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An Introduction

“She is an exceptional teacher with a great talent for bringing out the best in the students and adults she works with.”

Kris DeBruineFirst and foremost, I am a teacher. I have taught young people, in one capacity or another for over 20 years. For the last ten years I have worked as a High School and Middle School technology teacher in Whatcom County, and an online CTE Educator at Insight Schools.  I have worked in both the Bellingham and Ferndale School Districts.  Over the years, I have discovered that one of the greatest thrills in life, is seeing “the light turn on” in the eyes of a student, when they learn something new. As a career and technical teacher I have a particular interest in seeing students explore and discover that passion that will become their life’s work and vocation.To see what some of my student’s have learned and created, see the Student Work section of this site.

Most recently, I completed the Educational Administration program at Western Washington University, earning my Masters in Education in Educational Leadership. As an educational leader, I have a particular interest in the innovative use of technology to promote engaging and highly personalized learning experiences for students. Over the years I have created web-based Learning Management Systems for online delivery of high school and middle school curriculum, using tools like Moodle and Joomla. I have created extensive libraries of online curriculum for my own courses and have trained other educators in the best-practices of instructional technology use, in both face-to-face and online learning environments.

Currently, I am working as a Career & Technical Educator with Bellingham Public Schools, teaching Web Design, Programming, Media Applications, Photography, Publishing and Robotics. I have also piloted the first fully online technology courses for Middle School students in the Bellingham School District. Using this innovative delivery method we are providing greater educational opportunities and flexibility to our Highly Capable and Homeschooled students.

Between 2003 and 2009, I served as one of the founding staff members of Windward High School and had the privilege and responsibility of building an entire media technology program, from the ground up. Over my six years at Windward, I developed curriculum for, and taught, Web 1 (Web Design), Web 2 (Web Programming – ASP.NET), Flash Animation & Game Design, Video Communications, Computer Science 1 (VB.NET) and Advanced Placement Computer Science (Java). In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also managed the school network, provided technical support for 120 desktop computers, offered staff development training in web design and created a Technology Club for interested students.

In addition to my years of experience as a teacher, I am also a professional web developer. I have been developing websites for clients since 1999. I pride myself in creating solid visual design that is combined with clean HTML/CSS code for professional websites and engaging user-interfaces. Currently, I specialize in WordPress development and Custom Theme design.  I have built dynamic data-driven sites using PHP/mySQL and most recently ASP.NET applications in C#. I have taught dynamic web application development with ASP.NET and advanced object-oriented programming in , C++, VB.NET and Java. I am also skilled at using JavaScript and Ajax to extend the client-side capabilities of web sites.