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Educator and Lifelong Learner, Asst Principal at @cmslions, #NBCT, #EdD from @ucumberlands, @Google Educator Lvl 1 & 2, Google for Education Certified Trainer

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Let's Build Our PLN

Blogging has been on hold... OK.  I haven't posted in two years! One goal I have for 2020 is to be more intentional in my professional online presence.  Connecting with members of my professional learning network (PLN) has proven to provide some of the greatest professional growth and learning opportunities.  I have "met" many educators who have made an impact on my leadership and instruction.

Feel free to follow me at the links below.  Add your social media accounts in the comments, so we can grow together.

Happy posting!


Thursday, December 28, 2017


One of my favorite websites is Canva.  Canva is an online graphic design program that uses a drag and drop feature to create stunning, professional fliers, social media posts, announcements, etc.  

I am by no means creative.  Using Canva, I have been able to create designs such as the following to promote activities within our school system.  Although some parts of Canva are paid, the following were all free.

Take a look at Canva, and see what you think.  I know you'll love it!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

ISTE 2018

I have the elite honor of speaking at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference in Chicago July 2018.  While there, I will be presenting two sessions.

  • Are We Advocating or Educating? Social Media Guidelines for Students —As we implemented 1:1 in our schools, it was necessary to establish social media guidelines for our students. Follow our creation from beginning to end of our board-approved social media guidelines to educate our students on acceptable use. This presentation is scheduled for Monday, June 25, 2:00–4:00 pm CDT.
  • Teachers' Perceptions of Their Administrators' Influence on Technology Use in the Classroom —Based on the 2009 ISTE Standards for Administrators, this study determined the technological leadership qualities that teachers perceived as most critical, most important, and most influential on their daily integration of technology into instruction. The presenter will give the results of the study and ways to improve those leadership competencies. This session is based on my dissertation research.  This presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 10:15–11:15 am CDT.

For more information regarding ISTE 2018, please visit


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Google Certified Trainer

In November 2017, I received word that I had become a Google for Education Certified Trainer.  A Google for Education Certified Trainer "supports educators as they redefine learning with technology."

Visit my Google for Education Certified Trainer profile at  Feel free to contact me through the form on the right of that screen.

Below is my Google for Education Certified Trainer application video.  In this video, I showed users how to create a Venn Diagram in Google Drawings and how to embed pictures and text.

I look forward to sharing my Google journey with you!


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Favorite Website: Science4Us

What is Science4Us?

Science4Us is an exciting and interactive online science curriculum for grades K-2. Science4Us is standards-based and inclusive of the Common Core State standards in Math and Language Arts. It also inclusive of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Teachers and students are guided through animated lessons, songs, games and cross-curricular activities in a sequence developed using the 5E Instructional Model: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate. Embedded professional development provides teachers with the opportunity to review content, common student misconceptions, math and literature integration, and best practices as needed. Implementation is easy; there are no materials to order or software to download. All of the lessons, games, hands-on activities and teacher support materials are accessed digitally. Delivery of Science4Us is flexible. The curriculum can be delivered as a whole class using a single computer and projector, in small groups at centers, or individually with students logging in at school or home. The Science4Us curriculum covers traditional physical, life, Earth and space science content in a way that is designed to keep today’s digital natives engaged.  

For more information, visit

I have used VocabularySpellingCity with the students in my classroom for over six years. In fact, my entire school now has premium memberships for every teacher. Students take their weekly spelling tests online after practicing their words by playing the games at home and at school. They love the iPad app. Each child has his/her own username and password, so he/she has direct access to the site from any Internet-enabled device. I was so impressed with the site and how it affected student learning that I shared it through various social media platforms. I am now compensated to work with VocabularySpellingCity after school as a social media consultant.  Science4Us is a sister site to VocabularySpellingCity.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

How to Edit a PowerPoint in Google Drive

Can a PowerPoint be edited on a Chromebook and opened on a desktop computer.  The answer is YES! 

1.  Download the PowerPoint needed.  

2.  Open, and log in with your Google account.

3.  Click the red box labeled NEW at the top left of the screen.


5.  Select CANCEL on the CHOOSE A THEME screen.

6.  Select FILE.  Then, choose IMPORT SLIDES.

7.  On the screen that pops up, select UPLOAD at the top.  Click the blue box labeled SELECT A FILE FROM YOUR COMPUTER.  

8.  Select the PowerPoint you downloaded.

9.  Once it finishes uploading, next to SELECT SLIDES on the top right, choose ALL and then IMPORT SLIDES.

10.  You can now click the slides on the left that you do not want and delete with the delete button on your computer.  It automatically saves your changes.  

11.  Where it says UNTITLED PRESENTATION at the top, click on it and rename it to the PowerPoint name.

12.  When you get ready to use the presentation, log back into on your desktop computer.  You will see the presentation in the list of files.  Click the PRESENT button at the top right to make it full screen.  


Monday, August 17, 2015

Make It Monday: Pecan Pie Bark

I love to bake for others.  I want people to know that I appreciate them.  By making something homemade, they usually feel the extra effort in order to make them feel special.  However, I don't always have time to bake.  The following recipe is one of my favorite quick fixes.  It is easy to make, easy to travel, and easy to store.  There is no refrigeration required.

Pecan Pie Bark

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (Chop into large pieces.)
  • 2-3 sleeves of honey graham crackers (I prefer dollar store brand because they are often thinner and crisper.)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Place graham crackers tightly onto cookie sheet.  You may need to trim some of the crackers to fit.  Do not break the larger pieces apart.  Leave them whole.
  4. In a saucepan, melt the butter and sugar to a boil over medium heat.  Stir continuously for approximately 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in chopped pecans.
  6. Carefully pour the mixture over the graham crackers.  Spread it as evenly as you can.
  7. Place the pan in the oven.  Bake for approximately 8 minutes.  Watch them carefully not to burn.
  8. Cool completely, and then, break into pieces.
  9. Store in an airtight container.