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9171 Culbertson Road
Dansville, NY 14437
jfarr@stny.rr.com

Seeking a position that plays to my professional strengths and allows me to provide leadership and professional development opportunities that support my personal belief that EVERYONE can learn.

A dedicated, resourceful professional with proven ability to cultivate learning environments that encourage open communication with colleagues; a self-starter who innovatively approaches new project implementation; a leader who believes collaboration and a holistic approach to instruction leads to student success; a mentor who constructively works with educators to build solid curriculum that best meets the diverse needs of 21st century learners all ages.

EDUCATION
Certificate of Advanced Study Educational Administration
SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY

M. Ed. Educational Technology
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

B.S. Business Distributive Education
SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY

Business Management Certification
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

School of American Crafts
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Machine Clerk Certification
SUNY Alfred, Wellsville, NY .

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Farr-Out Links to Learning™
Proprietor - Dansville, NY
2004 - present

Otsego Northern Catskill BOCES
Temporary Professional Development Specialist - Stamford, NY
2009 - 2010 (10 month contract)

  • Provided a wide range of in-district and regional professional development services
    across a 22-district region

    • Used Cognos and Datashare to create data reports and facilitate data-driven enrichment meetings with teachers
    • Observed lessons and provided feedback to teachers as requested by school administrators
    • Facilitated regional Professional Development Communities
    • Facilitated curriculum mapping in schools as requested (using School Tools)
    • Presented teacher and paraprofessional workshops as requested
    • Researched and developed instructional materials as requested
    • Developed and maintained Instructional Resource site that enriched and housed materials shared with teachers (material is currently archived on my blog)

Ballston Spa Central School District
Technology Curriculum Coordinator - Ballston Spa, NY
2008 (1 year contract)

  • Saved the district $20,000 through the consolidation and alignment of elementary instructional software
  • Facilitated the development of a long range instructional technology plan that included a cyclical curricular approach to purchasing and implementing instructional technology in all curriculum areas (view plan)
  • Designed and oversaw the construction of two professional development labs
  • Researched, developed and delivered a diverse number of technology-focused workshops for K-12 staff in the district and region
  • Used grant funds to spearheaded a peer technology coach initiative

Bath Central School District
Administrative Intern/Technology Integration Specialist - Bath, NY
2004 - 2006

  • Title IID Enhancing Education through Technology (EETT) Grant Funded position
  • Worked with technology coordinator, School World developers and teachers to develop and initiate student digital portfolios
  • Researched, developed and delivered a diverse number of technology-focused workshops for K-12 staff in the district and region
  • Mentored and worked directly with district teachers and students to integrate technology across the curriculum
  • Served on District Technology Committee and Community Education Committee
  • Thinkfinity trainer, iSafe Trainer, PBS United Streaming Trainer, PBS TeacherLine facilitator, IC3 certified

Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga BOCES (now GST BOCES)
Instructional Support Specialist - Corning, Elmira
Regional Teacher Center/Model Schools - Elmira, NY
2001 - 2004

  • Collaborated with teachers and administrators at the regional, district, and building level to plan and develop curriculum and technology-rich teaching materials
  • Researched, assessed, made recommendations, and trained teachers in teaching strategies that included instructional technology, diversity, and equity practices

Avon Central School District
Middle/High School Business Teacher, School to Work Coordinator - Avon, NY
2000 - 2001

  • Developed curriculum and taught Computer Skills course to students in grades 7 and 8
  • Taught Introduction to Occupations to students in grades 9-12
  • Served as district School to Work Coordinator and directed co-op students

Dansville Central School District
Certified Computer Teacher Assistant/Per Diem Substitute Teacher - Dansville, NY
1989 - 1999

  • Substitute Teacher grades 4-12 in all curriculum areas
  • High School Computer Teacher Assistant
  • Yearbook Advisor
  • Student Council Advisor

WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
Workshops I developed and delivered:
  • Online Tools for Teacher Productivity 1, 3, 7
  • Using Technology for Creative Curriculum Extensions 2
  • Technology Integration One Day at a Time 4
  • Effective Search Strategies 5
  • Intriguingly Interactive Internet Activities 5
  • Show and Tell With Photo Story 3 6, 7
  • Integrate to Differentiate 8
  • Using Digital Storytelling to Develop 21st Century Digital Literate Learners 9
  • Curriculum Mapping 10
  • Teaching for Multiple Intelligences 10
  • Inquiry-Based Learning in the Classroom 10
  • Creating Units to Support Differing Learning Styles 10
  • Using Technology to Promote Integrity and Battle Cheating and Plagiarism
  • Developing SMARTboard Savvy Presentations and Activities
  • Using Blogs to Build Literacy Skills
  • Wikis…Worth-while or Worth-less?
  • Using Notebook 10 Software to Create Formative Assessments
  • Thinkfinity Resources for Educators
  • Gender Equity in the Classroom
  • Tweak Your Webpages using HTML basics
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Goin' to Google School
  • Web 2.0 Wonders
  • Developing and Integrating Templates and Forms in Classroom Practice
  • Developing Power-Packed PowerPoints for Instruction and Project-based Integration
  • QuizMaker/QuizTaker
  • Claymation with Photo Story 3
  • Social Studies "Webcercizing"
  • Evaluating Web Resources
  • Using Kidspiration and Inspiration to Create Online Portals
  • Using School World to Develop Instructionally Focused Websites
  • MovieMaker Magic
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Online Daily Specials
  • Web 2.0 Tuesdays
  • Use Kidspiration to Build Math Skills
  • Using Mindmaps to Make Connections
  • Para-Professional's Part of the Team
  • 6 + 1 Overview
  • Co-teaching Strategies
  • Guided Reading
  • Literature Circles
  • Integrate to Differentiate
  • New Teacher Workshops

1
2002 presentation at state-wide annual New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) Conference in Albany, NY.
2
2003 six-hour workshop given at National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Seattle, WA.
3
2003 presentation at Southern Tier Educational Technology Showcase in Owego
4
2004 keynote presentation at Southern Tier Educational Technology Showcase in Owego, NY
5
2004 presentation at state-wide annual NYSCATE Conference, in Rochester, NY
6
2005 presentation at Southern Tier Educational Technology Showcase in Owego, NY
7
2006 presentation at NYSCATE Conference in Binghamton, NY
8
2006 presentation at Southern Tier Educational Technology Showcase in Owego, NY
9
2006 presentation at NYSCATE Conference in Binghamton, NY
10
Facilitated and taught online for PBS TeacherLine

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • New York State Association for Technology and Computers in Education (NYSCATE)
  • National Staff Development Council
  • New York State Staff Development Council
  • Livingston Country Chamber of Commerce

REFERENCES

Available upon request (see Hardcopy Vita also)