Keep fighting the good fight!
Tell us about yourself along with a fun fact!
I have been an educator for over 16 years. Recently I was appointed the Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for the Chester School District in Chester, NJ. Prior to this I was a vice principal at Black River Middle School in Chester, NJ. I was recently named the 2017 NASSP National Assistant Principal of the Year. For the past five years I have been moderating #Satchat, an online Twitter discussion for current and emerging school leaders. I also have authored four books, the most recent being Hacking Google for Education. I speak nationally about educational technology and social media. I also am a Google Certified Trainer and conduct Google trainings for school districts.
Favorite website / app:
Twitter. Hands down Twitter has impacted my professional life in so many ways. It has given me access to the best minds in the business and has provided me an opportunity to share my knowledge. Twitter also gives me a chance to connect with school stakeholders by allowing me to tell our school story in a 140 characters or less.
Someone who inspires you and knowledge they have imparted:
Our principal at Black River Middle School, Bob Mullen, has definitely inspired me over the past years. He is never happy with the status quo and always looking for ways to get better. Bob’s ability to connect with others and truly care about the progress of each and every student is something I will take with me and try to replicate during my time in education.
Challenge you’ve faced and how you overcame it:
For several years I wanted to have an impact on educators from around the world through speaking and writing. After presenting locally for several years I now have been given the opportunity to present nationally on behalf of my company Evolving Educators LLC. It’s great to present in places like Atlanta, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City.
Describe what it means for you to be a K-12 Influencer in STEM:
STEM advocacy is so important. For the past four years at Black River Middle School in Chester, NJ I have seen our students thrive in our Innovation and Design class. Students are building robots, solar powered objects, and earthquake towers. Additionally students are coding and creating on 3D printers in our ever changing computer applications classes.
What knowledge would you impart to other K-12 Influencers in STEM?
I think it’s important that influencers and leaders put their talented staff in a position to be successful with STEM students and then get out of the way. Give them time, resources, and cutting edge training to be the very best and promote the success of students.