Special Educator at
John Archer School
"Her calm demeanor, professionalism, and work ethic helps to foster a true culture of learning within her classroom and middle school math department."
-Randy Geyer, John Archer School Principal
Bel Air, Md. – The Maryland Society for Educational Technology (MSET) is proud to announce its October 2017 Digital Learning Showcase Recipient Pamela Reed, special education teacher at John Archer School in Harford County.
Reed elevates student speaking and listening skills by promoting consistent opportunities for students to display communicative competency. She describes her focus towards non-verbal students as an opportunity that empowers those students to develop life-long language skills and speaking opportunities that can be utilized in daily life. The usage of assistive technology devices – with recordable audio output capabilities and visual augmentation – exposes students to an opportunity to produce verbal exchanges with other students and staff members. Reed believes each day is a new opportunity to increase the confidence of her students and their verbal communication skills.
“Ms. Reed is a true asset to our school and community. Her calm demeanor, professionalism, and work ethic helps to foster a true culture of learning within her classroom and middle school department,” John Archer School Principal Randy Geyer spoke of Reed’s prominence and significance to the Harford County school. “She has accepted roles of leadership within the school that helps to increase her credibility and trust from colleagues. She truly adores her students and is passionate about their health and educational success. She prides herself on fostering positive relationships with parents and has the goal of improving the overall quality of life for each of her students. This begins in her classroom but extends into the community and home.”
Reed thrives to utilize numerous instructional strategies throughout each class, aligning its capability to the speaking and listening standards. She has increasingly become more familiar with technologies that allow her students to progress with expressive and receptive language. Whether using the Smart Board, iPad, or voice output devices, Reed strives to create lessons that afford students the ability to communicate, make choices or decisions, and increase their quality of life with regards to functional life skills.
“John Archer School is a school that educates children with severe and profound disabilities,” Geyer explained as many of those same students are cognitively only performing at very low levels, but Reed joyfully takes on the challenge to make a difference in those students’ lives. “By creating lessons that embed technology, students receive and express language (communicate), an increase in their focus and attention to activities and tasks occurs, and there is an obvious positive atmosphere encouraging participation for each individual child.”
Reed possesses a very calming demeanor that permeates to colleagues as they work together. Geyer describes her as never appearing rattled or stressed which helps balances the personnel at John Archer School.
“Our goal is to reach each child where they are academically and socially, and advance them forward for as high quality of life as possible for that specific student,” Geyer stated. “Ms. Reed arrives each day prepared to give students her best and is a true asset to our building.”
"Every professional educator at John Archer School has the same goal: to help every student realize their potential and value their own unique abilities the same way we do," Reed stated.
About Digital Learning Showcase
MSET is taking the opportunity to highlight best practices in classroom teaching, leading, and learning with educational technology from around the state of Maryland. The goal is to spotlight innovations of members and nonmembers throughout different public and private school settings. Each month teachers, school leaders, and community members are asked to nominate individuals who support innovation and educational technology in a school setting.
MSET is non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting the improvement of the teaching-learning process through effective technology integration into all curricular areas as well as fostering and promoting excellence technology in education. MSET is an affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), a leading international network for technology professionals.