PicsArt_1432594632266 (1)Hi! I am an instructional technology coach and a former 6th grade technology and science teacher who is an expert in using technology as an integral part of pedagogy to increase learning as well as training and exciting educators into using technology in a way to increase student learning. I spend every day working with teachers in the the 56 schools within my district on ways to use technology with their students. I demonstrate knowledge and proficiency of web 2.
0 tools and their uses in today’s classroom. I also has an extensive understanding of social networking for building a professional learning network which allows her to stay on the leading edge of shifts in education ideas and the leading edge of technology. I have presented on various technology, social networking and STEM topics around the country. In 2012 I was invited by NASA to cover the launch of the Mars Curiosity Rover for social media, I 2015 I returned, this time to Johnson Space Center as education press.

Please take the time to look over my resume below and the rest of this site.

Samford University

Homewood, AL

B.S. Degree- Elementary, Early Childhood and Special Education, and Collaborative Teaching.

Education Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

M.Ed. Degree- Technology in Education.

Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

Ed.S. Degree (Pending)- Educational Specialist, Technology in Education


Early Childhood, Samford University, Alabama
Elementary Education, Samford University, Alabama
Special Education, Samford University, Alabama
Collaborative Teaching, Samford University, Alabama


Jefferson County Board of Education, Instructional Technology Coach

· Responsible for technology professional development for 56 schools and central office
· Wrote and Implemented district wide BYOD plan
· Google Apps for Education (GAFE) administrator for the district
· Evaluated and Implemented programs for the district
· Evaluated hardware for schools and central office and worked with vendors on pricing
· Advised schools on technology purchases
· Ran online webinars for teachers and administrators
· Managed all school Plan 20/20 plans.
· Over school Technology representatives
· Admin roles in iNow, STI-PD, Global Scholar, and other management software.
· Managed district and school websites

Jefferson County Board of Education, McAdory Middle School, 6th Grade Teacher

2007 – Current
• Assumed all responsibilities as a six grade, Science and Technology / STEM teacher
• Used a hands-on, integrated approach to teach all science, social studies, math, and technology / STEM courses
• Used research-based techniques to effectively teach students
• Wrote and developed curriculum utilizing a project based learning approach
• Developed and helped implement the McAdory Middle School Technology Plan for the Alabama Transform 20/20 Plan; based on survey data
• Taught district-level staff development in the areas of: Digital Citizenship, Promethean,Web 2.0, Edmodo, “Tech Tip of the Week”, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and others
• Developed a student email protocol, roll out plan, and lead teacher training
• Held social media nights for parents to help them understand the various aspects, opportunities and safety tips regarding student use
• Served as the Middle School Cheerleading Coach

Jefferson County Board of Education, Pleasant Grove Elementary, 3rd Grade Teacher

2006 – 2007
• Assumed all responsibilities as a third grade, regular education teacher
• Used a hands-on, integrated approach to teach all curriculum areas
• Appropriately challenged students to reach their full potential by differentiating to meet the needs of all learners through both enrichment and remediation
• Utilized data as a resource to help students obtain high levels of performance
• Infused technology through Web 2.0, online book creation, non-linear PowerPoints, etc.

Cornerstone Christian School, 1st Grade Teacher (2 years) 5th Grade Teacher (1 year)

2003 – 2006
• Assumed all responsibilities as both a 1st and 5th grade teachers
• Utilized inquiry-based learning in various setting and curricular areas
• Worked to ensure all students were reading at or above grade level; most students were above predicted levels by year end

Professional Recognition and Leadership

• Teacher Influencer for Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
• Level 2 Google Certified Teacher
• Featured Speaker for Indiana Connected Educator Conference
• ISTE 2015 Poster Committee Review Team Captain
• Keynote, Griffin RESA, October 2014, “STEM Across the Curriculum”
• Clark County Connected Educators Conference, July 2015, Spotlight Speaker
• Consultant for Promethean USA; Worked on ClassFlow product prior to release
• Editor and Instructor for ALEX PBL module.
• Social Media Council for Promethean USA; Advisory Committee Member
• Consultant for Corwin Publishing; Review unpublished books on technology, STEM, and connected learning prior to release for feedback to author and publishing company
• Blogger for Horace Mann’s “Reach Every Child” blog; 20 posts per year
• Co-Founder of EdCamp Bham; Coordinated the Un-Conference in Birmingham, AL

