Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

Version 57

    Read winning stories from educators in the U.S. who are transforming 21st century teaching and learning.


    The Intel® Teach Program offer teachers proved professional development supporting 21st-century skills. Intel Teach courses promote student-centered approaches and help teachers engage students in deeply relevant ways, with appropriate use of technology for learning, creativity, and communication. With more than 7 million educators trained worldwide, Intel Teach is the largest, most successful program of its kind.

     


     

    Congratulations to these Inspiring Educator Story Winners! If you'll be at ISTE 2010come meet these and other inspiring educators at Intel Teach Program's 10 year anniversary party.


     

    angie.jpg

    Angie Hillman

    Arizona

    Intel® Teach Master Teacher

    Cottonwood Middle School

    Language Arts Resource Specialist

     

    "Through my Intel unit my enthusiasm for teaching has been reborn.  In this day and age with all the state testing and other things weighing heavy on educators I had lost my focus on how to make learning fun.  Through the creation of my Intel unit I have been able to bring that fun back into my classroom with the highest level of instruction possible for my students."


    Angie Hillman has been teaching for 15 years.  She received her Master's degree from Iowa State University in TESL-Applied Linguistics in 1999.  For the past 6 years she has taught language arts resource students at Cottonwood Middle School.  Prior to that she taught on the Navajo Indian Reservation, two schools in Iowa,  and kindergarten through doctoral students from all over the world through her private Global Sunshine ESL Consulting business.  Her school district just received a large 21st Century Technology grant in which she is one of 15 teachers that will be participating in the grant.  In Fall 2009, she became an Intel Master Teacher and will be training the other teachers involved in the grant to help them develop project based learning units that incorporate technology standards.  In her district she stays very involved as a SEI state certified trainer, member of the  district's Curriulum Task Force, is the resource department chair at her campus, on the school scheduling committee, and is the Language Arts Professional Learning Community Facilitator for grades 6-8.  Her passion is helping at-risk youth through Holocaust studies which is a central learning tool in her classroom.  Along with her students, she coordinates and puts on the community Holocaust Days of Remembrance event annually to instill leadership skills and an awareness of tolerance among her students and the community.  In her free time, Angie enjoys spending time with her son hiking and camping and works on various community service projects often with her church youth group that she is the leader of.
    The Strength of the Human Spirit

    For several years I taught bits and pieces of the Holocaust in my high school literature classes.  However, it was not until I began teaching my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade learning disabled students these lessons in history through my project based learning unit that I created at an Intel class that my life and theirs began to change.  Through my Intel unit my enthusiasm for teaching has been reborn.  In this day and age with all the state testing and other things weighing heavy on educators I had lost my focus on how to make learning fun.  Through the creation of my Intel unit I have been able to bring that fun back into my classroom with the highest level of instruction possible for my students.

     

    At times my students have struggled to enjoy school and to feel like a real part of the school itself.  My Intel unit entitled “The Strength of the Human Spirit” has made it possible for them to attend amazing Holocaust survivor events, travel to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, do service work in the community, be featured in the newspaper, and become leaders among their peers as Holocaust educators themselves.  My students and I hosted a two-day ‘Days of Remembrance’ event last year. During our day and evening activities over 750 students and community members attended.

    Read Angie's Winning Submission
    Download Angie's Unit Plan
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

    betg.jpg

    Beth Varsho

    Wisconsin

    Intel® Teach Master Teacher

    Kimberly Area School District

    Technology Integration Specialist

     

    Many times when teachers say they're using technology in the classroom, they are! However--most of the technology being used is done by the teacher--i.e. showing a powerpoint or using the projector in the classroom to show a video. It is challenging to overcome this mindset and focus our thinking on how we have our students use technology and what learning about technology, media use, and information literacy we are aiming for in our instruction.”


    This is my 21st year in education, and my second year as the Technology Integration Specialist for the Kimberly Area School District. Prior to this position, I taught for five years at Kimberly High School and before that I taught in seven other schools around Wisconsin. I am very excited to help teachers integrate technology into their curriculum and to meet the needs of 21st century learners!
    Technology Integration Bootcamp

    What does technology integration really mean?

     

    In October of 2009 I became a Master Instructor in Intel's Teach Essentials. I trained eleven teachers who were pre-selected to participate in my class. These weren't just any ordinary teachers mind you--these educators really embraced technology and used it often. The first day of training went well. We spent a good amount of time looking at the ISTE standards, resources, and the awesome sample projects provided by Intel. I could see that the wheels were turning!

     

    The second day of training went just as well. Teachers were exploring new technologies and they were motivated to continue. However, I became concerned when it appeared that their focus seemed to shift from student use of technology to teacher use. By the end of day two, I knew that I needed to address this before training continued.

     

    That night we used our class wiki to discuss what technology integration really meant. I was frank and honest and opened up the page for discussion. Many of them thanked me for "turning on their light bulb". We discussed the comments and overcoming mindsets before the third day of training. They were grateful and are now eager to share what they learned with the rest of the district before the end of the school year.

    Read Beth's Winning Submission
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

    cathy.jpg

    Cathy Tippett

    North Carolina

    Intel® Teach Master Teacher

    South Macon Elementary

    Kindergarten

     

    “When I learned about the Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Master Teacher class last summer, I felt these were the kind of 21st Century skills I wanted to teach my students.   The Visual Ranking Tool makes the process of ranking items and comparing lists easy.  My students are able to discuss and negotiate their reasoning with their team partner and can move items to any position in a list with a click and drag.  The computer becomes a tool to enhance thinking, reasoning and collaboration for my kindergarten class.  Using the Visual Ranking Tool helps me teach “21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and creativity” to my kindergarteners.”


