Meet Tammy Parks, Instructional Tech Facilitator/Fed Programs Director/Broadcast Journalism Teacher

Tammy-Parks

What’s your first and last name?

  • Tammy Parks

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Instructional Technology Facilitator/Federal Programs Director/Broadcast Journalism Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I have been blessed to work in public education for 21 years . . . I started out as an administrative assistant, worked for a Special Education Coop as a Medicaid Coordinator, served as the Director of a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant for a five school consortium, taught MS/HS broadcast journalism, and currently serve as an Instructional Technology Facilitator/Tech Director and Federal Programs Director for Howe Public Schools – a small, rural school in Southeastern Oklahoma. So needless to say, I have a unique perspective on many aspects of the public education system. I am also proud to say I am married to a Superintendent (it’s a 24/7 love of all things EDU)! I lead the professional development efforts for my school and enjoy sharing new learning strategies with colleagues and others in my PLN. I am an Oklahoma A+ Schools’ Fellow which also allows me to work with other amazing educators across the state of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana, and I serve as a FableVision Teacher Ambassador!  I am also very honored to be an Executive Board Member for the Oklahoma Technology Association.  Be sure to save the date for the 2013 OTA Encyclo-Media Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2013!

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Student-centered, hands-on, ongoing opportunities for S.T.E.A.M. focused projects, technology-rich, differentiated and enriched assessment, learning styles are valued, students are not bound by class periods, seat-time, and grade-levels! Global collaboration is part of everyday . . . students and teachers are willing to share and show what they know with the world . . . authentic audiences for student work. Blended learning environments to include both bricks/mortar and virtual learning opportunities.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Project Based Learning; Global Collaboration; 1:1 learning environments; iPads in the classroom, Edmodo, Tech Int in small, rural schools

Do you have a website or blog?

Are you on Twitter?


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Meet Janalyn Taylor, Principal, PreK-K-1

Janalyn Taylor

What’s your first and last name?

  • Janalyn Taylor

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Principal, PreK- K,-1

How are you involved in education?

  • My role includes school management, student discipline, plus much more. Most importantly, my role includes student learning and being an effective instructional leader!

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • The ideal school and classroom would have student work posted as well as graphic organizers, charts, and student generated projects. Technology would be clearly evident with students creating and collaborating. Teachers would be facilitators for trident learning.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Using literature in the elementary classroom, with and without technology.

Do you have a website or blog?

  • not presently

Are you on Twitter?


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Meet Nicole Power, SLP & RTI Coordinator

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What’s your first and last name?

  • Nicole Power

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • SLP & RTI Coordinator

How are you involved in education?

  • I teach 3-5th grade speech/language with an emphasis on language and literacy. I am involved in school committees focused on reading and writing. I enjoy collaborating with teachers to develop ideas and locate resources that will help students read and understand.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal classroom has a well organized and diverse library. Space for students to learn from and about each other would be a priority. There would be no test prep items in my ideal classroom. Equal time and resources would be spent on struggling students and gifted students. There would be an absence of terms such as “lazy” and “unmotivated.” Finally, my ideal school would have a faculty that is pumped and enthused about attending a free Saturday “unconference!”

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • It would be fun to facilitate a conversation on recent multicultural trade books for teaching a diverse population at the elementary level

Do you have a website or blog?

  • not presently

Are you on Twitter?


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