October Smith has embraced a career in education with a deep passion for learning. Ms. Smith has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology integration. She has worked as a teacher in elementary and high school before becoming a district instructional technologist. During that time, she worked as an adjunct professor at a small private university teaching classes for pre-service teachers. A yearning to use the information she was sharing with others, found her back in the classroom as a science teacher for grades 6-12 at a small private school. Her latest journey has her working as the Science Curriculum and Instructional Specialist for a school district on the outskirts of Houston, TX.
Ms. Smith has enjoyed training others (mainly teachers) on various aspects of incorporating technology into the classroom as well as best practices using Marzano’s Instructional Strategies. She also has a strong background in online learning and has worked as a trainer for a Moodle partner. Ms. Smith is a Google Certified Teacher and Moodle Course Creator Certified. She has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences such as TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association), TxDLA (Texas Distance Learning Association) and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).
Ms. Smith is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Computing at the University of North Texas.
On a more personal note, when Ms. Smith is not catching up on the latest research in STEM, 21st century skills, technology integration, science and gender issues in education, you can find her tinkering around her house or building something in her workshop. She enjoys anything that allows her creativity to be stretched. Ms. Smith's husband and two girls are often the subject of her photography passion.