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September 2019 - Elaina Kloecker

Elaina Kloecker
What Do You Teach?
5th Grade ELA and Social Studies

Where Do you Teach?

Travis Elementary School
How Long Have You Been Teaching?
6 years

Students using technologyHow Does Educational Technology Play a Role in Your Classroom?
Initially, I was intimidated coming to a district like Goose Creek that had access to all the wonderful digital resources that we do. I am beyond grateful for the patience and guidance that the Elementary Ed Tech team has shown me over the years that has made me confident in not just my technology integration but my overall teaching as well.

How Do You Find Technology in the Classroom Helpful?

I'm a firm believe that something 'boring' on paper will still be 'boring' on a laptop but I love the way that I can now incorporate a more interactive approach to lessons that allow for my kiddos to be more engaged and actually create using their problem solving skills and logic. I am also a big fan of the immediate feedback opportunity that is provided through tech in the classroom. As a teacher, I know right away if I was able to get my point across when my students can respond to a discussion question on google classroom or clickers on the Promethean board.

What Is Your Favorite Piece of Classroom Technology? Why?
It would be hard for me to narrow down my favorite piece of tech to use in my classroom but I am loyal to Google Suite for Education and Seesaw. Having laptops in my classroom this year has really been a dream to incorporate Google Slides, Google Docs, and Google Classroom but I love using the iPads to allow students to record their thinking on FlipGrid and Seesaw. Some of my favorite activities have been done on GooseChase, which was great on our first day of school this year to enforce expectations and procedures.

What Is On Your Technology Wish List For Your Classroom? Why?
I would love to get my hands on a few iPod touch screens because I would love to be able to incorporate podcast listening and response in my classroom!

What Do You Love Most About Teaching?
I love that my career as a teacher is always evolving. Being able to learn new ideas, skills and strategies that will hopefully come to inspire the same love of learning to the little people in my classroom absolutely fills my heart.

Students using technologyNominated by:
Lisa Gauthreaux, Technology Integration Specialist - Elementaries "Mrs. Kloecker integrates multiple apps in her classroom to support student creation and learning. She used GooseChase to have her students find math angles in everyday life to reinforce the knowledge for her students. To stretch her GT students, she incorporated Weebly sites for her students to present their research findings. Mrs. Kloecker is always open to new technology integration for herself and students to explore and grow giants in her classroom!"

Previous Ed Tech Stars of the Month
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

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