Service to Students, School Building, District or Profession
School/Community Contribution Log
I may not have the required skills to coach tennis or volleyball, but I try to use my communication skills and passion for curriculum development to improve my students' lives and the functionality of my school and district. This year :
- I helped plan agendas and organize meetings for both the English Department and the Flivver Foundations Team.
- I attended meetings of the Technology Committee, helped plan and implement Academic Spirit Week, served on the School Improvement Team, and the Academic Booster Club.
- I took on the role of ABC Webmaster for which I maintain the ABC Weebly and Facebook sites.
- I attended MACUL 2014 and I participated in follow-up meetings to provide direction for the future of technology at BTS.
- I even presented some of my MACUL knowledge at staff professional development in April.
- I made myself available to my students after school on Tuesdays and two four hour "Saturday Sessions" for extra AP Practice.
- Over the summer, I helped plan and facilitate the first Professional Development day of the school year. I contacted and organized a speaker, Dr. Kia Jane Richmond, to address the high school staff on issues related to the Common Core. For this session, I prepared a Weebly site to house the links and documents Kia used during her presentation. I also secured lodging and arrangements for the speaker.
- Furthermore, I chaperoned Homecoming, Prom, and helped contribute to a hefty donation of non-perishable goods to the Iron Mountain St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.
- This year I also assumed the role of SADD advisor. With approximately 20 active members, we raised funds for Christmas gifts for the residents at the Caring House, provided information to the student body about suicide during Suicide Prevention Week, and raised over $800 for the Relay for Life.
- I served as the After School Study Lounge teacher on Wednesdays throughout the school year.
- I have written approximately 20 recommendation letters for students this year.
- My contributions to KHS and BTS may not come via record breaking athletic scores, but I try to serve my school community in the ways I am able.
My passion for teaching is fueled by self-improvement. I take my role as an educator very seriously and try to hold myself to the high standards set by some of my teaching role models. This year I took advantage of several professional development opportunities.
- I completed a Technology Integration course from LA Tech University.
- Additionally, I am a member of several electronic English teacher discussion groups including: AP College Board English Teachers, Yahoo English Teachers, and Schoology English Teachers.
- I attended the MACUL 2014 conference in Grand Rapids. Without a doubt, the most useful professional development I received came from my attendance at MACUL 2014. While I gained many useful technology skills and insights into teaching at the conference, the most powerful take away came from being immersed in a group of people for three and a half days whose collective goal was simply to learn from one another. The positivity and passion and progressiveness was palpable. The contacts I made and the ideas I shared with my fellow educators inspired me to do better and be better.
- I am an active participant in several Twitter PLN's including #geniushour, #aplitchat, #engchat, #edchat in which I collaborate and communicate with teachers throughout the world to share passions and insights about education.
- This year I took on the role as Mentor for a new faculty member.
- I am a member of the MacBook Pro Initiative.
- I completed the 22i TRIG course and coached a team of six KMS teachers through the course.