Education

  • K-12 Math Specialist Certification, Black Hills State University, 2009
  • Master of Science in Educational Technology, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota. December, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, South Dakota.
    • Major in Math. Minor in Computer Science. Graduated May 1985.

Experience


K-12 Math Specialist,Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE). I provide face to face, online, and blended learning professional development for math educators as well as coach math teachers K-12 in the classroom to help develop both content and pedagogical expertise while implementing the Common Core Standards.
See Presentations link and side panel for work

Technology Integrationist, TIE. Using the TPACK model (TPACK.org), I provide professional development and coaching to move educators toward embedded, transparent technology use in the classroom.
https://sites.google.com/a/tiegapps.net/new-underwood-sig/ - example of work

CS Fundamentals Code.org Facilitator - I am providing trainings for K-5 educators in the state of SD and have trained over 250 teachers in the past 3 months.

SD Counts Math Specialist, TIE, ESA 7 Region, Rapid City, South Dakota. I have worked one on one with math teacher leaders in the ESA 7 region to build their capacity in inquiry math and the use of CGI to understand where student learning levels are and to move them to the next level. This is second round of a 3 year project that will provide teacher leaders and model classrooms of inquiry math with CGI as the foundation. http://www.sdesa6.org/content/sdcounts/default.htm
2006-present

Verizon Thinkfinity State Administrator, TIE, As the state administrator of Verizon Thinkfinity, I promoted the use of the thousands of free resources provided by Verizon Thinkfinity and its content experts throughout the state of South Dakota. We provided online courses for educators and trainings to develop experts in each of the schools within South Dakota. All professional development was provided free of charge to educators in our state. 2003-present

Education Technology Specialist, Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE), Rapid City, South Dakota. Responsibilities include providing technology and school reform support to South Dakota teachers, administrators, and school districts. Duties include writing technology related articles, identifying quality educational software and Internet sites, developing and leading workshops and presentations for educators, developing and leading year long educational projects, and facilitating technology planning at local school districts. Website: http://www.tie.net
August 1999-present.

Verizon Thinkfinity National Trainer, Verizon Foundation/TIE, Rapid City, South Dakota. Responsibilities include training educators throughout the nation to use the Verizon Thinkfinity resources in their classrooms and to train others to provide trainings. (Online and face to face) (formerly MarcoPolo Cadre Trainer)
Website:http://www.thinkfinity.org
December, 2000-Present.

AIMS II Project Director and Team Member, Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE), Rapid City, South Dakota. School districts in ESA regions 6 and 7 have the opportunity to participate in a three year process to improve their expertise in math and science. Higher quality teachers lead to increased student achievement. http://aims.tie.net
2004-2007

TIE Membership Project Manager, Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE), Rapid City, South Dakota. School Districts in South Dakota have the opportunity to become members of this non-profit organization. Total membership varies but has averaged 170 school districts. Responsibilities include managing the membership budget, facilitating and/or providing professional development events and year long projects, pursuing hardware and software discounts for member schools, and managing the membership portion of the TIE website: http://membership.tie.net
August 1999-2005.

Certified Palm Education Training Consultant, PalmOne, Inc./TIE, Rapid City, South Dakota. Responsibilities include providing training to South Dakota educators and national conference attendees handheld training including the basics, classroom integration, and management/assessment.
June, 2002-present

ThinkQuest State Partner, TIE, Rapid City, South Dakota. Responsibilities include providing the leadership for this global and national project within the state of SD, training teachers to become coaches in the ThinkQuest Event, training students in the research process and ThinkQuest website use, and managing the progress of the South Dakota teams.
Website: http://www.thinkquest.org
March, 2000-2006.

TTL (Technology for Teaching and Learning) Instructor, State of South Dakota, DECA, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. Responsibilities included providing technology integration instruction to South Dakota teachers.
June, 1999-July, 1999.

Computer/Math Teacher, Lead-Deadwood School District, Lead, South Dakota. Teaching responsibilities included computer literacy, advanced computers, webpage course, and mathematics courses.
August, 1986-August, 1999.

Technology Coordinator, Lead-Deadwood School District, Lead, South Dakota. Responsibilities included managing the technology budget for the district, ordering hardware and software, setting up and installing hardware and software, repairing hardware, facilitating technology committee meetings, providing professional development for district staff, and providing adult technology education courses for the community.
March, 1987-August, 1996.

Honors and Conference Presentations

  • 2000-2013 TIE Conference Presenter, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, SD
  • 2010 NCTM Regional Conference Presenter-Minneapolis,MN
  • 2006 NECC Conference presenter – ISTE Affiliate Meeting-San Diego, CA
  • 2004 NSBA/T&L Conference presenter – Los Angeles, CA
  • 2003 TIES Conference presenter – Minneapolis, MN
  • 2001-2002 MarcoPolo Cadre Trainer- Best Overall Trainer Award
  • 1996-1997 Tandy Scholar Teacher of the Year in Math, Science and Technology
  • 1984 Mark Richmond Scholarship
  • 1982 Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship, Palene-Seabolt Scholarship