The Mid-Atlantic region has had to weather a lot of snow and ice lately, but a ray of sunshine comes in the person of Cynthia Brown, who stepped into the position of the region’s DEN account manager in December. In her role she supports Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. The Leadership Councils in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia are also under her wing.
In her former role of high school social studies teacher, Cynthia’s classes included Recent American History, World History, Government, and Economics. She says, “Of all the courses I taught, I have a true passion for teaching economics and government because they are so relevant and current.”
But wasn’t it hard to leave teaching mid-year?
“It was hard…but it is probably one of the best professional decisions I will ever make. I wanted the opportunity to work with educators from around the country, and help them in their efforts to increase student achievement with rigorous and relevant learning experiences that integrate both digital media and educational technology. Each day I learn something new, and I grow as an educator. The creative challenges attached to this job are really rewarding. “
In the area of educational technology, Cynthia has so many tools she loved using in the classroom.
“I had a class wikispace that I used as a digital learning tool and as a resource for both my students and their parents. I loved creating lists on Diigo for my students to use with research projects. We always used Google Docs for research and collaboration because it eliminated the problems attached to a student being absent and all of the work being stored on his/her account. We used lots of web 2.0 digital storytelling platforms including Glogster, xTimeline, and VoiceThread because content from Discovery Education could be easily integrated. VoiceThread is my current favorite because of the comment feature; it is a great way to get parents involved in the learning process. Both personally and professionally, I love using Twitter because the collaboration with other educators really allows me to expand my knowledge base. Lastly, I love reading the DEN Blog to learn about tools and tricks from other educators!”
Despite devoting so much energy to educational interests , discovering new Web2.0 tools, and reading in her spare time, Cynthia still can fit in another hobby – running!
This native of Delaware County, PA, who moved to Northern Virginia this past summer, has been hard at work in her new position, and that includes preparing for the DEN pre-conference “Beyond the Textbook” for the PETE&C. We are looking forward to meeting her and collaborating on DEN events. We had better put on our running shoes first, though. This DEN manager is full of energy!
(follow Cynthia on Twitter @cbrown426)