Laura Israelsen is a Teacher Librarian who teaches 21st Century Learning at Hulstrom Options K-8 School and is a leader in professional development and technology applications in her district. She is on the cutting edge of technology visioning for schools, and was one of Colorado's first Power Librarians. She was Head Teacher-Librarian of the 2010 Colorado Library of the Year.
Michelle Pearson is a secondary teacher and historic preservationist who was the 2011 Colorado Teacher of the Year and the first Colorado Apex Technology Teacher of the Year in 2007. She assists schools, teachers, and libraries in developing innovative programming to support historic preservation, humanities, and technology integration in the classroom and works with kiddos and teachers across Colorado and 11 western states. She is a member of the Colorado State Historical Fund staff.
But for us it is more about the WE. We love to dream, come up with innovative classroom and global collaborations, we search out solutions to challenges, and we believe experiential learning and technology in a classroom are critical tools to help students reach for their potential each day. We probably spend too much time coming up with new ideas, and we have plenty of dust bunnies at home, a stack of papers to be sorted on our desk, and only twenty different to-do lists to prove it, but we love to teach, explore, investigate, inquire, and learn with our students and colleagues.
The most important thing about the WE?
We are lucky to have two geeky husbands who put up with late phone calls and email sessions and pitch in with carpooling, scouts, swim team, and extra activities. They allow us to be who we are as teachers. They didn't know what gig they signed up for when they married these two geeks!
We are both moms who have kids who think we are a little over the top when we lesson plan a family vacation, and they also fully recognize that they do more community service than the average student because they have moms who are also a teachers who are heavily involved in the community. But we love them, and if they are now reading this blog-- Go clean your rooms!