    I graduated from Western Carolina University in 1989 with a BSed, certified K-6. I have 26 years classroom experience having worked as an assistant before beginning to teach. I have taught 5th, 4th 1st and Title One, but have found my love in kindergarten for the past 12 years. I was National Board Certified in 2000 and recently achieved renewal, which will allow me to continue my certification through 2020.  I feel my greatest strength is in the area of literacy. I enjoy seeing children learn to read text from a page and begin to put their thoughts down on paper for others to read. That's exciting!
    Teaching 21st Century Skills in Kindergarten

    Research shows that using interactive technology engages students and deepens understanding.  Realizing this, I have strived to learn ways to incorporate technology and its vast benefits into my teaching.  The computer has a way of instantly engaging five and six year olds.

     

    The difficulty has been finding age appropriate resources for my kindergarteners other than games for my single classroom computer.

     

    When I learned about the Intel Teach Thinking with Technology Master Teacher class last summer, I felt these were the kind of 21st Century skills I wanted to teach my students.  Building a unit of study, Pioneering Communities, helped my young students learn about how needs and wants were met by early settlers in our local area.  I teach this unit in the spring to allow the children to exercise their newly acquired skills of reading and writing in a meaningful way.

     

    Using the Visual Ranking Tool helps me teach 21st century skills like problem-solving and critical thinking and creativity to my kindergarten.

    Read Cathy's Winning Submission
    Watch her video on Youtube
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

    claudia.jpg

    Claudia Bedoya

    Texas

    Intel® Teach Participant

    Austin ISD

     

    “The tools I learned from the Essentials Course and have since applied in my daily teaching have made me a more effective teacher. Project based learning is an excellent way to differentiate instruction.  Wikis, blogs, and Web 2.0 tools are excellent classroom resources and bring classroom teaching into the 21st century.”

    I was born on July 22nd, 1976, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  My family moved to La Paz, Bolivia when I was eight months old and we lived there until my parents decided to move to Austin in 1995. Getting to the US was the biggest adventure ever. Bolivia’s imports are by far greater than its exports, so hiring a cargo airplane was very simple and inexpensive.

     

    We left La Paz in the same airplane with nine horses, all our furniture, the dog, and the whole family. The trip itself was an adventure that I will never forget. I graduated from Saint Edwards University in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. In January, 2000 I went back to get my MBA in Management Information Systems. My son, Sebastian, was born in June the same year I went back to school.  I graduated just in time to see the technology industry go down, making it very difficult to find a job in that area, so I continued to work in sales.

     

    After a few months working on holidays, weekends, and some late nights I realized how much of my son’s life I was missing and decided to further explore the possibility of becoming a teacher. This had been an idea I had since I was in high school. I always loved children and enjoyed teaching. I was a tutor while going to college and had been a mentor to younger kids in middle and high school.

     

    This is my seventh year teaching bilingual students. It is very easy for me to relate to my kids and their families because like them, my family and I came to the US and had to get used to a completely different country. I had to learn a different language and left all that I knew and was used to. I love working with students that are going through some of the same experiences I had fifteen years ago.

    Inspiring Classroom Experiences

    My name is Claudia Bedoya, and I am a teacher at J.J. Pickle Elementary in Austin, Texas. During 2007-2008 I was lucky to be in the right place at the right moment to be able to participate in the Intel Teach Essentials Course. This course immediately appealed to me because I have always been interested in technology but had not been able to figure out how to use it in my classroom.

     

    I was born and raised in Bolivia. My family moved to Austin, Texas when I was 18 years old. Adjusting to our new home was not easy, not only was it a different place, but also a completely different culture with a different language. This experience is always present in my mind and affects my everyday teaching in the elementary school since all my students are English Language Learners, just like me.

    Read Claudia's Inspiring Classroom Experiences
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

     

    deb.jpg

    Deborah Icard

    North Carolina

    Intel® Teach Master Teacher

    Cloverleaf Elementary

    Technology Facilitator

     

    “Intel Teach resources have validated project-based learning and our efforts to make students responsible and safe digital citizens.  Our staff development has focused on how to integrate the web 2.0 tools into our lesson plans and improve student learning.”


     

    Deborah Icard is currently Technology Facilitator at Cloverleaf Elementary, a K-5 school in Statesville, NC.  This is a new direction in her career and she has been invigorated by fresh learning.  She has always enjoyed working with students on projects, but after taking the Intel Essentials Course and attending technology conferences and workshops, she has been actively using web 2.0 tools to infuse technology into the curriculum.  She is a huge proponent of collaboration and online safety.

     

    Deborah received a B.A. degree in English Literature from Furman University and a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of South Carolina.  She began her career as a 6th grade science teacher.  A former media specialist, Deborah holds National Board Certification in Library Media and is an Intel Master Teacher. Her interests include writing, photography, and cooking.

