Professional Learning Specialist
I dedicated the first 20 years of my professional career to teaching high school physics, most in the School District of Hillsborough County in Tampa Florida. I was a finalist for Teacher of the Year in 2000 and accomplished my National Board Certification in AYA Science (physics) on my first attempt in 2001. I have always been an early adopter of technology, in the classroom or otherwise. In 2002 I was invited by the University of South Florida (USF) College of Education, to join a team that went on to develop the Florida Master Digital Educator Program, now managed by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF. In 2005 I completed my graduate degree at USF in Instructional Technology. I am currently a District Resource Teacher (Team Lead) for Technology Training in Professional Development for the School District of Hillsborough County.
I have always been an active participant and presenter in many local, state and national educational conferences. I enjoy every opportunity to work with like-minded educators in my current role as Microsoft Innovative Educator Advanced Trainer. I was recently identified as a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, one of 27 nationally and 221 internationally where I had the opportunity to participate in the Microsoft Global forum in Barcelona Spain. I believe it is only through open collaboration that the quality of the educational experience can be improved for everyone. I continue to pursue every opportunity to act as the agent of change both in my district and at large in the professional community.