You don’t have to read many blog posts here to know what I am passionate about. Bottom line: I want school to be one of the most exciting places a child ever visits. Better than Disney World, as cool as flying to the moon, and most of all? When they leave our learning space, I want them to remember our time together and take part of it with them. Everyday is about building connections. Every moment counts. As WB Yeats said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Light it. I want every child to have the best life possible.
I started this little blog as a way to reflect and push myself to really think about my teaching and learning. I have realized over time that we get so busy thinking and doing, that we forget to connect those thoughts to learning experiences. I haven’t looked back since! I love collaborating with other educators in school, edcamps, and in my PLN (Personal Learning Network) on Twitter.
They have helped me to grow in ways I hadn’t even considered thanks to their support. I have been working in education for 11 years. I have been to Space Camp several times and have a huge passion for space science and teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Arts, Engineering). I also love thinking about school design, like re-decorating classrooms to be fun spaces for learning. You can take a tour of my past spaces here. The inquiry based learning and community building I learned in eMINTS professional development has been a huge part of my teaching style, and has continued to keep me focused as I have moved into being an administrator. I strive to make school a place where kids can imagine, create, dream, and explore. I don’t believe in telling kids what to think, I believe in teaching them HOW to think. I also believe deeply that you can learn something from every person you meet. Oh, and that the world was meant to be a colorful place where we constantly try to notice the good in others around us.
I am currently the Innovation Coordinator at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. It’s great to do work that I love and be surrounded by colleagues that inspire and support me. My day consists of supporting teachers, troubleshooting technology, creating, making, and teaching. Have I mentioned I love my job?
It’s no secret. I love making posters! I enjoy creating items with the computer and can remember using PrintShop for the first time in fifth grade to make a greeting card. Back then, the printers were the dot-matrix kind that go back and forth creating little squares of black, white, and grey. Now I create everything with Adobe PhotoShop CC. I do a little freelance design on the side, offer some designs in my etsy shop, love photography, painting, and just enjoy a good creative hobby.
I’ve given presentations all over the US on topics such as educational technology, gifted education, and project based learning. I love to share what I’ve learned as an educator in order to help someone else grow or try new things. I also love that when I share, I end up learning from those I present to. I believe that’s why we are all here, to help each other become better.
But, my heart? It belongs in learning! Nothing inspires me more than watching kids and teachers grow. It’s the whole reason I named my blog “Venspired.” My last name, Venosdale (Vin-OZ-dale)… inspired by learning. Thanks for stopping by! Got a question I haven’t answered? Post below or email me!
My very first class, 2001-2002. It kind of seems like a million years ago, but also seems like yesterday. I continue to carry their spirit with me to this day. They helped me understand what kids need and what learning truly is. They taught me many lessons while I was their teacher.