My Resume/CV

Objective

Enthusiastic and passionate lifelong learner aspiring to collaborate with a goal oriented, energetic, technically innovative educational organizations (and people!) committed to 21st-century achievement.

 

What I am working on right now! (2016-17 School Year)

Highlights from the 2015-16 school year

  • Implementing and evaluating 7-12 iPad 1:1 (Completed Spring 2016)
  • Continue to implement district technology plan
  • Researching/developing/implementing an ePortfolio system for pk-12  district implementation (done!)
  • Plan/create Makerspace learning environments in our K-12 media centers
  • Technology planning for new PK-2 building – Byron Primary School (DONE)
  • Create a personalized models of pd that align to strategic plan and district initiatives (BearsPD.com – Started Nov 2015!)
  • Continue to design and facilitate the Innovative Institutional Leadership Certificate (through Winona State University)
  • Updating district web page (Phase 1 complete – July 16) (DONE!)

Professional Experience

  • Facilitated development of American Literature course through Minnesota Partnership of Collaborative Curriculum (June – Sept 2014)
  • Co-Chaired EdcampSEMN – Edcamp for the SE MN.  (Aug 2014)
  • Planned/Supported implementation of Project Based Learning pilot in 2014
  • Collaboratively coordinated internal edcamp unconference January  20, 2014
  • Co creator of MNTransformEDU – Google site for transforming EDU leadership in MN. (Fall 2013)
  • Planned, coordinated, implement Digital Learning Coach (teacher technology leadership) model of PD.  100% of Byron teachers PreK-12 teachers have an individualized learning plan to improve their effective use of technology (All call to Byron teachers for open position)
  • Planned and implemented 1:1 7th grade iPad pilot (Sept 2012)
  • Collaboratively organize and present at district’s yearly Innovation Fair.  (Since March 2012)
  • Configure, maintain, evaluate district helpdesk ticket system.  (since Dec 2011)
  • Provided support, resources, and training in the development of the high school English department’s e-Portfolio for every high school student. (2011)
  • Planned, manage, and implemented district’s data warehouse (Ties iCue) (2011)
  • Created, designed and published Creating Student e-Portfolios with Google Sites using Moodle compact design techniques (Spring 2011)
    • Formally implemented and trained  Byron teachers (summer 2011)
  • 2011 School board presentations – co presented with district/teacher leaders (Hybrid Pilot) (e-Portfolios)(PLD’s) (Innovation @ BPS)
  • Co-chaired district’s Innovation sub-committee (2011)
  • Successfully budgeted, planned, organized, and implemented district’s 4th teacher laptop refresh since 2000. (120 laptops) (2011)
  • Provided support, resources, and training in the development of the high school math department’s e-curriculum. (2010)
  • Planned, managed, migrated the district to Google Apps for Education.  Developed online support materials for Byron Apps as well as providing face to face training. (Feb 2010) Student Domain (September 2010)
  • Developed, implemented, and continue to train teachers districts 6 week online learning certification program. (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Planned,  managed, migrated, and trained stakeholders to utilize district’s new student information system – Infinite Campus (including 50% of our high school and middle school households). (2009)
  • Planned, implemented 3 year high tech classroom plan.  (Smartboards, ceiling mounted projectors, voice amplification, speakers in every classroom) (2008-2011)
  • Designed, budgeted, executed, monitored, and completed technology plan for new facility – Byron High School.  Highlights include state of the art classrooms that are scalable for future technologies, rock solid infrastructure, and district wide fiber network. (2006)
  • Developed and organize the Bears Professional Growth Academy – an internal summer institute that provides high quality training to Byron Staff.  Approximately 60% of our teachers voluntarily attend and 50% of total staff for over 900 hours of training time.
  • Brainstorm, support, work with district teachers and leaders in all aspects of instructional technology training and integration.
  • Administer districts computerized assessment systems.  (NWEA, MCA, CLEP)
  • Administer, troubleshoot, and support districts file, print, application, communication servers.
  • Support the administration of district’s filter, firewall, and network.
  • Administer, troubleshoot, and support district’s video conference network,  website, and emergency notification system.
  • Responsible for maintaining districts 5 year technology plan, goals, and benchmarks.
  • Developed 5 year technology replacement plan for district’s infrastructure and computers.
  • Chair district technology committee, district online learning committee.
  • Member of district staff development committee, district continuous improvement committee, district expanded management team, and data coach team.
  • Actively advocate for educational technology needs for Minnesota teachers.

