1.2 Focus Area
As a current doctoral student, I have many interests and find myself wanting to research many different topics, but have narrowed down my areas of focus to that of professional development and technology integration. I hope to observe teacher and librarian pedagogical, competency, and value beliefs before and after professional development sessions where they are Immersed In positive, engaging learning experiences and how the professional development affects or changes their beliefs and how they integrate technology in their classroom teaching. Granted, this is only my second year In the ISDT Doctorate of Education, and throughout the two years, my research focus has changed, and may change again, but as of now, this is what I hope to focus on. After the last Spring semester, while working with Dr. Cheng on a Field Studies Report on Second-Order Barriers on Teacher Technology Integration, and my background as a professional development educator, this has become what I am most interested in studying.
1.3 KNowledge & expertise
My earliest memories are at three years old when I am teaching a group of stuffed animals. I do not know what I was teaching or why, but I can remember that I have always loved the feeling of teaching others in any capacity; I have and always will be a teacher at heart.
My current position Is a teacher-librarian In Pflugerville ISD at Pflugerville Middle School, and my last four years of experience have been as a school librarian. Prior to that, I taught sixth-grade math and second-grade. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, I took the 2020-2021 school year off from working In schools and worked as Professional Development Educator and Educational Technology Specialist, it was during this period of time that I found my love of teaching adults as well as students.
As a librarian, I was and always have been excited to train teachers on technology tools that they can use In their classrooms (My lunch and Learn presentations can be found on the Evidence of Learning Design page.), and have found that Instructional Design can help me pursue these goals.