How Technology Has Helped Me Become a Teacher Leader

It's about to get self-reflective up in here. 

I've been blogging for a few months now, but realized I have shared very little about my journey. This post will touch a little bit on a lot of things, while focusing on how I became the teacher leader I am today and how technology helped me get there. 

Rewind to June 2012. I was a fresh college grad and was offered a position teaching science at the school I am still at today. I was told that I would be receiving an iPad as part of my contract. To be honest, I was stoked. Not only was I employed (woohoo!) but I also got a new piece of technology to tinker with. I spent that whole first school year trying things out and exploring the iPad.

In the 2013-2014 school year, we launched a 1:1 iPad program in grades 9-12. It was awesome. I decided to flip my class after seeing Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann speak at NSTA. I was inspired, motivated, and had endless energy. I immediately started collecting data on how my flipped classroom was going and I was thrilled with the results. In June of 2014 I began my Masters in Educational Technology at University of Delaware, my alma mater. 

Over the course of the next few years, a lot happened. During this time I did a lot of learning, much of that thanks to the amazing tech team I was working with. Through the mentorship of my principal and a fellow teacher leader, I grew immensely and said YES to a lot of opportunities. I became a part of the team that teaches incoming students about the technology they will be using in high school. I joined our curriculum mapping team. I gained confidence in what I was doing in my classroom and began to share that with my colleagues through in house professional development.

In March of 2015 I presented at my first conference and I was hooked. Presenting provided me with an audience to share my excitement and extend the reach of my experiences beyond my school. I continue to provide professional development in my building, but also at conferences. I have presented at NSTA, LLI, and more. 

In 2016, I launched a computer science curriculum at my school. Inspired my #CS4all and guided by some of my graduate school professors, I developed a plan and got the support of my administration. Starting in the Fall of 2016, every freshman takes computer science. 

Fast forward to today. Having earned my Masters degree in 2016, I am continuing to find ways to learn new things. I am teaching our first cohort of AP Computer Science Principles students. I am still working with teachers in my building and will present at NCEA for the first time this Spring. I am blogging and tweeting my little heart out and look forward to learning something new every day. 

Ed tech has provided me with chances to learn, grown, and share. 


  1. Nice post . Your article is really very impressive. You story of teaching as a leader is nice to review. I will share with a group of teachers and students . So, that they also get inspire.


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