I am the Instructional Technologist for Lackland Elementary. I began teaching in 1996 in 2nd grade, and moved to instructional technology in 1999. I worked in Northside ISD until I moved to Lackland in 2014.
I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. I love The Windy City, my Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, and of course, deep dish pizza (preferably from Lou Malnati's). I also enjoy camping, road trips, concerts, theater, reading (non-fiction is my favorite) and binge watching supernatural tv shows (guilty pleasure). I have an older brother and sister, and 3 amazing nephews. Our family has a vacation home on a lake in Wisconsin, and that is my favorite place in the world.
Before my daughter was born, I helped run two animal rescue groups, one for ferrets, and one for cats and dogs. I did that for about 10 years. My daughter was born in 2006, and all our permanent pets from the rescue years have passed away, except for one dog, who is about 142 years old. Seriously. There have been other rescues, post-childbirth (one never really gets "out" of that world), and now there are 2 more dogs who are about 2-4 years old, and two cats who are 1 and 3 years old who have joined the old girl, much to her dismay.
I am passionate about education and believe everyone should be a life-long learner. I think the most important skills we can teach our students are things like creativity, problem-solving, persistence, communication, and collaboration. Technology is a conduit for that. Not only is it an integral part of our lives now, it will be even more so in the future. We have to prepare our students for jobs and careers that don't even exist yet, so we must teach outside the box and deep below the surface. We should make our students passionate about school and learning, and technology is definitely a resource to support that.