I began working in technology in 1996, when I was appointed the first technology aide in the Putnam Valley Central School District. This provided me the opportunity to support the district hardware and to facilitate integration by providing staff training and creating curriculum related websites. Shortly after being appointed, I realized my passion is to facilitate the use of technology in education.
During the past ten years at Valhalla UFSD, I have designed the technology curriculum for the middle and high schools. My Cyber Safety and Digital Citizenship units of study were showcased at the Technology Leadership Institute’s Tech Expo. A novel approach I have undertaken is to have a "Google Parent Group" where I simultaneously teach parents and their children about Cyber Safety.
As a Staff Developer I gave several workshops, both in-house and through the Teacher Center. I taught a variety of topics including using electronic grade books, school websites, Edline, RSS and using Web 2.0 applications to further student learning. I have written and been awarded grants, one of which was for a mobile wireless computer lab. In addition, I also manage the School Portal website and I am the administrator of our curriculum mapping account through Performance Pathways via TechPaths.
During my career, I have handled support and acquired bids, licenses, purchasing equipment and software. In all of my placements, I have trained staff, spearheaded new initiatives and been a cooperative team member
To sharpen my skills I take classes, attend network meetings and Educational Technology conferences. I also utilize social media and Web 2.0 tools to engage and collaborate with my global learning network.