Meet Michelle Waters @watersenglish – English Teacher

Michelle Waters @watersenglish

What’s your first and last name?

  • Michelle Waters

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • English Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I am currently in my 9th year of teaching and have taught English from 6th-11th grades in rural and urban schools. I am also a student myself working towards earning my master’s degree in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with a concentration in English Education at the University of Oklahoma, and I am working towards becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. I have been a member of the #oklaed Twitter community since 2014. I also own reThink ELA LLC, an educational publishing company that started out as a web design and hosting company in 2001. My goal is to not only help students discover and use their voices, but also guide teachers into a role of amplifying and developing student voices.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • In my ideal classroom, students would know that they are valued and that they have a voice. Each student would have the opportunity to explore their interests through reading, listening and viewing. They would then be encouraged to evaluate and create content to express who they are in relation to the rest of the world, their peers, even themselves. Students would be free to explore without being fettered by high stakes tests and the apathy and resistance that sets in as a result of being told they’re not good enough for years. We would be noisy, but excited to work with each other in exploring the world through print and nonprint texts, and sharing our discoveries through our own creations. In my idea school, the administration and other teachers would all be focused on helping each student grow as an individual with strengths and talents valuable to the world. We would all work together to nurture students as they grow into successful young men and women.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • I could lead sessions about choosing curriculum and making pedagogical decisions based on knowledge of students, rethinking grading, and rethinking classroom management.

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Meet Ruth Haynes @rehaynes91 – CTE Business & AP Computer Science Teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Ruth Haynes

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • CTE Business & AP Computer Science Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I teach Fundamentals of Administrative Technologies, Administrative Technologies II and both AP Computer Science courses. I am on the school leadership team, the AP team, the Academy of Engineering team. I am a member of Computer Science Teachers Association, and the Association of Career and Technical Education. I was recently selected to become a member of the State Department of CTE curriculum team for Fundamentals of Technology to help realign the standards and curriculum requirements for the 20-21 school year.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My dream classroom would be at least twice the size of my current classroom. The computers would be set up in a U against the walls; we would have a work area for teams and a special area for programming our robots. I would have software that will allow me to see what the students are doing and I could demonstrate on my computer and they can follow along on theirs. The curriculum would be from Cengage and online.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Since I am on the ODCTE teams for Business course curriculum and Computer Science, I would like to meet with teachers of these subjects to get their input for possible changes to the programs.

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Meet Shawn Beard @SBeard1 – Executive Director of Curriculum

What’s your first and last name?

  • Shawn Beard

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Executive Director of Curriculum, Sand Springs Schools

How are you involved in education?

  • I have been in education since 1996 and have worked as a science and history teacher, as well as Virtual Academy Director for Sand Springs Schools. Most recently I was the IT Director at Sand Springs and have most recently accepted the title of Executive Director of Curriculum at Sand Springs. I am also a Professional Development Trainer and Certified Google Trainer.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • No desks in rows. Freedom for students to explore, collaborate, and create.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Use of Google Forms for Common Formative Assessments or Creating 360 experiences for Google Expeditions.

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Meet Taylor Conner, Student Teacher/PIP Student (OU Undergrad)

What’s your first and last name?

  • Taylor Conner

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Student Teacher/PIP Student (OU Undergrad)

How are you involved in education?

  • An elementary education major at the University of Oklahoma, I am currently in my PIP (pre-internship practicum) term and looking to expand my learning network with opportunities like EdCamp OKC!

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal classroom is a positive and engaging environment where my students’ learning is recognized and supported as an active process. My ideal school is one structured around community, cooperation, and encouragement, with initiatives like a mentorship program for newer teachers, well-structured cross-grade teamwork, and a positive relationship with students, families, and community partners.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • As a student, I know I would benefit from hearing first- and second-year teachers about the reality of starting work in the classrooms and learning about how applicable the information from current university-level courses will be in the “real world.” As an individual, I would love to learn about community-building actions/procedures/activities teachers use to build safe and supportive learning environments for their students. However, I am still a student and do not feel comfortable in facilitating a session at the EdCamp but would love to participate in ones similar to those that I mentioned!

