My name is Jennifer Hettler and the Intel program changed the way I teach. I am in Texas and my first experience with Intel was the Teach to the Future program in 2003. I attended Master Teacher training and subsequently trained the teachers at my school. I cannot say that this was easy but I can say that it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It has definitely shaped the way I taught students and the way I continue to train teachers today.
I believe that the program is very powerful and will change any teacher who embraces it. Throughout the years since my initial training I have not always been at organizations that participated in the program but I have always championed it. I spend a lot of time developing and delivering professional development for teachers in the area of technology integration. There is not a day that goes by that I do not consider what I learned in Master Teacher training. The Intel model is one that I use regularly and I have explained the concept of modeling technology projects to so many teachers. I always say that a teacher who models projects will take D students to C students, C students to B students, B students to A students and will make A students really soar. I have seen it happen first hand and that is the story (and also some information about training my peers) that I would like to share.