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February 2020 -Rachel Jarreau

Rachel Jarreau
What Do You Teach?
9-12 Biology and Aquatic Science

Where Do you Teach?

IMPACT Early College High School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
13 years

Students using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
Ed Tech is a vehicle of learning, demonstrating knowledge, and creativity in my classroom.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

It provides opportunities for students to showcase talents in unique ways, while demonstrating content mastery. It lends a way for the non-science, loving students to connect with content. It seamlessly allows me to share resources with students. Technology provides many ways to receive immediate feedback from students to help me adjust learning based on student needs.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
This is a hard one, but I will have to say that I truly enjoy the freedom my iPad and Apple TV provide. I can easily move around the room and go from showing something to everyone to just one student. I am able to use video or the camera to share with the whole class what is happening or created by one table group. I use app smashing to provide unique ways for student to share what they've learned. This year, students have used green screens, iMovie, and Flipgid AR to create an interactive marine debris art display. Students have also enjoyed creating their own animations of biological processes with Keynote.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
Equipment to enhance making movies with a green screen, such as tripods for iPads, lighting, and microphones.

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
There are several things I truly love about teaching. One is watching a student's confidence in his/herself grow throughout the year. Another is listening to a student communicate his or her ideas whether it be through a passionate debate or a poetic verse. Lastly, I love seeing what students can create.

Students using technology
Nominated by:
Lori Roberts, Educational Technology Specialist - High Schools "Rachel is constantly coming up with new and innovative ideas for integrating technology into her Science classes. Last year she had Biology students creating podcasts with their iPad and the Anchor app. Already this year her Aquatic Science students created Marine Debris projects using debris found in the ocean. In addition, students created an accompanying video using iMovie and it's green screen features. Students then uploaded their completed videos to Flipgrid. Rachel then used Flipgrid's Augmented Reality QR codes to set up a display of the students art work, projects, and QR codes that linked to the digital projects. Rachel is always willing to try something new with technology!"

Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
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

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

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

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


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


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

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
May 2013 - Deborah Gardner, Lamar Elementary
April 2013 - Angela McDaniel, Highlands Junior
March 2013 - Stephanie Cottle, Sterling High