Memberships

  • Minnesota Association of School Administrators – MASA
  • SEMN-Tig (Southeast Minnesota Technology Integration Group)
  • MNPCC
  • OLLN Network
  • MN Moodle Network
  • Serve as the regional coordinator and advisory council chair for the Southeast Minnesota Network (SEMNET) – a telecommunication cluster comprised of 16 school districts in southeast Minnesota.
  • Collaborate and serve on the statewide Minnesota Regional Telecommunications Coordinators committee.
  • Member Southeast Minnesota Technology Coordinators group in southeast Minnesota (SEMTEC), of Minnesota Educational Media Organization (MEMO), MN Internet 2 User group, Rochester Area Math Science Partnership (RAMSP) technology infrastructure committee, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Consortium of School Networking. (COSN)

Employment History

Byron Public Schools – Byron, MN

  • Director of Information and Learning Technology 2010 – present
  • Information Systems Manager, 2000 to 2010
  • Technology Assistant III/Auditorium Manager, 1999-2000
  • Technology Assistant/Auditorium Manager, 1997-1999
  • Technology Aide, 1996-1997

Winona State University –  Winona, MN

  • Adjunct Professor, Education Leadership, August 2015 – Present

Education

  • University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, WI
    M.S. Information and Communication Technology, 2010
    Emphasis in Elearning (My Portfolio) (Grad Certificate)
  • Bellevue University – Bellevue, NE
    B.S. Business Information Systems, 2005
    (online)
  • Riverland Community College – Austin, MN
    Associate’s Degree in Electronics, 1996
    Certificate in Computer Networking, 1996

Certifications

References available upon request

Contact Information

Proudest professional moments to date:

2015 Minnesota Technology Leader of the Year Award

Awarded Monday, December 14, 2015.
Media Links – Rochester Post BulletinKIMT TVKAAL TVTIES

2011 – Winning the Intel School of Distinction Award

 It was an amazing experience winning the 2011 Intel School of Distinction AwardHere is some video I captured of the moment we found out we won.  I truly wish every educator could feel what I felt that day.

Presentations and Workshops

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • 2012 TIES Technology Conference – Flipped Panel: A Reaction to Salman Khan and the Evolution of Flipped Learning
    December 2012
    Presented with Mike Dronen (Stillwater Technology Director) and Mike Walker (Edina Technology Integrationalist)
  • MASA Region 1 Administrators Fall 2012 Session – PD strategies to Support 1:1: This time its personal
    November 2, 2012
  • Establishing your eClassroom
    8 Week Online Course
    October 26, 2012 – November 27, 2012
  • 2012 Edutech ConferenceClassroom Transformation with eees
    October 8, 2012
    Byron teacher leaders and I collaboratively presented on technologies (eCurriculum, eLearning, and ePortfolios) that are transforming student learning  as well as teacher professional development.
  • iPad Parent/Student Meeting
    August 21 & 28, 2012
    7th grade 1:1 iPad informational meeting presented with Byron Middle School principal, Rachel Larson
  • Facilitating Online Learning with Moodle
    7 Week Online Course
    June 12, 2012 – July 26, 2012
  • MDE Technology Meeting – Professional development for  instruction requires a blended approach
    March 30, 2012
    Collaborated and presented with Edina Technology Integrationalist, Mike Walker, on PD models to support hybrid classrooms
  • Establishing your eClassroom
    7 Week Online Course
    Feb 22, 2012 – April 11, 2012
  • 2012 MASBO Conference – Yes! Yours might Be Boring: Presentation Transformation
    February 3, 2012
  • 2012 MASBO Conference – All aboard: Tools and ideas making a big impact on school business
    February 3, 2012
    This was presentation delivered collaboratively with Edina Tech Director Steve Buettner and Byron Business Manager Jenn Walsh.  (Developed completely using Google Presentation and Google Hangout) In this presentation, we shared samples and examples of free tools and transformative ideas that are not only being used in K12 classrooms, but have migrated into all areas of school business in both large and small MN districts. Participants learned how their districts could become more collaborative, efficient, and innovative while improving their communication and work practices.

