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#STEMStories: Monica, Consultant, Author and Speaker, USA

1. Introduce yourself, who are you what do you do?

My name is Monica Burns. I am a former NYC public school teacher and EdTech & Curriculum Consultant. I run the blog classtechtips.com, host the Easy EdTech Podcast, and have written several books on educational technology.

2. How did you arrive at this career (or point in your life/work)? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?

After working as a classroom teacher, I started leading professional development for teachers. I love working in classrooms and excited to still have the opportunity to work with students on a regular basis.

3. What about your job makes you jump out of bed in the morning, especially on those cold, dark mornings?

I love connecting with other educators and sharing ideas related to EdTech.

4. What is your personal cure for stress or how do you raise your spirits in times of doubt? Can you share a Story?

My network of fellow educators has definitely helped moments of self-doubt or questioning the direction of my work. I’ve been very lucky to have met so many passionate educators who do similar work as I do the past few years.

5. Who is your role model? If no one, any thoughts on this?

My mother was a high school teacher for many years and taught me so much about valuing my professional community.

6. What advice would you give to yourself if you could go back in time?

I would take more pictures! Bulletin boards, exemplars, you name it. Now taking pictures happens every moment of the day but in the past I wasn’t snapping like I am today.

7. Top 3 tips for girls starting out in STEM? Anyone starting STEM can

  1. set a purpose for their learning such as solving a problem
  2. find a community of other students excited about STEM
  3. share what they are learning with others.

8. How do you measure your success?

As a professional development provider, I am always looking to see if my message is resonating and brought into everyday teaching and learning.

9. Where can we find out more about your work?

I share new blog posts each week on my website ClassTechTips.com. This is also where you can find my new podcast, the Easy EdTech Podcast.

10. Are you social? Will you share your Twitter handle, or LinkedIn profile, or Facebook so that young women can connect with you?

I would love to connect, and my social handle is @classtechtips

Email: monica@classtechtips.com
Twitter: @ClassTechTips
Facebook: ClassTechTips
Instagram: @ClassTechTips
Pinterest: ClassTechTips
YouTube: ClassTechTips