVenture, January 2016