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1011 Olive St.
Austin, TX 78702
(512)560-2609 (cell)



University of Missouri-Columbia
6/2000 Masters in Educational Technology

University of Bucharest, Romania
1981-83:Romanian Language and Literature
1980-81:Romanian Language for Foreigners

California State University Northridge
1979-80:Work toward MA in Education-Reading Specialist
Requirements for Clear California Teaching Credential completed.

Fresno Pacific College, California
1975-77:BA in Liberal Arts and Preliminary Teaching Credential awarded June 1977.

College of Marin, California
1973-75:General Studies

Teaching Credentials
Texas Certificate 558-11-22-87
Missouri Teaching Credential:Awarded 7/93 #0076903
Massachusetts Teaching Credential:Awarded 3/31/86
Certification No:0269943
California Teaching Credential (Inactive)


May 1, 2012

Presentation at International Reading Association "Using QR Codes for Student Book Reviews" Book Review site:

September 2011 to present

Regular contributer to Technology in Literacy Education column in Reading Today Online, a publication by the International Reading Association

November 2011-June 2012  

Long Term Substitute for Technology Teacher at University of Texas Elementary School

September 2011-present

Sole Proprietor - I’m not a - helping people to be successful using technology. Blog at

June-July 2011

Online Project: What did you do today?

June-July 2010

Online Project: The Art of Sharing: Israel/Bethlehem

Fall 2007 to June 2011

Campus Technology Coordinator (Instructional Technology Partner)-Title changed 6/2009)at Barton Creek Elementary School, Eanes School District, Austin, TX

June-July 2009

Online Project: Mediterranean Odyssey

2007 to 2009

Publication of Quick Tips for TechLearning Magazine Online and My eCoach

June-July 2008

Online Project: Learning in Greece

March 2007

Guide for Connected University Course "PowerPoint in the Classroom "

February 2007

Presentations for Texas Computer Educators Association
Creating Graphics which Communicate and Educate
Teaching and Learning Online
Computer Tools You Already Have

February 2007

Presentation at Technology, Reading and Learning Difficulties Conference Using Wikis in the Classroom

Jan. 16-Mar 13, 2007

Facilitator for PBS Teacherline Course: MATH246.46
Rational Numbers, Fractions, Decimals, and Percents in Grades 6-8

November 2006

Presentation for Tech Forum, Texas "Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Technology Use" 


Guide for Connected University Course "PowerPoint in the Classroom"


Online Project: Malahini in Greece and Turkey (Blogging with classrooms)


Completed PBS TeacherLine Online Facilitator Training

February 2006

Presentation at Texas Computer Educators Association "A Guided Safari Through Web 2.0"

January 2006

Presentation at Technology, Reading and Learning Difficulties Conference "Blogging with Classrooms in Greece and the USA".

October 2005

Online Project: Traveling in Greece

July 2004 to June 2005

Coordinator of the PD4ETS (Professional Development for Educational Technology Specialist) Program. This is a "train the trainer" program that is part of the eMINTS National Center. Involves writing materials and implementing professional development sessions both face to face and using distance communications.

October 2004

Presentation to MOREnet Educational Technology Conference Contemporary Literacy

July 2004

Presentation to Kansas Technology Rich Classrooms Project. Technology is Cool, but Teachers are Cooler

January 2004

Presentation at METC Mid America Educational Technology Conference Patterns in eMINTS

May 2003

Published article in Multimedia Schools Magazine "Giving students 21st century skills; a practical guide to contemporary literacy".

Spring 2003

Published lesson plans about Lewis and Clark. Learning about Mapping from Lewis and Clark

Sept. 2002-June 2003

Participated in a pilot project implementing eMINTS at the Middle School level.

Fall 2002

Author Connected University Course on assessment.

July 2002

Participated in ThinkQuest Live event through video conference connection

Sept.2001-June 2002

ISTE NETS (International Society of Technology in Education National Educational Technology Standards) course-This is the first time that the course was offered. It was held mostly online. I did an action research project on technology support in schools.

As a part of the eMINTS Project I wrote these training modules that belong to eMINTS and so are not available.

