"The bottom line, AI and big data are the future. The opportunities for our children are only limited by a lack of creation and motivation. There is room for all of us, young and older in the new age. If you can think it, you can do it."
"Unwaveringly share your insight. Be an opensource tool kit to help further our young peoples' educational and life experiences." Jeff is the 2018 California School Counselor of the Year!
"I have been a school counselor and school counseling professor for the last 28 years. My areas of focus include school counseling and technology, technological literacy, sexual harassment risk reduction, cyberbullying/digital reputation, solution focused brief counseling/conferences, and “datability.” Fun fact: The first two college courses I ever took were General Psychology and BASIC computer programming, two early indicators of my future focus."
"I want my students to feel engaged, connected, and valued. I want them to know that they belong in our school and that their education can lead to success."
Susan Spellman Cann
"Feel the fear and do it anyway. Model for the young people what you want them to know. Jump in with young people and make learning fun. Be that encourager that you may have wanted others to be for you!"
"Use your voice to make choices, to lead and be confident as people need for your ideas to come to the table."
"I want every girl I teach to feel included, and never feel left out the way I did during undergrad."
"Elevate others' voices. Sharing your own thoughts is important, but also responding to and engaging with others' will make our community stronger."
"Encourage your colleagues and students to not be afraid of technology. Too many teachers and women learn to say "I am not good at this stuff", when in reality, they are doing just as well anyone else."
"It is imperative as K-12 educators to understand all the possible pathways students can choose in STEM. Just as other school counselors have participated in there are many methods to obtain that knowledge and keep it current."
"Being an influencer is something I take very seriously because people have come to know, like, and trust me. Those are three things that do not come easy and I have the utmost respect for the people I interact with and am able to offer help, guidance, and information to."
"Education is empowering but STEM education and in particular, Computer Science education is empowering on a different level. I've seen in my own life how an education in the STEM fields can change your life. I got a minor in Computer Programming my last year of college and that allowed me to get a software consulting job where I travelled the Western United States for a large HR software company."
"Don't be afraid to jump right in. Learn along with your students. Take the journey together and have fun!"
"Connected learning is critical in education right now. There are so many meaningful ways the STEAM subjects can be integrated into the curriculum. When STEAM content intersects with hands-on Maker Education, powerful learning happens."
"I think it’s important that influencers and leaders put their talented staff in a position to be successful with STEM students and then get out of the way. Give them time, resources, and cutting edge training to be the very best and promote the success of students."
"When I followed my passion to return to academia, I begin to look for ways to encourage young women to engage with computing. One of the first programs I implemented was the Mississippi Affiliate of the Aspirations in Computing Award (through affiliation with @NCWIT). In the first group of high school girls that we recognized, I was introduced to a bright young woman who, as the child of an incarcerated mother, had been homeless for part of her high school years..."
"Stay true to what’s in your heart. There will be plenty of naysayers and haters as you travel through life. They will try to bring you down. Just remember that their naysaying and hating is a reflection of them--not you. Listen to your heart, do what’s right, and stay the course. It will all work out as it should in the end. Just believe."