ILLINOIS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION-Springfield, Illinois 2007-2011 Principal Consultant Program consultant assigned to e-Learning initiatives in the former Division of Curriculum and Instruction. Projects managed and/or supported included: Approval of Technology Integration Plans for all Illinois school districts for compliance with Federal Title IID (EETT) and e-Rate; Consultant with ISBE staff to develop the Illinois Interactive Report Card (iirc) Technology Plan and School Improvement Plan templates; Response to Intervention (RtI); Gifted Education; School Improvement; and 1:1 laptop computer projects; Professional Development Provider on topics of K-12 Technology Integration; Presenter and participant at state and national conferences and convocation groups including educational topics input with The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), State Educational Technology Director’s Association (SETDA), and the United States Department of Education (USDOE).
DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS [DPS 61]-Decatur, Illinois 2005-2007
Computer Literacy Teacher at Hope Academy for grades Kindergarten through eight.
Middle School Industrial Technology Teacher
DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS [DPS 61]-Decatur, Illinois 1986-2003
Past teaching assignments included self-contained classrooms in grades one through five; including several years teaching in split-grade level settings (i.e. 2/3, 4/5, 5/6).
K-12 District Technology Resource Specialist (10/02-12/03)-Cooperated with instructional leaders in matters of curriculum and instructional, planning and execution. Provided staff leadership in advisory capacity as well as through professional development. Managed curriculum development as well as district and community relations. Building liaison to district Central Administrators. Successful NCLB Title II Part D grant writer for a three year grant worth over $200,000 in its entirety.
ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS WHILE AT DPS 61
Multi-grade level, multi-building Gifted and Talented Program Teacher, (12/94-6/96)
Extracurricular Activity Sponsorships over the years have included: Student Government, Safety Patrol, Newsletter and Yearbook groups, in addition to serving as social media and website manager for my building(s).
State and National Education Conference presenter. (ICE/ISTE/NECC)
Recipient of Illinois Arts in Education grant and Illinois Power Classroom Grant. Wrote for funding to enhance integration of drama into the Language Arts curriculum.
Computers in the Classroom-Program Participant-Recipient. Received a mini-lab including 3 desktop and one lap-top computer, as well as network and Internet connection to my classroom.
Train the Trainer-Participant and Peer Trainer/Building Technology Consultant. Demonstrating utilization of technology in the elementary classroom. Awarded classroom computer. Assisted in building staff development relevant to infusion of technology into teaching, encouraging technologically enhanced student centered products.
S.T.A.R.T. Peer Technology and Education-Presenter. Guided fellow educators through WebQuest/Unit Plan Design methods creating engaged learning opportunities for students.
Recipient of the Illinois State Board of Education Gifted Fellowship Grant, a $2000.00 grant toward personal professional growth.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS-Chesterfield, Virginia 2003-2005
Teacher-First Grade Teacher at Swift Creek Elementary School located in Midlothian, Virginia. Taught all major subject areas and conducted progress monitoring in Reading. Performed additional duties as assigned and/or requested including designing the school website and assisting with additional instruction in Language Arts for fifth grade students.
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC SCHOOL-Decatur, Illinois 2000-2002
Computer Literacy Teacher - Technology Coordinator-Computer Science Teacher for Preschool through Eighth grade. Chairperson of Parish Technology Committee. Assisted in budget, Tech Plan writing, and purchasing for the computer lab. Created lessons, as well as coordinated such with classroom teachers, utilizing desktop computer applications and the Internet. Troubleshooting and maintaining NT/LAN as well as older Novel system for approximately 70 computer/client stations located inside and outside of the computer lab. Other assigned and contractual duties involved math education for a fifth grade class daily, child safety, and supervision.
Recipient of the 3Com Planet Project Award, February 2000. This was a commercial grant valued between $4000.00 and $5000.00 to build internal connections to drive global-Internet assisted teaching and learning.
Developed and directed adult computer courses for the larger parish community.
Designed and directed two-day summer workshop introducing the faculty to basic web design.
Post-Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Hours-Eastern Illinois University, Aurora, National Louis University, and Richland Community College. Courses include Early Childhood Education, Technology in Education, MS Mathematics and MS Methods.
MA, Gifted Strategies/Instructional Media-University of Illinois at Springfield. 1997