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LYNDA SUZANNE SHANKS

Digital Learning Specialist

International Educator

Email   MissShanks@gmail.com

Skype   Suzanne1381

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Regardless of constantly changing technology trends, I believe it’s all about excellent pedagogy and powerful relationships, not about connectivity, hardware, software or gimmicks.

 

At A Glance: My Certifications and Training 

  •  Master of Arts in Teaching (Ed Tech Specialization)*
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications**
  • Educational Technology K-Adult
  • BYOD, 1:1 Computing, Windows, Apple, Teaching with Mobile Devices/iPads
  • English as a Foreign Language K-12
  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program
  • Social Studies and Language Arts K-8
  • Elementary Instruction K-5, All Subjects

Specific Technology Integration Expertise I Can Offer Beyond Classroom Teaching

American International School (2013 – Present)

  • Information Technology Instructor, Grades 1-5
  • Chairperson of the Pre-K to Grade 5 Technology Team
  • Interim Technology Integration Coordinator (PreK-12)
  • Grade 8 English and History during pilot BYOD year
  • NWEA Map Testing three times per year
  • Facilitated my school’s pilot Apple iTunes University Initiative and authored a course
  • Private tutoring of children in literacy, adults in professional-business-technical English
  • Taught through years of internet trends and various web services of the hour for educators

Mann Middle School, Oracle Education Foundation, High Plains Elementary, Jenkins Middle School, Emerson Middle School, Canon Elementary, Calhan K-12 School, Rockrimmon Elementary (1994-2013)  

  • Sharpened content-area pedagogy by trading labs for traditional classrooms every few years 
  • Trained educators at the school, district, international, and corporate foundation level, in person and online, usually while carrying a full teaching load
  • Worked full-time on both Apple and Windows systems; fairly fluent in Android
  • Several years’ experience in informal and formal BYOD classrooms and labs
  • Served as Technology Curriculum and Committee Chairperson several times in several schools
  • Continuous pursuit of professional development far beyond requirements 
  • Involved in digital Personal Learning Networks for over a decade

 

Other Ways I Can Contribute To Schools

  • Sponsor before- and after-school activities like Girl Gamers and Code Jockeys, Summer Camps, Middle School Cycling Club, Morning Book Study, Science Camp, Gifted Learner Camp
  • Serve on numerous committees, e.g. Positive Behavior Intervention Support Teams, Building Leadership Teams, Response to Intervention Teams, Volunteer Appreciation Teams.   
  • Lead face-to-face and online professional study groups both on my own initiative and at supervisors’ 
  • Serve on numerous committees, e.g. Positive Behavior Intervention Support Teams, Building Leadership Teams, Response to Intervention Teams, Volunteer Appreciation Teams.   Lead face-to-face and online professional study groups both on my own initiative and at supervisors’ 
  • Serve as Language Arts, Wellness, and 21st Century/Individualized Learning Teams chairperson
  • Write district-wide standardized assessments in Social Studies
  • Robotics, Makerspace and Collaborative High School/Elementary Gardening Clubs (I am just beginning these at my present position.

Personal History Prior to Teaching 

  • Legal Assistant for 9 years, Office Manager for 2 years
  • Owned small businesses (property management, audio/video production services, snow removal, training)
  • Worked full time, operated these businesses, and obtained two degrees despite intense personal hardships and single parenting, displaying a proven ability to rebound and retool as necessary

*MAT, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA (1995)

**BA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, USA (1994)