    Intel Changed the Way We Teach

    The Intel Teach Essentials Course provided just-in-time skills to two faculties that had to come together to learn 21st century skills very quickly to start a new school year.  This essay describes their feelings of awkwardness at being faced with what seemed like an overwhelming task.  Through the rigors and guidance of the Intel Instructor and a Tech Facilitator from the County Office, the teachers began to work together to find solutions to their common problems of getting to know each other, function as a team, and have the confidence to deliver solid instruction to 900+ students. They all look back on the  experience now and credit Intel with not only starting them on their successful journey, but helping them believe in themselves.

    Read Deborah's Winning Submission
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

    smoke.jpg

    Dyane Smokorowski

    Kansas

    Intel® Teach Senior Trainer

    USD 385, Andover Public Schools

    8th Grade Language Arts Teacher

     

     

    In any case, what truly makes me an inspiring teacher is being passionate about students, teachers, and parents becoming personally connected to the learning process.  If I can wrangle a crazy idea, design unique learning opportunities from it, encourage students to run with it, and finally produce something new that impacts the community or the world, then I have done my job.


    Dyane Smokorowski is an 8th grade Language Arts Teacher and Instructional Technology Coach for the Andover Public Schools USD 385 in south central Kansas. Her 21st Century classroom is centered on higher level thinking skills and real world applications.  As a former elementary and middle school classroom teacher and as a current Intel® Teach Senior Trainer, Dyane has helped lead her district, along with many others across the country, into opening new avenues of technology integration, professional development, and project-based learning.

    Inspiring Idea Wrangler

    Is inspiring defined as having a dream?  Making a difference in a student’s love of learning?  Being someone willing to risk being the comfort zone?  Perhaps it’s more of creating new opportunities, being goal-driven, or just plain having one’s head in the clouds.  In any case, being someone who is constantly inspired to be a better educator defines me.

     

    Since my initial Intel Teach Master Teacher course in 2001, I have been driven to share the ed-tech good news of effective teaching strategies to anyone and everyone who is willing to hear it.  Not surprisingly, many of the teachers were leery at first, but when they discovered how a middle school English teacher from Kansas was making a difference with her students, perhaps they might give it a go, as well.  Since then, I have coached dozens of teachers across the US into designing great projects, many of whom have continued to collaborate with me or go on to share their training with others.

    Read Dyane's Winning Submission
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

    edwina.jpg

    Edwina Martin

    Missouri

    Intel® Teach Master Teacher

    Kansas City Missouri School District

     

    “The Intel Teach Program has made great and significant changes in how I view education and share with colleagues and students. This program adds the ump to teaching and learning that drives success for the teacher and the student.”


     

    Mrs. Martin was born in Huntington, West Virginia. I presently live in Kansas City Missouri.  I am married and have been married for twenty-two years.  I love to play games that call for interactions with others.  I love working in my church and spending time with my family. I have worked as a teacher for twenty-two years in the Kansas City Missouri School District.

     

    My Grandfather always asked me the question when he saw me “Girl, have you learnt something new today.”  He was born in 1897 and lived to be 101 years old.  Each time I visited him he said that he had learnt something new that day. This question was asked of me for years and I never really took note of the question or valued the content of what was being asked until I accepted my first teaching position in Nashville, Tennessee.  Then I realized just how important daily learning is in keeping alert, energetic and informed.

     

    In addition, my Grandfather helped me realize that I was to be a teacher.  I have taught Sunday school since I was 13 years old.  Even when I do not want to teach, I find myself teaching.  I love to see others learning because they are interested in the lesson.  I know that I must reach the heart of the people I am teaching and not just share the information.  Teaching people is what I do.  I share the information that is helpful for them to become more successful.

    Prepare me for My Work World not Yours

    “Mary what changes would have helped you be better prepared for life after high school?” “Mommy you all taught me to be able to work in your work world and not mine!  I wish you had prepared me to work in my work world.”  WOW!  What a revelation for me as an educator.  Are we preparing our students to work in our work world or theirs?

    Read Edwina's Winning Submission
    Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

     

     

     

    eva.jpg

    Eva Johnson

    Louisiana

    Intel® Teach Master Teacher

    Northwood High School

     

     

    “Web 2.0 Tools and Intel Teaching Tools provided avenues for fostering the development and application of 21st Century Skills and Higher Order Thinking Skills. These skills have been shared by students and colleagues, alike. In fact, many of my students are teaching some of my colleagues, and even me at times, since the use of technology is so cyclical and fundamental to many other skills and abilities.”


    I cherish the students I work with. I have been teaching life skills in the high school setting since Hurricane Katrina. Before that, I was an elementary school teacher who taught technology and life skills in the classroom library in Marrero, Louisiana.

     

    After participating in professional development offered by Caddo Parish, Region VII, and the state of Louisiana’s Course where web site, I rediscovered the joy of sharing knowledge about 21st Century Skills and resources for facilitating development and application of these skills.

     

    I became involved with the Intel Teach program after I learned about the resources addressed by the Intel Training Classes. Consequently, I have been enthusiastically pursuing additional learning experiences while sharing knowledge and encouraging other to learn more about collaborative resources provided by Intel.

     

    I enjoy reading Braille. I enjoy using the computer and creating challenging and rewarding activities for my students and my daughter. I enjoy working at the sports activities sponsored by the high school. And I enjoy spending time with my children and their friends.

