History of Me and Technology
I am a lifelong learner who started out my life in education as a Latin and English teacher at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I learned the joys of PowerPoint when it first came out and then really got into it when I could download pictures from the World Wide Web. From 1995 until 2001, I was the International Baccalaureate Coordinator for Central High and this job's necessity to communicate with the IBO Office in Wales made me learn quickly to use email for asynchronous communication. During the late 1990s, I began to create very simple web pages with HTML and to surf the web collecting links for all subject areas. Emboldened by all the wonderful stuff I found online, I started doing informal and formal professional development sessions on technology for the faculty at my school and then for the UA/UWA Regional In-Service Center. In 2001, i was "discovered" by Chiquita Marbury and hired to be the Technology in Motion trainer for the West Alabama area; and the rest, as they say, is history.
Where am I now?
I am currently an assistant professor at the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama. I teach Technology and Education courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels both on campus and online. I love to share all the cool, techie things I find with my students and colleagues. One of my best resources is my Delicious account where I have over 2400 bookmarks that I share with others. I also own a professional development company, Ready, Set, Think!
I have a wonderful husband, Gus, who is supports me in all I do. We have a cat named Hissy (for obvious reasons) and live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. We are both very involved in our church, Canterbury Chapel, and the Community of Hope International. I enjoy reading all kinds of books, watching movies, and listening to music. I also really love kids although I don't have any of my own. I dote on my husband's grandchildren, my sister's children and my friends' children.
My Super Power
I consider my super power to be Finding Great Sites for Teachers! I am awesome at this, if I do say so myself. Given just about any topic, I can find a web site that is a good match for classroom use. Many of the people who have attended my technology workshops can attest to this.