I am a 32 year old, mother of two. I currently
live in Aurora, Colorado and teach middle school English. My husband is in the Navy. I taught almost seven years in high school
before taking off a couple of years to be a full-time mom and work on this degree. This past August we moved from Whidbey
Island, Washington, to Colorado.
I was actually raised in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. I attended a small mountain college in Colorado for three years and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
for two years. I came back to Colorado to teach high school. Over time, I became onw of my school's unofficial
Once, a long time ago, I had time for hobbies
outside of kids and a husband. I used to be an avid horsewoman, but two major head injuries and a brain tumor later,
I have had to give that up. I also used to quilt, but since having my daughter, have not found much time for this either.
However, my passion for reading still abounds. I read voraciously. Many of my books have water stains from reading
them while I bath my kids or cook in the kitchen. My husband teases me all the time about how many books I have around
the house that I am reading at the same time. I am also a pianist.
In 2001 I attended an "Intel: Teach to the Future"
course that really helped me get started on using my own created websites as a teaching tool. I have created several websites,
yet am continually learning and growing in my understanding of web design.
Aurora Public Schools
Mrachek Middle School
Reflections on Computer Education
Looking back over the course of the last nineteen months since I started my graduate studies, I do not regret
pursuing a masters in technology, but do feel that I have not had enough hands-on training to feel that I could step into
a technology teacher's position. There is much I still would like to learn, although I feel that I am well versed in how to
write a grant proposal, an acceptable use policy, a technology plan, and an action research plan. I have found most Computer
Education classes to be limiting because of the on-line environment. I would like to learn how to use software beyond Microsoft
Office and how to use newer technology such as a Whiteboard. Overall, though, I am pleased with the University of Phoenix
on-line program, especially since I lived on an island until a few months ago with no other way to pursue a master's degree.
My Class Website:
Mrs. Monreal's Literacy Classes
Current Position and Contact Information:
Mrachek Middle School
1955 S. Telluride St.
Aurora, CO 80013