Technology Instructor, Grades K-8
Education: B.S. in Education, Iona College; Masters of Education, Sacred Heart University. Certified in Elementary Education.
What brought you to GCS?
While studying for my Masters, I completed an internship in the Westport School District and was also a long-term substitute in their Computer Science Department. When a position became available for a Computer Science Teacher at GCS, I was excited for the opportunity to teach students at varying grade levels, which was something I hadn’t originally considered.
Do students work on keyboarding in your class?
Yes - we started using a new keyboarding program this year, and the drill-based learning has been a great supplement to the work the students complete in class. Even with ever-evolving technology, good keyboarding skills will be vital throughout their academic careers.
What do your youngest students concentrate on in your class?
In the younger grades, most of their at-home devices use touchscreen technology, so it’s important to concentrate on developing their keyboarding and mouse skills in school. We work on “click” and “double-click” activities, and as they progress, they work on capital letters, spacing, and eventually word processing, Excel, and Google Docs. It’s nice to see how proud they are when they master a new skill.
How do you keep the older grades engaged in computer class?
Once students are in the Upper School, they are looking for new challenges, and want to start creating projects online. While keyboarding is still part of the overall curriculum, the Upper School students have also been focusing on coding. Recently, the 6th Graders have been working on a 3D House Design project using Google SketchUp, and my 7th and 8th Graders are creating animations and games using their Java coding skills.
What else keeps you busy at GCS?
I love coaching GCS Varsity soccer and basketball, and co-coaching Varsity softball with Mrs. Napoli. Soccer has been a lifelong passion of mine, and coaching GCS teams helps me build relationships with the students outside the classroom. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, running, hiking and chasing Minnie, my Chippin (a Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher mix).