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Meet Jonathan Poahway – Comanche Language and Native Art Culture Teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Jonathan Poahway

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Comanche Language and Native Art & Culture Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • Teacher

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Open floor with language nest in several areas.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Native American History

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Meet Josh DeLozier @joshdelozier & @OkieTeacher_ : Teacher & Department Chair

What’s your first and last name?

  • Josh DeLozier

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Teacher | Department Chair – Bethany High School

How are you involved in education?

  • High school social studies department chair, teacher, yearbook adviser, leadership instructor, #edtech enthusiast, Google Certified Level 2 Educator

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Collaborative. Lots of tech. Student-centered. Student-guided lessons.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • #edtech, podcasting, Screencastify, Getting Google Certified

Do you have a website or blog?

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Meet Jo Lein, Executive Director

What’s your first and last name?

  • Jo Lein

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Executive Director, TLI Oklahoma

How are you involved in education?

  • I lead a nonprofit organization focused on building the instructional capacity of adults – teachers and leaders. I started as a classroom teacher and moved into an instructional coaching role. It was in that role that I became obsessed with the power of instructional coaching. After a stint as Assistant Superintendent, I launched TLI in 2018 in response to the human capital crisis in Oklahoma.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • The classroom is safe, predictable, and caring. Kids know what to expect from their teacher (as far as emotional constancy and consistency), yet learning can be unpredictable. Kids demonstrate mastery and build confidence each day towards a larger goal.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Instructional coaching

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Meet Chase Alexander @chaseEdu – Dean of Instructional Technology

What’s your first and last name?

  • Chase Alexander

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Dean of Instructional Technology, ASTEC Charter Schools

How are you involved in education?

  • I help teachers authentically incorporate technology into their classroom lessons. I also maintain our student information system and student Google accounts.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal classroom would include iMacs, video editing equipment, cameras, and other sorts of fun tech to help the students be creative.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • I really enjoy app roundtables and speaking to future teacher sessions.

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Meet Thuy Pham, French / Substitute Teacher

What’s your first and last name?

  • Thuy Pham

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • French/ Substitute Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I am a Substitute Teacher. I have a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Sciences in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Tulane Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana. I like to teach elementary school in the areas of French, Biology, English, Music, and Mathematics which is based on linear expression principles. Education is an important aspect of my life because I believe that teaching individuals what I have learned and know is important in making a contribution to society.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • My ideal school and classroom is probably Southeast High School because the architecture is beautiful, the classrooms are functional, and the layout and ambiance is just great for me. I think a good school environment should emphasize minimalism, and be functional in an organized and technologically savvy way. A classroom should be colorful for elementary school students, should have appropriate equipment and tools for learning that is sufficient for students, there should be no clutter of materials in a place, so that students can move around, and function.

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • I would lead a session on Mathematics Principles of Expression Diversity. After my Ph.D. training, I had to go through a rigorous training on observation, which encompassed over 7 years of driving across the United States, living out in my car, making observations of the environment, climate, and my surroundings, and traveling to Africa, Brazil, Europe, and Russia. During these times, I developed Mathematical equations to the different observation that I have made. It would be interesting to lead a discussion on these findings.

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Meet Wesley Fryer, Instructional Coach / Middle School Teacher

Wesley Fryer
Wesley Fryer

What’s your first and last name?

  • Wesley Fryer

What do you teach / what is your ‘title’ at school?

  • Instructional Coach / Middle School Teacher

How are you involved in education?

  • I’m serving as our school’s first “Technology Integration and Innovation Specialist.” In that capacity, I work as an instructional coach with our PK-12 teachers, focusing on engaging learning projects with students. We’re avid users of the Seesaw Learning Journal platform, and I’m continuing to work with a special “pilot group” of our elementary teachers focusing on using Seesaw for student portfolios and to document student skills. I also teach our 5th and 6th grade Computer classes, which focus on Media Literacy, Digital Literacy, Digital Citizenship, and keyboarding.

What does your ideal school or classroom look like?

  • Flexible seating, student access to both laptops and iPads, big carpet area for class meetings at the start of class, multiple projection options for teacher and student use. (I actually am pretty close to having this setup at school this year!)

If you were to lead a session at Edcamp, what would it be about?

  • Media Literacy

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