Essay on My First Year Of Teaching
EDL 652 - Natalie Priester
Beginning next month, I will begin my twelfth year of teaching but my first year teaching English 7 at Pinacate Middle School in Perris Union High School District (PUHSD). I chose to relocate and join the staff at PUHSD because they have a strong commitment to technology which is named Scholar+, strong leadership, and diverse student and teacher demographics (and it doesn 't hurt that my boyfriend is a teacher there and it is twenty minutes from our new house). Aside from teaching, I am heavily involved in the edtech community. I present for EdTechTeam GAFE Summits, CUE Tech Fairs, CUE Rockstar Camps, and maintain a strong circle of friends/personal learning network (PLN) of tech leaders. This past winter, I was accepted into the Google Innovator Academy in Mountain View where I began my current project titled Teachers vs Zombies: Increasing Face-to-Face Interactions in Tech-Rich Classrooms. This year, I am working to present about Teachers vs Zombies at conferences and build its online presence by pushing out weekly tips around the themes of station-rotation blended learning, proactive restorative circles, and play. I am currently exploring a variety of career options beyond being a classroom teacher, which include technology/instructional TOSA, site administrator, consultant, online instructor, and author.
In kindergarten, first, and second grade, my teachers included a variety…