Transformational Teaching for Empowering Learners

July 24, 2016 Tina Berumen & Nancy Jo Lambert host #txeduchat

Transformational Teaching to Empower Learners!


Tina Berumen is the current School Librarian at Town Center Elementary in Coppell ISD.

Tina Berumen @tinaberumen
Tina Berumen

Tina has been a STEM School Librarian for the past 4 years and has previously presented on STEM in the Library, Makerspaces, Global Connections, E-Books and Digital Resources. She is an active member of the Texas Library Association, Texas Computer Library Association and an advisory board member for the Mackin Educational Resources Transform Your School Library movement. Recently she served the Texas Library Association as a member of the Children’s Round Table Selection Committee, Program Committee, and co-chaired the Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon in 2016.

Nancy Jo Lambert is a high school teacher librarian in Frisco Independent School District at Reedy High School. She has five years of classroom teaching experience and has been in a school library since 2010.

Nancy Jo Lambert @NancyJoLambert
Nancy Jo Lambert

She has library experience at the early childhood, elementary, and high school levels. She is a presenter and speaker who advocates for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her library. She is a passionate educator and an avid learner and reader. She holds positions in the Texas Library Association. She is an active member of the American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, the Texas Association of School Librarians, and the Texas Computer Education Association. She has been published in professional journals and has won numerous awards and grants. Nancy Jo Lambert is a reviewer for School Library Journal and has been published in several professional journals.



July 10, 2016 Jeremy Stewart (@J_Stew314) hosts #txeduchat

On the topic of Relationships!

Jeremy Stewart (@J_Stew314) is an assistant principal at College View High School in College Station ISD, College Station, TX. Jeremy earned his Masters of Education from Sam Houston State University and co-created a district-wide Twitter chat,  #CSISDchat, this past fall with @aaron_hogan. He has served in multiple capacities; elementary and middle school special education teacher, TAP mentor teacher, CPI coordinator, SEL team leader, and Coaching Crew team member. He aspires to be a campus principal and eventually a superintendent.


One of the main focuses Jeremy has for the students and staff at College View High School is to increase the opportunities to practice creativity and question “why do we do what we do?”. Inspired by Dave Burgess’ (@BurgessDave) book, “Teach Like a Pirate.”, Jeremy continually asks his colleagues, “If our students did not have to be at school, would they continue to come?”

One of the ways Jeremy’s team is answering this question is by completely overhauling their instructional practices by implementing #geniushour campus-wide and moving to a #BlendEd instructional model with #PBL, #Flipped, and a mixture of face-to-face and online instruction. Furthermore, he also connects his students with local professionals in the community by bringing them in to share what education and skills are required to reach their career goals.

Global Connections in Education

June 26, 2016 @StuartKellyNZ hosts #txeduchat

On the topic of Global Connections!2VRBlsnq

Stuart Kelly (@stuartkellynz) is a Deputy Principal at Aorere College in Auckland, New Zealand. Stuart has a Masters in Education Management (Hons) from University of Auckland and is a Google Certified Trainer. A firm believer in the notion of #oneteam and #oneclassroom, he is constantly trialing new pedagogical practices with his highly enthusiastic students. Stuart does everything possible to ensure that student choice and agency is ever-present in his learning spaces. As head of Aorere Digital, his school’s digital transformation programme,  he has experienced first hand the dramatic ability of edtech to open up classrooms and open up futures for the students of Aorere College and beyond. Committed to ensuring that Aorere College students have learning resources and options as advanced as any students globally, Stuart is quite happy to be seen as a veritable #edtech “nutty professor.” Originally an English teacher and still prominent in the classroom with a committed fail-forward pedagogy, Stuart is also highly active in global edtech, speaking and presenting across Australasia and through his role as founder of #digitaledchat, a leading #edtech chat in New Zealand. Stuart loves nothing better than sharing with educators from around the world.


Understanding Misconceptions

June 19, 2016 @theignitEDteach hosts #txeduchat

On the topic of Understanding Misconceptions


Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and a Master of Science degree in curriculum, instruction and technology. She is certified to teach grades 1-8 in both Texas and Louisiana. She is also licensed to lead schools, though the classroom is where her heart remains.

While she has taught language arts, social studies, science and math, her specialty is elementary math. Throughout her career, Michelle has served in a variety of capacities. She has propelled students to new heights as a classroom teacher and has mentored new educators as a lead teacher and TAP mentor teacher and TAP master teacher. She’s also spearheaded the direction of instructional strategies at her schools as an instructional coach and department chair. Michelle remains a committed educator and hopes to share her wealth of professional knowledge and experiences with teachers, administrators and parents through her original lesson plans and resources. She is The IgnitED Teacher

The Power of Educators’ Language

The Power Behind Educator’s Language as @RoMenendez14 hosts #txeduchat 6/12


Everyone calls her Ro, but her full name is Rochelle Menendez.  She asks, “Ro seems a lot easier, doesn’t it?”

For more than ten years Ro has worked tirelessly in the bilingual elementary classroom to give each child new ways to view their immediate and future reality.  She pushes their thinking globally, making it part of daily work to learn how to be better thinkers, exemplary citizens, and efficient problem solvers. For many years she relates that she was blessed with being the inclusion classroom in her grade level, facilitating the learning of children who needed extra support to face their personal challenges, and in return they offered back a wider vision of what diversity in learning, collaborating, and growing really meant.  During her time in the classroom Ro was honored to receive the 2012 Teacher of the Year Rotary Club of Dallas Award, a distinction she says that she could not have received without the trust and support of all the parents, students, and administrators she worked shoulder to shoulder with.

Ro wanted to widen her reach, and  seek out opportunities to touch the lives of more than just the 20 to 27 students she interacted and learned with in her homeroom on a yearly basis so she worked towards an MS in Educational/Instructional Technology Leadership and Library Sciences from Texas A & M, Commerce. This degree has afforded her the opportunity of calling all the students on a campus her own, and to help them evolve, grow, and mature over the course of their elementary school journey.  She has now been a teacher-librarian for a year, and works each and every day to establish, sustain, and enhance a school-wide reading culture by carefully curating the school’s collection, listening and catering to students’ and teachers’ needs. Ro promotes events and initiatives that spotlight the fun and amazing power of reading, and strives to provide equal access to learning opportunities in the library through after-school activities such as MakerSpace Labs and Library Family Nights.  She says that it is her mission to nurture a love of reading that will result in holistic gains for our students, their families, and the local and global community.  Having students at the end of the year thanking her for “getting me into reading” gives Ro hope that she is on the right track.

As Ro begins her second year, she relates that her mission continues to be providing the reading experience as a gift, not a heavy load, through shared experiences in a safe and inspiring environment.  She will intensify her efforts in Early Childhood Literacy by providing separate Storytimes at the library for children 0-4 years old, to make her school’s future students fall in love with reading before they formally enter a classroom. Ro will continue to find opportunities for students to interact with the global community, face-to-face and virtually, where they can seek a clearer understanding of the world, share their opinions,  messages of hope and well-being to community members near and far,  that will allow them to witness how their words, feelings, and thoughts empower others.