If you're not currently teaching, what are you focused on?:
Professional Development, STEM integration, district support
Your school name:
Innovation Center of St Vrain Valley Schools
Your school type:
Is your school a Title Ⅰ school?:
How many years have you been teaching?:
I've been in education since 2005.
"Sharpies, of course :)"
I feel like the luckiest person alive. I have 2 beautiful children, an awesome husband, a great family that lives close by, and I get to live in Colorado! I'm passionate about public education, equity, cognition, research, data, empathy, and improvement science, and I love learning. I am trying really hard to read instead of watch TV, and get outside and go hiking instead of staying inside :) Trying to build better habits :) I also host an educational podcast with a colleague, it's called Vrain Waves, & we interview amazing people - listen wherever you get your podcasts, or at vrainwaves.com!
@Jessica, that is an awesome and vital addition!! We could make every interaction meaningful in multiple ways for long-term impact... and learn more about each student's unique contributions to the community more deeply. Thank you for this!
OMG, Courtney Groskin !!!! This is amazing!!! I bet we have some IC students who could build something like this, too... I use 'nextdoor' all the time to be more tied into my neighborhood community, I love the idea of an app with videos & tutorials and messages for a school community. Can't wait to explore this further at the Incubator in January!
So interesting, Val, thanks so much for sharing. I really reflected about what you said about feeling small. I so often forget what it felt like to have everyone be more than you... taller, adult-ier, more in charge, more professional, whatever it was, it is a big part of childhood and I don't think I attend to that feeling enough, or remember that feeling enough when I think about my interactions with my own kids or with students. So thank you for that reminder. I appreciated, too, the insights about being shuffled around - a lot of students during the school day probably feel like things are being done 'to' them instead of 'with' them. Thanks again for sharing. Gave me a lot to think about :) - Becky