For our final episode of 2020, we want to encourage and inspire anyone thinking about completing Google for Education Certifications over the winter break to go for it! We gathered a great panel to help us give that little push you may be needing to get certified or continue with another level. Each panelist gives their take on experiences and benefits of being Google for Education Certified and we hope by listening you will be inspired! For more information visit the Google for Education Teacher Center.
Meet the Panelists!
Google for Education Program Manager
May majored in Business at UC Berkeley and her first job out of college was at Intel Corporation working in Finance. She then earned her Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math and taught High School Math for 2 years in East San Jose. May then came to Google to work on Compensation - more numbers, before finally getting the opportunity to land a spot on the Google for Education team, now owning the Trainer and GEG programs.
Connect with May: @mayoulee
Google Certified Innovator
Hollie serves the College of Education as the Director for the Instructional Support and Resources Center at Georgia Southern University on the Statesboro and Armstrong campuses. As a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer, she enjoys sharing her passion for student engagement. Hollie believes purposeful professional development empowers educators to transform learning, ignite change, and break down the walls of their classrooms while providing authentic learning experiences for all students. Connect with Hollie: @hgsisk
Google Certified Coach
Jessica is a Business Education teacher and Choice Program Admissions Coordinator at Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts. She has a masters of education in Instructional Technology from Georgia Southern University, and is currently completing her doctoral degree in Workforce Education at the University of Georgia. Jessica is a Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2, a Google Certified Trainer, and a Google Certified Coach, as well as an Apple Teacher. She serves as an advisor for Future Business Leaders of America and National Junior Honor Society. Her interests include teaching personal finance and transforming education with technology. Connect with Jessica: @jessica42294
Google Certified Educator Levels 1 & 2
Dana is a Savannah, Georgia born Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. She started her career teaching 7th-grade math. After twelve years of teaching secondary math and science, she transitioned into being an instructional coach. Dana currently serves as a K-5 instructional coach at the School of Humanities at Juliette Low. Outside of helping teachers, Dana loves creating, crafting, and spending time with her sons.
Connect with Dana: @deegenius
HUGE thanks to May, Hollie, Jessica, and Dana for sharing their experiences with our listeners and for giving us...
Somethin' to Tech About!
Are you considering Google for Education Certification? Are you currently certified? Share you questions and experiences in the comments and give us Somethin' to Tech About!
Welcome to our guest, Natalie Muthersbaugh. Natalie teaches in Savannah, Georgia at Sol. C. Johnson High School in the Adaptive Program. This is her 23rd year of teaching, and one of the things she enjoys most is teaching her students how to use technology for real world problem solving.
Today we are talking with Richard Smith, Executive Director of First District RESA.
Mr. Richard Smith is a veteran educator who began his career as a teacher and coach in 1990. During his career, he has served in the roles of assistant principal, director of CTAE, principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He believes that the education of all children is not only possible but our greatest mission.
Mr. Smith is grounded in the belief that the real work of education takes place in the classroom, and is performed by quality teachers. Materials and programs are the tools of those teachers, but it is the people working to build relationships at the classroom level that have the greatest impact on a child. It is the job of everyone else, to support and remove barriers so that the classroom teachers can better perform their role.
In 1988, Mr. Smith earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgia College. He also holds a Masters in Administration and Supervision and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from Georgia College & State University. In 2009, Mr. Smith completed the Superintendents Professional Development Program through the Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia School Superintendents Association.
Mr. Smith has two children, Will is employed at Southeast Bulloch High School; Macy is a Senior Special Education major at Georgia Southern University.
Since starting Class Tech Tips Monica has led workshops and webinars, and provided keynote presentations to teachers, instructional coaches, administrators and tech-enthusiasts at numerous national and international conferences including SXSWedu, ISTE, FETC and EduTECH. Monica is the author of Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom (ASCD), two quick reference guides for ASCD on Distance Learning Essentials and Classroom Technology Tips, as well as several other publications.
Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 4 of Somethin' to Tech About! Today we have Daniel Rivera, a numbers and data guru joining us. Daniel currently serves as the Technology Director for First District RESA and serves 17 counties. Daniel has provided instructional technology leadership, guidance, and professional development for K-12 and university students, faculty, and staff for 16 years and has been presenting at conferences regularly for 12 years. Daniel is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Google for Education Innovator.
Tune in to hear Daniel, Dru, and Angie discuss his Google Innovator project, getting educators excited about data, YouTube tips, and more. Below are some highlights from our discussion.
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