YNDA SUZANNE SHANKS, MAT
- Digital Learning Specialist by Passion & Experience
- International Educator by Vocation & Initiative
- Innovator by Design & Flexibility
EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION and CERTIFICATIONS
Proven ability to work with children and adults, within classrooms, labs, or professional development environments.
24 years of experience in Ed Tech Integration and content-area instruction, majority in K- and highest frequency in Middle School Technology, English, and Social Studies.
Interim Technology Coordinator K-12 and Technology Chair K-5 at an American international school for 18 months.
18 years in US public schools of all socio-economic demographics (details below).
6th year in international education.
Over 1000 hours of inservice and post-graduate continuing education.
Presenter / Trainer to adults both live and online or various organizations and covering varied pedagogical topics, including:
Live Curious-Go Beyond 2018 (and upcoming in 2019),
Oracle Education Foundation,
Initiator of first Hydroponics & Gardening Club at AISA, along with facilitating the fundraising and building of a permanent greenhouse structure on school grounds (which continued past my tenure there).
Private tutor in multiple subjects
Comfortable in 1:1 Device/Bring Your Own Device, Windows/Office 365, Google Apps for Education, Android or platform-neutral environments.
Helped facilitate an international elementary school's 1:1 iPad Rollout
Professionally trained and / or officially certified in:
Technology Education K-
General Education K-8
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (TEFL)
International Baccalaureate Primary Years,
Flipped and Blended Learning,
K-8 English, including Common Core State Standards
K-8 Social Studies, including C-3 Inquiry-Based Standards.
Masters of Arts in Teaching - Emphasis and Thesis n Educational Technology Integration, The Colorado College
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, University of Colorado
PRESENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
Volunteering for Robotics Team weekly
Working toward official certifications in Instructional Coaching and Google Apps for Education
Working toward intermediate proficiency in Spanish language
Continuation of coaching for colleagues one-to-one or in small cohorts by personal eques in:
Continuing to expand experiences in Flexible Spaces, STEM / Maker Integration with content areas
MEMBERSHIPS AND SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
Computer Science Teachers Association - 3 years
International Society for Technology in Education (Member of International Educator, EdTech Coach, and Learning Spaces PLN's) - 15+ years
National Council of Teachers of English - several years
National Council for Social Studies - several years
Association for Middle Level Education - several years
SAMPLING OF PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
Introduction to Flipping and Blending Your Classroom K-12. Workshop presented at American School Foundation's annual professional development conference, "Live Curious, Go Beyond 2018" where teachers from all over Latin America attend.
Device Agnostic BYOD Tools Staff Development. Workshop presented at Education Services Overseas Limited's Cairo, Egypt, "Bi-Annual Professional Development Conference" in October, 2015 (File compression may result in lower image quality.)
Introduction to SAMR Model of Technology Integration. Inservice delivered to KG-5 Staff at a pre-service PD session in August 2015. (File compression may have reduced image quality.)
Getting Started With Your iPad Rollou This was one segment of several resources and trainings provided to K-5 staff prior to their first year of 1:1 iPad integration.
Introduction to Digital Storytelling. One of the many training documents made for Colorado Springs School District Eleven in the US.
Intro to Oracle Education Foundation. Slideshow outline of one of the of the many teacher training events facilitated "Oracle Education Foundation" workshops in Denver, South Dakota, Florida, Egypt, New Mexico, and more. Many of the trainings were about Project Based Learning, Think.com and 21st Century Skills. (Those Oracle web products were since phased out.)
SAMPLE STANDARDIZED TESTING PERFORMANCE DATA
Spring 2018: On their first test using the Common-Core version of the MAP, children in Grade 7 and 8 classes, who are all ELL's, performed an average of 7.2 points above Mean RIT for their grade level and 4 points above MEAN RIT for their District on NWEA MAP Reading Tests.
Students in Grade 7 and 8 classes, who are all ELL's, performed an average of 3.4 points above Mean RIT for their grade level on and 3.3 points above MEAN RIT for their District on NWEA MAP Language Tests. ”
DETAILS OF PRIOR EMPLOYMENT
American School Foundation of Monterrey (2016 - present) Mexico
Teacher of English, Social Studies in Grades 7 and 8
Standards-Based Grading Initiative Team
Digital Teacher-Innovators Team
Facilitator, ASFM Teachers & Friends Book Club
Facilitator, 7th Grade Intensive Care Unit (after-school academic help lab)
International School of Abu Dhabi (2013 – 2016) UAE
Information Technology Instructor, Grades 1-5
Chairperson of the Pre-K to Grade 5 Technology Team
Interim Technology Coordinator, 2015
Grade 8 English and History during pilot BYOD year
Administer/Oversee NWEA MAP Testing, Elementary
Facilitator, Apple iTunes University pilot and Author, iTunes University courses
Facilitator, Mentor and Teacher during decades of internet trends
Private tutor of children in literacy & math; adults in professional-business-technical English
Mann Middle School, Oracle Education Foundation, High Plains Elementary, Jenkins Middle School, Emerson Middle School, Canon Elementary, Calhan K-12 School, Rockrimmon Elementary (1994-2013) USA
Early Adaptor: Sharpened pedagogy by teaching in labs, traditional classrooms, 1:1, online and more
Trainer: School, district, international, and corporate foundation levels, face-to-face and online
Technologist: Apple and Windows, fluent in Android and Windows Mobile
Innovator: several years’ experience in informal and formal BYOD classrooms and labs
Mentor: Coached many new educators both formally and informally
Servant Leader: Technology Curriculum and Committee Chairperson several times in several schools
Lifelong Learner: Continuous pursuit of professional development far beyond requirements.
Community Member: involved in digital Personal Learning Networks over a decade as well as volunteering for scouting, animal rescue, city-wide book studies, urban gardens, and church-run programs
OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF SCHOOLS
Facilitator, City-Wide Book Club
Facilitator, City-Wide EdTech Specialists Meetup
Sponsor before- and after-school activities like Girl Gamers and Code Jockeys, Hydroponic/Vertical Gardening, Summer Camps, Middle School Cycling Club, Morning Book Study, Science Camp, Gifted Learner Camp
Serve on numerous committees, e.g. Positive Behavior Intervention Support Teams, Building Leadership Teams, Response to Intervention Teams, Volunteer Appreciation Teams
District-wide standardized assessments in Social Studies Lead Team
Lead face-to-face and online professional study groups both on my own initiative and at supervisors’ request.
Serve as Language Arts, Wellness, and 21st Century/Individualized Learning Teams chairperson
WORK HISTORY PRIOR TO EDUCATION
Full-time and Contractor and Legal Assistant for 9 years, Office Manager for 2 years
Owned small businesses (property management, audio/video production services, snow removal, training)
Worked full time, operated these businesses, and obtained two degrees despite intense personal hardships and single parenting, displaying a proven ability to rebound and retool as necessary