2011

  • 2011 TIES ConferenceGoing Ga Ga for ePortfolios
    December 13, 2011
    In the spring of 2011, the Byron High School English department decided to integrate electronic portfolios for every student using Google Apps for Education (a.k.a. Googlio). In this presentation, I collaborated with the English dept and we shared lessons learned, tips and ideas for integrating student Googlios as an effective schoolwide teaching and learning tool. It was a very empowering experience for these teachers!
  • 2011 Ties Conference –  Extreme Google Makeover School Edition
    December 12, 2011
    I was fortunate to collaborate with Andi Bodeau and Matt Oswald on this breakout session in which shared our examples of how we use Google Apps in our schools. (we also had take-home samples) It was one of more popular sessions at the conference. (based on participation).  We did not meet face to face until 2 hours before the presentation.and we used Google Hangout/Google Docs to collaborate on the design the presentation.
  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Creating Student ePortfolios with Google Sites
    6 Week Course, Summer 2012
    This course was developed by myself and published on Moodleshare.  I facilitated the course with several teachers from my district.  This was to support an initiative in which the high school English department incorporated ePortfolios for every student.
  • Brainerd Public Schools – Intro to Gmail and Google Calendar
    June 6, 2011
    I was asked to assist in the roll out of Google Apps for Education at Brainerd Public Schools. This was an introductory face to face course to show  Brainerd teachers how to use Gmail and Google Calendar.
  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Facilitating Online Learning with Moodle
    January 10 – February 16, 2011
    Grad Credit available through Winona State University
    This is the introductory training course for teachers to begin blending and/or transitioning their brick and mortar classrooms into the online environment by using Moodle. This course is designed to be face to face session (beginning and end) with 5 weeks of online instruction. It goes past learning how to use Moodle and incorporates best practice methods for assessing, collaborating, and facilitating online learning.

2010

  • 2010 TIES Conference – Bidding Adieu to Textbooks
    December 6, 2010
    Co-presented with Byron Math Teachers: Rob Warneke, Troy Faulkner, Jen Green, and Jeremy Baumbach
    In 2010, the Byron High School Math Department decided to discontinue using expensive textbooks and develop their own curriculum with a blend of open education resources and teacher-created content. This session will describe the successes and challenges of their journey as well as share a wealth of technology resources.
  • 2010 TIES Conference – To Friend or Not to Friend: A Guide for Teachers Using Social and Educational Networking Sites
    December 6, 2010
    Co-presented with Doug Johnson
    Should you friend your students on your Facebook page? Will keeping a blog cost you your job? What expectations should you have of your students who discuss issues on your class Ning? Learn some practical guidelines for using both social and educational networking tools that will both improve your teaching and prevent possible problems with your administration.
  • Byron District Technology Committee – Making the Case for Facebook
    October 14, 2010
    This presentation was designed to showcase the learning and communication opportunities by using Facebook.  Currently our district blocks Facebook from students and teachers.
  • Memo Fall Conference – To Friend or Not to Friend: A Guide for Teachers Using Social and Educational Networking Sites
    October 1, 2010
    Co-presented with Doug Johnson
    Should you friend your students on your Facebook page? Will keeping a blog cost you your job? What expectations should you have of your students who discuss issues on your class Ning? Learn some practical guidelines for using both social and educational networking tools that will both improve your teaching and prevent possible problems with your administration.
  • Albert Lea Summer Staff Development Academy – Digital Storytelling with Photostory
    July 28 & August 27, 2010
    This workshop will provide the investigation, creation, and evaluation of ways of integrating digital storytelling into the classroom setting. You will learn how to use one of many tools that are available to do this and more importantly, you will determine when and why to use this tool. Participants in this workshop will learn how to use Photo Story 3 (free program) and discuss a variety of ways the program can be used to support learning and teaching in the classroom.
  • Albert Lea Summer Staff Development Academy – Intro to Moodle
    July 28 & August 27, 2010
    Moodle is a learning management system that allows teachers to move curriculum and courses online. This introductory look will give you hands on experience of the activities and instructional applications that are available in Moodle.  You can create activities to add interaction to your classroom, or develop your own self grading quizzes and tests.  We will also discuss future plans for transforming your classroom into a 21st-century online learning environment.
  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Google Apps for Education
    August 10, 2010
    This presentation will provide specific hands on applications for a collection of Google Apps tools like Google Calendar, Google Docs, and Google Sites.  We will discuss how you can implement in your classroom, office, and school to promote collaboration and productivity with students and staff.
  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Beyond PowerPoint
    August 12, 2010
    Have you ever been “PowerPointed to death?”  Do your kids cringe every time they are required to do a PowerPoint assignment?  Do you have to wake your audience after your presentations?  If you are tired of boring PowerPoints, then this workshop is for you!  First we will take a look at the traditional Powerpoint presentation and Zenify it with new design principles.  Then we will look at new ways for you to share your presentations and even have participants interact with them!
  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Facilitating Online Learning with Moodle
    July 12-August 9 2010
    Grad Credit available through Winona State University
    This is the introductory training course for teachers to begin blending and/or transitioning their brick and mortar classrooms into the online environment by using Moodle. This course is designed to be face to face session (beginning and end) with 5 weeks of online instruction. It goes past learning how to use Moodle and incorporates best practice methods for assessing, collaborating, and facilitating online learning.
  • SW/WC Service Cooperative 2010 Technology Conference – Going Google
    March 11, 2010
    In January 2010, Byron Public Schools transitioned all employees to Google Apps for Education and was able to promote innovation while saving the district time and money. Participants will learn why the district made the decision, specific cost savings (current and future), and future plans of rolling out Google Apps to students. Finally, resources will shared to support “next steps” for interested districts to implement Google Apps for Education in their schools.

