I am a doctoral candidate enrolled in the Teaching and Learning department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My arrival at this juncture of my life was rather circuitous – taking me through food service, banking, engineering, and teaching. Those diverse careers provided me with a variety of experiences and skill sets that contribute to my success as a graduate student. My love of science led me to become a teacher, with the hope that I would inspire a younger generation to pursue employment in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. While working in occupations that required the use of technology, I saw first hand how important it is for students to be both knowledgeable and comfortable when it comes to its use. Having taught in public schools for three years I became aware of how important technology can be for effective science learning and instruction in the classroom, both brick and mortar and virtual. It is my dream that one day the use of technology in the classroom and in teacher professional development will be seamless and an expected part of the experience, eliminating the need to specialize in “educational technology”.
Hoping to become a great teacher and educational researcher when I grow up!
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