From the moment I entered my first year of preschool at age three, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I grew up holding on strong to this idea: playing “school” as a child, getting teachers’ advice for great undergrad programs and finally graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a B.A. in Secondary Education. Life had gone exactly according to plan!
And then reality hit.
The economy was down, teaching jobs were hard to come by, and I started wondering if I had made the right choice with my career goals as a three year old. Needless to say, panic mode set in and some serious soul searching began.
A couple years and jobs in higher education later, I realized K12 education was
precisely where I belong. That soul searching I mentioned earlier led me to realize my hobby and interests could turn into a career. So I began my M.A. in Education with a concentration in Instructional Computer Technology. I literally felt the weight of all my career worry and woes lifted from my shoulders. I could rest easy again knowing I had a worthwhile goal to work toward.
A few more months down the road, another opportunity came knocking at my door (or I went chasing after it, full speed ahead). I accepted the Director of Educational Technology position at Archbishop McNicholas High School.
After a couple of years in a 1:1 high school and completing my masters degree, I saw another opportunity working at the district level. I began working for Middletown City School District as an instructional technology and web presence specialist.
After some time in Middletown, I had another opportunity to affect change in even more teachers. I began working for Forward Edge, a K12 technology solutions company, as the Director of Curriculum and Technology Integration. Here, I am lucky enough to work with multiple districts to help them assess their current level of technology integration into the classroom, develop a professional development plan and implement the plan (in a nut shell).
A long time ago, I decided to create a bLOG of ideas I have for the classroom, cool tips and tools I come across, seek some advice, and anything else that comes to mind. If you’re interested in technology in education, I hope you’ll comment on my posts to share some ideas. Later I realized I wanted to be able to do more than just maintain a blog; I wanted a place I could could share more than just my ramblings(you are here now). That’s when I decided to turn my blog into more of a website. I hope you’ll stick around.
Let’s take this journey together!
Tech to You Later!
Katie Siemer (Ritter)