Jason Brown
IMG_1339.JPGI am special education teacher at Mason High School in Mason, Michigan. I teach Essential Skills and Study Skills classes as well as co-taught classes in all curriculum areas, while having 17 students on caseload. My passion is to make teaching fun, engaging, and memorable. I have been teaching for three years and truly love going to work each day. Teaching is the ideal profession for me because of the students I interact with on a daily basis. Their creativity, eagerness, and excitement for learning keeps me motivated to be a teacher who constantly finds ways to be more effective in my field.

I am currently in Galway, Ireland completing my Master's of Arts in Educational Technology (MAET) degree through Michigan State University. The mission of the MAET program is to find innovative ways to integrate technology in educational settings. I currently hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education with a focus in Learning Disabilities and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

As an advocate and member of the SIGALO community, I plan to use this outlet to share ideas on how integrating technology in authentic educational settings can improve all teaching.

Brianna English
IMG_1345.JPGI currently work as an English teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan, teaching English 11 (British Literature), AP Language and Composition, and Yearbook, where I’ve taught since 2011. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in English and German. I completed my student teaching internship in Chicago Public Schools and have a strong dedication to working in urban school districts.

I’m currently completing my Master’s of Arts in Educational Technology degree through Michigan State University, and researching opportunities to meaningfully integrate technology into the classroom and help my students develop twenty first century skills.

As an English teacher, it’s important to me to find authentic audiences for my students’ writing, which is how I became interested in the goals of the SIGALO community.

David Mattie
IMG_1329.JPGHello! I am a 2nd grade teacher in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2012. I started off as a title one math teacher before transitioning into the classroom. This upcoming school year will be my second in the classroom. I love every minute of my job, especially seeing young minds have that “light bulb” moment.

I’m currently working towards my Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree through Michigan State University. I am very lucky to be a part of their overseas cohort and to be able to experience the culture in Galway, Ireland. I would not trade this experience for the world.

As a member of the SIGALO community, I look forward to finding new ways to incorporate technology into authentic learning opportunities.

Natalie Priest
IMG_1321.JPGI am from Toronto and I am currently teaching 7th grade humanities at Seoul Foreign School (SFS) in Seoul, South Korea. Previous to teaching 7th grade humanities I taught drama and ESL, 8th grade humanities, special education, and high school history and geography. My 7 years in the profession have been extremely rewarding in both the knowledge gained and the experiences that have presented themselves on a daily basis.

I am currently studying to gain my Masters of Arts in Educational Technology because of my passion for using technology in the classroom. It has been a mind opening experience thus far and I look forward to what is to come. Currently I have a Bachelor's of Arts in History and a Bachelor's of Education in Intermediate/Senior Education. I also have specialist qualifications in Special Education and English as a Second Language.

Why SIGALO? As a humanities teacher I am always looking for authentic assessment opportunities and an audience for student work. My research within the SIGALO community has been extremely helpful to my own practice and I hope that those who visit this page can find what they are looking for.

Together, we are SIGALO!