Honors and Nominations

• Bammy Awards, Academy of Education Arts and Sciences; nominated Middle School Teacher of the Year.
• Bammy Awards, Academy of Education Arts and Sciences; nominated School Technologist of the Year
• Nominated for EduBlogs Best Teacher Blog 2012; International Award, 1 of 30 finalists
• Nominated for EduBlogs Best Teacher Blog 2011; International Award, 1 of 50 finalists
• Nominated for EduBlogs Best Teacher Blog 2010; International Award, 1 of 34 finalists
Teach100 – Top 100 Education Blogs; University of Southern California
• “Thank a Teacher Thursday”; University of Southern California
• Only teacher in the nation chosen to attend the #NASAsocial for Curiosity Landing, meeting with Curiosity engineers and the administrator for NASA; August 2012

Noteworthy Interviews, Publications, and Social Media

• USA Weekend, August 2013, “What Teachers Want You to Know
• THE Journal, May 2014, “How Mobile Devices are Saving IWB
• ALEX ACE Training Module Curriculum Development Team “PBL – The Real Deal for School Leadership Teams
• Conversations and Innovations with Steven Anderson, August 2014, Episode 1: Amanda Dykes
• Media for NASA #SpacED at Johnson Space Center, Houston. Covering new STEM curriculum for One Year in Space and The Martian Movie
• Scholastic, August 2014, “How to Partner with Parents”
• Classflow Blog, June 2014, “Motivating Learning in the Connected Classroom
• BAM Radio Network, Project Based Learning, Podcast
The Amazing Teacher; Interview – January 2014; STEM, Technology and Classroom Management Podcast
• Huffington Post, January 2013, “A Dress Code for Teachers? Or Anything Goes?
• EduAllStars, Difference Makers in Education; Interview, Podcast Episode 31
• BAM Radio Network, Teacher Dress Codes and Professionalism, Podcast
• Blogs4Edu, Featured Blog
• Adobe Influencer Program, Blogging and Tweeting about Adobe Education
• Project PLN, Published in the online publication in Issues 1, 5, and 11

Grants Awarded and Organizational Memberships

• International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE)
• Greater Birmingham Mathematics Partnership, Inquiry-based Math Instruction
• CBS 42 – “One Class at a Time” Grant; Funded netbooks for classroom use
• Jefferson Board of Ed FY 2010 Grant; Teacher laptop and Promethean Board

Speaking Engagements, Professional Presentations and Conferences

• Clark County Connected Educators Conference, July 2015, Spotlight Speaker
• AETC, June 2015, “STEM Across the Curriculum”
• EdCamp US Dept of Ed Attendee
• Reasoning Mind – GenieCon, Feburary 2015, Poster Presentation on STEM
• AETC, June 2014, “STEM and Makerspaces” and “PBL and Common Core”
• Keynote, Griffin RESA, October 2014, “STEM Across the Curriculum”
• Rock the Core Conference, June 2014, “STEM and Makerspaces” and “PBL and Common Core”
• Chosen to attend ALEX and receive an ALEX Certificate of Excellence, February 2014
• Jefferson County Board of Ed Librarians Leadership Group, Monthly PD Session
• Georgia EdTech Conference, November 2013, “Project Based Learning” “Bloom’s Web 2.0 Tools”
• EduCon, January 2013, “Sequence and Consequence: Learning through Storytelling”
• ISTE, June 2012, “Bloom’s Web 2.0 Tools”
• Jefferson County Board of Education Meeting, “Social Media as PD”, October 2012
• Alabama EdTech Conference, AETC, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Jefferson County Tech Camp; 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
• METC Pre-Conference Workshop, 2012
• EdCamp St. Louis, 2012, 2013
• EdCamp Bham, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
• Mid-South Technology Conference, Memphis, TN, 2011
• Simple K12, Webinar Presenter, 2011

Other Skills

Connected Educator, Curriculum Writing and Development, Project-Based, Learning, Leadership,Teamwork, Perseverance, Graphic Design, Social Media, Edmodo, iOS, Google Apps, WordPress