My name is Lance Rougeux and I recently joined the Discovery team after working for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Educational Technology. I started my career as a middle school teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. I taught at Julia de Burgos Bilingual Middle School and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. A colleague of mine has an upcoming book about our school and her experience there as a first-year teacher. The book is due out this October.
After teaching in Philadelphia, I studied at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. From there, I returned to Pennsylvania to work on a series of great projects at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. One of the projects is a federally-funded research endeavor (eSPARC) that examines the impact that access to refurbished computers and the Internet has on student performance and parental involvement. Another is Keystones. This project identifies teachers from all over Pennsylvania who use technology in creative and effective ways to support student learning. Both of these projects were identified in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan.
I am excited about the Discovery Educator Network because it recognizes the great work that teachers do every day and provides them with a way to share these great things with others across the world. I hope to bring my varied experiences to members of the DEN, and I can’t wait to see all the great things that happen with this amazing group of educators.