A Short Bio (kinda short?)
I was so excited to find the TPACK graphic as it has provided a basis for communication in terms of many layers of my experience, and I can't wait to learn more. I am currently the Instructional Designer at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, living on a cherry farm with a view of both bays that I rent. It is a great spot to raise my 3 kids as a single mom (7th, 5th, 3rd grades) as there is so much to do here. This environment, my great boss, and the hybrid program made possible for me to go ahead with a PhD that I've wanted for a long time. Previous to this, I taught Curriculum Theory and Creativity at Western Michigan, and my favorite people there graduated from MSU. I've also spent over 10 years consulting in Arts Education, Curriculum and Assessment with the NC A+ Schools Program.
As an inner-city classroom teacher in NC prior that, I think I taught with the edupunk spirit before tech existed in K-12 schools. The 'tech' part of the TPACK becoming explicit is the part that is new to me in many ways as I've never done anything formal with it until recently. I grew up with engineers and using technology,including doing PR for engineering technology after I graduated from U-M, and never really thought about the fact that most people don't think this way. I cannot wait to be involved with people who not only do think this way, but also believe and have the resources and desire to figure out how to teach others to think this way. And am very lucky that my kids are actually excited to support their geeky mom.