Karie has used DE since 2006 and has been an active member of the DEN since her first ‘Day of Discovery’ event. “For me, DE is an excellent product but it is the DEN that helps me to survive and thrive as an educator. My students continuously benefit from the ideas that I learn about from my DEN family.”
How do you start your day?
I hit the snooze button and the alarm still goes off again, and again, and again. I am thankful that I go somewhere each day where I smile, learn, and laugh.
Why did you become a teacher?
I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people around me.
What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?
Board Builder is my favorite tool because any learning can be documented and shared.
How are you involved in education aside from your role as educator?
I blog on the DEN blog iMake iLearn and present at state conferences. I benefit so much from what other educators share with me that I believe that I need to share and give back too.
What advice do you give to a teacher who is hesitant to use digital media in their classroom?
Digital media provides such an important spark for children. As a bilingual teacher, I found that digital media helped amplify the voice of my students. I have found that I am not the expert nor never will be. I learn along side my students and we learn together.
What sites do you visit daily?
Facebook – It is where I connect with my DEN family. It is where so many ideas have started or been inspired.
My first experience was at a Day of Discovery in Fontana, WI. At the time, Steve Dembo was sharing about creating a podcast. It was the first time that I met Rita Mortenson sharing a story in the digital storytelling session about her experience in Chicago. It made me realize that I had finally found where I belonged. I was inspired and energized which is what the DEN does for me.
When you’re not working, where are we most likely to find you?
I love to make things, which started in high school with weaving. I now spin my own yarn and use the yarn to weave different things. So I like to be at home making new things. I also love to rollerblade on the bike path near our home in Madison.
What is your favorite kind of donut?
an old fashion cake donut
How can others connect with you?