United Nations International School Hanoi - Hanoi, Vietnam
MSHS Technology Facilitator
August 2009 – Present
- Coaches teachers in planning and delivering units that integrate appropriate and meaningful uses of technology, in alignment with NETS for Students and Teachers, into the curriculum. Supports teachers and students in using and learning technology tools and skills through co-teaching and individualized instruction. Provides workshops and tutorials for teachers, students and community members, particularly with respect to digital citizenship.
- Experience working with SharePoint, WordPress 3.0, and Google Apps for Education.
- Member of the Technology and Learning Plan task force, mandated to articulate the vision, goals, strategies and tactics for school-wide integration of technology into the curriculum.
- Member of the ePortfolios task force, mandated to research a school-wide implementation of digital portfolios across the PYP, MYP and DP programs.
- Member of the Tablet Rollout Committee, a 6 person group aimed at easing the transition for students and teachers to a 1:1 laptop environment.
- Member of the IT Committee.
- EARCOS Teacher Representative; member of the EARCOS Advisory Committee for 2011 – 2012.
MSHS Mathematics Teacher
August 2006 – July 2009
- Taught Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 9 and Grade 10 MYP Mathematics as well as IB Diploma Mathematics SL in grades 11 and 12.
International School of Tanganyika – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Secondary School Mathematics Teacher
August 2002 – July 2006
- Taught Middle School and High School courses that covered the entire curriculum: Grade 7, Grade 9 (Integrated), Grade 10 (Integrated), Algebra II, IB Math Studies, IB Math Methods/Standard Level, IB Math Higher Level, as well as Theory of Knowledge and Grade 8 IT.
- Chair of the Teachers Association (2005 – 2006).
American School in Japan - Tokyo, Japan
Library Technology Assistant
August 2001 – July 2002
- Responsible for overseeing and maintaining 70 PCs located in the Elementary, Middle, and High School libraries, including helping to set up and administer a 24 station lab as well as providing technical support and instruction to students and teachers.
i-Campus Corporation – Tokyo, Japan
September 2000 – April 2001
- Responsible for teaching students in a distance learning environment based on Stanford University’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth software. Also responsible for the development of a student database in Excel and File Maker Pro, for designing and implementing student enrollment processes, and for student placement.
John A. Rowland High School – Rowland Heights, California
September 1996 – June 2000
- Taught courses that covered the entire math curriculum: Math A, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, AP Calculus.
National University – La Jolla, California (2005)
California Single Subject Teaching Clear Credential, Mathematics, CLAD Emphasis
Workshops and Presentations
Workshop Presenter, Learning 2.011 – Shanghai, China (September 2011)
- Twitter for Teachers: An introduction for teachers new to Twitter on how and why to leverage Twitter as a means of constant personal development.
Responsible Use at UNIS – Hanoi, Vietnam (August 2011)
- As author of the new Responsible Use Agreement in the Middle and High School, I felt it was important to discuss the RUA with teachers, students and parents so as to build a common understanding, to help ensure support from all stakeholders, and to help empower all members of the school community to be responsible citizens.
Invited Guest, NISTech 2011 – Bangkok, Thailand (April 2011)
- I was invited by Ivan Beeckmans to observe, participate in and possibly facilitate sessions with the NIST Secondary School staff during their in-house technology-focused professional development day.
Consultant, Yokohama International School – Yokohama, Japan (February 2011)
- Invited by Kim Cofino, I helped YIS prepare for the 1:1 implementation by spending two days working with departments across the school, specifically focusing on blogging (both in class and for portfolios), Google Apps, and general classroom management.
UNIS Unconferences – Hanoi, Vietnam (January 2011)
- In an attempt to provide more focused and differentiated professional development for our staff, I devised an unconference format for teachers to share their expertise, interests and concerns.
It’s All Connected – Hanoi, Vietnam (November, 2010)
- I worked with our Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator to plan and facilitate this all-day professional development day where we introduced our newly created vision statement regarding the integrated use of technology as well as asked teachers to create digital products to help introduce our goals for teaching and learning with technology.
- Facilitated two sessions: Twitter for Teachers and Technology Integration in a 1:1 School.
Social Networking for Parents – Hanoi, Vietnam (September 2010)
- A morning discussion with parents on the value and pitfalls of social networking, for them and for their children. The focus was on ways to encourage discussion about social networking between parents and children.
MYP Mathematics Category 2 – Beijing, China (March 2010)
- Planned and led (.pdf) a 3-day IB Asia Pacific regional workshop for 25 experienced MYP teachers of mathematics.
Speed Geeking – Hanoi, Vietnam (February 2010)
- To celebrate innovative practice and to promote conversation between teachers, I devised a speed-geeking session that rotated close to 50 teachers through 7 different presentations in under one hour. Very positive feedback was received after the session, with teachers indicating that it was effective, timely, useful and fun.
Classroom Management in a 1:1 Environment – Hanoi, Vietnam (December 2009)
- This voluntary workshop for staff came out of discussions that I had with teachers regarding the use of laptops in classrooms and simple interventions that could be instituted to help keep students focused on learning.
Teaching and Learning with Tablets – Hanoi, Vietnam (November 2008)
- An in-house professional development weekend led by Jeff Utecht and teachers at UNIS. I presented three sessions: Customizing Your TabletPC, Creating Screencasts for Teaching and Learning, and Google Tips and Tricks.
Coaching and Expeditions
Mt. Meru (4566 m.) – Tanzania
- Twice (2003, 2004) took groups of 20 middle school students on a week-long expedition to climb this mountain in northern Tanzania as part of an extracurricular school trip. Along with 3 other teachers, I trained with the students during weekly sessions to help select the team of 20.
Crater Highlands Walk – Tanzania
- As part of school trip week (March 2006), I and three other teachers took 20 grade 9 and 10 students on a 65 kilometer trek over 5 days, including the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai (2960 m.).
Mt. Fansipan (3143 m.) – Vietnam
- As part of a school extracurricular activity (May 2007), organized and led a group of 3 teachers and 9 students up the highest peak in Indochina.
Girls Basketball- California, Tanzania, Vietnam
- Served as Girls Varsity Basketball coach for 3 years (1997 – 2000) at Rowland High School.
- Coached Middle School Girls basketball for 2 seasons (2003, 2004) at the International School of Tanganyika.
- Coached High School Girls basketball for 3 seasons (2009 – 2012) at the United Nations International School in Hanoi.
Girls Volleyball - California, Tanzania
- Served as the Junior Varsity Girls Volleyball coach for 2 years (1996, 1997) at Rowland High School.
- Coached High School Girls volleyball for 1 season (2005) at the International School of Tanganyika.