Why Expat Educator?
It began with my mom. She was one of those early childhood educators that parents begged to have teacher their child. Even in her retirement, she dreamed of volunteering to teach one struggling reader every day until he or she learned to read. She passed the same month this blog started. It is dedicated to her.
Over time, the blog has morphed. It begins with teaching and tech stuff, written while I was teaching 5th grade at an international school in Hong Kong. The school had a 1:1 MacBook program and colleagues who taught me tons. I wanted to share my learning with the world.
What is Expat Educator now that I am a Head of Junior School in Australia? I’m still figuring that out. Most recently, I’ve been thinking about the process of school change. Change is inevitable because schools and classrooms are never perfect. Even if we were perfect, we’d need to adapt to a changing world.
Leading change has it’s own set of challenges. I suspect this blog will morph into a blog about developing and communicating vision, growing a positive school culture, and striving for school-wide excellence.
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Who am I?
My 16 years in education have provided me with experiences instructing diverse students in elementary and middle school settings. I have worked with students of all socioeconomic backgrounds and with students from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have experience in international education, Lutheran education, and public education.
In 2003, I became involved with strategic planning. Curriculum development is my passion. I especially enjoy aligning curriculum and assessments with the larger goals and priorities of an organization. I believe that continual formative assessments at the classroom level and the organizational level are necessary for effective change management.
As this blog continues and my readership grows, you can expect to see eBooks and Tutorials.