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May 2019 - Kristi Tucker


Name
Kristi Tucker
What Do You Teach?
2nd Grade Self-Contained - GT
Where Do you Teach?
Stephen F. Austin Elementary School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
12 years

Student using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
I love to integrate technology on a daily basis if possible. The students thrive anytime I allow them to incorporate different apps to complete projects along with their lessons. Sometimes they even come up with their own unique ideas for me to include. I've been told, "just include it in your plans" anytime they come up with extra ideas for the day.
I also have a tech savvy team that has created many flip charts. We use these on a daily basis for warm-up or reviews. I also have access to an iPad cart which allows my students the ability to take their learning to a whole different level.


How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

This year I have been blessed with a very tech savvy group of students. Every student learns differently and technology makes learning more interesting and fun. I feel it allows my students to shine in many ways and opens the door for lots of student talk. My students are always sharing ideas with one another and teaching each other new skills. I am able to learn just as much from them as I am able to teach them. 

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
I love being able to use the iPads. As a class, we have explored many different apps this year and were able to incorporate several within our GT Showcase and our daily learning. 

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
I would love to be able to use Apple TV within my classroom. This would help with modeling new apps for my students. Projects could easily be shared on the Promethean for all to see. 

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I have always wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I love being able to help students learn but to also find ways to build their confidence. Growing up I was always shy in school. When I became a teacher I made it a goal to find ways to allow my students to shine. There is nothing better than to be able to experience their "aha!" moment. 

Students using technologyNominated by:
Karen Trujillo, Austin Elementary Librarian "Mrs. Tucker uses technology, in her classroom, daily. She integrates technology into the curriculum giving her students the opportunity to use higher order thinking skills and their creativity. This past Christmas, her students Dear Santa letters were like no others. When submitted to the local newspaper a QR code was sent and the student letters came to life, in a form of an iMovie they created. She is always willing to learn new apps to help in the integration of technology in her classroom."




Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
2018-2019
April 2019 - Gina Ham, Sterling High
March 2019 - Adriana Martindale, Carver Elementary
February 2019 - Kelly Mills, Goose Creek Memorial High
January 2019 - Stephanie Stover, Harlem Elementary
December 2018 - Leslie Cogdell, Horace Mann Junior
November 2018 - Shelia Circello, Clark Elementary
October 2018 - Kourtney Squires, Lee High
September 2018 - Karen Trujillo, Austin Elementary




2017-2018
May 2018 - Grita Cherry, San Jacinto Elementary
April 2018 - Elizabeth Thomas, Baytown Junior
March 2018 - Ciara Marks, Bowie Elementary
February 2018 - Andrea Bechtel, Lee High
January 2018 - Melissa Madden-Truncale, Clark Elementary
December 2017 - Jonathan Richards, Lee High

November 2017 - Charlise Cunningham, Austin Elementary
October 2017 - Jackie Scales, Goose Creek Memorial High
September 2017 - Michelle Stangle, Highlands Elementary

  2016-2017
May 2017 - Kristen Davenport, Cedar Bayou Junior
April 2017 - Kim Hillis, San Jacinto Elementary
March 2017 - Brian Walenta, Lee High School
February 2017 - Lacey Choate, Highlands Elementary
January 2017 - Mallory Lindon, Baytown Junior
December 2016 - Sarah Albright, Travis Elementary
November 2016 - Emily Patrick, Impact Early College High
October 2016 - Kristine Rebstock, Victoria Walker Elementary

September 2016 - Alyssa Hamaker, Horace Mann Junior

2015-2016

May 2016 - Allison Higdon, Lee High
April 2016 - Licette Garcia-Alvarez, San Jacinto Elementary
March 2016 - Austin Lindsey, Highlands Junior
February 2016 - Amanda Rayburn, Lamar Elementary
January 2016 - Jody Roberts, Gentry Junior
December 2015 - Laraina Hunt, Baytown Junior
November 2015 - KaLeah Hicks, Sterling High
October 2015 - Darlene Malco, Goose Creek Memorial High
September 2015 - Luke Goodin, Gentry Junior

2014-2015   

May 2015 - Michael Jimenez, Sterling High
April 2015 - Kiabeth Lopez, Walker Elementary
March 2015 - Victoria Burton, Lee High
February 2015 - Erin Stripling, Bowie Elementary
January 2015 - Janie Rodriguez, Crockett Elementary
December 2014 - Courtney Mann, Peter E Hyland Center
November 2014 - Corina Garcia, San Jacinto Elementary
October 2014 - Kristy Olin, Lee High
September 2014 - Michella Joseph Jones, Highlands Junior


2013-2014
May 2014 - Dorinda Huron, Harlem Elementary
April 2014 - Margaret Ehlig, San Jacinto Elementary
March 2014 - Elizabeth Harris, Goose Creek Memorial High
February 2014 - Erin Stokes, Ashbel Smith Elementary
January 2014 - Diedra Williams, Lamar Elementary
December 2013 - Amanda Dean, Crockett Elementary
November 2013 - Diana Truesdale, Highlands Elementary
October 2013 - Aaron Berklund, Austin Elementary
September 2013 - Toni Rosenbaum, Gentry Junior
  2012-2013
May 2013 - Deborah Gardner, Lamar Elementary
April 2013 - Angela McDaniel, Highlands Junior
March 2013 - Stephanie Cottle, Sterling High
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