Member Spotlight IM Interview with Theresa Maves, Intel Teach K-12 Training Manager
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Alright then...let's get to it. I'm interviewing Theresa Maves, Training Coordinator for Intel Teach and Intel in Education today, Friday, March 20th. How are you today?
Theresa, share with us a little about your background and experience.
I am doing very well thank you.
I have been a teacher for 17 years prior to coming to Intel. I was a special education teacher for five of those years and the rest I was an 8th grade physical science teacher.
So your background is varied which really allows for you to understand the different perspectives as they relate to challenges in todays world and education. Having expertise in special education as well as a classroom teacher probably provides you great insight into what our Senior Trainers experience on a daily basis.
I have definitely been involved in many aspects of education and have had to design curriculum for all levels of learners.
So, in thinking about your background and experience in education how and why did you make the leap from public education to the business world?
It was an opportunity.
I wasn't burned out on teaching at all. But I have been connected to the Intel Education programs for many years during my career as a teacher...
Why the educational side of Intel vs the business side?
I have used the Thinking Tools in my classroom and have implemented project based learning (standards based, technology integration, life-long learning skills, etc.) so I was very much aligned to the Intel's Education programs.
So now I get to work with our trainers world wide and support their efforts in helping other teachers do the same effectively.
Intel in Education has made tremendous impacts with their Intel Teach program. Understanding that the program has touched approximately 6 million teachers in over 40 countries is phenominal. What role do you play in this program today? You talked about your experience with the program as a teacher now share with us how your role has changed from classroom teacher to coordinator of the training programs?
Oh, I see, you are supporting the trainers and their efforts in helping them become more effective with their practices in the classroom. What an awesome job. I'm sure you've met some interesting people along the way. Share with me a memorable experience you've have related to your current job.
Oops...you've had related to your current job.
Oh man...where to begin...
I have had the most amazing time working with our Senior Trainers.
I'm sure they are many, can you try and narrow to just one amazing experience?
What is incredible is how similar educators are world wide. We all want the best learning environment for our children.
O.k.--but an experience...
That is so true!
Well, I have come to appreciate all the cultures that make up our world.
Maybe something along the lines of visiting one of our international teams.....
We all have the same problems...such as being in the middle of a training and having the Internet not working...
Oh, I just despise that.....so frustrating when you're right in the moment and the internet goes down.
OH, I had an amazing camel ride around the Pyramids of Giza, the amazing food in Brazil, the incredibly efficient urban life of Taipei, and the historical streets in Nizhny Novgorod to name a few.
I am continually impressed with our Senior Trainers world wide. They are some of the top educators ever.
Oh, I'm so envious of you and your many experiences. What an opportunity you've had and what a wonderful way to touch many lives (teachers and students) through this proven professional development.
The senior trainers are the absolute BEST!
Okay, let's switch gears a little, okay...?
You've had a lot of experience with integrating technology into the curriculum and I'm sure there are some fun gadgets/toys/tools you've used along the way. Is there something new you've come across that you'd like to share or do you have an old stand-by that you believe still makes a positive impact in the classroom?
I definitely have a love/hate relationship with technology
If the technology helps me do my task efficiently and better than I am all over it.
Is that because sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't?
But if it doesn't...give me my favorite pen and notebook. I am really a tactile person.
I think one of my biggest frustrations with technology is that it's ever changing and trying to keep abreast of all the latest and greatest can be a daunting task.
It is a huge time investment to learn a new technology. So if I don't get a big pay off then I am very frustrated.
That is the beauty of social networking skills. You have your "network" to help you keep up on all the current stuff.
Ah....pen and paper. I truly believe that the tool has to be the perfect fit for the project. I'm amazed at how many times I saw teachers using technology just because they felt they needed to not because it was the best tool for the lesson.
Exactly...major misuse of technology going on out there...
But, at some point, you do have to jump in there and try it and it probably won't be perfect.
thank goodness for programs like Intel Teach that provide great learning opportunities for teachers in effectively integrating technology into the curriculum.
If I can see the value in the technology tool then I will spend the effort to learn it and perfect it. I am not a tech geek that is for sure.
Okay, so you're not a geek... your
Yes--and the focus is on the learning.
hopefully technology facilitates that process
You're an educator who loves technology and the benefits it provides educators and students to positively impact achievement.
Technology has changed the way teachers teach and interact with students. Is there something specific you wish you could change in education aside from what's already happening with technology?
Don't get me started...
O.k. but you did so let me just say a little something here about this.
okay, I'm sure there's something that has been a life-long dream of yours. Oh....small schools.
Why do we construct schools that can house 3 thousand students!
Individualized attention for every student has been proven to make huge impacts on success rates for kids.
I don't know. I sometimes feel they become a number vs a person. So sad.....wish everyone thought like educators think. Wouldn't that be awesome?!
Students need an environment where they can take risks with their learning and social development. To become quality citizens of our world. I just think these large schools have a difficult time concentrating on the student as an individual.
So if I could change the face of eduation...I would start with breaking up these enormous schools and creating learning communities instead.
So, we're going to wrap this up here in a minute. I want to thread this last question I just asked into the next as it relates to the Intel Education Online Community. You've talked about small schools and the positive impact is has on teaching and learning. In thinking about the community our goal is to provide a "virtual" space for our trainers to come and share, learn, and ultimately impact student achievement back in their classrooms, schools, districts and departments of education. What is something you would like to ask the Teachers Engage community in relationship to positively impacting students success in education?
I would like to know why they do what they do. What drives them to work in education? What is their story? Most educators are driven by passion and I think it is so interesting to hear what that underlying passion is and the story behind it.
Great questions. I can easily see that as a discussion thread in our community. Linking this to their profile would be a great way to gather their insights. I don't want to take up any more of your time because I know you're a busy lady and have lots to do today. Theresa, it's been great visiting with you today and learning a bit more about your background, your passions, and what your dreams are for the future in regard to education. Thanks for giving me some of your time this morning. Have a great weekend!
Thank you Biz...and I was able to get email done at the same time
I figured you were multi-tasking as there was a little bit of delay between questions and responses. The beauty of technology when it works. Helps us all to be more efficient in our work. Have a good one!