    Inspired by Intel
    • I have been using the visual ranking tools and assessment tools since learning about them. I have also been sharing these resources with colleagues through professional development and college courses. My students have used these resources for collaboration and reflective thinking while applying 21st century skills and higher order thinking skills.
    • I have shared the resources and the abundant information that I acquire, with my colleagues and students, especially information about technology. Consequently, I have provided resources in the schools through my participation in available workshops, and I am always looking for additional resources that can be shared and utilized by teachers and students.
    • The use of the Web 2.0 Tools and Intel Teaching Tools provided avenues for fostering the development and application of 21st Century Skills and Higher Order Thinking Skills. These skills have been shared by students and colleagues, alike. In fact, many of my students are teaching some of my colleagues, and even me at times, since the use of technology is so cyclical and fundamental to many other skills and abilities.
    • Any consideration for new forms of technology and understanding about these resources is always welcome.
      View Eva's Presentation, Using Intel Tools
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      gwen.jpg

      Gwen Roy

      Virginia

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      King & Queen Public Schools

       

       

      “My story is one of development, perseverance, and Intel Tool inspiration, that utilizes technology to excite students to not only experience the success of the Visual Learning Tool, but to taste it.”

       

      Dr. Gwendolyn C. Roy is an inspirational speaker and facilitator for interactive workshops, conferences, and retreats.  She has degrees in Sociology, and Educational Media from Va. State University.  She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University.  Her doctoral dissertation presents a design for teaching and evaluating character education in schools, and promotes the theory that the more you do good, the more likely you will do good when faced with challenges to your character.  Dr. Roy is also the author of The Power in the Cloth: the influence of textiles on leadership and character development. She is retired from Virginia Tech, and presently teaches Special Education at Lawson Marriott Elementary School in King & Queen County, VA.

       

      Dr. Roy loves to write, and believes that her writing skills developed at an early age because she had a speech impediment.  She also spent a lot of time on craft projects, sewing, and reading.  With the development of computers, her interest in using technology to enhance the learning skills of her students grew.  She is always looking for new and exciting uses of technology, and regularly includes technology in her daily lesson plans.  She has developed numerous projects to get students excited about writing.  She remarks that this school year, teaching the Intel Thinking with Technology course has been one of her favorite tasks.  The attitude and response of the teachers and students to the program has overwhelming.

       

      Dr. Roy has been featured in Ebony magazine and many news articles, has poetry published in numerous books, and is a former Miss Va. State College.  She has served on and held office on an array of boards and organizations, including the VA Board for People with Disabilities.  Dr. Roy is the mother of two daughters, and is an ordained minister and co-founder of God’s Show and Tell Ministry in which technology plays a major part in her workshops and presentations.  Her future plans are to continue to research, teach, and promote the use of technology to enlist and enhance the use of higher thinking skills in people of all ages.

      Web 2.0 and Teach: The Making of a Sweet Story of Success

      As a person who entered the public school teaching field as a career switcher, I am always looking for creative ways to excite students and teachers about learning. Many years ago, when I received my Master's Degree in Educational Media, computers were those huge machines that used punch cards.  I've had the privilege of witnessing the development of technology to see it evolve into hand-held devises, and to be able to not only use technology, but to teach it to enhance the delivery of new ideas and methods. I'm Dr. Gwen Roy and I'm presently teaching the Thinking with Technology Course to teachers in King & Queen County, VA.

       

      It seemed like forever as we went through the request for approval process to teach the Intel Thinking with Technology class.  After Winter Break, the teachers e-mailed, and phoned, and I assured administration that the tools were "free".  I haven't seen teachers fight so hard for anything else except their jobs.  After our Administration approved the class, every day the teachers asked me, "when do we start class"?  Since the class began, the teachers have attacked the Modules with fervor, and are putting the same hard work into it that they require of their students to succeed.  My story is one of development, perseverance, and Intel Tool inspiration, that utilizes technology to excite students to not only experience the success of the Visual Learning Tool, but to taste it.

      Read Gwen's Winning Submission
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      hettler.jpg

      Jennifer Hettler

      Texas

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      Region 9 ESC

      Education Specialist

      Technology Integration

       

       

      “The Intel program changed the way I teach. 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 have been married to Arthur Hettler for 7 years and we do not have any children but we do have a dog named Ginger. We live in Alvord, Texas, where we just moved to a country house. My hobbies include: scrapbooking, gardening, daily Bible study, cooking and photography.

      I have a Master of Science degree in Learning Technology and Information Systems Emphasis in Media and Technology from Texas A and M Commerce, Commerce, TX (2001). I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR (1992). My Teaching Certifications include: Technology Applications EC-12 and 8-12, Generalist 4-8, Generalist EC-4, Gifted and Talented Endorsement EC-12, English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement EC-12.

       

      I have been in education since 1997 and currently work at Region 9 Education Service Center as an Education Specialist, Technology Integration. My primary responsibilities include developing and delivering professional development for teachers in the area of technology integration. My workshops are both online and face-to-face sessions

      My "Aha" Moments- An Intel Inspiring Story

       

      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.

      Read Jennifer's Winning Submission
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

       

      jill.jpg

      Jill Summers

      Louisiana

      Intel® Teach Senior Trainer

      Region VI TLTC

      Instructional Technology Facilitator

       

       

       

      The very first Intel training I conducted…Although this was a great bunch of dedicated educators, we each walked away with a sense of accomplishment that even though we were out of the classroom, we were still continuing our learning journey, empowering ourselves so we could help others.”


