This is my thirteenth year teaching, and my fourth year at McKinley Technology High School in the District of Columbia Public Schools. During the thirteen years I have taught at the middle, high school, community college, and university levels.
I graduated from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting and minor in mathematics & statistics. I earned my Master's degree from BU in Business Education in 2004 and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership/Educational Technology doctoral degree at Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, PA. My PA Department of Education certifications include Business, Computer, & Information Technology K-12, Libary Science K-12, Middle Level Mathematics 7-9, Instructional Technology Specialist K-12, and English as a Second Language Specialist. I also hold teaching licenses in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.
In 2013, I was awarded AFCEA DC STEM Teacher of the Quarter for the second quarter.
In 2011, I was to be named one of fifty Siemens STEM Institute fellows selected nationwide for the second annual 2011-2012 class in Washington, D.C. this summer.
I also had the honor to be one of 102 educators selected by Microsoft to share my History Podcast QR Code educational technology project at the 2011 Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forum in Redmond, Washington, July 2011. My project was selected to represent the U.S. in the Worldwide Partners in Learning Forum in November.
In 2014, I serverd as a Master Eductator for UMBC's Computer Science department in the CS Matters in Maryland program.
My educational passion & mission: STEM education and preparing our students to be tomorrow's change makers using innovative practices with technology.
My philosophy of teaching is simple. Every student can be successful with the right attitude, motivation, and support. Add in technology, and we, as educators, speak our millennial students' language, appeal to their nature, get their attention, and empower them to be tomorrow's change makers.
Expose students to technology, they gain experience.
Through that experience, they each develop their own expertise.
Through expertise, they become confident.
With confidence, they can change the world.
Provide students with opportunities to become confident innovative changemakers.