Shavonne Terry is Morgan Park Academy’s educational technology coordinator, a role that encompasses classroom instruction across all school divisions as well as supporting the school’s information technology needs.
Ms. Terry holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Illinois Institute of Art, where she focused on media arts and animation, and a Master of Education degree from DePaul University.
What does the educational technology coordinator do at MPA?
I work closely with leadership and teachers in developing an innovative program of instructional technology that enriches and supports MPA’s curriculum. I also provide instructional design support and training for the integration of technology into the classroom, 1:1 device implementation, learning management support, and daily tech assistance for students and teachers. Also, I teach technology and computer science classes throughout all divisions as well as working with the summer enrichment programs.
What are some MPA educational technology initiatives that you are particularly excited about?
Lower School students are learning to build and program with WeDo 2.0 Educational kits and iPads in tech classes, while Middle School technology students are gearing up to begin Computer Science with Python, Java, and Ruby!
What motivated you to become a teacher?
My love of technology and education merged into a passion for teaching. The profession of education has integrated technology into its practice. This modernized approach is paving the way for innovation while embracing a plethora of diverse professionals. The ability to share a commonality of learning goals with students is possible through varied digital learning tools and resources. I’m continuously motivated.
What is the most important life lesson you want students to learn in your class?
The most important life lesson I want students to learn in my classes is to be innovative, embrace creativity, and accept originality! My passion for technology doesn’t negate the idea of picking up a good book. Why not enjoy both? I just don’t want to be boxed in. I aspire for students to encompass the idea of being a lifelong learner and face challenges. I want them to be successful not only in the classroom but also in life.
How do you keep current with the subject areas you cover?
Research, networking, and professional development are all essential components. Technology is forever changing, and every day there is something new that can be learned. Having close communication with IT professionals not limited to the profession of education is also beneficial. Hands-on research is significant. There’s an abundance of educational apps, lessons plans, software, devices, and websites available; there’s always work to be done in selecting those that align with and enhance the curriculum without deflecting.
What are some of your interests and hobbies?
In my spare time, I’m working on post-production for my 3D animation short. I’m excited about completing this project. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends!