Education and Certifications
K-8 Computer, Keyboarding, and Related Technology. Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN. 2018. Renewed 2022.
Elementary Education. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. 2006. Renewed 2022.
Middle School Social Studies. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. 2006. Renewed 2022.
Google Certified Educator – Level 2.
Google Certified Educator – Level 1.
Google Trainer Essentials Certificate.
International Baccalaureate: MYP Individuals and Societies Category 3. Minneapolis, MN. 2014.
International Baccalaureate: Managing Assessment in MYP Humanities Category 3. Portland, OR. November 2012.
International Baccalaureate: MYP Humanities Category 2. Minneapolis, MN. April 2012.
Bachelor of Science – Social Studies. Mankato State University, Mankato, MN. 1996.
Awards and Honors
2021 Minnesota Teacher of the Year – Semifinalist.
2021 EdTech Digest Awards. School Leader Setting a Trend – Finalist.
2021 Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association STEM Innovation Award.
2019 EdTech Digest Awards. School Leader – Finalist.
2017 Minnesota eLearning Summit Excellence Award (Impact Category).
2017 EdTech Digest Awards. School Leader – Finalist.
2017 Minnesota State University Mankato Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award.
2016 Minnesota Association of Charter Schools Innovation Award (Increased Learning Opportunities for Pupils Category).
2016 Sustainable Saint Paul Award (Youth Leadership Category).
2016 Opensource.com People’s Choice Award. Awarded for articles written for Opensource.com.
ETS Recognition of Excellence (Praxis II). Saint Paul, MN. 2006.
Honor Roll/Dean’s List/4.0 GPA. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. Winter 2003, Spring 2004, Fall 2005.
Open Source North. Saint Paul, MN. May 2022.
Minnesota Middle School Association Conference. Virtual. February 2022.
Open Education.Global. Virtual. December 2021.
Open Education Conference. Virtual. October 2021.
Open Source North. Virtual. May 2021.
DrupalCon North America – Keynote Address. Virtual. April 2021.
Open Source 101. Virtual. March 2021.
DrupalCon Global – Featured Session. Virtual. July 2020.
Sourcewell Impact Education Conference. Minneapolis, MN. December 2019.
Twin Cities Drupal Camp – Keynote Address. Minneapolis, MN. June 2019.
Hmong National Development Conference. San Jose, CA. April 2019.
Sourcewell Technology Leadership Conference. Saint Cloud, MN. February 2019.
Minnesota eLearning Summit. Bloomington, MN. August 2017.
Hmong National Development Conference. Milwaukee, WI. April 2017.
All Things Open. Raleigh, NC. October 2016.
Minnesota Educator Academy. Saint Paul, MN. October 2016
Minnesota I.B. Coordinators Conference. Roseville, MN. December 2016.
Hmong National Development Conference. Saint Paul, MN. April 2015.
TIES Educational Technology Conference. Minneapolis, MN. December 2014.
“Student Linux Club Refurbishes Computers To Support Distance Learning”. Opensource.com. July 22, 2020.
“The Asian Penguins”. OSSEC Open Source Magazine. May 2018.
“The Linux Club Guide”. March 13, 2017. Revised 2022.
“Digital divide? How the Asian Penguins Share Linux at Minnesota Charter School”. Opensource.com. February 8, 2019.
“Open Source, Open Hearts”. Edtech Digest. April 5, 2016.
“Diversity Enriches Middle School Linux User Group”. Opensource.com. August 11, 2015.
"Asian Penguins middle school Linux club inspires community". Opensource.com. March 17, 2015.
Technology Integrationist – Aspen Academy
(August 2021 – Present)
Provided hardware and software support for teachers and staff.
Conducted professional development and training for staff on technology use.
Taught technology classes for grades Kindergarten through 8.
Founder and Director of the Aspen Academy Penguin Corps, the school’s Linux club. Led the students in learning Linux and Open Source software to refurbish used computers. Provided all computers used by students for distance learning made necessary by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Middle School Social Studies Teacher – Aspen Academy
(August 2019 – June 2021)
Taught American History, Minnesota History, geography, and civics to middle school students.
Led professional development for other teachers on technology integration into their classes.
Converted our school’s social studies department to online curriculum, reducing reliance on printed materials.
Technology & Assessment Coordinator – Community School of Excellence
(August 2015 – June 2019)
Served other teachers by providing hardware and software support. Selected software to be used and installed building wide.
Led workshops for teachers on integrating educational hardware and software into their content areas.
Planned and coordinated standardized assessments for grades K-8, including Fastbridge, NWEA, ACCESS for ELLs, OLPA, and MCA.
Founder and Director of the Asian Penguins, the first Linux users group based in a Hmong charter school. Taught students how to install and maintain Linux and how to recycle computers. Oversaw the donation of over 240 computers to needy families.
Successfully spearheaded an online crowd funding campaign to get over 120 laptop computers for our school.
Middle School Social Studies Teacher – Community School of Excellence
(August 2011 – August 2015)
Taught Minnesota History, American History, and Honors African Studies to middle school students.
Instituted an online assessment system in Social Studies, saving the school thousands of sheets of paper per year. Led teacher workshops in technology integration. Trained teachers on how to differentiate that system for special needs learners.
Began the school's annual Citizenship Bee, in which students compete by answering questions from the US Citizenship Test.
5th Grade Teacher/Middle School Social Studies Teacher – Noble Academy
(August 2009 – June 2011)
Taught MN History, US History, and World Geography to middle school students.
Served as faculty adviser for the middle school student council.
Responsible for teaching and managing a 5th grade class. Created and implemented differentiated lessons in reading, math, social studies, and science.
Organized and led extracurricular activities and field trips. Led my class of 26 students to meet and exceed goal of reading 1000 books in one year.
Integrated technology into the classroom experience through both teacher-led and hands-on activities. Administered multiple operating systems in a classroom environment.