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Current Address: Permanent Address:

International School of Tanganyika Elementary Campus - United Nations Road PO Box 2651, Tanzania

7100 SW Shady Court Tigard, OR 97223 USA skype: atomikey twitter: atomikey

Certifications: Teaching License Authorizations

O r e g o n S t a t e Early Childhood Elementary Special Education: K-12

W a s h i n g t o n S t a t e Elementary Special Education: K-12

O t h e r ESL Teaching Certification, 1997 - US Peace Corps ESL Tutoring Certificate, 1996 - Portland Community College


M.Ed. Special and General Education Instruction, 2003, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 1994, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Professional Teaching Experiences

ICT Coordinator/Interim ICT Manager, August 2010 Current International School of Tanganyika, Elementary Campus, Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Elementary: General Education Teacher, August 2009 June 2010 Grade 2, International School of Tanganyika, Elementary Campus, Dar es Salaam Tanzania

Technology Integration Coordinator, August 2008 June 2009 Shanghai Community International Schools, Pudong Campus, Shanghai China

Elementary: General Education Teacher, August 2005 June 2008 Grade 5, Shanghai Community International Schools, Pudong Campus, Shanghai China

Special Education: Teacher Grades 4-6, August 2003 June 2005 Grades 4-6 Self-Contained Behavior Classroom, Maplewood Elementary, Puyallup School District (PSD) Puyallup, Washington USA

Middle School: English Teacher, Eritrea, East Africa, July 1997- June 1998 Grade 6-7 English Instruction, Hadas Eritrea Middle School, Eritrea Ministry of Education and US Peace Corps, Hadida Eritrea

Leadership and Curriculum

ADE Apple Distinguished Educator continued collaboration with teachers around the world to develop curriculum and professional development opportunities | Executive Steering Committee led communication between administration and teacher groups | Volunteer Apprecation Committee assembled parent/volunteer functions for school volunteers | Curriculum Committee assisted curriculum coordinator with annual building orders and the WASC self-study | Building Technology Committee created teacher led forum to voice student and teacher technology need to administration | Assembly Committee designed current student led hosting and presenting assembly format | WASC Accreditation Committee participated as an active member of the WASC self study | Field Day Committee - designed fun Field Day activities for students grades PK-5 | Cultural Exchange Committee (founding member) built relationships between international schools, western parents and local migrant schools in the Shanghai area | Learning 2.008 Technology Confernce Planning Committee collaborated as a planning and organization committee member | S2F2 Shanghai Student Film Festival (co-director/founding member) created a global opportunity for students to showcase digital media

Professional Development

Association of International Schools in Africa (AISA) - attended 2010 | Conference European Council of International Schools (ECIS) - attended 2010 | National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education (NAACE) - International Technology in Education Mark (ITEM) whole school ICT self review | Making the PYP Happen Sam Cook | Differentiating Instruction Bill and Oshan Powell | The Brain of the Child Tim Burns | Co-Teaching Wendy Murawski | Professional Learning Communities Margaret McLean | Apple Distinguished Educator joined other educators to create innovative ways to integrating technology and collaborate | S2F2 Shanghai Student Film Festival (co-director/founding member 2007-2008) created global opportunities for students to showcase work | Success with ELL Virginia Rojas | East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) attended 2006 and 2008 | International Society for Teachers in Education attended the ISTE/NCEE conference 2008| New Century Research Jamie McKenzie | Learning 2.008 Technology Conference planning committee and presenter | Curriculum and Assessment Bill and Patricia Fenton, EdLinks Ltd

Presentations, Awards and Publications

Ongoing ICT Workshops for faculty, parents and local staff | Student Film Festivals (Making Global Connections) Apple World Education Leadership Summit, 24 April 2009 | iTooth Project: Students Experience the World One Bite at a Time - Apple Distinguished Educator Program, 29 Nov. 2008 Singapore | Animation in the Classroom: Hands-on Integrating Curriculum and Technology - Learning 2.008, 19 May, 2008, Shanghai, China | Students and Teachers Promoting 21st Century Skills and Social Networking - Learning 2.008, 19 May, 2008, Shanghai, China | Organizing a Student Film Festival - Learning 2.008, 20 May, 2008, Shanghai, China | OSX and various Mac applications focused on teacher and building needs, presented to faculty, staff and parents | Web 2.0 Tools for Students and Teachers focused on free and open-source options to use at school and at home | Multi-Media Presentation beyond the Classroom focused on creating authentic collaborative learning for faculty and staff | Technology Integration and Student Learning how to create a successful building technology integration program | Broadcasting Live from the Classroom - Northwest Council for Computer Education, 21 May, 2004, Seattle WA | Eritrea, A Socio-Economic Perspective - SOC 300: Globalization, Portland State University, 20 May, 1999, Portland OR | Teaching in Eritrea - Eritrean Youth Association, 24 January, 1999, Portland OR

Awards and Publications:

