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April 2021 - Tyler Stafford


Name
Tyler Stafford
What Do You Teach?
7th grade - Texas History, Yearbook

Where Do you Teach?

Highlands Junior School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
6 years

Students using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
I have always made it my goal to incorporate as much technology into my classroom as possible. I believe our job as educators is to prepare students for life outside the classroom, and as we all know, that world is becoming more and more reliant on technology. Our students are incredible at picking up and learning new devices, apps, games, etc., so I try to differentiate my instruction to meet the needs of all my students.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

Technology allows me to cater directly to the needs of all my students. In Google Classroom, I can create the same assignment with varying levels of rigor and assign it to each student individually. This allows me to differentiate instruction for them, but does not make them feel embarrassed. Technology also allows me to get feedback in real time. I am able to assign a writing prompt on Google Docs and follow along and give feedback to each of my students as they work on it in class.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
My default technology is anything in the Google Suite — Classroom, Slides, Sheets, Docs, Forms. I love taking an existing slide show and using the Pear Deck add-on to make the lesson interactive. For reviews, I use Kahoot, Quizziz and Blooket. The kids love the games on Blooket! We also use Edpuzzle, which is great for checking for understanding as they watch a quick video.
 
What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Social Studies so I know how difficult it can be to find resources in non-STAAR-tested subjects. Our principal, Dr. Mulvaney, got us a subscription to Newspapers.com, which allows me to find primary sources for Texas History that I couldn't find before. Anything that makes finding visual information (maps, graphs, charts, pictures) and primary source documents for our class would be wonderful.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
At the end of the year, I want my students to know that I care about them as people both in and out of the classroom. I love equipping my students with skills that will carry them far beyond my classroom, which is why I love using technology so much.
 
Nominated by:Students using technology
Ruben Rivas, Teacher - Highlands Junior
"He puts together everything in Google Classroom for our entire department. He gave a school-wide training over Eduphoria and has made a lot of materials for all of us this year including Pear Deck, Google Forms/Docs/Slides/Sheets, etc."




Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
2020-2021
March 2021 - Gisselle Flores, Bowie Elementary
February 2021 - Lindsey Antonini, Lee High
January 2021 - Nicole Bright, Highlands Junior
December 2020 - Pamela Aaron, Highlands Elementary
November 2020 - Haley Tompkins, Goose Creek Memorial High

October 2020 - Kristie Fudge, Horace Mann Junior

2019-2020
March 2020 - Miriam Augustin, Bowie Elementary
February 2020 - Rachel Jarreau, IMPACT Early College High
January 2020 - Waneta Hebert, Gentry Junior
December 2019 - Susan Hillin, Austin Elementary
November 2019 - Daniella Mondragon, Stuart Career Tech High
October 2019 - Arin Vara, Cedar Bayou Junior
September 2019 - Elaina Kloecker, Travis Elementary


2018-2019
May 2019 - Kristy Tucker, Austin Elementary
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