About Eileen Fernandez-Parker
Eileen Fernandez-Parker is an educational trainer, coach, and consultant delivering professional development to educators and administrative teams across the United States. As a technology instructional coach, Eileen’s desire to help every student enjoy learning while getting an A+ education. After earning her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, she became a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator, Google Summit Presenter, Apple Educator, and conference presenter. There is a revolution taking place in education, and Eileen is a part of that revolution. Don’t be fooled: it’s not about the devices; the change is in the pedagogy, and the devices are merely the tools that make it possible to scale.
Don’t be fooled, though. Purchasing devices is not the end but the beginning. Devices need to be managed for student safety as well as for efficiency. Eileen has assisted in 1:1 iPad and Chromebook deployments at multiple levels and is familiar with both JAMF and the Google Dashboard for device management. While there are many MDMs, and nobody has all the answers, asking the right questions is what is most important.
Currently, Eileen is an Innovation and Digital Learning Coach working with teachers in the trenches using 1:1 technology in the classroom. She provides training sessions with follow-up, job-embedded PD helping teachers use technology as a transformational tool for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, innovation, engagement, and empowerment. The focus of the #EdRevolution is on student #engagement and #empowerment. It’s time to shake up and disrupt education in a good way. No more pointing fingers; no more blaming other factors. Let’s bring learning and enjoyment back into the classroom. Let’s find those inventors and innovators that made America what it is today.
Building the Foundation
Eileen has taught in MD, SD, PA, and SC. Over her 28 year career in education, Eileen has spent 21 years in the classroom. Eileen has taught middle and high school English, middle and high school computer applications, high school science, and 4th and 5th grades self-contained. In 2006, her students won the Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair with their submission of an interactive digital map of the United States that they created in HyperStudio.
Eileen had an early affinity for technology in education and immediately began using a spreadsheet as a grade book. With two Apple IIe computers, Eileen began encouraging her students to write and edit on the computer. She quickly learned that having students edit in pairs was much more efficient than alone. Thus began her journey toward collaboration and communication. Eileen was noticed as a technology leader, and she quickly began to mentor her colleagues in technology use in the classroom. Later, after teaching herself HTML, Eileen was tapped to create and run her school’s website. Shortly thereafter, Eileen earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and moved into a lab setting to teach computer applications and web design.
After moving to the Charleston, SC, area, Eileen became an Instructional Technology Specialist. In this capacity, she was responsible for all school-wide data analysis, the school website, and all technology professional development. She logged over 1000 hours of PD over three years, and earned a 95% favorable rating among the teachers she trained.
Early Technology Integration Prior to 1:1
With an opportunity to return to the classroom, Eileen returned to her roots teaching English at the high school level. With an opportunity to apply her technology skills in the classroom, she discovered and utilized wikis and Google Docs to encourage collaboration and communication among her students working in teams to complete research and present their findings to the class. With the nearly ubiquitous presence of smartphones at the high school level, Eileen accepted the presence and integrated smartphones into her daily routine encouraging paired collaboration through the use of Quizlet, StudyStack, and VocabularyTest. Through digitized quizzes, students received instant feedback for formative and summative assessments. For presentations, students paired to give feedback to one another on their practice sessions. Google Slides and smartphones made the need for a computer lab completely unnecessary.
Educational growth is a mindset. Eileen is growing now through her Twitter PLN through the use of chats and tags such as #educoach #innovatorsmindset #growthmindset #educhat and anything else that hits the screen with a positive force. You can connect with Eileen at her LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter Accounts. You can also email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. She would be thrilled to hear from you.
- Customer Satisfaction 95%
- Google for Education Certified Trainer 100%
- Google Level 1 Educator Certification 100%
- Google Level 2 Educator Certification 100%
- Certified Apple Teacher 100%
- Certified, Highly Effective Teacher 100%
Eileen is available for half- and full-day trainings as well as multiple-day coaching.
In addition to lab teaching, Eileen specializes in mobile technology including but not limited to iPads, chromebooks, laptops, and mobile phones both iOS and Android.
It is imperative that leaders in the school be onboard and invested. Eileen coaches and consults with school and district leaders from superintendents to grade-level leaders.
Overwhelmingly, our customers have most appreciated coaching support in the classroom before, during, and after technology-embedded lessons. Collaboration with coaches and among other teachers is where the synergy exists.
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