About Dr. Sawyer

lsawyer_aug2020Hello and welcome to my site! I truly love what I do- I believe and live the truth that Education is one of the highest callings one can pursue. I have spent my career with one local public school system- enjoying my time in the classroom and now working for and supporting teachers throughout the district. It is a privilege to get to be the voice of the classroom in IT- although that can be a balancing act between what we have, what we need, the infrastructure to support it, and implementing initiatives with teachers and students. If all of that was not enough, I have the honor of being a mom to four talented and wonderfully fun children.

A little more about my professional life…

In the Classroom

Middle and High school teacher– 13 years
PCPS Clinical Ed Supervisor to mentor student teachers and new teachers
Technology coach– Designed & facilitated staff technology development workshops on Creating a class website, Student engagement with technology, Data driven decisions with tech-assisted formative assessments
Co-created a faculty blog, Technaughtlogy, as a way to introduce new technologies to classroom teachers (our mascot was the Dreadnaught, hence the “naught” in the name)

Professional Learning & District Support

School district info
– 7th largest in FL; in top 30 largest US school districts
– Schools: 150 (traditional and specialized); over 100,000 students
– Almost all schools receive school-wide Federal free lunch program
Instructional Technology Department
Senior manager, 1 year
Teacher Resource Specialist Trainer, 6 years
Project lead: 1:1 devices
– Surface RT implementation: 14 high schools
– iPad Model Instructional Classroom (2015-2018): 60 classrooms
– SciPad & STEM Classroom implementation (2017-2019): 82 classrooms
– Selected 1:1 School-wide initiatives (2019-present)
– Task force for 1:1 District initiative (2021)
Professional learning developed & facilitated (See our site: tinyurl.com/LearnIntec)
iPads: Bootcamp, Creative Learning Tasks, Learning with iPads (year-long series)
Minecraft Education Edition: Level 1- Learn to Play; Level 2- Playing to Learn
SAMR in the classroom
SMART Learning Suite and Student Engagement (multiple topics)
Strategy based workshops: Creative Classroom; Formative Assessments; Google Apps Microsoft (Teams, OneNote, OneDrive)
Created a new professional learning experience, Cafe Engagefor teachers, admins, and network managers to learn innovative ways to implement technology across curriculum areas and grade levels
District support: Planning with administrators and district leaders for school-wide and district implementations

Conference presentations

Learning Forward (Dallas, TX, 2019): Technology and the Creative Classroom
KDP International Convo (Pittsburg, PA, 2017): Tim Time (Technology Integration Matrix)
Florida Association of Staff Development (FASD, Daytona, FL 2016): Unconventional Professional Development: Cafe Engage

Career bits

Educator, 20 years
Florida certified teacher, Biology 6-12, Middle Grades Science 5-9, Middle Grades Math 5-9
National Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescent Science (2005-2015)
MS, Educational Media Design and Technology (2010)
EdD, Curriculum and Instruction (2017)
Doctoral Dissertation (April 2017):  Perceptions and Practice: The relationship between teacher perceptions of technology use and level of classroom technology integration

My family, November 2019