Using the SMART Board to Enhance Teaching and Learning
Using Microsoft Word to Enhance Teaching and Learning (Mac, OfficeXP)
Using Excel to Enhance Teaching and Learning (Mac, Office 2000, Office XP)
Creating a Professional Classroom Newsletter (using Publisher or MS Word)
Understanding Copyright Issues (Facilitator Manual-Using State Produced Materials)
Using Microsoft PowerPoint to Enhance Teaching and Learning (collaborative writing)
File Management for Educators
Session Openers, Icebreakers, Case Studies and Lesson Activities (collaborative writing)
Using Outlook Express for Email
Using a Scanner
Using Online Projects (two parts)
Using HyperStudio for Inquiry Based Learning
Building Professional Community to Support the Use of Techology that Enhances Inquiry-Based Learning
Cooperative Learning
Contemporary Literacy



Jan 95-June 95

Receptionist-Advent Enterprises, Inc.

Mar. 94-Dec. 94

Temporary Office Work Secretarial Office Supportservices for the University.

Sept. 93-Feb. 94

Substitute Teaching, Columbia Public Schools


Long Term Substitute-Ali'iolani School Gifted and Talented Program (Spring Quarter).

1991, 1992

Regular Class Summer School Teacher-Hawaii Baptist Academy (3rd grade, 3/4 combination)


Secretary and Office Work (Computer training, word processing, database organization, and entry), Park Street Church, Boston, Massachusetts.


Substitute Teaching Cambridge School District in Massachusetts.


Co-ordinator of Childcare Cooperative, Harvard Divinity School.


Occasional Substitute Teaching elementary level at Van Nuys First Baptist Christian and Village Christian School.


Established Reading Center for Granada Hills Baptist Elementary School, Los Angeles


Elementary Teacher (Second Grade), Village Christian School, Sun Valley, CA.



President Pacific College Student Educators.


Sept. 1996

Links to Learning Grant-Received funding for 5 copies of Hyperstudio to be used in a pilot program with 4 classes at Russell and in the lab.

July 1996

Missouri State Continuation Grant- Wrote with a group and received $18,000 to continue a the previous grant centering on the writing process and using technology


June 1992

Honolulu District Proposal: Received $25,000 to help the school with integrating Technology into the class subject matter.Worked with staff to decide what to purchase with the funds.Did all of the purchasing and implementation.(proposal available)

June 1992

In-School Funding:Received funding (approx. $2500 ) in response to a proposal for a Computer, Printer and Computer Eyes for the Enrichment Program.(proposal available)

Sept. 1992

ESEA Chapter 2 Grant:Worked with another teacher.Awarded approx. $2500 grant for purchasing Whole Language Text Sets to be used in Classroom Reading Programs.(proposal available)


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Educators for Social Responsibility

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

International Reading Association (IRA) Member of the Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group (tile-sig)


Copyright for Educators

Russell Boulevard Elementary School-Worked with 4th & 5th graders to create this site:

ThinkQuest Entry (first time working with 5th graders on this sort of web site)

(No longer available online)

http://www 4teachers-wrote an article for this web publication put out by the South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SCRTEC*)

Learning With Online Projects-Web Page for summer course

It's Too Late To Read This Paper-Web Site to go with paper for "Trends in Reading Instruction" class.

The Million Dollar Trip-WebQuest for Middle School students emphasizing math and geography.

USA Adventure-WebQuest for 4th and 5th grade emphasizing math and geography.

eMINTS Area One Web Page-until 6/2005

Columbia Parents for Public Schools-Volunteer Effort until 6/2005


My Professional (and sometimes personal) thoughts-

Online Projects-See listing above in chronology for links to the projects themselves.


Student Book Review Wiki-Created for a Third Grade class doing book reviews

Barton Creek Elementary Teacher Wiki-A place to collect tips, videos and other items to support teachers.

Design Space Wiki-Created to go along with a Conference Workshop


multimedia, telecommunications, digital storytelling, helping the elderly (and not so elderly) with computer use, web page creation with students, Windows, Windows 95, 98, XP, 2003, Mac OS 9 and X, iPhone, iPad, church involvement, especially work with children

volunteer work with Trinity Child Development Center, recycling and sustainable living

cross cultural experiences, fluent romanian, some spanish

singing, crafts, crocheting, baking, swimming, gardening

References provided upon request

Last Updated  May 13, 2012