The 2016-17 school year brought a new challenge to my life. After having been a classroom teacher for 15 years, I had the opportunity to leave my cozy little classroom filled to the brim with 8th graders 6 periods a day to become my district's Technology Integration Specialist. This was a career goal that appeared at least two years ahead of schedule. At the time I was working to complete a master's degree in Learning Design and Leadership with a focus on Instructional Technology from the University of Illinois. I felt that this degree would help me towards this end goal, teach me how to meet the needs of teachers and students with regards to technology in the classroom, which it did!
As I work with teachers of varying levels of experience and expertise, I'm finding more and more that they all truly want the same thing: How can I use this NOW with MY students. Keeping that in mind, allows me to personalize the learning of each of my teachers, providing examples and looking for materials they can use in their classrooms.