Welcome to the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Spotlight Series Podcast. A brand new partnership between Microsoft Education, and the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network. In this episode, Jeff sits down with Sonja Delafosse and Robyn Hrivnatz from the Microsoft Education team to discuss what makes the MIE program special and how you can become an MIE yourself.
The first twelve years of Sonja's career as a K-6 elementary music teacher for two years and then a middle school math and choral teacher for ten years. In 2006, she became a professional development specialist for Lake Washington School District working in both math and technology. She focused on helping teachers and administrators of all grade levels and content areas on integrating technology and best practices to develop high-quality instruction.
In 2008-2009, she attended the University of Washington in the Danforth Leadership Program and earned her administration credentials along with her Masters of Education in Leadership. In 2010, she became a Microsoft Innovative Educator Master Trainer and began working with NCCE and Microsoft to advance excellence in teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. In 2012, Sonja joined Everett Public Schools in Everett, WA as the Instructional Technology Coordinator and in November of 2013, she was selected to be one of the first 24 Microsoft Expert Educators in the United States. Sonja joined Microsoft in April 2015 on the Worldwide Education Team overseeing the educator and professional development programs
Robyn Hrivnatz has devoted the last 16 years to education in which she has taught both junior high and elementary school as well as serving in Instructional Technology roles in the great state of Texas. In October 2014, she joined Microsoft as a Senior Teacher Engagement Manager for U.S. Education managing the U.S. MIE Communities, serving as curriculum lead for professional learning, and managing social media strategy. Her driving passion is working with educators and learners to help revolutionize today's classroom and empower global citizenship. Her areas of interest include inquiry-driven project-based learning, innovative learning space design, student voice, social media for professional learning communities and helping educators design rich learning activities. Aside from always working, she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, traveling, doing anything outdoors (esp. scuba diving), watching movies, and researching the latest gadgets.
The MIE Spotlight Series is a co-branded educational podcast produced in collaboration between the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network and Microsoft Education. Hosted by Jeff Bradbury, the MIE Spotlight series focuses on innovative thinking and teaching that incorporates cutting-edge technology being deployed in classrooms. For more information on the Microsoft Innovative Educator program, please visit: http://education.microsoft.com
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In 2011, educator Jeff Bradbury created TeacherCast.net as a vehicle to curate resources for teachers and students to help them learn how to use educational technology in their classrooms. What started with a simple concept eventually grew into a globally recognized educational broadcasting network and educational brand. For more information, please visit TeacherCast.net