By Karri Keller
Ashleigh Jensen, Kuna School Districts’ Education Technology Specialist; has been named a STAR Discovery Educator by Discovery Education.
“Ashleigh is being recognized for her efforts in leveraging digital media and technology to transform and enhance learning experiences for Kuna School District students,” said Janie Lyons with Discovery Communications.
Ashleigh Jensen has lived in Kuna for the past eight years and was a teacher for five years until last year when she became the first Educational Technology Specialist in the Kuna School District. Jensen was hired with the instructional coaches that the districts have this year. She is the only technology-focused educator. Jensen has been going to all grades ranges of teachers and does training for the district.
There has been a lot of “Smart Training” for their new Smart products going on because the district has upgraded the classrooms with new technology this year. All classrooms, grades two through six, have an interactive Smart Projector and all classrooms K-12 have a projector and a Smart Board along with teacher microphones. By the beginning of next school year all classrooms will have interactive technology in their classrooms. Her role is to educate teachers on the smart boards and projectors and be the problem solver.
Coming into this role and not shadowing anyone would be a struggle for anyone but Jensen has stepped up and is looking for new ways to help and educate local teachers. Through the Discovery Education Network, Jensen has been able to chat with other people in her same role in different areas/states through networking and community chat.
“It is just the beginning of what I should be doing for the district,” Jensen said. “I am making sure I am on top of what’s coming out for Ed Tech and knowing what’s there for my teachers, the best that’s out there. Saving their time by troubleshooting some of those things that are out there and giving a trial to some of those products so what we give them is really the best for their classroom.” said Jensen.
Jensen was also chosen to be one of 125 STARS to attend Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute (DENSI) in Vermont this July. It is a weeklong residence training that Discovery provides. There are only 5 STARS chosen to attend DENSI from Idaho.
“Our district has worked so hard to provide such amazing technology resources to our teachers, and I’m just one small piece in it all. It’s so nice to be able to share the great things we are doing,” said Jensen.