      After 11 years of teaching in the middle school classroom, I was offered a job as an instructional technology facilitator. After much thought and consideration I decided to venture into a new position and absolutely love my job. Although it has its stresses, I am able to work with teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms.

      A Tale of Two Journeys

      This is a tale of two journeys that I have taken as an Intel Senior Trainer for Louisiana. The first tale is somewhat of a fairy tale. Imagine a class of tech savvy educators with a desire to learn anything new you give them. The second tale is quite different as you will soon see. As I look back on each training, I feel that I not only learned something from each group, but was also inspired to begin my next Intel journey.

      Read Jill's Winning Submission
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      joy 2.jpg

      Joy Burroughs

      Arizona

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      Holbrook Unified School District #3

      Basic Computer Literacy Facilitator

       

       

       

      "A former technology illiterate teacher disclosed 'The Intel tools have helped me develop the self esteem to use technology with my students.'"


      Joy is currently teaching Keyboarding and Digital Literacy to 7th and 8th grade students. She has been recognized for her tremendous teaching abilities as a "Champion of Digital Literacy" award in 2005. During her 19 years of teaching, she has found her niche. For the last nine she has been teaching students and adults computer skills needed for the 21st century. Projects involving Web 2.0 tools for collaboration and communication are a common thread in her technology rich classroom.

      Helpt to Transform Students and Classrooms

       

      I am so fortunate to watch and facilitate the wonderment of learning not only for my students but also for the adult learners I instruct. Conducting Intel trainings for technology challenged and resistant teachers is an immensely rewarding experience. I love witnessing the transformation of these educators as they exclaim “I can do this in my classroom!”

       

      It is an exciting time to be in the field of education, being a part of the technological transformations happening in classrooms. Intel continues to play a vital role in this process. I will continue my journey of making a technology rich learning environment for my students along with promoting the process with other teachers. Thanks Intel!

       

       

      Read Joy's Winning Submission
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      Jude Kesl

       

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      Milwaukee Public Schools

      Science Teaching Specialist


      “Becoming a recent Intel Master teacher I now have the Intel tools, roadmaps, to assist other teachers in becoming 21st Century teachers!”

      A Technology Odyssey

      I have been a science teacher for a very long time in places like Spanish Harlem in NYC, and Milwaukee Wisconsin. I was also lucky to work with the JASON Project as their Argonaut coordinator for 13 years. I currently work as a science teaching specialist for the Milwaukee Public Schools infusing technology every chance I get. I am Google certified and teach a number of technology courses for the district and two local universities.

       

      Science has always been fun and easy to teach, but when the technology age dawned things changed dramatically. I was smitten with the “power” or ability to help students get up to the minute data (or so it seemed then) about earthquakes around the planet and weather in the far corners of the earth. This opened the world them.

       

      In recent years, the technology tools that allow student to access all this information directly, without the teacher intermediating has been a huge boon. In more recent advances students don’t even need the technology the school provides to access the information they need.

       

      A turning point for me, where I learned I did not need to be the sage on the stage was a while back when I spent all of my Christmas vacation learning HTML code so I could teach the kids how to make web pages. It took me less than two day to share all that I had learned…now what? I turned to my students and told them “here are the books I learned that from. I have taught you all I know on this topic, now we learn together.” They took off we never turned back.  They truly became 21st Century learners, with the skill and confidence they needed to teach themselves, and then teach me. That moment transformed me as a teacher.

       

      Becoming a recent Intel Master teacher I now have the Intel tools, roadmaps, to assist other teachers in becoming 21st Century teachers!

      View Jude's Presentation
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      lauren.jpg

      Lauren Zeringue

      Louisiana

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      St. James Parish School Board

      Kindergarten

       

       

      “If we can dream it, we can do it! This has become my motto for my Kindergarten students after attending the Intel Teach Program last summer.   It inspired me to fully incorporate project-based learning in my classroom. It has provided my high poverty students with meaningful lessons that allow them to be innovative and creative while strengthening their content knowledge.”

       

      “Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.”

       

      My philosophy is that learning should be interactive, fun and child-directed.  I am passionate about creating a learning environment that promotes creativity, individuality and higher-order thinking.  I view myself not as a "teacher" but a carpenter, providing students with the tools they need to build a strong foundation of a successful academic career.  Success is not an option in our classroom but a requirement!  My hope is that my students will leave my classroom as independent, confident and enthusiastic learners.

       

      My students may be young but I am teaching scientists, doctors, teachers, explorers, lawyers, Presidents, caregivers, singers, athletes and most importantly, outstanding citizens. I teach the FUTURE!

      EXTREME Classroom Makeover

       

      If we can dream it, we can do it!

       

      This has become my motto for my Kindergarten students after attending the Intel Teach Program last summer.   It inspired me to fully incorporate project-based learning in my classroom. It has provided my high poverty students with meaningful lessons that allow them to be innovative and creative while strengthening their content knowledge.

       

      Project-based learning has transformed my teacher-directed instruction into child-directed learning.  With the use of interactive technology, word family flashcards are now songs through Garage Band.  Winter lessons containing pictures of snow are now real-time video conferences with meteorologists and students who live in areas with snow. Robust vocabulary sentence strips are now vocabulary videos through iMovie.

