July 7, 2015
I am excited to begin a new journey with the talented teaching staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School (OLOL) in Decatur Illinois. In the section below, I will begin a list of links that I plan to use and share during my first year as building Technology Integration Coach. I will also share links that I will be using and exploring as I "flip" my first classrooms, sharing resources that have been passed along to me. The first individual to whom I would like to give credit is Mr. Rob Kamrowski. You'll find his information on line and follow him too via http://Schoology.com at https://www.schoology.com/user/4832683/info. The information and tutorials that he shares are an invaluable asset to the "Toolbox" that I will be using to help create a blended learning environment at OLOL.
June 25, 2015
Hello friends. If it seems like I have been away for a while, I have. Life kept me busy during the months of April and May. My daughter graduated from high school and I was wrapped up in the all the events centering around her world for the time being. Professionally, I was engaged in a work project that required a lot of time on the computer, helping to update the Illinois World War II Veteran’s Project Memorial Website. (Desktop Publishing, Web design, and Graphic Arts are hobbies and activities that I dabble in on the side.) You can find the link here: http://ww2il.com/veterans-stories/. That brings me to the second reason I have for presenting this site to you.
Middle school and high school teachers, have you ever considered a digital storytelling project for students that involves research in US History and Language Arts? This may be the perfect project for your class. You can find the project’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/IVCCP/timeline.
Now for some exciting news. I am proud and excited to announce a new position that I will begin officially on August 1, 2015. I am a new hire as the Technology Coach and K-8 Computer Literacy Teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Decatur, IL. In addition to these job roles, I will also teach a section of sixth grade Reading and eighth grade Writing. Being “back in the saddle,” I look forward to teaching children in a blended learning environment and utilizing 21st Century tools and applications that make learning more fun and engaging for youth today.
I will make a better attempt to touch base with my followers frequently. I am looking forward to testing and utilizing web-based as well as traditional resources in addition to research-based teaching strategies. In doing so, I will strive toward continual self-improvement in not only in how I teach, but also fostering mastery of subject matter and intrinsic self-efficacy on the part of the learner.
I have always tried to live my adult life by the rule, “God first, family second and career third.” I trust that those of you who share this philosophy understand that a lifetime of twists and turns, highs and lows, unforeseen blessings and challenges can result in starts and stops in one’s professional journey. My life has been just like that. Now, after thirty years of working “in the field” I find myself in the position facing retirement. That does not mean I am ready to stop working. It just means that how I am able to contribute my time and talent is on the verge of change.