:: teaching experience

2012 – present
Instructional Technology Coordinator & Teacher
Jeffco’s 21st Century Virtual Academy
Jeffco Public Schools

  • Collaborate with J21VA staff in integrating technology and designing learning opportunities
  • Create and Teach courses (including Social Studies and Web Design)
  • Train students and staff in accessing and utilizing online programs (i.e. Google Apps, Schoology, Edgenuity)
  • Serve as “Tier 1″ site-tech for staff and students

2008– 2012
Teacher Librarian
Wheat Ridge Middle School
Jeffco Public Schools

  • Provided school library services to approximately 500 5th through 8th grade students
  • Successfully led school faculty to improve 8th Grade Tech Assessment scores from 15% proficient (2009) to 45% proficient (2011)
  • Planned acquisitions, allocations, and staff trainings for building technology as member of the WR58 ETAP / Technology Committee
  • Managed and designed WR58 Website and Facebook & Twitter accounts
  • Taught Publications class (WRMS Daily Show, WRMS Yearbook, and other school media services)
  • Represented the Jefferson High School articulation area for the Jeffco library advisory board
  • Co-led the WRMS Parent-Teacher Coalition

2005 – 2008
Technology Teacher
Wheat Ridge Middle School
Jeffco Public Schools

  • Designed and taught technology classes guiding students in digital movie production, web design, podcasting, graphic design, computer animation, water bottle rocketry, and mousetrap car units
  • Served as electives team leader
  • Developed and maintained the Wheat Ridge Middle School Website
  • Led and organized after school programs and the WRMS Talent Show
  • Maintained building technology resources and served on technology committee
  • Trained staff in technology applications, uses, and integration

2004 – 2005
First Grade Literacy Support Teacher
Laredo Elementary School
Third Grade Literacy Teacher
Sixth Avenue Elementary School
Aurora Public Schools

  • Trained students to use technology as a literacy resource
  • Directed whole class and small group instruction based on assessment data, student needs, and continuum goals
  • Organized and led extracurricular activities for gifted and advanced students promoting literacy, mathematics, and technology skills
  • Utilized wide range of technology skills to improve literacy and language instruction
  • Assessed, evaluated, planned, and instructed in conjunction with three separate first grade classes

1999 – 2001
Business English Teacher and Teaching Coach
Sydney Institute of Language and Commerce
Shanghai University, Shanghai, China

  • Coached new teachers in how to organize and improve classes
  • Planned and organized listening and speaking, reading, and writing courses for first and second year university-level Chinese students of English
  • Created exams and outside reading material
  • Led a weekly volunteer “English Corner”

:: education and training

  • Online School Library Endorsement Program: 2007 – 2008
    University of Colorado at Denver
  • MA – Information and Learning Technologies: 2004 – 2005
    University of Colorado at Denver
  • Elementary Education Endorsement Program: 2003
    University of Colorado at Denver
  • BA – East Asian Studies w/ Minor in Chinese Language: 1995 – 1999
    Western Washington University

:: educational licenses and endorsements

  • CDE School Librarian Endorsement
  • CDE Instructional Technology Specialist Endorsement
  • CDE Social Studies Endorsement
  • CDE Elementary License

:: educational technology skills

Please visit my portfolio for examples of proficiency in:

  • Schoology course creation
  • Technology education resources and presentations
  • Website creation and development
  • Digital movie production including online video, online tutorials, and DVD production
  • Graphic design and creation using Photoshop, Fireworks, and Gimp

:: language skills

Chinese (Mandarin)

  • Chinese minor from Western Washington University in 1999
  • Two years experience living and teaching in Shanghai, China

American Sign Language

  • Completed beginner-level classes

:: awards

  • 2013 Jeffco Values Award Recipient: Teamwork
  • 2010 Jeffco Values Award Recipient: Exemplary Performance
  • 2008 WRMS “Favorite Teacher” (as voted on by students)
  • 2007 WRMS “Favorite Teacher” (as voted on by students)