Helping teachers feel empowerED and comfortable with current educational trends and practices
Welcome to EmpowerED where teacher professional development goes to your site.
With EmpowerED, teachers will personally experience easily adaptable and implementable protocols and methods to evolve their instruction toward a student-centered and student-driven environment. Grade level student samples will be shown and templates/guidelines will be provided.
Valerie is a progressive, techy dual-immersion educator of twelve years in private and public schools across elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. She is the oddball who truly enjoys teaching every grade level and has no particular age group preference. She dedicated four years to developing and teaching a tech-infused French dual-immersion curriculum in Los Angeles. In 2017, Valerie earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at California State University, Los Angeles, where her dissertation and research focused on support for teachers and parents in dual-immersion programs. Her dissertation is titled Dueling Complexities: Experiences of Dual-Lang Immersion Teachers.
To stay current as a scholar practitioner, she regularly attends and presents at research and edtech conferences such as ACTFL, NABE, and CUE. She also continues with her immersion research while volunteering as a guest teacher in various classrooms. She is a proud Lead Learner and BOLD Faculty with CUE, an Apple Teacher, a certified Raspberry Pi Educator, a Discovery Education Network Star, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a certified Nearpod Educator. Aside from providing professional development to educators, she teaches part-time at CSU, Fullerton in the department of Elementary and Bilingual Education supporting current and future educators.