To my network, I express the deepest gratitude. Thank you for DMs of confirmation and Voxers full of collaboration. Thank you for the conference laughs and EdCamp experiences!

To my friends and family who listened to me process, debate, toil and analyze- thank you for the hours upon hours of support you have given me.

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It was one year ago that I began my mission of knowledge acquisition in order to integrate technology, build my network, gather resources about STEM programs, and make a change.

I think I achieved my previous goals and far surpassed anything I thought I would possible know, or do! (These events are from most recent to January 2017)

As of July 2017, I began a Master’s degree program for Instruction Technology. My heart is fluttering with excitement about diving deeper into my passion for educational technology. One semester down, four more to go!

Beginning in August 2017, I joined the Tampa Bay STEM Network along with many other innovative educators and community partners to design solutions to address a district wide implantation of the Florida Computer Science Standards. Our Digital Literacy Task Force solutions labs are hard at work with the help of a CODE.org grant. #CSforAll

My colleagues awarded me as their 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year. I was overwhelmed with gratitude and determination to work even harder to help our school become more successful in integration technology into our instruction. I have since move to another school for the 2017-2017 school year whom are in need of  Technology and STEM leadership. I am gratefully able to work with a committee of passionate educators dedicated to our school’s computer science focus.

In June 2017, I was able to attend and present at the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) in San Antonio , TX thanks to being a Legends of Learning Teacher Ambassaor! #ISTE17

Also in June 2017, I co-facilitated “MIE STEM Kickstart” with Bradley Smrstick to deliver the latest Microsoft STEM content to some enthusiastic educators all over FL! #HackingSTEM #iamNCCE #NCCEchat

June 7-9, 2017, I attend and present “How to begin a school-wide Technology Innitiative” at the Superior Tech 4 Teachers conference in Clearwater, FL. #ST4T

In late May 2017, Brad Smrstick and I provided “MIE STEM Kickstart” webinars for Florida educational leaders. #FirstWebinarFacilitationEver

This was the year I was going to establish my school-site’s first Technology Committee!

I had the opportunity to provide PD to other schools within my district area! #Area3tech

Brad Smrstick and I also introduced BreakOutEDU to some amazing educators at the inaugural EdCamp Hillsborough! #EdcampHCPS

This year was full of building some amazing relationships with educational programs by becoming a Teacher Ambassador; PowerMyLearning, Flipgrid, Legends of Learning, and Buncee.


With my tech committee we were able to host an inaugural technology showcase with students as the lead presenters showcasing how they use technology in the classroom, and how technology has transformed their learning!


I was also honored to present a STEM lesson that I wrote about Weather which will be considered for publication on CPALMS at the HCPS STEM Academy.

Lastly, but most importantly, I cherish the friendships that I had the opportunity to strengthened or have made along the way! ❤️😃❤️

As a technology integration enthusiast earning the nickname of “Red-headed tech child”, I am confident that my skill set and motivation to create innovative learning experiences will add value to the right company as I am currently searching for the next chapter to grow and have a larger impact as a learning specialist. I am a classroom instructor, Instructional Designer, UX and UI Designer, and edtech evangelist who is passionate about creating and facilitating professional learning opportunities. Through out my journey, I am honored that most people who learn with me would describe me as passionate and knowledgeable. This motivation to foster continuous improvement carries into my roles as a UX/UI Designer and Instructional Designer for U.S. based educational technology companies such as Learnics and MassiveU. Inc where I collaborate with the Director of Learning, and Co-Founder to customize learning experiences and content for their unique audiences. While working with these innovative companies, I have made an impact through: • Contracting to enhance design patterns, layout, and typography with block and custom HTML of the company website resulting in a boost of visits by 132.5% • Conceptualizing job aid and conference materials in Photoshop • Mock up wireframe and style guide • Strategizing eLearning content development, develop learning objectives and activities, research, and script writing, storyboarding, and filming for the instructor’s guides and instructional videos • Orchestrating innovative, blended learning solutions to improve learner’s skill set with a focus to increase participant engagement of tools and pedagogical practices, as well as customize content to meet individual's needs across the United States. • Transforming classroom learning experiences as an Instructional and Technology Leader • Providing diverse core competencies in the area of employee training, instructional design, eLearning development, and technical skills

2 comments on “2017 Reflections (updated)

  1. Whew definitely almost reared up there. What an amazing year and awesome growth!! Imagine what the next year has in store! So proud to be part of your PLF. ❤

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  2. LOL and by reared up, I mean teared up. Silly autocorrect

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