I consider myself an Inclusive Learning Evangelist: my mission is to help educators create more inclusive learning environments for all students through the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, the selection of appropriate assistive technology for those students who need it to overcome barriers to learning, and the authoring of accessible content.
I recently completed my doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida (USF), and while I pursued my graduate studies I worked for the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF. At FCIT, I had the privilege of being on the staff for both the Laptop Initiative and the iTeach Initiative, two programs that provide training and support on Apple Technologies to faculty and students in the USF College of Education. I was also the project manager Tech Ease for All, a collection of free assistive technology and web accessibility tutorials for teachers.
In recognition of my accomplishments in the field of educational technology, in 2009 I was one of 52 educators in the U.S. selected to join the 2009 class of the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE)Program. ADEs are a select group of K-12 and higher education professionals with an identified expertise in educational technology. In early 2013, I was named to the Advisory Board for the ADE program.
While I have focused on technology for the last 13 years, I have an eclectic professional background that I consider an asset. My previous jobs have included the following:
- Technical specialist for the Delsea Regional School District in New Jersey. I credit this job with providing me with a solid foundation in all areas of educational technology, from hardware to networking.
- Help desk manager and webmaster for Deloitte Consulting (now Braxton Consulting) in Philadelphia.
- Program assistant for the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project of the American Friends Service Committee (a Quaker humanitarian service organization).
- 9th and 10th grade Spanish teacher at the Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.
I did my undergraduate studies in political science at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and I am also an alumn of the Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania. Although I am not a Quaker, I appreciate the influence my Quaker education has had in making me an advocate for equality and social justice for everyone, including people with disabilities.