       

      Lessons begin with an essential question, which presents an opportunity for students to think critically through discussion and debate.  I am amazed at how eager 5 and 6-year-olds are to discuss their thoughts and how often they provide real-life experiences as evidence.  Students then discuss and decide as a group which type of project they will complete, promoting innovation.  Students are encouraged to be creative and must only adhere to the self-assessing rubric that lists components of the project.  The hands-on learning experience and collaboration of the student groups has proven to strengthen my students' understanding of the content.

       

      Exposing my students to interactive technology has put them on an even playing field in a global economy that demands innovation and creativity.  Project-based learning has transformed my students into enthusiastic, independent, life-long learners.

      View Lauren's Video on Youtube
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      liz.jpg

      Liz Canales

      Texas

      Intel® Teach Participant

      Austin ISD

       

       

       

      The most powerful ideas I took from the Intel training, and continue to be reminded of are that we must not just assign technology, we must make it real, make it meaningful, and use it as a tool for learning. Life “after public school,” will require our students to use technology to solve problems and to improve their world, it is our job to prepare them for this.”

       

       

      Engage, Inspire, Change… words to live by when your job is to teach children. Liz Canales strives to do all three while learning alongside her students. With Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education, and current work on a PhD in School Improvement, she has taught for 24 years at a wide range of grade and ability levels. With 12 years in Special Education, from severely and profoundly involved students to inclusion with mildly disabled students- some of whom are also identified as Gifted and Talented, she has experienced working with a full spectrum of abilities. Leaving Special Education was a difficult choice, but it meant having her own class of students to work with and become family for a year. Her “regular” classrooms have also been home to many students with special needs, integrating technology among all content areas in order to make it real and meaningful for her students.

       

      Always wanting to branch out, learn new things, and share with others, Liz has quite a few experiences and trainings under her belt (and in her mind). She took Intel Teach the first year it was offered (much different from the current training, but an inspiration all the same). Along with New Jersey Writing Project in Texas, now Abydos Learning, International, it inspired true change in her classroom practices. In 2006, Liz was one of the teachers profiled by Intel in conjunction with the World Congress on Informational Technology. This honor inspired her even more to infuse technology into her classroom. In addition to classroom experience, Liz has been selected as campus level Teacher of the Year at two different schools, writes curriculum for her school district (Social Studies and Technology), and presents annually at the district New Teacher Academy.

       

      Outside of the classroom, but still at school, she had a Writers’ Club for 7 years, an Engineering Club for 7 years, a Book Club for 2 years, and was head coach for her school’s First Lego League robotics competition. In their first year (2009), two of the four teams made it to the regional level of competition with their projects and presentations. In the classroom, she has worked with a teammate to lead students through units on Aerospace and Robotics, culminating in “conventions” at which the students presented to parents and other guests. Their learning process and “professional” demonstrations were amazing.  Outside of work, Liz enjoys hobbies such as reading, writing poetry, gardening, making jewelry and visiting Renaissance Festivals in Texas.

      It's a Brave New World: Engage, Inspire, Change

       

       

      Imagine... you are a classroom teacher, responsible for preparing graduates for a brave new world, living and breathing technology. From advances in medicine, to protecting our natural resources, you have no idea where technology will be by the time your elementary students graduate. How do you keep up?

       

      Good question!

       

      Since my initial training with Intel, during which we created "cutting edge" U.o.P.s (Units of Practice) with basic Microsoft Office tools, technology in schools, not to mention the world, has come a long way. It still amazes me how much has changed since then. Students are now digital natives being taught, for the most part, by digital immigrants (AKA older teachers). The world is changing so fast that we have no way of knowing how to truly best prepare them for the future. The best we can do is to provide essential questions to guide their learning and create a classroom environment that engages them actively in learning opportunities that challenge them to apply skills in new ways that best fit the problems they are solving.

       

      Two summers ago, I helped my district write technology curriculum that was embedded in grade level, subject area curriculum. In this way, we were showing teachers ways to integrate technology instead of trying to just fit it in. Already, we need to update it because of the advances in that short a time.

      It is our job, our problem to keep solving, to ensure that we keep learning new ways to engage our students and provide them with appropriate challenges that will prepare them for the future, whatever that may look like by the time they arrive.

       

      So... how do we keep up? Good question, but no easy answers.

       

      The best we can do is to question the students, engage them in problem-solving, inspire them to create their own strategies for solving the problems facing them, and teach them to see change as a positive part of life.

      Read Liz's Winning Submission
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      naomi.jpg

      Naomi Harm

      Wisconsin

      Intel® Teach Senior Trainer

      Innovative Educator Consulting

      Educational Technology Presenter and Consultant

       

       

      “By the combination of these educators who are inspiring agents of change, and the Intel Teach program, I have transformed my teaching practice to better prepare myself to be an active collaborator and a responsive facilitator to meet the immediate needs of all my learners. Setting the stage for active learning and modeling a hands-on / minds-on teaching and learning environment, ensures that each educator is making a real-world personal and professional connection to their unit of study with the Intel Teach program.   Yes, I have been transformed by their inspiration and their dedication to improve their personal and professional classroom practice, and I too, am now an agent of change with them.”


      Naomi Harm, ME-PD, best known as an educational technology enthusiast and guru, welcomes every opportunity to share her expertise and best practices relating to 21st century technology infused teaching and learning environments. Her most recent educational journey has landed her another part-time position with Tierney Brothers, a professional development and reseller for SMART Technologies creating on-demand global video webinars and professional development mobile podcasts. Naomi has just been nominated the President-Elect of the state technology and media association known as WEMTA.


