Passionate Educator

I have been teaching in the public school system since 1999. My passions are technology and the fine arts. I clearly remember the commercial for Apple in 1984 and the excitement of working on an Apple II computer in elementary school. I would spend hours writing code until the teachers made me go home. My parents provided me with piano lessons from age 2 and I accompanied my school choirs as a student. I worked for a local university while still in high school as the choir accompanist. Technology and music came together in my undergraduate music education degree when I began to write music using compositional software. In 2015, I presented at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association state conference on the implementation of music applications for rehearsal techniques. I hold a master's degree in multimedia technologies and share my love of multimedia and music with my students each day. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University pursuing my Ed. D. in Instructional Design & Technology. I am currently working as a Graduate Assistant in the Davis College of Agriculture where I am helping professors transition to teaching online using eCampus (Blackboard). I hold Apple Teacher and Google Educator certifications as well as serving as a micro-credential National Ambassador for Digital Promise. Through Elizabeth Forward, I was part of the initial cohort for Modern Teacher. I presented a research project on changing teaching pedagogy and technology implementation at Apple in Cupertino in December of 2019. Currently, I am enjoying designing my own online courses for my students in Canvas. When I am not at work, I enjoy riding my 2019 Can-Am Spyder, crafting, and serving as a cantor at my parish (St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Belle Vernon, PA).