ACADEMICS

  • PhD- Learning Technologies, University of North Texas, Online (expected graduation 2016)
    • Dissertation:
  • MEd- C&I Instructional Technology, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX (2007)
  • BS- Biology & Education, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX (2000)

PUBLICATIONS & CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • Smith, O. (2015, March). The Maker Movement. Presentation at National Science Teachers Association Conference 2015, Chicago, IL.
  • Smith, O. (2015). There is an art to teaching science in the 21st century. In Full STEAM ahead- Emerging Technologies for STEAM. Springer Publishing Company. (awaiting print)
  • Smith, O. (2014, July). PBL with pinball machines. Presentation at Staff Development for Educators Conference 2014, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Smith, O. (2014, June). PBL with pinball machines. Poster presentation at International Society for Technology in Education Conference 2014, Atlanta, GA.
  • Smith, O. (2014, June). Motivating students in science with Minecraft. Round-table presentation at College of Information Research Exchange Conference 2014, Atlanta, GA.
  • Smith, O. (2013, February). Moodle to the Max. Presentation at Texas Computer Education Association Conference 2013, Austin, TX.
  • Smith, O. (2013, February). Curriculum Fusion: It's Elementary. Presentation at Texas Computer Education Association Conference 2013, Austin, TX.
  • Smith, O. (2013, February). ArtTech Fusion. Presentation at Texas Computer Education Association Conference 2013, Austin, TX.
  • Smith, O. (2012, June). Moodle Workshop. 3-hour workshop presentation at International Society for Technology in Education Conference 2014, San Diego, CA.


AWARDS

  • Teacher of the Year Calvary Episcopal School, Richmond, TX (2013)
  • Google Certified Teacher Google Teacher Academy, Boulder, CO (2009)
  • HEB Excellence in Education Award $100,000, Large District (2009)
  • Who’s Who in American Education (2006)
  • Guild Scholarship to pursue Master's (2004 & 2005)
  • National Dean’s List (1997, 1998)

GRANTS & FUNDING

  • Lamar Educational Awards Foundation (LEAF) Grant Recipient (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


K-12 Science Coordinator, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Richmond, TX (2014-present)
  • Oversee curriculum development for all science in LCISD; help develop district assessments; assist with science professional development
eLearning Administrator, Remote-Learner.net, Telecommute (2011-2012)
  • Assist clients with their online learning environment; Customized training on Moodle in an online environment; Connect sessions and/or face-to-face for trainings

Course Reviewer, TxVSN (Region 10), Telecommute (2008-2013)
  • Review online courses to make sure they meet the state TEKS and national standards using iNACOL

Instructional Technology- Distance Learning Coordinator, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Rosenberg, TX (2007-2011)
  • Maintain and operate 100+ video conferencing units at 31 schools; Develop and deliver technology related staff development, including a major project called INTERACT which has put over $1 million worth of technology in teachers classrooms; Develop and manage online courses for students and staff (professional development) using Moodle

Content Creator, Atomic Learning, Telecommute (2007-2008)
  • Develop accelerated lesson video tutorials

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  
Middle and Upper School Science Teacher, Calvary Episcopal School, Richmond, TX (2012-2014)
  • Plan and teach all middle school science- 6th grade Integrated Science, 7th grade Physical Science, 8th grade Biology; Proctor the high school online science curriculum, supplementing labs as appropriate; Science fair coordinator; Yearbook coordinator; Curriculum writer 6-8 grade science

Adjunct Instructor, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX (2010-2012)
  • Instructor for Social Studies for Pre-Adolescence education class (Fall 2010); Essential Elements of Art (Fall 2011, Fall 2012); Multimedia Projects (Spring 2012)

Online Biology Teacher
, Texas Virtual School (Region 4), Telecommute (2007)


5th Grade Teacher, K-5 Art Teacher, Pre-AP/AP Biology Teacher
, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Richmond, TX (2000-2007)
  • Extracurricular coordinator for Art Club & Technology Club; Team leader 2004, Teacher of the month April 2004; UIL coach 2003-2005; Tutorial planner/instructor for science 2004; Math, Science, Social Studies, Writing teacher including Gifted and Talented; Team leader 2000, Teacher of the month October 2000, February 2002, September 2002; Member of the Site Based Decision-Making team at Frost 2000-2003; UIL coordinator for the school 2000-2002; District Math and Science Curriculum development, including writing instructional strategies; Tutorial planner/instructor for math; Implementation of Schoolwide Enrichment Model Fall 2002; Member of the Frost Elementary SEM committee 2001-2003

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (2014-present)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (2008, 2012-present)
  • National Science Teachers Association (2007, 2012-present)
  • Science Teachers Association of Texas (2012-present)
  • Texas Computer Education Association (2000-present)

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Attended NSTA Conference 2013, Presented 2015
  • Attended TCEA 2005, 2006, 2007, Presented 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Presented at UNT’s College of Information Research Exchange Colloquium 2014
  • Presented at HBU’s Annual Teaching Symposium 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Attended TxDLA 2007, 2010, Presented 2008, 2009
  • Attended ISTE 2008, Presented 2012, 2014
  • Attended Region 4 Technology Applications Conference 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, Presented 2008, 2012
  • Confratute Summer 2001 & 2004
  • Presented Schoolwide Enrichment Model to several audiences including TAGT 2002

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Texas Certified Teacher: Self-Contained (1-6), Biology (6-12), All-Level Art (PK-12), Technology Applications (EC-12)
  • Moodle Certified Course Creator (2012)
  • Web Instructor Certification Course I & II (2007, 2009)
  • PDAS-Professional Development Appraisal System and ILT-Instructional Leadership Training Certification (2008)
  • Flippen Leadership Training (2007)
  • Attained the state required 30+ hours for G/T recognition (2000)

INTERESTS

  • 15+ hours in art; including art appreciation, art history, ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpture
  • Student Athletic Trainer 4 years in high school and 3 years in college, accumulating 2000+ internship hours
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office (Power Point, Word, Excel, Access, & Publisher), Moodle, Adobe Creative Suite, web 2.0 tools