      Naomi also accepted an inspiring Intel Education position this past year as a National Senior Trainer. She also manages her own "Innovative Educator" consulting corporation, where she provides customized staff development technology workshops, grant writing expertise, and designs and delivers online graduate course work for universities. Naomi also has a well-known specialty and expertise area of delivering motivational international keynote presentations focusing on emerging technologies, 21st century skills, and inspired and transformative educational technology leadership. She is truly passionate about building global relationships with educational technology leaders, while engaging in meaningful and collaborative conversations to meet the needs of today's diverse learners.

      Monday Morning Impact

       

      Welcome everyone to the Intel Inspiring stories contest! My name is Naomi Harm, a national senior trainer for Intel Education, and I would like to share with you my personal story of how Intel Teach has transformed my teaching practice with the collaboration of others.

       

      I have had the opportunity to travel to many global destinations for Intel Teach trainings this year, and have had the privilege and opportunity to collaboratively work with many inspiring educators throughout the world.  These participating educators are dedicated and are driven individuals who transform technology integration and content delivery practices.  These key individuals always keep their eye on the “Prize”  that is- our 21st century digital native learners.

       

      By the combination of these educators who are inspiring agents of change,  and the Intel Teach program, I have transformed my teaching practice to better prepare myself to be an active collaborator and a responsive facilitator to meet the immediate needs of all my learners. Setting the stage for active learning and modeling a hands-on / minds-on teaching and learning environment, ensures that each educator is making a real-world personal and professional connection to their unit of study with the Intel Teach program.   Yes, I have been transformed by their inspiration and their dedication to improve their personal and professional classroom practice, and I too, am now an agent of change with them.

      Thanks for taking the time to listen and to view my Intel Teach Inspiring Story through the attached enhanced educational podcast below.  I challenge you now as an educator to take the next step and critical ask of yourself and self-reflect on the following question:  “How will YOU make an immediate Monday Morning Impact” in your classroom to transform your instructional practice to inspire life long learners?”

      View Naomi's Video
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

      susan.jpg

      Susan Gauthier

      Louisiana

      Intel® Teach Affiliate and Senior Trainer

      Louisiana Department of Education

      Educational Technology Consultant

       

       

       

      “Intel Teach has changed my approach to redelivering professional development. I incorporate the tools, strategies and curriculum of Teach into all of my state initiatives.. But the bottom line for me, as a trainer, is that my educators were engaged, they were invested in their work and they had fun while they learned. What more could I ask?”


      Susan Gauthier, Educational Technology Consultant, develops and supports several professional development programs (Regional TLTCs, LILI, EIT, ProEx, LaTEL, Essentials) at the Louisiana Department of Education. Susan has eighteen years in education, including ten years in Louisiana classrooms and eight years of coordinating educational technology programs for the Department of Education. Susan currently serves as the Intel Teach Affiliates Contact and is an Intel Senior Trainer in Louisiana for Thinking with Technology, Essentials Online and Essentials 10.  Susan is a Google Certified Teacher. Susan is also a STAR Discovery Educator. She has presented hands-on and concurrent sessions at regional, state, and national conferences in the areas of information literacy, visual thinking, numeracy and technology.

      Intel Teach Saves the Day

       

       

      Video Setting: A professional development opportunity for librarians

       

      Intel Teach has changed my approach to redelivering professional development. I incorporate the tools, strategies and curriculum of Teach into all of my state initiatives. My video story is just one example of a seamless integration of an Intel tool bringing together technology, content and classroom management into a successful union. But the bottom line for me, as a trainer, is that my educators were engaged, they were invested in their work and they had fun while they learned. What more could I ask?

       

      The teachers are not the only ones to benefit from the Intel content but we cannot forget the students. The Intel Teach professional development program and website models technology which will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, technological and information-rich world.

       

      I could use Showing Evidence to prove why I have an inspiring story or debate this with anyone using Seeing Reason but I am hoping my entry will rank high in the Visual Ranking Tool!

      View Susan's Video on Youtube
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      monday.jpg

      Susan Monday

      Alabama

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      Mobile County Public Schools

      W.H. Council Traditional Schools

      1st Grade

       

       

      “As my students collaborate together, they learn to appreciate diversity and to become problem solvers. Student discipline has improved as Intel has trained me in student accountability methods such as peer/self assessment forms, providing checklists, and designing rubrics. Creativity abounds, instruction is differentiated to accommodate all learning styles, and cooperation becomes a skill of ease. Students are immersed in activities they truly enjoy.”


       

      I am a first grade teacher at W.H Council Traditional School in Mobile, Alabama.  I am completing my fourth year. Our school is a communication magnet school and is a certified International Baccalaureate World School.  I used to be a fitness trainer/ yoga & Pilates instructor. My first grade students enjoy yoga stretching during transitions. I find it helps them to refocus! In 2008-2009, I enrolled in seven months worth of Saturday Arts in Education courses at the University. We now incorporate more of the arts into our daily lessons through puppetry, painting, and music. For the past two years, I have been a National Board candidate. During the summer, I tutor homeless students grade K-6 in math and reading.

