Hey everyone! My name is Danielle and I’m very excited to be here! This is my fourth course towards my master in Ed. Admin. It is also my first online course, and I’m pretty excited about that. If you really want to know why I’m excited about taking an online course, make sure you read right to the end to find out!!
Although I am currently on maternity leave, I began this school year teaching at the AWESOME Walker Elementary School! It has been an adventurous 12 years of teaching for me so far! I’ve been fortunate to teach in a few different places. I started off my teaching career in Regina back in 2004 at Glen Elm Community School. Next, I ventured off to teach in the beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico at Colegio Vancouver (an awesome Canadian-Mexican School). Next up, was Escuela Dalhousie, an international Spanish academy with Calgary Public. This was followed by an international school in Valencia, Spain, where I meanwhile got hit by cupids arrow and somehow found my way back here to Regina. And, well, 1 husband and 2 kids later, I find myself here…. sleep deprived, a few grey hairs wiser, and well, happy as can be to be right where I am, right now…. It’s been quite the journey getting here. And like Pete the Cat says, “it’s all good”!
My family is numero uno for me. I have a pretty awesome husband, who keeps me in line (or tries), a 3 year old who is as witty and ‘spicy’ as they come, and a newbie. That would be Kira. She was born a painful 8 long days overdue this past January….and came racing into the world at such a pace (in attempt to make up for her tardiness), I nearly had her… IN. MY. CAR!!!! That’s right. We’re working on the timing of things these days.
I’ve been a recreational travel blogger since teaching in Mexico, back in 2005. My travels have created some pretty great memories, so I’m glad I have an “online journal” of sorts to look back on (check it out!!). Since beginning to blog, I’ve extended my techy powers to include using as much technology as possible, that will fit meaningfully in the primary classroom. I’ve established some great connections with parents using a class blog (at my last school & current one), Class Dojo, Remind Broadcasting for parents, and the good ole Smartboard in the classroom. Let’s not forget the tried and true use of laptops and iPads in the classroom either. I’m looking forward to seeing how I feel about the use of technology in the classroom following the debates!
Alright, now for the reveal….this is why online courses work for me….
I can be a mom, a “good mom”, wash my hair (but leave it undone) and rock my kiddo to sleep, while “using my iPhone” to get my course work done. I can do my work in manageable pieces, at all hours of the night (watch for my late night comments on your blogs peeps!), while hanging out with my 3 month old night owl! My kids get mom, and I get my education. Win win!! I’d love to hear why online courses appeal to many of you!! Leave me a comment and share some of your wisdom!! photo credit (me)!
I’m looking forward to learning with everyone, and extending my knowledge beyond Hyperstudio with Alec and Katia this semester!
Thanks for reading!
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