635 Phoenix Road
Greenwood, South Carolina
2012 – 2015, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, Graduate with High Distinction
2011 – 2012, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
M.Ed in Educational Technology & Online Learning, Graduate with High Distinction
1998 – 1991, Newberry College, Newberry, South Carolina
B.A. in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education
Concentration: Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude
1987 – 1989, University of South Carolina, Union, South Carolina
A.A., Graduate with High Honors
To utilize my varied background and experience in educational technology and curricular instruction to support colleagues and students with leveraging technology in the education environment while facilitating student growth as 21st century learners.
South Carolina Department of Education
“As the TRASH Turns” $6000 EIA Teacher Unit Grant
Recycling Program at McCrorey-Liston Elementary School, 1997
7th Grade Science Teacher, Westview Middle School, Greenwood, South Carolina, 2013 – present
Westview Technology Team for 50G Initiative/New Carolina Transform SC, 2013 – present
District 50 Technology Team for 50G Initiative/New Carolina Transform SC, 2013 – present
7th Grade Team Lead Teacher – 2014 – present
Technology Cohort – 2014 – present
FCA Huddle leader, 2013 – present
Using a variety of current and emerging technologies, including Google Apps for Education, and the SC Science Standards, coordinate with school and district technology team members, as well as other staff, in planning, implementing, & assessing engaging/differentiated lessons, including blended learning, aspects of the “Flipped Model” of instruction, and project based learning, for students in the traditional environment; unofficial technology “go to” person for peers
Online Instructor, South Carolina Virtual Charter School, 2010 – 2013
Middle School Science Teacher
Assistant Site Test Coordinator, Aiken site SC-PASS, 2013
Science Fair Coordinator, 2011 – present
District Science Fair Committee, 2011 – present
District Technology Plan Committee, 2011 – present
Using the 2005 SC Science Standards and K12, Inc. lessons, coordinate with the middle school science team in planning, implementing, & assessing engaging/differentiated lessons utilizing the “Flipped Model” of instruction for 500+ students in the virtual environment, while concurrently monitoring progress/attendance and conferencing with 100+ homeroom families; unofficial technology “go to” person for peers; as middle school science lead teacher—led department in implementing “flipped classroom” model in the virtual setting; as USC Aiken Assistant STC, responsible for creating testing schedule for multiple grade levels and students with accommodations, creating, compiling, & disseminating mail merge documents for family notifications for site location and test time, & participating in STC training, organizing testing materials for Test Administrators before testing and return to school test coordinator, as well as and assuring test security before, during, and after testing.
8th Grade Science Teacher, Brewer Middle School, Greenwood, South Carolina, 2010
8th grade lead science teacher
Using the 2005 SC Science Standards & Western Piedmont Education Consortium Science Curriculum, lead the 8th grade science team (including teachers of self-contained and single gender classes without a science background/certification) to plan, implement, & assess engaging/differentiated lessons for 100+ students, with a high percentage being at-risk students.
7th Grade Science Teacher, Mid Carolina Middle School, Prosperity, South Carolina, 2007 – 2010
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Huddle Leader
Using the 2005 SC Science Standards & Western Piedmont Education Consortium Science Curriculum, coordinate with the 7th grade science team in planning, implementing, & assessing engaging/differentiated lessons for students in a single-gender environment; lead development of science assessment.
7th Grade Science Teacher, JS Wright Middle School, Abbeville, South Carolina, 2005 – 2007
Tech Cadets Leader
Using the 2005 SC Science Standards, coordinate with the other 7th grade science teacher in planning, implementing, & assessing engaging/differentiated lessons for students, many of whom were at-risk students, in leveled classes.
1st Grade Teacher, Trinity School, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, 2001 – 2002
Plan, implement, and assess challenging lessons in all curriculum areas for students in a private Christian school
5th Grade Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Hillandale Elementary East Flat Rock, North Carolina, 1998-1999
Plan, implement, and assess whole group, small group, and individual instruction for Kindergarteners in a rural school setting after voluntarily moving from a 5th grade classroom three weeks into the school year.
Teacher, McCrorey-Liston Elementary School, Blair, South Carolina, 1993 – 1998
4th Grade Teacher
EIA Math Teacher, coaching teachers and assisting with instruction in classrooms in grades 1 – 6
1st Grade Teacher
District Committees: Math Curriculum Guide, Science Curriculum Guide, and Promotion and Retention Policy
As a 4th grade and1st grade teacher: planning, implementing, & assessing instruction for all curriculum areas.
As an EIA Math Teacher, coordinating with teachers in grades 1-6 to enhance and support Math instruction within the classroom and working with small groups of students in a pullout setting.
PUBLICATIONS, PAPERS, AND PRESENTATIONS
Amanda J. Rockinson-Szapkiw, Jennifer Courduff, Kimberly Carter, & David Bennett, Computers & Education, 63, 259–266
Paper presented at the SC EdTech Conference,
Greenville Convention Center, October 25
Paper presented at the SC EdTech Conference
Greenville Convention Center, October 25
“Engaging Students in the Single Gender Classroom” (presentation), 2008
Presented at the 1st Annual Gender Matters Conference, Dent Middle School
Student Achievement in the Blended, Online, and Traditional Classroom
Best Practices in Online Teaching
Response to Intervention, especially for reading skills in the Middle School environment
MEMBERSHIPS and PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
International Society of Technology in Education, TEPLN Social Media Ambassador
Palmetto State Teachers Association
Certified Metric Specialist #342, US Metric Association
Flipped Classroom Certification for Teachers, Sophia Learning
iPad® Prepared Certification for Teachers, Sophia Learning
Awareness & Prevention of Youth Suicide, Teacher In-Service, Jason Foundation
INTERESTS, HOBBIES, AND ACTIVITIES
Much of my life revolves around family, school, and church activities. I am an avid reader and self-proclaimed technology “geek.” I love singing, crafts, sewing, & cooking/baking. My passion is exploring and learning new uses of technology for instruction.
Many years of volunteer leadership and service as a church member and as a pastor’s wife including teaching Sunday School classes for children, adolescents, and adults, Sunday School Director, Choir Director, Worship Leader, planning children’s and youth activities, & missions programs leader, as well as publishing church newsletters and weekly bulletins and building and maintaining a church website.
PTO President, Mathews Elementary School, Greenwood, South Carolina, 2005
Began fundraiser program to utilize vendors in South Carolina, new teaching position in neighboring school district led me to resign
Volunteer at Heartbeats Crisis Pregnancy Center, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, 2000-2001
Program Organizer of a benefit concert to raise money for the center.
Over 20 years’ experience in word processing, Internet, email, Google Docs, publishing software, Jostens network, digital technology in the classroom (including ELMOs, SmartBoards and Promethean boards), Excel, PowerPoint, Android Applications, iOS applications, etc.
SC Tech Proficiency – 5/1/2014
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
SC Teaching Certificate #165883, Master’s+30:
Early Childhood Education
Middle Level Science
Endorsed in Gifted & Talented