About Me

PicsArt_1432594632266 (1)Amanda is a district level instructional technology coach for Jefferson County Schools (AL), a district of 56 schools. She has been in education for 13 years as a teacher but also as a leader when it comes to technology integration. She is always looking for ways to guide and encourage teachers to adapt their teaching to reach students that are in classrooms during today’s changing times. She is a cheerleader for STEM and changing how we teach science to students to students who will have careers that haven´t been created yet. She is also a Certified Google Trainer that loves helping teachers become more organized and give their students more options via using Google Suite for Education. When Amanda is not working with teachers or nerding out on technology she is at the beach with her family or baking. She is also a huge NASA fan and loves anything about space.

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Education
Work Experience
Honors and Nominations

Speaking Engagements & Presentations
Professional Leadership
Noteworthy Interviews, Publications, & Media

Education

Certificate of Advanced Educational Leadership

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Educational Specialist

(Pending)
Instructional Technology
Lesley University
Cambridge, MA

Master in Education

Technology in Education
Lesley University
Cambridge, MA

Bachelor of Science

Elementary, Early Childhood, and Special Education, and Collaborative Teaching
Samford University
Birmingham, AL

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Work Experience

September 2014 – Present

Jefferson County Board of Education
Instructional Technology Coach

2007 – 2014

McAdory Middle School
6th Grade Science, Math, & Technology Teacher / School Tech Rep / Cheer Coach

2006-2007

Pleasant Grove Elementary
3rd Grade Teacher

2003-2006

Cornerstone Christian School (Columbiana, AL)
1st & 5th Grade Teacher / Cheer Coach

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Honors and Nominations

School Technologist of the Year

Bammy Awards, Academy of Education Arts & Sciences; Top 5 Finalist 2015

Middle School Teacher of the Year

Bammy Awards, Academy of Education Arts & Sciences; Top 5 Finalist 2014

Best Teacher Blog 2012 Nominee

Best Teacher Blog 2011 Nominee

Best New Teacher Blog 2010 Nominee

The EduBlog Awards -International Award·

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Noteworthy Interviews, Publications, & Media

ASCD Course Author

“Enhancing Teaching with Technology”

USA Weekend

August 2013, “What Teachers Want You to Know”

THE Journal

May 2014, “How Mobile Devices are Saving IWB“

ALEX

PBL Module, Editor / Author

Classflow Blog

June 2014, “Motivating Learning in the Connected Classroom“

The Amazing Teacher

January 2014, Technology and Classroom Management, Podcast

Huffington Post

January 2013, “A Dress Code for Teachers? Or Anything Goes?”

EduAllStars

Difference Makers in Education, Podcast 31

BAM Radio Network

Teacher Dress Codes and Professionalism, Podcast
Technology is Reinventing PBL, Podcast

Reach Every Child

Regular Blogger, Horace Mann’s blog for teachers

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Speaking Engagements & Presentations

Discovery Education Event

FETC 2017, Ignite Presentation

AETA Fall Conference

2016

BrightBytes Institute

2016
Featured Speaker, Chicago

eRevelution Conference,

2016
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp

Clark County Connected Educators Conference,

2015, 2016
Spotlight Speaker

Indiana Connected Educators Conference,

2015, 2016
Spotlight Speaker

AETC

2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

EdCamp US Dept of Ed,

2015
Attendee, presenter, and participant

Reasoning Mind GenieCon,

2015
Poster Presentation on STEM

Griffin RESA STEM conference,

2014
Keynote

Rock the Core Conference,

2014
New Teacher Institute, Mississippi

Georgia EdTech Conference,

2013

EduCon,

2013

ISTE,

2012

METC Pre-Conference Workshop,

2012

EdCamp St. Louis,

2012, 2013

EdCamp Bham

2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Mid-South Technology Conference,

2011
Memphis, TN

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Professional Leadership

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Teacher Influencer

Google Certified Trainer

Google Geo Teacher Institute

2017 Cohort, Mountain View, CA

TEDxBirmingham Fellow

2016 Cohort

#SpacED Event – NASA

Invited Guest – Johnson Space Center, September 2015

#NASAsocial for Curiosity Landing

JPL, August 2012, 1 of 29 Invited Guest

ISTE Poster Selection Committee Team Captain

2015

Keynote: STEM Across the Curriculum

Griffin RESA, GA, October 2014

Consultant for Promethean USA

Worked on ClassFlow prior to release
Social Media Advisor

Consultant for Corwin Publishing

Review unpublished books

Co-Founder of EdCamp Bham

Coordinated the Un-Conference in Birmingham, AL

Certified ALEX trainer

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