Please take a moment to introduce yourself. Consider sharing your name, your teaching role(s) and responsibilites and the name of your school. Also, please briefly explain why you are interested in participating in the UDL PDS project.
I am very excited to serve as the UDL facilitator for CCPS! I am currently a member of the CAST UDL Faculty Cadre and a faculty member in the Department of Special Education at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. I work with pre-service and in-service educators. I have a variety of experience in special education, social studies education, and professional development in the K-12 setting. I am also completing my doctoral studies in Instructional Technology-- my area of interest is changing educator beliefs and understandings about teaching, learning, technology, and UDL in order to meet the needs of all learners in inclusive settings. On a personal level, I believe in the power of the UDL framework to engage, motivate, inspire, challenge and support 21st century learners-- it is my hope that my children will learn in schools where the UDL framework is used to make all decisions about goals, materials, methods and assessments!
Hello, I’m Nicole St. Clair- Stewart, a proud teacher at Pine Grove Middle School. I’ve been teaching English and reading for ten years, and I currently teach the Language! and reading programs to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. My interest in UDL stems from my desire to optimize student engagement in my classroom. I look forward to employing what I learn as I teach.
My name is Ryan Sigmon and I am a World Cultures teacher at Pine Grove Middle School. I have been teaching here for 9 years and most of my time has been spent teaching 7th grade, though I have spent a little time working with 6th grade. I have worked with everything from standard, GT to inclusion. I am big user of technology in my personal life and would like to build more "trust" with using it in the classroom. I think this involves discovering the best quality resources out there and creating lessons that engage students while still delivering the appropriate content. This is why I chose to be involved in UDL. I think that the more we develop things focused around technology, the more we will be prepared for the future of education.
Hello. My name is Jim Hammill. I am currently a 6th grade World Cultures teacher at Pine Grove Middle School. I have had the opportunity over the years to teach grades 3,4 and all Social Studies courses in grades 6, 7 and 8 in a variety of Batlimore County Public Schools. In additon, as a member of the Department of Professinal Development, I worked as a Mentor Teacher at Loch Raven Technical Academy located in Towson, MD.
I am interested in learning more about UDL in order to become a more effective teacher.
My name is Terri Amici. I am a reading teacher and serve as the Reading Content leader at Pine Grove Middle School. This is my tenth year at PGMS and my twentieth in the county. I have taught standard and inclusion sections in all grade levels. I tend to teach students who are struggling or reluctant readers. I am hoping that through this opportunity to learn more about UDL, I can create stronger, more meaningful lesons that even my most reluctant readers will find engaging.
Hi! My name is Carrie Reeve and I am the Physical Education and Health Department Chair at Lansdowne Middle. I am finishing my 8th year at Lansdowne! I teach 6,7, and 8th grades. I am interested in UDL because I think we need to change the way we look at education and teaching to meet the needs of today's student. I am also interested in finding ways that the "special areas" can be more helpful in supporting literacy and the core subjects.
I am Kristina Riska and I teach grade 7 science at PGMS - I have been teaching for 16 years and want to become better at incorporating current methods of teaching as well as use current forms of technology in my classroom. I am very curious about what UDL has to offer and how it will make my classroom more tech savvy and to make me more effective at my job.
I am Kellie Mullins, I'm the Library Media Specialist at Pine Grove Middle. I have been a Media Specialist in Baltimore County for 12 years, 10 of those at Pine Grove Middle. I have also taught Social Studies 6-8, Language Arts 7 and Reading 6. Prior to my time in Baltimore County, I taught literacy in a contract program in NYC-- I traveled to 3 elementary schools and used theater and creative writing exercises to help teach reading. I am always looking for unique ways to engage students. My current interest is in bringing the tools of the 21st century to the classroom. I hope UDL facilitates a new way of thinking and engaging students.
Hello everyone my name is Justin Benjamin. I am currently the Social Studies Department Chair at Lansdowne Middle School. I will be going into my 7th year, all at LMS, and my 2nd year in this postiion. My most important role at LMS is an instructional leader of my department. UDL peaks my interest because it will help me further develop as an educator and I will be able to share my new knowledge with my department. I am hoping that the benefits of UDL will not only influence my teaching but the instruction throughout our entire school building in the coming years.
My name is Mary Ellen Kelley. I am an 8th grade science teacher at Lansdowne M.S. I have been with BCPS for the past 8 years, and the last 5 have been at Lansdowne. I am interested in learning more about UDL so that I can better address the needs of all of my students. I am looking forward to meeting everyone involved with this project.
Hello! I am Jenna Fournel - director of Teaching and Learning at Center for Inspired Teaching. I started out as a high school English teacher in rural North Carolina in 1999 and have kept close to the field of education in a variety of other capacities for my whole professional career since then. I am currently a teacher of teachers - providing training and support to educators in Washington, DC through an organization that is working to change the role of the teacher from information-provider to Instigator of Thought. There was a lot of instigating of thought happening at the UDL training today. My brain is still spinning from all we learned!