Educational History and Professional Development

 

  1. Beginning with most recent, list colleges and universities attended, including postgraduate studies. Indicate degrees earned and dates of attendance.
  2. Beginning with most recent, list teaching employment history indicating time period, grade level and subject area.
  3. Beginning with most recent, list professional association memberships, including information regarding offices held and other relevant activities.
  4. Beginning with most recent, list staff development leadership activity and leadership activity in the training of future teachers.
  5. Beginning with the most recent, list awards and other recognition of your teaching.

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Most recently, I have obtained a master’s graduate degree from Regis University in Denver. My program was in Educational Instructional Technology and I graduated in May of 2014. Since that degree was earned, I have really enjoyed getting to apply those skills for the benefit of my students and other teachers in my school. The focus of the program was not just technology, but taking that technology and applying it to my classroom in a meaningful way. I learned about numerous tools that I have already been able to implement with my students. I completed this program over several years online while I was teaching full time.

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I got my undergraduate bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. I graduated in May of 2010 with a degree in Education as well as my teaching license with an emphasis in fine arts. All education degrees required an emphasis, and I loved getting to incorporate the arts into my higher education. In addition to my education classes, I had the opportunity to take classes in theater, musical theater, art history, music, choir, and orchestra. These are all interests I had in high school, and these classes have allowed me to apply the arts to my teaching style alongside the technological strategies I learned in my master’s program.

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I am currently teaching third grade at Prospect Ridge Academy, a public charter school in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. I have been there since the school’s inception in 2011 and have been able to be part of shaping the school from the ground up. This has taken the form of being the most experienced teacher on my team and being part of the hiring committee. Helping to select new teachers has been especially fascinating for me as I was able to take part in the interview process and ultimately shape the dynamics of the teaching community as our school grows. Working in a charter school has been rewarding because we have the freedom to make choices at our building level that are best for our specific students. Teaching third grade means I get to teach all the subjects to my students throughout the day. However, on my grade level team, each of us has taken on one specific subject to be responsible for. Due to this, while I teach all subjects I am the third grade science specialist. It is my favorite subject to teach. I do all the science planning and lesson design and then ensure my teammates have the background knowledge necessary to teach science well.

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Before working at Prospect Ridge, I taught third grade for one year, 2010-2011, at Mountain View Elementary School in Adams 12. This school is the Deaf and Hard of Hearing magnet school for the district and it was enlightening to see how they run their program incorporating students who are DHH into our classrooms. This is also the school where I completed my student teaching. Both years I was there I helped the teacher librarian run the Battle of the Books club, getting students excited about reading and having them compete at the district level.

 

Ever since I started working at Prospect Ridge I have gotten to work alongside our school technology director, Lynn Gregory. Working with her informed by decision to get my master’s degree in instructional technology. For the past two and half years at Prospect Ridge I have been designing and teaching technology professional development to my fellow educators, currently spanning kindergarten through 11th grade. I love meeting with them one-on-one and hearing what their needs are and what they want to learn about. I then use that information to help them be the best teachers they can be. I also teach professional development workshops monthly on a variety of other topics such as my deskless classroom and one of my favorite teaching books, Teach Like a Pirate. I have also had the opportunity this year to help administration rewrite our teacher evaluation rubric and walk through form. We were trying to condense and align our professional teaching standards to help our educators better understand what is expected of them.

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