Medea Awards 2011, Digestive System Animation Projects working with grade 2 - Highly Commended Award Phoenix Student Film Festival 2011, Simple Machines grade 2 science projects - Best Educational Video Award IST Blog Network, Campus News, Grade Teams, Departments and Specialists blogs ongoing communication with IST community, Teaching and Integrating Technology, reflections on starting a Technology Integration program, Lower School Technology, a collection of integrated student projects, Reflections From a Glimpse of Ghana Participants, Harambee Centre Newsletter, Vol. 2, Fall 2003 Valuing Difference: Careers in Special Education, video production, Portland State University Continuing Press, copyright 2003 English in Eritrea, ORTESOL, Vol. 21, No. 2, 1999, pp. 16-17 Getting Started in TESOL: An Oregon Volunteer Lands in East Africa, TESOL Career Services Bulletin, Vol. 9, No. 6, 1999, pp. 3-4

Extracurricular and After School Activities

Movie Making Club Stop-Motion Animation Club Various Arts and Crafts Activities

Recess Activities for Elementary Students Student Newspaper/PodCast Parent and Teacher Workshops

Lower School Technology Club Shanghai Student Film Festival (founding member) Shanghai Instructional Tech Association (founding member)

Professional Organizations

| AISA | Association of International Schools in Africa | ISTE | International Society for Technology Education | NAACE | National Association of Advisors for Computers in Education | NPCA | National Peace Corps Association | ASCD | Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Other Work and Teaching Experience

Fulbright-Hays Grant, African Area Studies Curriculum Development, Ghana, West Africa 4/03-5/03 Work with other teachers to develop curriculum to teach about the diverse continent of Africa

Program Coordinator, Disability Resource Center, Portland State University, 10/98-8/01 Coordinate academic accommodations for students with disabilities, supervise 100+ disability service providers and provide technical support/training to staff and students using assistive technology

Program Director, Yared African Community Center, 1/99-8/99 Design programs to promote community development and education, coordinate volunteers in program design and development and research and write grant proposals

Board of Directors (founding member), African Refugee and Immigrant Network of Oregon (ARINO), 5/00-10/02

Peace Corps English Methodology Teacher, Eritrea, East Africa, 7/97-6/98 Teach English methodology classes, evenings and weekends and write grant proposals for funding of secondary projects


David Shawver, Director

International School of Tanganyika United Nations Road PO Box 2651 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania office: 255.22.2151817 email:

Jon Zurfluh, Director

Anglo-American School of Moscow and St. Petersburg Beregoaya Street, 1 Moscow 125367, Russia office: +7.495.231.44.81 email:

Jane Macmillan, Principal

Shanghai Community International School 800 Xiuyan Road Kangqiao, Pudong Shanghai 201315 CHINA office: 86.21.5812.9888 email:

Alan Lorenzini, Principal

International School of Tanganyika United Nations Road PO Box 2651 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania office: 255.22.2151817 email:

Beth Dykman, Principal

Victor Falls Elementary 11401 188th Ave. Ct. E. Bonney Lake, WA 98391 home: 253.891.4700 email:

Jane Queen, Principal (retired)

Shanghai Community International School 800 Xiuyan Road Kangqiao, Pudong Shanghai 201315 CHINA home: 253.848.0452 (Washington State, USA) email:

Teaching Philosophy Statement

I am passionate about learning. I encourage my students and colleagues to learn, take risks and have fun. My teaching philosophy and pedagogy come from theories of how children learn and experience the world. I am an effective educator because my practices align with my philosophy, training, research and beliefs. As I continue to grow through reflective experiences, researching, learning and applying educational theory, I continue to develop a comprehensive understanding of how children develop, experience and learn throughout their lives. As an educator, I believe it is necessary for students to be allowed to interact with their environment and be given opportunity for experiential learning. Piaget believed childrens cognitive abilities develop as they progress through stages interacting with their environment. I apply this theory often, allowing students the freedom to learn through hands-on, student centered, learning experiences. I encourage the use of technology to expand the learning environment beyond the classroom, communicating with and engaging others around the globe. As an international educator, I believe it is important to understand the types of scaffolding that help students to succeed. In my experience I have found that scaffolds differ according to students individual learning needs and style. The work of Vygotsky concentrated on the importance of culture and socialization for children to grow and learn. I have discovered that classrooms are filled with different learning styles, traditions, cultural beliefs and backgrounds. I have come to realize how important it is to engage children though their own culture and style of social interaction. I engage my students with an open mind allowing for cultural experiences from each student and their family to be an intricate part of the classroom as I continue to help my students to understand, value and celebrate our differences; I believe it is important to work together to incorporate problem-solving and cooperative learning to be a part of our everyday lives. Students perceive and process information in different ways. As a teacher, I provide a diverse menu of learning experiences and activities differentiating learning tasks and assessments to address students many different learning styles. Applying Howard Gardners theory of multiple-intelligence, I believe it is important to structure the learning environment for students to be able to access these multiple-intelligences and allow students to discover which style of learning best fits their individual learning needs though individual and group exploration, discovery, and opportunity for self-reflection. I help my students to create a learning environment where students feel safe physically and intellectually. The classroom is a place where students work together to create ownership and know they belong. Together we create a learning environment that encourages cooperation, independence and mastery of personal goals and learning objectives. I believe that in fostering these qualities and leading by example that students will become life-long learners and active responsible citizens of our global community. To be an effective educator, I continue to inspire and teach the skills students need to realize, set and achieve their goals. My teaching philosophy is a culmination of my teaching experiences, research, theory and a strong desire to encourage my students to explore and experience all that the world has to offer. I am a life-long learner and I continue to encourage those I teach to never stop growing and learning.