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Washington, D.C. 20002





U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology Fall 2014 – Present

ConnectED Specialist

  • Led revision of the National Education Technology Plan.
  • Coordinated efforts regarding early learning and technology, connectivity deserts, and technology in teacher preparation.
  • Assisted in development of Future Ready Schools and the Future Ready District Pledge.
  • Revised and edited Future Ready School: Designing Technology Infrastructure for Learning for publication.
  • Served at point of contact between the Department and the inter-agency Broadband Opportunity Council.

St. Vrain Valley School District, Longmont, CO Fall 2013 – Present

Instructional Technology Coordinator

  • Led development of central district digital library for all students and community members

  • Drafted plan with district team for 1:1 mobile device deployment to all district teachers, elementary classrooms, and secondary students

  • Managed the professional learning plan for teachers, district administrators, community members, and parents related to the technology plan

  • Coordinated development of self-paced online learning modules of choice in concert with district technology plan, managing contracted instructional designers and district personnel

  • Served as liaison between district technology services and English, world languages, and automotive textbook adoption committees


School of Education, Antioch University – New England Fall 2012 – Present

Adjunct Faculty

  • Designed and piloted coursework in social media and social networking in education through open platform for enrolled and unenrolled students.


School of Education, University of Colorado – Boulder Fall 2012 – Spring 2013

Supervisor of Student Teachers & Research Assistant

  • Supervised secondary social studies and English student teachers

  • Developed tailored pre-service professional seminars for student teachers including local and national educational leaders

  • Conducted intensive field research contributing to program evaluation of local chapter of a national non-profit student service organization


Science Leadership Academy, School District of Philadelphia

Project-based, inquiry driven teaching philosophy

English Teacher, Grades 9 – 12 Fall 2007 – Spring 2011

Professional Development Coordinator

  • Created and implemented school-wide 10th, 11th and 12th grade English curricula

  • Developed 11th grade advisory curriculum

  • Designed and implemented SLA’s Professional Learning Communities

  • Managed SLA’s standardized testing scheduling and administration

  • Co-Chaired EduCon 2.0-2.3, progressive education conferences

  • Won 2008-2009 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

  • Coached student improvisational comedy club

  • National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference 2009, International Society for Technology in Education Conference 2011


Freedom Writers Foundation, Long Beach, CA

Teacher Outreach Coordinator Summer 2007 – Spring 2012

  • Networked and served as communications coordinator for summer training sessions of more than 150 teachers from across the U.S. and Canada

  • Coordinated foundation newsletter, social media strategy

  • Produced national teacher podcast


Teach for America – Mid-Atlantic

PLC Facilitator Fall 2009 – Spring 2010

  • Drafted and implemented professional development curriculum for English and History TFA Corp Members within two separate Professional Learning Communities


Education Beyond Borders, International

Project Leader, South Africa and Kenya Summer 2009 and 2010

  • Coordinated an international team of educators to facilitate information communication technologies professional development workshops with partner non-governmental organizations, province-level officials and classroom teachers


Phoenix Academy, School Board of Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL

English Language Arts Teacher, Grades 8 – 10 Fall 2005 – Fall 2007

  • Chaired English Department

  • Designed writing program that improved student writing proficiency from 49% to 81%

  • Created partnership between Phoenix Academy and Sarasota Young Professionals Group to create 1:1 mentoring program

  • Facilitated partnership between Phoenix Academy and Sarasota Film Festival to create young screenwriters program

  • Utilized community ties to build school presence in local media outlets

  • Prioritized technology procurement and distribution as a member of the SBSC Next Generation Learning Technology Implementation Committee

  • Piloted Next Generation Teaching Program

  • Trained district personnel in Kagan Cooperative Learning

  • Piloted Freedom Writers Teacher program through the Freedom Writers Foundation


Sarasota Middle School, School Board of Sarasota County, Sarasota, FL

English Language Arts Teacher, Grade 8 Fall 2003 – Fall 2005

  • Nominated for Teacher of the Year 2003

  • Conducted professional development at Summer Character Education In-Service Program and 2004 Summer Literacy Conference

