Instructional Technology Specialist at Little Rock School District
Laid off on May 22, 2017 without due process. Instructional technology specialist for K-5th Elementary School. Programs like Gaggle, Google Classroom, ClassDojo, Remind.com, Quizlet, Reflex Math, First in Math, Edline, eSchool, Bloomboard Superuser, Myon, MyLexia, and many other programs associated with helping low socioeconomic area schools get the resources they deserve to have a brighter future. I also assist parents in creating an open and welcoming support/communication system through positive behavior intervention (PBIS) as well as assisting them in finding employment (i.e. tips on resume's, current job openings and listservs of job openings, how to search for employment effectively online, etc.). I serve on our amazing distributed leadership team under the best principal in the district (Mrs. Stephanie Walker). I secured our school a $20,000 Verizon STEM grant last year and plan on seeking additional funding for the outdated and dying technology our school currently attempts to use daily. I believe in my students and their intelligence. I believe that the resources (or lack thereof) at our school severely impede the academic advancement our students deserve and will do my best for these students while I continue working on my research of educational supervision/administration/curriculum. I continue to pursue advancements through educational improvement committees to be a voice for "at-risk" student achievement and equal resources for those students as well as other programs such as distance/online learning (i.e. APEX, Google Classroom, Edutyping, etc.), my ChapinClass.com website for professional development training for educators, Code.org educator - Hour of Code, through my previous skills as a Search Engine Optimization and Google Analytics professional, and research to continue to involve parents, students, community members, and all stakeholders! I love technology and all it can do for our students but I also love working on grants and careers for our students and their families.