Updated: Feb 23, 2020
My name is Anel.
I am a 21st Century Educator.
Wait, what exactly is a 21st Century Educator?
It is an educator who helps her students develop a mindset and a skill set so that they can be a part of the future of work.
The Future of Work
The future of work demands that educators be robot proof. That means that along with relevant curriculum a teacher must effectively utilizes educational technology in their classroom. In essence, educators are at the nexus of teaching and technology. Thus, they become the bridge by which students learn in order to gain access to the 21st Century. I believe this because my teachers throughout my life have been the bridges by which I was able to gain access to social mobility.
I come from the fringes of society; undocumented, poor and first generation college student. I grew up in south central Los Angeles and was a student in the Los Angeles Unified School District until I was in 8th grade. Then my parents divorced and my mother, brother and I moved to Redlands where I was a student in the Redland Unified School District. Polar opposite environments.
I then attended Riverside Community College and transferred to UC Riverside where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. Then attended the University of San Francisco where I graduated with a Master of Arts in Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults. All while I worked and struggled to be the honor roll student.
After living abroad and teaching internationally I attended Georgetown University as a hybrid student and graduated with a Master of Arts in Learning, Design and Technology. It is also where I met Jesse Gershuny; a 21st Century Educator. Her background as an Advisor, Instructional Designer, and Director along with her advocacy work in technology for girls has positively influenced me and helps fuel tPop.
I have been a classroom teacher for 18 years. I have worked in charter school and public school environments. I have also worked in private language schools in China and in Brazil. I have seen and experienced the power of great pedagogy and technology use. I have been in schools where teachers are frustrated and do not get the support they need. I have also seen students lose interest in learning and give up.
I understand the struggles teachers have because I have experienced them. I have been the good teacher, the bad teacher and survived the ugly parts of teaching.
I sound the horn for those who want to move to the next step in their professional development. Join us in our journey to make people robot proof. We offer training and professional development for those who want to be a part of the change of work, not be left behind by it.