I graduated from CMU in 2002 with a Bachelors of Music Education. For the next eight years I taught music in the Missouri public schools. My first year of teaching I was the elementary music teacher for the Montgomery County Public School District. I taught K-5 music in all three of the districts elementary schools. For the next seven years I taught vocal music and drama at Fulton Middles School in the Fulton Public School District. I was also an active part of the tech support team at Fulton Middle. As a part of that team I was in charge of trouble shooting problems on many programs and providing teachers with instruction on the technology we had. I then spent two year sat Gratz Brown Elementary in the Moberly Public School District as the Technology Instructor. My responsibilities included teaching 3rd -5th grade students the basics of computer usage, supporting teachers with technology, to keep staff informed of ways they can incorporate technology in their classrooms, and whatever came my way. Last year I was k-6 vocal music and High School Choir for the Salisbury Public School District. This year is my first year in The Columbia Public Schools as the Vocal Music Director for West Middle and Smithton Middle. I completed my Masters of Education at CMU in December of 2011. I currently live in Fayette MO with my husband and my three children ages 8 years, 4 years and 1. I also serve as the Elementary Vocal Music VP for the Northeast District of the Missouri Music Educators Association.
I have used many different forms of technology including iPads, Nooks, PC, Lap tops, and SMART Boards. I am living this dream this year and will be in in rooms that I can use many of the things I have be teaching in this class with my students. I have a SMART board at both schools, a data projector at West, and a district issued iPad. I recently got 3 iPads for my classroom and the Fine Arts Department at each school will be receiving 20 iPads for us to share. I am excited to find new ways to include the iPad and its many apps in my classroom
Please leave me a comment with your educational background, professional experience, what you are currently teaching, and the technology you have available to you at your school. I will be using this information to help drive some of our class blog posts. I want to make sure that I am covering the technology that you are using so that you get the most out of this class. Please be sure to check MyCMU for the rubric and the requirements for the class blog. This information can be found in the syllabus in the Resources and Materials section.