Professional Learning Specialist
Currently, Jane is a Digital Promise Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Associate Director of Professional Learning in the WEST Region. Her role is to partner with and guide district and school leaders and coaches in transformational and innovative strategies to decrease the digital divide for learners at home and school. Prior to this Jane spent 26 years in K-20 public education in California and Washington as a leader and advocate for decreasing barriers to support equity and access to technology within her roles as a classroom teacher, adjunct faculty at California State Fullerton and Washington State University College of Education, NCCE Board Member representing Technology Directors in the Pacific Northwest, Instructional Technology facilitator, coordinator, and director for the second largest district in Washington State, a member of state and local committees, and a member of the Federal Way Public Schools superintendent’s cabinet in the teaching for learning role as Director Instructional Technology, STEM, Project Based Learning, Standards Based Grading and Reporting, Blended Learning, and High School principal of Credit Recovery. In that role, Jane helped establish and launch two K-8 and one 6-12 STEM PBL District Demonstration Site Lighthouse 1:1 schools, redefined programs, like credit recovery, with a focus on race, exceptionalities, and individual needs, and supported the successful transition to remote and hybrid learning in the most diverse district in the state of Washington and 5th most diverse district in the nation.
To continue to grow and share her expertise, Jane has been an NCCE Professional Leanring Specialist across the united states and globally since 2007 mentoring districts and schools on intentional technology integration, STEM, project based learning, and standards-based grading and reporting.
Jane is characterized by her colleagues as having a depth of knowledge and versatility that provides learning and collaboration to occur and offers a variety of laughs! She has been recognized as the 2019 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Sharing is Caring Award for supporting educator growth, 2018 NCCE Presidents Award for service to the educational community, 2012 NCCE Technology Leader of the Year, and 2002 Top 75 Distinguished University of La Verne Educators for Excellence.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Diversified Education, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Principal Certification from Washington State University, and is a professionally certified teacher in the state of Washington and California.
When not advocating for equitable 21st century learning environments, Jane enjoys volunteering in the community through Soroptimist International, mentoring foster youth in fly fishing through The Mayfly Project, refining her fly fishing skills, and enjoying her e-reader while reclining in her camping chair.