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About Your Tech Coach

Growing up just south of here in Lawrence County, I loved school. Being active in activities, clubs, and groups helped to make my middle and high school experience one to remember. I went on to graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education/English. While at UTM, I was active in Zeta Tau Alpha women's fraternity and working on campus in the English Department. I am currently completing my Masters in Administration and Supervision at Middle Tennessee State University. 

 

I started teaching in February of 2000 in West Tennessee at a large rural high school. In the fall of 2000, after a job transfer for my husband, I began teaching sophomore English and Bible classes at Davidson Academy in Nashville, where I spent the next five years. To get back into public education, I then moved to Rutherford County in 2005 to teach middle school ELA at LaVergne Middle and then Rockvale Middle. I finally landed at Smyrna Middle in 2012 as an 8th grade ELA teacher, department head, and Student Council sponsor.

My love of technology started in the 80s with Macintosh computers playing "Oregon Trail" and "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?", Atari 2600, and cassette walkmans. I used an iMac G3 in college and had my first Gateway computer when I graduated. Technology in Education has come a long way since the green and black screen I learned on. I hope we can help your child create some of the same memories using technology as I have--just better.

My family includes my husband, Eric, and our three children, John David, Julianne, and Louba Jane. 

In January 2016, I became the Technology Coach for my school. I have the task of accomplishing the following:

  • Facilitating the implementation and integration of technology in classrooms. 
  • Providing ongoing job-embedded professional development for teachers, staff, and administration on infusing technology into the core curriculum areas, models effective instructional strategies using technology, and leads discussions with teachers on the latest research on technology integration. 
  • Assisting teachers in using technology for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students.

 

We only have about 7000 days with our children before they become adults, and I want to thank you for sharing your children with us  for part of those days.