      21st Century First Graders

       

      Intel has inspired this “old school” first grade teacher to become updated with 21st century skills! Since my initial training in spring/summer 2008, my lessons have involved more technology and require student design. The tools I learned through two Intel Teach courses:  Essentials Course and Thinking with Technology have complemented our International Baccalaureate units of study, driven by student inquiry. My students conduct online research through pre-selected relevant websites earmarked on a Hotlist or digital scrapbook. In addition, they blog, create slides for PowerPoint, take and upload digital pictures, and collaborate on blogs and wikis with other students across the nation and world. We have taken a vow to go “green” as we compile digital data. This experience equips my students with crucial 21st century skills and provides them with a “real world” connection. As my students collaborate together, they learn to appreciate diversity and to become problem solvers. Student discipline has improved as Intel has trained me in student accountability methods such as peer/self assessment forms, providing checklists, and designing rubrics. Creativity abounds, instruction is differentiated to accommodate all learning styles, and cooperation becomes a skill of ease. Students are immersed in activities they truly enjoy. Thank you Intel!

      Read Susan's Winning Submission
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      valerie.jpg

      Valerie Burton

      Louisiana

      Intel® Teach Master Teacher

      West Jefferson High School

      English

       

       

       

      “I want my students to feel the same empowerment that Intel has given me.  I want them to embrace their destiny in the technological world like I did.  My students, school, teachers and parents have all gained because of my Intel knowledge.”


       

      I am an English I teacher and English Department Chairperson at West Jefferson High School in Harvey, Louisiana.  My desire is to help students learn and instill in them processes for lifelong learning.  I use project-based learning experiences because the students are more actively involved in their education.  I enjoy using technology as a tool for learning, and am always open to new teaching possibilities. This school year: I blog, wiki, Ning, wallwish, PhotoPeach, game on-line and much, much more.

      1 Wiki Pre Intel; 21 Wikis Post Intel

       

       

      I took my first Intel training class two years ago and I will never be the same.  Intel afforded me with the opportunity to learn about, investigate, experiment with and "wow" my students by using technology savvy.

       

      I am Valerie Burton, an English I teacher from New Orleans, Louisiana and I am an Intel Educator.

       

      Intel opened my eyes to a learning community that commented and shared work with one another for the betterment of the school, teacher and student.  My Intel training was the first time I had been exposed to a Personal Learning Network that required engagement and discourse.  I have grown in leaps and bounds since my first class.  Before my Intel class I had 1 wiki and 1 blogpage, I now have 21 wikis, 15 blogpages, blog feeders, 2 Twitter accounts, I create instructional podcasts and videos, and membership in 10 professional Ning learning communities and a partridge in a pear tree.

       

      I want my students to feel the same empowerment that Intel has given me.  I want them to embrace their destiny in the technological world like I did.  My students, school, teachers and parents have all gained because of my Intel knowledge.

      View Valerie's Video on Youtube
      Inspiring Educators Contest Winners

       

       

       

      vanessa.jpg

      Vanessa Jones

      Texas

      Intel® Teach Senior Trainer

      Austin ISD

       

       

       

      Over the years, I have had the opportunity to grow with the Intel Teach program. I can truly say the program has effectively transformed my teaching and learning models in the classroom as well as how I deliver professional development. “


       

      Vanessa Jones is an Instructional Technology Facilitator for the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas. She is currently a National Senior Trainer for Intel Education, a National PBS Teacherline online facilitator, and a Discovery Educator Network Star Educator.

       

      Ms. Jones earned a B.J. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a M.S. in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems and received a Technology Applications Certification from the University of North Texas. After becoming certified to be a teacher at St. Edwards University, she taught in grades three through six, and was recognized by the Texas State Board of Educators in 2002 as the first African American in Texas to be a state finalist for the Presidential Awards of Excellence in Math and Science.

       

      Ms. Jones has collaborated on several Intel Education projects and had the opportunity to present with Intel’s former CEO Craig Barrett at the National Technology conference ISTE (formerly NECC).  She has been a Design and Curriculum Writer for Illinois State University for Math, Science and Technology (IMaST and CeMaST).  She has also served as a consultant for the University of Texas at Austin Astronomy Department (Project Alien Rescue) and a consultant for University of Texas at Austin Institute for Technology and Learning:TX2K: The Texas Living Museum. Ms. Jones has been featured in the technology magazine Converge and in the Austin American Statesman article (Robotics in the Classroom).  She has also served on the Board of Advisors for the St. Edwards School of Education.

       

      Ms Jones is a lifelong learner and an innovative curriculum designer. Throughout her eighteen years of teaching experience, she has been committed to success for all students and teachers. She continues to inspire teachers and students to succeed and apply essential 21st Century skills to their everyday lives. She enjoys creating a cohesive, collaborative learning community in which everyone shares ideas, applies knowledge, gives feedback and makes reflections on their learning experiences. Her goal is to continue to explore new educational applications for technology, collaborate with colleagues, get educators and their students excited about implementing new technology, and develop a community of learners.

      Inspired to Tell My Story

       

      I have been involved with the Intel Teach program for the past ten years. I have grown each year with the program as I have been inspired to take my teaching and learning to the next level. Through the Intel Teach program, I have assembled an impressive portfolio of knowledge, skills, and tools that continue to propel me on my way to being a life-long learner!


      Everyone has stories to tell...Stories represent who we are and help bring together our real-life daily adventures and shared experiences...Everyone has stories to tell...Attached in mine.

      Read Vanessa's Winning Submission
      Back to top <<