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This is my fifth year working in Loudoun County Public Schools. I grew up in Roanoke, VA and then attended UVA where I earned my Bachelors in Environmental Sciences and a Masters in Elementary Education. Very early on in my career, I realized a love of working with technology in the classroom because I saw the way it really unlocked some amazing opportunities for my students. And thus, I decided to pursue a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Designing Digital Learning in Schools. I completed that degree through George Mason University last year and I am thrilled to get to take on this role at such an amazing school like Weller! My role as Instructional Facilitator for Technology (IFT) is one in which I get to co-plan and co-teach with teachers to help facilitate lessons that have technology integrated into the curriculum that is already being taught so that it is more meaningful for students.
What motivated you to want to lead the Innovation Lab Project?
I had seen and heard of a few other schools transforming their traditional computer labs into a more innovative and collaborative space so I was intrigued. I've also seen research that indicates the importance of having a "dedicated" space outside of the regular classroom that serves as sort of a "hub" of innovation, creation, and collaboration. When I found out that we would be getting a technology refresh this year and losing all of our big desktop computers, I knew it was the perfect time for us to explore transforming our space.
Over the last several weeks, there have been many questions raised regarding our transition to Flex Academies to manage and administer ASAP. Below are answers to the most frequent questions we have heard. If you still have questions, please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail the PTO.
Why did we switch to Flex Academies?
Over the last several years, the after school activities program (ASAP) has been a volunteer administered organization. This means that payment processing for parents, pay for teachers, attendance and staffing were all handled by volunteers. As ASAP continued to grow in popularity, finding enough volunteers to support the program became difficult and had a negative impact on the overall quality of the program.
Flex Academies provided Weller with professional management which helped us eliminate the reliance on volunteers providing a sustainable approach to ASAP while ensuring consistent quality for the students. Without the transition to Flex, ASAP may not have happened at all this year.
OK, are there any other benefits to parents and students?
Yes! By moving to Flex there have been several positive changes. They include: