About me

I am a dedicated and passionate educator who believes technology integration in the primary grades is crucial to creating 21st century, global citizens. Our youngest learners have grown up with technology; it is what they know. It is my belief that they need to be provided with meaningful experiences that allow them to: 
  • creatively and collaboratively show what they know
  • globally connect to the world outside the classroom
  • think critically and problem solve on a daily basis.
 I am an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2015), a Seesaw Ambassador, Epic! Master Teacher and a member of the CopernicusEd Idea Lab. I have presented at numerous district, local, and state technology conferences including the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association Conference (WEMTA) and the Summer Instructional Technology Academy (SITA). I also create the monthly #EpicPals collaborative reading project for K-3rd graders. You can read more about this on the blog or at the Twitter link above.
I am currently starting in a new role as an Elementary Digital Learning Specialist in the Pulaski School District where I am also a member of our district's Apple Core Technology Team and K-5 Coding Committee. Prior to my current position, I taught 1st grade for 14 years, which is and always will be near and dear to my heart. I also taught second grade for 5 years. You can find me on Twitter at @smalchow.  

Have questions? Feel free to reach out- I love to network and collaborate!!