Meet Our Learning Technology Coaches!

Casey Luker works for the Office of Professional Development at Skyline High School as a Learning Technology Coach, supporting teachers and students in their use of technology in the classroom as well as coaching and mentoring teachers new to the building.  Casey took a few minutes out of her busy day to answer some of our questions.

Casey, tell us about your background - where you went to college, how long you have been teaching, where you have taught, and your content area.

I graduated from Colorado State University (CSU) in the fall of 2003, following my student teaching in Academy School District 20's Liberty High School. I got hired on at semester and taught there for another full year, before I moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to children and adults. Upon returning to the US, I went back to CSU to earn my MA in English Education and did some subbing in Poudre School District as well as some before-and-after school care for B.A.S.E Camp in Ft. Collins. Upon completing my MA project, which was building a virtual world around Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, I was hired to teach English Language Arts (ELA) and WIRED (which was a pre-STEM/VPA course) at Skyline. I was part of the English Department for eight years before becoming the Learning Technology Coach for Skyline High School two years ago.

What does a typical day look like for you as a Learning Technology Coach?

I usually start with a handful of planned activities on my calendar, but I love when teachers "pop into" the library to chat about something they are thinking of doing, brainstorming or planning, problem-solving, or reflecting on. I get to collaborate with a lot of different people from high school and middle school teachers of different contents, to students, to building mentors and mentees, to counselors, to administrators, to STEM coordinators and other LTCs. This lets me see connections and learn from a slew of different people of varying experiences.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

Being able to collaborate with teachers and plan out activities that get students creating and getting to share their passions and thinking. I love being invited into classrooms, whether to observe or participate. I get to work with some of the most amazing teachers and students; it's really awesome.

Please tell us about a project or activity at your school that you're excited about, and why?

I love the work that I am doing with creating more teacher agency around professional development. I think that this allows teachers to be more like researchers.

If I wasn't a teacher, I would be a.....

I have no idea. I have always wanted to be a teacher...

What do you do for fun when you're not at school? Tell us about hobbies and activities that you enjoy.

You may find me at Crackpots (with or without my kiddos). I love painting pottery and on canvas. Running, hiking, and walking the dog allow me to get outside and enjoy beautiful Colorado. Reading, writing, and listening to podcasts are my thing to do when I need to relax. Finally, I enjoy learning the guitar and I just gave my son a ukulele for his third birthday, so we will probably start a band soon. ;)