I am currently in my 3rd year as a Primary and Elementary ICT Coordinator in Frankfurt, Germany. I have taught kindergarten through grade 3 as a homeroom teacher in the US, Venezuela and Vietnam before moving to Germany.
As a coordinator, my job is to support teachers and students with technology integration as well as parent development workshops and general technology support. My role encompasses being a coordinator, a consultant, and a coach though I’m not sure I wear all of the hats equally.
I have completed a condensed workshop on cognitive coaching and feel that is an area that I am interested in, and could get better at within my current job. I also feel that coaching should play an important role in helping teachers and students in the learning process.
This is my 17th year as a teacher. I started in public school in Colorado, and now teach in South Korea. All of my years are in the IB programme.
With my consulting, I found that I loved the challenge of helping teachers keep their passion in the classroom for their students. I want to take my consulting and make it my dream job.
I am currently the Media Integration Specialist K-12 as well as the Secondary Learning Commons Coordinator, TOK instructor, and Co-teacher for the Learning Labs at TCIS.
I returned to Perth in 2016. At Helena College, I principally work in Year 6, teaching MYP English, Science, Maths as well as Humanities which I also teach in Year 7 and 8. Before this, I was teaching in Singapore (8 years) and Hong Kong (5.5 years). I worked on a pilot laptop program in Hong Kong. In Singapore, the school had laptops and a learning hub. Helena College is a 1:1 laptop school.
I have been interested in leveraging technology for learning for some time. I remember making a browser-based portfolio on a CD for students early in my career. That project took a couple of years to skill up to and I enjoyed being connected with a range of people. The technology has moved on but I continue to be excited by developments in this area.
I have personally engaged the services of a coach at various stages of my life. I’m not exactly sure where this course will take me. I am learning more about how it all works and how I can effectively support parents and staff to enhance student learning.
I currently work as a learning strategist teacher in BC, Canada. Prior to this I have taught and worked as Digital Learning Leader in an IB PYP school in Tehran, Iran and prior to that as a teacher and curriculum coordinator in a British School also in Tehran.
This is my 16th year into teaching and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey so far.
I have mentored newly qualified teachers regularly in the past and felt the need to up my own game in order to be better support my colleagues.