About Me

My name is Rachelle Dene Poth and I am a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. I am also an attorney and earned my Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law and have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. I have presented at conferences such as ISTE, FETC, iNACOL, ST4T, PETE&C, PSMLA, Summer Spark and additional local conferences, on technology and more ways to benefit student learning.

I am the President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network.

I was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology, the PA affiliate of ISTE) and by the NSBA as one of the "20 to watch" educators and received an award and met awesome educators and members of the #Edumatch PLN in Chicago at CoSn 2017.

In 2016, I received the Presidential Bronze Award for Volunteer Service to Education, the Silver in 2017 and in 2018, I received the Gold Award, for having done over 500 hours of volunteer service in education as part of ISTE.

I am proud to be involved in several communities including being a Buncee Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod Certified Educator and PioNear, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Google Certified Levels I and II.

I am the author of 'In Other Words: Quotes that push our thinking," "uNconventional," and "The Future is Now: Learning and Growing Together," published by Edugladiators. As a contributing author, I wrote chapter 6 of the Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education 2016” focused on Blended Learning, Chapter 3 on Project Based Learning in Edusnap 17, and on Power of PLN in Edusnap 18. I also contributed to “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE and "Stories in EDU" a collaborative book from Jason Bretzmann and Kenny Bosch.

I blog regularly for Getting Smart, DefinedSTEM and Kidblog and continue to look for opportunities to highlight student work and student voice.

I enjoy presenting on a variety of education topics and edtech trends. The main areas that I present on are Assessments, Student Tools for Creation, AppSmashing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Going Global with Project Based Learning.

NSBA Ceremony: Chicago, April 2017 at CoSN

PAECT Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2017

Recipients of the 2017 awards from PAECT

Recipients of the "20 to watch" Chicago 2017

The amazing TEN Leadership TEAM

ISTE TEACHER EDUCATION NETWORK Presidential Award Winners and Making IT Happen Recipient Torrey Trust