I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Council for Economic Education. My primary focus is managing the creation and development of rich, interactive, student-driven learning experiences using open web technologies.
I have an advanced diploma in educational leadership and technology from the New York Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in special education from Hunter College, and a bachelor’s degree with honors in sociology from Rutgers University.
Prior to working for a education-focused, non-profit organization, I was a New York City public school teacher for seven years.
I was the lead teacher and technology coordinator at the Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Beach, NY. Before that, I was a special education teacher in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
I planned and managed the first large-scale, one-to-one iPad pilot in New York City for just under one thousand students in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade. I taught programming, web development, and delivered special education services to students from the sixth to the twelfth grade. In addition, I wrote and developed custom web applications that solved problems for administrators and teachers alike.
In the summer of 2012, I designed and ran “Code Camp” at Scholars’ Academy for students ages 11-17. It was a three week long programming boot camp that took students with little to no programming experience and show them how to build their own web applications in over the course of 27 hours of instruction.
I was an instructional technology specialist for New York City Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology where I worked with school leaders and teachers at 44 different schools across Brooklyn and Staten Island. This involved regularly meeting with principals and teachers, identifying the school’s curricular and professional development needs, and implementing a program leveraging technology to help them meet their goals. Before that, I was a middle school special education teacher where I taught science, mathematics, and social studies.
I am a member of the EDesign Lab, a collaboration between educators, technologists, and designers to prototype and incubate real examples of what interactive digital learning can look like to improve student engagement, motivation, and success. We are working on developing an web application called QueryUs that empowers students to parse and understand large data sets and Because, an online tool that helps students collaboratively graph data and understand cause and effect relationships.
I also helped organize the Hack the Rock as part of President Obama’s National Day of Civic Hacking in coordination with Rockaway Help and Mozilla where students, programmers, and community members worked together to design solutions for problems facing the Rockaway Beach community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (and in the event something similar ever happens again in the future).
I am currently the lead web developer for Aid Badges, a SMS-based services that connects volunteers with community-based organizations in the days following a disaster and recognizes/rewards their service using the Mozilla OpenBadges platform.
I served as a judge for the New York City Department of Education Innovation Zone’s Gap App Challenge to encourage educational technology innovators to develop the products that help address the achievement gap and announced the winners at a press conference with the chancellor this past June.