EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE

Degrees Held

B.S. Secondary Education – English

University of Maine at Farmington

Farmington, ME

M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction

Multidisciplinary Focus – Literacy & Technology in Education

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

K-12 Education

English teacher

Mt. Blue High School

Farmington, ME

(1998 – Present)

  • Grade 9 Humanities (Co-Founder)
  • Grade 10 PACE Customized Learning Pilot (Co-Founder)
  • Pop Culture Elective (Founder)
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • College Prep & Applied English 9 – 12

 Post-Secondary & Post-Graduate Education

Adjunct Instructor

University of Maine at Farmington

(2005 – Present)

Online

  • Content Literacy & Metacognition
  • Digital Storytelling

Face to Face & Blended

  • Differentiation
  • Content Literacy
  • Secondary English Methods
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Comic Books & Graphic Novels

Professional Development & Leadership

Co-Founder, Wicked Decent Learning, Innovation in Education Blog, Podcast & Workshops, January 2005 to Present

Co-Founder, EdCamp Western Maine, January 2015 to present

Presenter, NHCMTC New Hampshire State Educational Technology Conference, December 2015

Featured Speaker, MassCUE Massachusetts State Educational Technology Conference, October 2015

Featured Speaker & Coach, Ellis School Active Learning & Design Thinking Summit, The Ellis School, Pittsburgh, July 2015

Social Media Specialist & Process Observer, FUSE 15 Design Thinking Experience, Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, Atlanta, June 2015

Moderator/Panelist, SXSWEdu Design Thinking the Humanities, March 2015

Featured Presenter & Closing KeynoteACTEM Maine State Educational Technology Conference, Design Thinking, Improvisation, Customized Learning, October 2014

Invited Participant, DTK12 Design Thinking Curriculum Leadership Summit, Stanford d.School, August 2014

Presenter, ECET New England, Gates Foundation, Regional Conference, Universal Design for Learning with Technology, Aug 2014

DEEP Design Thinking Coach, FUSE 14, Mount Vernon Institute for Innovation, National Design Thinking Conference, Atlanta, June 2014

Moderator/Panelist, SXSWEdu, In the Trenches with Design Thinking K-12, March 2014

Presenter, MAHPERD Maine State Conference, Improvising Success! Using Improv Comedy To Achieve  Your Goals, Build Your Community & Strengthen Your Brain, November 2013

Team Coordinator, PACE Customized Learning Pilot Program, MBHS, Spring 2012 — Present

Presenter, MEA/SEAM Professional Development Conference, Why Not? Student Initiated Customized Learning & Ridiculous Success: Using Principles of Improv Comedy for Student Achievement, Team Member, RSU 9 Mass Customized Learning Team, Summer 2012 — Present

Presenter, Positive Youth Development Institute, Why Not? Student Initiated Customized Learning, Husson University, Summer 2012

Cooperating Teacher, UMF Field Experience Program, Fall 1999 — Present

Table Leader, ME Dept. of Ed., Maine Education Assessment Writing Scoring, Winter 2002

Member, Calderwood Conversations (Secondary/Post-Secondary Writing Instruction Dialogue) Planning Committee, Fall 2006 – Spring 2009

Member, Maine Composition Coalition Conference Steering Committee 2006-2007

Member, MBHS Promising Futures Committee, Spring 1999 – Spring 2001

Member, MBHS Literacy Team, Spring 2008 – Present

Lesson Plan Contributor, Reading for Blind and Dyslexic web site, Summer 2007 – Summer 2010

Presenter, Kennebec Alliance College Readiness Workshop, Using Alternative Texts to Enhance College-Ready Writing, Winter 2007

Member, Maine Composition Coalition Conference Steering Committee 2006-2007

Table Leader, Maine Department of Education, Grade 11 Writing Assessment Scoring, 2000 – 2002

 Technology in Education Leadership

Featured Presenter, MassCUE 15 Design Thinking with Technology, Gillette Stadium, October 2015

Featured Maine Educator (as Wicked Decent Learning), ACTEM State Conference, Various Sessions & Closing Keynote, October 2014

Presenter, MooseTech, Moosehead Regional Technology Conference, Improvisation & Technology Integration & Design Thinking and Innovation with Technology, March 2014

Moderator, Great Schools Partnership, #edchatme Twitter chat, Student Leadership in the Classroom, November 2013

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, More Customized Learning on the Cheap & Improvisation & Technology Integration, October 2013

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, Customized Learning on the Cheap & Best of the Web 2012, October 2012

Presenter, MSAD 43 Technology Institute, Various Topics, August 2008 – August 2010

Presenter, MLTI Summer Institute, Technology & Metacognition; Differentiation June 2010

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, Podcasting as Professionalism, October 2010

Presenter, MLTI Student Conference, Museum Box: Organizing and Learning Web 2.0, May 2009

Technology Learning Leader, SEED, Western Maine Partnership, Fall 2001- Summer 2005

Presenter, SEED HQTLT Institutes, Fairness & Inclusiveness in Teaching, Summer 2002

Presenter, ACTEM State Conference, Integrating Technology, October 2001 – October 2002

Developer, SEED, We Ain’t No Sitcom Family Here, January 2002

Adapter, SEED, What’s Up with Romeo & Juliet? Fall 2000

Press

“3-D Printing Becomes Accessible for High School Teachers,” US News & World Report, High School Education Blog, July 21, 2014

“Maine Teacher Turning to Twitter for New Ideas,” Portland Press Herald, October 13, 2013

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