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Mabel Rush Elementary School
Newberg, Oregon
Class Information:
Room Number: 3D
Students per Class: 25-28
Class Description:
I have a classroom full of 2nd Graders. I also have several ELL children in my classroom. I am a instructional technology coordinator for my building of 560 children (K-5). I work with 28 of the most professional, dedicated teachers I know. I help them integrate technology into their curriculum so that the students can become 21st century learners; prepared for their future.
Teacher/ Technology Coordiator
I am trying to place SmartBoards in 12 our primary classrooms, and 12 digital chalkboards in our intermediate classrooms.
My Philosophy:
Children need a challenging hands-on curriculum that inspires engagement. Children need to create to cement their learning. When technology can be a part of that we are not only cementing their learning, but they are internalizing 21st century technology skills.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I have been teaching at Mabel Rush Elementary almost my whole career. I have taught K-5. I love the challenge of a new grade-level. I also like to perspective I bring to each grade-level, because of what I have taught before. I have 2 small children at home (2 and 6). I love to be a mom.
College and Degrees:
BA in Education from George Fox University.
Building Technology Coordinator District-wideTechnology Cadre State-wideTechnology Cadre
Professionally - technology, brain research, children's literature, Personally - cooking, baking, sewing, creating
Employment History:
I substitute taught from 1987- 1988 and 1989 - 1991 I taught at a private school in the 1988 - 1989 school year I have taught at Newberg School District at Mabel Rush Elementary since 1991 to present.
Why Do I Teach?:
I love to work with students that are struggling either with behaviors or academics and to figure out what strategies work best for them. I love the look in student's eyes when they "get it" for the first time. It is then that I know that with a little hard work and strategy they are going to make it. I think that technology is what helps a lot of struggling students "get it". That is because it is a way for students to interact and create.