by Tasha Candela
Expert Educator Columnist, USA
Since sixth grade, when dialup Internet became a novelty, I simultaneously became a computer geek. Countless hours have been spent using search engines to locate information, communicating on Internet Relay Chat, and navigating rivers and fighting off thieves on the Oregon Trail. Fast forward to today where I am reading hundreds of online articles per week, networking with people across the globe on Twitter and Facebook, and using a slingshot to fling animals into various structures in Angry Birds. The types of activities that have preoccupied me have adjusted little. The real change has been the access time. Thank God for high-speed Internet. After taking several computer classes in high school, I decided that a career as a business teacher would be the perfect fit.
As an alumnus of Central Michigan University, I have many reasons to be proud of my education. In December 2005 I graduated cum laude with a major in Business Teacher Education, minor in English, and vocational certification in business services. I have always enjoyed school. Graduating college in three and a half years made for some crazy schedules. Now that I am a National Board Certified business teacher at Lake Shore High School with master’s degree in Educational Technology, I have a newfound understanding of the word exhausted. Nevertheless, I love what I do. Currently, I teach web design courses and I am responsible for helping teachers integrate technology at the secondary level.
I am a lifelong learner. I recognize the advantages of attendance at conferences and use that knowledge to enhance the classroom. Because of my thorough knowledge of the business and technology fields, I also presented at Oakland University’s Summer Summit, Michigan Digital Learning Conference, Mathematics, Science, and Technology Symposium, MACUL, MBEA,MCWT, Microsoft’s Innovative Education Forum, and Edcamp Detroit conferences. These experiences have enabled me to network with other educators, increase my confidence and communication skills, and build on my own lessons. My goal in this ever-important profession is to push my students beyond their academic and social limits and prepare them for a life full of opportunity. I have been a class advisor, pride chair, and technology club advisor at Lake Shore. I have also coached basketball in Grosse Pointe. Undoubtedly, I am in my dream profession and every decision that I have made has been with my students’ best interests in mind. I love technology, teaching, and touching lives. It is not enough to write that I love my career. Teaching is such a noble profession and I cherish every minute of it.
Every other Tuesday, I will be posting about technology tips for the classroom, sharing classroom project successes, outlining professional development opportunities, and networking with my audience! To be more specific, I may write about my previous experience at Microsoft’s Innovative Educator’s Forum in 2011 (prior to having my two kids)! In addition, I may share technology tools like Remind, Skype, and Animoto that give my students opportunities to stay updated, collaborate, create, and publish. I would be remiss if I did not write an article about the National Board Certification process. My students are constantly entering contests, applying for internships and scholarships, and winning money. I will spotlight on those activities as well. I may even invite a student to write as a guest blogger.
Excitedly, I look forward to serving you as the Tuesday Expert Educator Columnist! Feel free to learn more about me by visiting my personal portfolio, linkedin page, classroom blog, or by contacting me on Twitter, @bethetigger. You may also view Lake Shore’s social media pages, which I created, maintain, and update, by clicking on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Be the Tigger,
Tasha Candela is a National Board Certified Teacher at Lake Shore High School in Saint Clair Shores. Her column Tiggerific Technology Tips runs every other Tuesday on What’s Fresh.