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Dyane Smokorowski

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
From the age of four, I knew I wanted to be a teacher—I attended Wichita State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in education.
Joined the Disney College Program where I got the opportunity to work in the parks and interact with children of all ages from all over the world.
Started out thinking that I wanted to teach younger students, but after my student teaching experience, I discovered that I was more passionate about teaching middle school.
In 2001, during my third year teaching, the superintendent started having me train teachers on how to utilize various technologies in the classroom.
Discovered that by merging my interests in education and technology, I could help teachers make a bigger impact on their students.
Attended MidAmerica Nazarene University, where I received my master’s degree in educational technology.
I now work full time in professional development for teachers as the technology and innovation lead teacher for the Andover Public School District in Andover, Kansas.
In 2013, I was named Kansas Teacher of the Year, and in 2019, I became a National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee.
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Career

Technology and Innovation Lead Teacher

I provide K-12 classroom instructional support for teachers and students.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Technology
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

I provide K-12 classroom instructional support for teachers through co-teaching, modeling, providing feedback, co-planning, and developing resources. I jump into a variety of classrooms in all grades to design and facilitate innovative technology for professional learning. I want my students and teachers to develop a love for innovation, communication, and technology, but also to understand how to use that love and passion to advance their own futures, as well as that of the global community.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

A cornerstone of teaching are the relationships you build with your students. Take time to get to know them as people so you know how you can best reach them and help them. Develop and provide a variety of options so that students can discover what works for them. Allow them to own their educations because that leads to motivation.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Share everything you are doing on social media as a teacher! Show people how to believe in kids and support them. Work to create a community of support for your students! Always be a dreamer and seek out ways to inspire that in others.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You dream too big! Your ideas are too crazy!"

Challenges I Overcame

Family Stress
Work Stress