Transformation: From teacher to tech coach

I recently just started my new job as an education instructional technology coach with Kennesaw State University after teaching in the classroom setting for 5 years. I was so excited when this opportunity presented itself a few weeks ago to work with KSU. This past week has been my first week working in and for the school that I am assigned to. I have been full of nerves this week! I have realized initially that this job is going to be a learning curve for me because all I know is the inside of the classroom. To say the least, I have had plenty of time to reflect on who I am as a teacher and who I want to be as I take on this new job as a technology coach. I am so excited about this new chapter in my life and I can’t wait to see what is in store!

As a classroom teacher, my passion has always been the subject that I taught and the students that were in my classroom. For the past five years I have taught social studies so it was my desire to make social studies fun, hands-on, memorable and meaningful. As I transition into my new job as a tech coach, I have the same desires in regards to incorporating technology in the classroom. In terms of technology, I know that incorporating it can make for meaningful and memorable experiences in the classroom while students also learn and comprehend the material that is being taught.

My goal as a tech coach is to help teachers incorporate technology into the classroom by meeting them where they currently are. I have come to realize that there are teachers who are tech pros, some are experts in one or two areas, and some teachers are nervous about using technology in their classrooms. A big piece of who I am as a person is the relationships that I have with others. I enjoy getting to know as many people as I possibly can because I am interested in whom they are as a person and I want to get to know them on a personal level. I am so thrilled that I will be working with teachers at my school and my hope and desire is to meet them where they are individually and be able to make their lessons more meaningful through the use of technology. My goal as a coach is to assist teachers to effectively use technology in order to assess student learning, differentiate instruction and provide engaging and rigorous learning experiences for all students.

Who I am as a person is going to help me be successful as a technology coach. It is my plan to know all of the teachers are my school and to be more of a steady fixture inside of the classroom. I don’t want to just be another face or someone who “pops in” from time to time. I plan to wear a lot of different hats in my job and will help the teachers at my school however I possibly can. I want to get my hands dirty, be a partner in the classroom, and a cheerleader for all of the people that I work with. As an instructional coach I want to model instruction for teachers while using technology, co-teach with teachers and offer support to teachers however I can.

Who I am to my core as a person is that I want to have real relationships with others and also be there for people by helping them however I can. Through this I will be able to be the best technology coach that I can possibly become. I love being a teacher and I love what I do! I can’t wait to see how I am going to be able to help others while also helping transform the school that I am working at. I want to provide these teachers and the students the best educational experiences that they can possibly have.

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