  • Coordinated SMS’s Welcome Everybody (WEB) new-student induction program

  • Initiated Reading Partners reading mentoring program




  • Beaconhouse School Group, Lahore, Pakistan Spring 2014

  • IntegrateED PDX, Portland, OR Winter 2014
  • IntegratED, San Francisco, CA Fall 2013

  • Professional Learning and School Visioning, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Spring 2013

  • Beaconhouse School System Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Winter 2012

  • TICL 2012 Conference – Storm Lake, IA Summer 2012

  • District-Wide Back-to-School Commencement – Alice, TX Fall 2011

  • Technology Integration Training – Orange County, CA Fall 2011

  • ISTE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA Summer 2011

  • 21st Century Design Symposium – Ohio School Facilities Commission Spring 2011

  • TEDxPhillyED – Philadelphia, PA Spring 2011

  • District-Wide Teacher In-Service – Brecksville-Broadview Heights, OH Spring 2010

  • National Writing Project’s Digital Is… Conference Winter 2009

  • Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference Fall 2008

  • Penn State University 1:1 Laptop in Education Conference Fall 2008

  • NYSCATE Conference, NY Fall 2008 & 2009


  • School 2.0: Building the schools we need, Wiley Bass, co-author In Press

  • Education Blog 2005 – Present

  • “Embracing the Squishiness of Digital Literacy,” Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, co-author August 2011

  • Because Digital Writing Matters by Danielle DeVoss, Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, and Troy Hicks, Jossey-Bass, featured Fall 2010

  • New York Times Best-Selling book Teaching Hope: Stories from the Freedom Writer Teachers, Random House, co-wrote and edited Fall 2009

  • The Socially Connected Classroom by William Kist, ASCD, featured Fall 2009

  • Freedom Writers Diary Teacher’s Guide, Random House, co-wrote Fall 2007



Education Consultant Fall 2006 – Present

  • Led team of high school and college students through curriculum drafting and refinement for Project VOYCE in Denver, CO.

  • Facilitated the design and development of online professional development courses in MOODLE CMS for Denver Public Schools.

  • Trained teachers on technology integration and project-based learning in the School District of Philadelphia.

  • Taught teachers how to incorporate interactive technologies to facilitate inquiry-driven learning in Sarasota, FL.


Journalist – Freelance Fall 2005 – Present

  • Served as Contributing Editor, SRQ: Sarasota’s Premiere Magazine

  • Contributed to Creative Loafing , Sarasota, FL

  • Refined annual reports as Editor – ad hoc, Springfield Urban League, Inc., Springfield, IL

  • Wrote regular education column for Herald-Tribune of Sarasota, FL


Editorial Intern – Summer 2003

New York City

  • Ushered various stories from conception to publication, assisted with production of daily content



NOVA Southeastern University – Fort Lauderdale, FL March 2014

Master’s of Arts – Curriculum & Instruction

  • Studies focused on the integration of synchronous and asynchronous commenting and editing as it affected student collaboration and revision or their work and peers’.

Harvard Graduate School of Education – Cambridge, MA May 2012

Master’s of Education – Education Policy and Management

  • Research Assistant, Project READS

  • Producer & Host, Learning Grounds Podcast

  • Co-Founder, School Purpose Project

  • Co-Founder, Hack the Dissertation Collective


Illinois State University – Normal, IL May 2003

Bachelors of Arts – English and Secondary Education

  • Honors Student, graduating with University Honors Certificate

  • Member and Vice President, Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honors Fraternity

  • Undergraduate Liaison, Educating Illinois Coordinating Team

  • Executive Officer, Educating Illinois Student Advisory Council – Founding Member



Professional Teaching Certificate Grades 6-12, English – Pennsylvania



  • International Society of Technology in Education

  • Completed More than 11 full marathons from 2002 to present

  • National Council of Teachers of English

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