2009

  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Facilitating Online Learning with Moodle
    July 2009
    Grad Credit available through Winona State University
    This is the introductory training course for teachers to begin blending and/or transitioning their brick and mortar classrooms into the online environment by using Moodle. This course is designed to be face to face session (beginning and end) with 5 weeks of online instruction. It goes past learning how to use Moodle and incorporates best practice methods for assessing, collaborating, and facilitating online learning.
  • Byron Bears Professional Growth Academy – Creating your virtual voice through podcasting
    August 5, 2009
    Hands-on!! Podcasting can be used in powerful ways to motivate students to develop their traditional as well as digital literacy skills. It can be done safely, is relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to learn. This session explores examples of successful  podcasts and demonstrates how teachers and administrators can start their own classroom/school podcast or produce their own radio show!

 Publications/Articles

2012
Cabinet to Cloud:  Click Here to See my Learning (with Jen Green, Stacy Warneke, Justin Jourdan) Minnesota School Board Association.  May 2012

2011
The Perfect Mathematical Storm (with Troy Faulkner, Jen Green, Rob Warneke, and Jeremy Baumbach) Minnesota School Board Association.  May 2011

2010
The Benefits and Risks of Social Networking for Educators. Bam Network podcast interview. September 2010.

Guidelines for Educators Using Social and Educational Networking Sites (with Doug Johnson) Library Media Connection, March/April  2010

 

Highlights from the 2014-15 School Year

Highlights from the 2013-14 school year

  • Facilitated/supported English Language Arts 11 course through the Minnesota Partnership of Collaborative Curriculum
  • Co-Chaired – Edcamp SE Minnesota on August 12, 2014 at Lourdes High School.  (Collaborative effort between Kenneth Griswold (Albert Lea), Tomi Swanson (Kasson), Tyler Zunker (Winona), Karl Peter Hammer (Zumbro Ed), Zack Krueger (Owatonna), Maranda Emig (Kingsland), Sara Field (Rochester Catholic)
  • Plan/Support a Project Based Learning Pilot in Grade 5
  • Organized/Hosted an in district Edcamp – was FANTASTIC!!!!
  • Co-Created SE-MN TIG – A regional network of technology integrationalists

Highlights from the 2012-13  school year

  • Implementing & evaluating 7th grade 1:1 iPad pilot
  • Implementing & evaluating digital learning coach and flipped PD models.
  • Technology Planning for Community Ed/Kindergarten transition

Highlights from the 2011-12 school year

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