I am loving my position as a Instructional Technology Coach with Lowndes County School District.
This combines several of my passions all into one position. I have been leading professional development for over 10 years. Most of that was on topics that had to do with special education and RTI - which is now called the Multi-Level System of Supports. It was often my job to show teachers how to work with struggling students. It was also often my job to teach them about the laws and teach other special education teachers how to navigate these laws including new web-based systems and writing IEP's. I thoroughly enjoyed helping my peers understand these topics.
I moved to Mississippi in 2013 and left the world of special education for the world of RTI. Once again I was in the role of training others how to do things, but with that came a lot of paperwork. As my new husband and I are evaluating my options last year, we began talking about how many teachers I was helping with the new technology our district had purchased. We discussed how amazing a job in education that I got to shift my professional development experience over to showing teachers all the wonderful things that technology could do for them. Low and behold our district decided to make the move to a 1:1 initiative. With this came two new positions. Can you guess? Why yes, those were the position of Instructional Technology Coaches.
This position has truly been a blessing and I am absolutely loving what I am doing. I have the privelage of traveling around my district assisting, training and modeling technology tools and lessons for our teachers. I get to research new tools and show them to everyone else. In this process we are also modeling appropriate blending of technology and best practices. I couldn't have hand-written a more perfect job for myself.
This journey has been amazing so far and I cannot wait to see where it goes.