Mary Ann Falk

Professional Portfolio

As an advocate for technology as a tool to collaborate, connect, and share, I have created a digital professional portfolio that showcases my skills in the areas of curriculum, instruction , assessment, and technology. Please reach out to me at mafalk84@gmail.com if you have quesitons about any of my skills or resource materials. I love to share and talk about my views on teaching and learning. I am a big picture thinker who can help others manage change.

After high school, I attended Bowling Green State University to earn a degree in Elementary Education. I had aspirations to become a 5th grade teacher. After graduation, I did substitute teaching in the Van Wert area. My full-time teaching career was primarily in English Language Arts, first at the junior high level at Wayne Trace and then with grades 11 and 12 at Vantage Career Center. I also have earned a Master in Education in Curriculum and Instruction (1998), a Principal’s License (2001), and added coursework to be licensed to teach grades 7-12 ELA (2006). Since 2011, I have served Vantage in the capacity of Lead Teacher. This position covered anything from leading teachers with content standard changes to integrating technology to building a program for Resident Educators including serving as Program Coordinator. I was also part of the team to plan and implement professional development for the district. Beginning in 2014, I became the Technology Integration Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator for Vantage. In 2017, Technology Integration became my focus as I moved into the Technology department full-time.

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Curriculum Development
  • Instructional Coaching
  • Professional Development
  • Technology Integration
  • Data Collection and Sharing
  • Data Analysis

EXPERIENCE

VANTAGE CAREER CENTER, VAN WERT, OH

Technology Integration Specialist Aug. 2017 to present

Technology Integration Specialist and Curriculum Coordinator Aug. 2014 to July 2017

  • Consulted with district departments to develop and maintain systems of data collection, sharing, and analysis (examples included Special Education IEP sharing and progress reporting system; FFA fundraiser spreadsheet for ordering and cost analysis; online emergency medical form completion with printable versions created and shared to departments; and collection of and document creation for student career rating forms)
  • Evaluated, selected, and maintained online benchmark reading and math assessment systems (HMH Reading/Math Inventory and STAR Reading/Math)
  • Led reorganization of district website by analyzing visitor traffic patterns, recommending layout, moving and editing all content from old website to new Content Management System, designing interior pages, setting and monitoring goals, leading committee meetings, communicating with provider company, integrating GSuite tools, training content editors, and troubleshooting.
  • Recommend and supported a streamlined district social media plan to include multiple content editors and platforms
  • Skilled in GSuite Administration, integration of all apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive, etc), and cloud collaboration
  • Organized the Technology Summit of Northwest Ohio for three years in collaboration with Van Wert and Paulding County curriculum specialists by locating presenters, creating schedule, registering attendees, and coordinating building set-up. This event involved over 150 educators each year with 28 districts participating in 2017.
  • Curated resources for instructors as related to Ohio’s Learning Standards, test blueprints, and released test items.
  • Assisted with state assessments as requested
  • Supported co-teaching pairs by promoting training options, curating resources, and observing co-teaching pairs to recommend instructional supports or changes.
  • Promoted and coordinated various out of district professional development opportunities for staff (OETC, Google Ohio, M. Searle RTI training, OTES evaluator training)
  • Encouraged use of local facility to bring SSTR1 professional development to local area by coordinating training events (L. Dieker kick-off, co-teaching teams training, and M. Searle kick-off and grade level training)
  • Provided consultation and just-in-time training to meet daily needs of staff in areas of technology integration and curriculum supports
  • Created and coordinated the Mock Interview process in collaboration with Supervisors and Instructors to provide every senior with a “real” interview experience and critical feedback
  • Skilled in designing, aligning, and delivering curriculum and assessments to meet state and local standards
  • Strong advocate for career ready options including industry credentialing and college
  • Advised staff and administration in all areas of technology in the classroom, curriculum resources, and changes in state regulations


Lead Teacher June 2011- May 2014 and June 2015 to present

  • Developed the Resident Educator/Mentor system at Vantage by recruiting mentors, scheduling training, keeping current with state requirements and reporting, and supporting new teachers and mentors.
  • Resident Educator Program Coordinator
  • Led new staff orientation while helping them navigate building processes, norms, and culture
  • Collaboratively planned training for area REs and mentors in 2017--Preparing for RESA: Seeing the Big Picture in Year 2 and building a curation of Focused Mentoring materials
  • Participated in interviews to hire district administrators (Director, Student Services Supervisor, Supt.) and English staff


English Instructor Aug. 2002 to June 2014

  • Led department collaboration, curriculum alignment and professional development opportunities
  • Served as co-chair of High Schools that Work Curriculum / Teachers Working Together committee
  • Facilitated English curriculum revisions to align with new standards, assessment shifts, and Senior Capstone integration into the junior year
  • Planned department professional development
  • Delivered instruction to students with a variety of abilities and learning styles
  • Managed a paperless classroom by using GSuite and other web based tools


WAYNE TRACE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, WAYNE TRACE LOCAL SCHOOLS, HAVILAND, OH

Teacher 1992 - 2002

  • Developed curriculum, instructional activities, materials, and assessments for grade 7 Language Arts (writing)
  • Advised Power of the Pen writing team with teams placing every year and one regionally published winner
  • Mentored new teachers

Technology Consultant Aug 1998 - May 2000

  • Part of grant writing team that received two Raising the Bar grants through SchoolNet for grades 5-8
  • Managed ordering of hardware and software for the project
  • Assisted teachers and student with the integration of the technology
  • Communicated with SchoolNet, attended required meetings, and established systems of support


VAN WERT CITY SCHOOLS, VAN WERT, OH

Substitute Teacher 1988-1992

  • Led the flag corps for marching band

COMMUNITY MEMBERSHIPS/ACTIVITIES

Co-Founder Technology Summit of Northwest Ohio

Chancel Choir, First United Methodist Church, Van Wert, OH

Stephen Minister, First United Methodist Church, Van Wert, OH

Van Wert Civic Theatre--Currently serve as web administrator and marketing chair