I am currently the District Technology Integrator/Teacher Leader for the Lake Shore Central School District. I earned a B.A. in Mathematics with Secondary Education Certification from SUNY Geneseo and a M.S.Ed in Educational Technology from SUNY Buffalo State. I spent 10 years as a Mathematics Teacher and a majority of those as Team Leader at Lake Shore Middle School. It is my 19th year at Lake Shore and 9th as District Technology Integrator/TOSA.
I am passionate about providing quality learning opportunities for educators and students. I am driven to help teachers step out of their comfort zones in the classroom and supporting them along the way. In my role as a technology integrator, I am able to expand my reach to teachers and students at all grade levels, helping them embrace the power of technology to accelerate learning. I am committed to using technology to foster collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity in the classroom and am extremely passionate about creating opportunities for students to become global citizens through global collaboration. While maintaining a focus on curriculum standards and learning objectives, I aim to help teachers design lessons around the ISTE standards for students. teachers and coaches. Doing so has helped push learning forward at Lake Shore. I am excited by the possibilities that exist with teaching and learning in the digital age. What an incredible opportunity we have to be the change we wish to see in the world.
I serve on the Lake Shore District Technology Committee and Mentor Teacher Committee and also Western New York Technology Integrators’ Forum Advisory Panel. I am a Google Certified Innovator (NYC19 Cohort), Level 1 & 2 Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Certified Educator and Trainer, 2016 Apple Teacher with Swift Playgrounds. I was selected as a 2018 Minecraft Education Global Mentor and am an active educator/learning ambassador for Bloxels Edu, BrainPOP, Buncee, CoSpaces, CueThink, Flipgrid, Minecraft Education, Seesaw, Wakelet, and 3DBear. I am a Sutori Storyteller and am also a member of the educator focus group for Belouga seeking ways to bring emotional equity through global collaboration to our classrooms. I have also reviewed educational publications for Corwin Press. Recently I have joined a community of educators serving as associates for the Digital Citizenship Institue to help promote Digital Citizenship and Leadership. I have co-hosted an educational podcast called Quest for Edlightenment. I have written the Foreword for the book The Journey to the “Y” in You by Dene E. Gainey. I am also a contributing author to DigCitKids by Dr. Marialice Curran and Curran Dee from EduMatch Publishing. I am also a proud member of the Our Global Classroom team.
I was recognized with the NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award at the 2016 NYSCATE Annual Conference. In 2016 I also joined the growing number of educators taking on the Teach Sustainable Development Goals initiative to advance and strengthen the work of the United Nations in its efforts to transform our world and meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
I enjoy connecting with and learning from other educators on Twitter at @m_drez.
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