This is my first post as a blogger in the world of education and technology. I’ve had a blog before, but that was as a classroom teacher with the audience primarily being parents of students. Now I don’t know who might be reading this.
A little history about me… I taught second grade in a private school in Boston for 6 years. Then I left the classroom to pursue my master’s degree in education. My area of focus was technology in education. I had the honor of interning while in grad school at Tom Snyder Productions and having the opportunity to interact with fascinating and talented people.
After graduate school, I got a job with Bolt, Beranek, and Newman (BBN) as one of the first site director’s for the Co-NECT Schools, one of many education reform projects that were part of the New American Schools Development Corporation. I worked with teachers and the principal to help them undergo a change, which was difficult for them and for me. I found myself wishing I were them with this amazing opportunity to put new ideas into action.
I left BBN to return to the classroom in Vermont, teaching first and second grade in a multiage setting. I became a member of a four-person dynamic teaching team within a wonderful school system. I found myself happy to be engaged in helping children learn, integrating technology, and forging relationships with families. I continued teaching for another 15 years.
Then I found myself at a crossroads- the Technology Integration Specialist was retiring… Should I continue to utilize the opportunity to work directly with students or move out of the classroom into this new role? I didn’t apply at first, but was later encouraged by colleagues and administrators. I took the plunge.
This is the beginning of my third year in this position. I have learned so much, but still miss those relationships with students and their families. However, given that technology never stops changing, neither does my job. I have found other ways to be rewarded- as I work with teachers and students and engage them in new ideas.
I hope to use this blog to share some of those successes, some personal learning, and reflections on education, technology, and our big, wide world.