Educational Technology Specialist

Teacher

Teacher

Dr. Tony Betrus and me at a kickoff event for one of the STEM Academies I manage in Steubenville, OH.

Dr. Tony Betrus and me at a kickoff event for one of the STEM Academies I manage in Steubenville, OH.

Current & Recent Projects

For more information, please visit my Projects page

Digital Literacy

While working as an Educational Technology Consultant for the National Education Foundation (NEF), I lead the development of a Digital Literacy course to be used throughout the US Virgin Islands as a part of a federal Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant. The curriculum covers the foundations of a solid understanding of the core skills needed to use a computer comfortably and efficiently in today’s society. Since 2013, the course has been completed by over 2,500 users, the majority of whom live in the US Virgin Islands. Over the course of the next calendar year, the program will be made available to low-income school districts across the US for low or no cost to the district, so that their students may gain the technology skills as directed by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Additionally, a Spanish-language version of the course is currently being developed.

STEM Learning

I currently serve as the assistant national director of the NEF’s STEM+ Academies program, where I manage the implementation of online learning software at twenty-three (as of February 2015) low-income schools across the country. I work with specially selected Academy Directors from within the district to set up access to and training on a selection of Pearson Digital and Skillsoft instructional software, which is provided to students, teachers, parents, and community members within the district. I also oversee the distribution of motivational incentive funding that is used to encourage high student performance.

 


M.S. Ed. in Instructional Technology

I received my M.S. Ed. in Instructional Technology from the State University of New York at Potsdam in the Spring of 2012. Preparation for this degree included courses in program evaluation, [computer] network architecture, multimedia scripting and authoring, systematic design of performance technology, and the history and current use of instructional technology in educational settings. My experiences culminated in an internship with the St. Lawrence-Lewis County BOCES, where I shadowed an Instructional Technology specialist, and delivered an in-service  technology usage presentation to teachers from various districts throughout the region.

Student Teaching

As part of my teacher preparation at the Crane School of Music, I performed two Student Teaching placements in a K-12 music education setting in the Spring of 2009. My first placement was at Newburgh Free Academy in the Newburgh, NY, City School district, under the sponsorship of Jillian Caci. I taught introductory piano classes, computer media & productivity software (including Garage Band, Microsoft Office, and iMovie), and ran rehearsals for an Electronic Keyboard Ensemble. My second placement was at HH Wells Middle School in the Brewster, NY, School District, under the sponsorship of John Butera. I taught middle school band and small group lessons.


Long-term Substitute Teaching

I have been very fortunate to be able to serve as a long-term substitute in two positions. I was a K-5 General Music and Chorus substitute teacher at Horizons on the Hudson elementary school in Newburgh, NY at the end of the 2008-2009 school year. I also filled a maternity leave position at the Brasher Falls Central School District in Brasher Falls, NY, where I taught 5-12 band and jazz band from September through January of the 2011-2012 school year.


Tutoring & Individual Instruction

I have provided small-group & individual tutoring and instruction for high school math and clarinet students.