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Meet Cohoes City School District's new K-12 instructional technology integration specialist: Jennifer SangiacomoJen Sangiacomo

August 24, 2016—Jennifer Sangiacomo was appointed at the July 9 Board of Education meeting to serve as the new K-12 instructional technology integration specialist. She will work with teachers and staff across the district to improve and expand teaching and learning with technology, and champion the successful integration of Google Apps for Education—one of the many technology initiatives in the 2016-17 school year.

 

Jennifer Sangiacomo, Instructional Technology Integration Specialist

How long have you worked in Cohoes? What are some of the teaching roles you've had here?

This is the start of my 15 year in the district. I started in Cohoes in September 2002. That summer, I was sitting next to John Penman, the CMS assistant principal at the time. We were both taking a class at SUNY. I was pursuing my Master's degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. He had told me that CMS was interviewing for a 7th grade social studies teacher that week and made sure that I got an interview! It was definitely a case of "right place, right time." My first 10 years in the district, I was at CMS teaching 7th and 8th grade Social Studies. In 2012, I was transferred to the High School. During the last 4 years, I predominately taught Global 9, but have also taught Global 10, AIS Global, and summer school.

 

What are you most excited about doing in this new position?

I’m excited to collaborate with staff across the district and share resources that will improve instruction and create more opportunities for students.

 

What does success look like for you at the end of this year?

The "Big Picture" Success: seeing teachers throughout the district utilize technology to provide and enhance the experiences of their students. Ideally, a shift from teacher-centered learning to student-centered learning where students feel more ownership of their own education as they are given more opportunities to collaborate and create. I want students to feel engaged in content, but also to acquire 21st Century Skills along the way.

On a personal level, I would like to obtain Google Level 1 and 2 certifications as well as be a Certified Digital Citizenship Instructor. By the end of the year, I hope to provide every teacher in the district at least one resource that can be used to transform a lesson, a unit, or the classroom in general, and make something possible that was impossible before the integration of educational technology.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I play outdoor 2-on-2 volleyball competitively, and a little indoor volleyball. I have run an outdoor volleyball organization (OCD Volleyball) since 2001. I also play poker, and I love cooking and experimenting with new recipes.

 

Did you take any vacations this summer? What were some exciting things you did?

I went to Cape Cod, and took poker trips to Foxwoods and Turning Stone. I also won the Lake George Million Dollar Beach Women's 4s Tournament. I attended various Google Trainings—yes, I actually enjoyed working this summer in preparation for the school year! I also had lots of pool time!

 

What are you reading right now?

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell.