Amber Kornegay Smith

Ed.S., M.Ed., M.Ed., B.S.

Contents

  • Contact Information and About Me
  • Education
  • Certifications
  • Employment
  • Other Responsibilities, Experiences and Events
  • Philosophy
  • Project Based Learning Plans and Sample Digital Products
  • Favorite Tech Tools and Apps I Use

Contact Information and About Me

I am a teacher and scout mom with 3 terrific kids, Zach, Eden and Levi. I am married to my wonderful husband, Quinton Smith. I am a graduate of Fayetteville High School and have lived in the same area for the majority of my life. I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and Technology both from Jacksonville State. I also have a Masters add-on certification in Gifted Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in Gifted Education both from the University of Alabama. I also hold a Masters Degree in Library Media from the University of West Alabama. I teach First Grade at Fayetteville School. This is my 17th year teaching. I have taught 2nd Grade, Kindergarten, Special Education and 1st Grade.


Each day I enjoy finding fun and engaging ways to incorporate technology into my lessons with AMSTI Math, Common Core and Project Based Learning. I am thrilled we have the opportunity for 1-to-1 implementation of Chromebooks with our students at Fayetteville, as 1-to-1 device implementation is a wonderful tool to help guide our student leaders as they become college and career ready.

Education

M.Ed., Library Media, University of West Alabama, May 2020


Ed.S, Special Education: Gifted & Talented, University of Alabama, August 2011


M.Ed., Elementary Education and Technology, Jacksonville State University, May 2007


B.S., Elementary Education, Jacksonville State University, May 2004

Certifications

State of Alabama Teaching Certificate

AKW-0037-2391

7/1/2012 - 6/30/2022 [Valid]


Professional Certificate

Issued on 3/19/2012

Class AA, Special Education (049)

Grade Level: P-12

Gifted (0J3)


Professional Certificate

Issued on 6/8/2010

Class A, Special Education (047)

Grade Level: P-12

Gifted (0J3)


Professional Certificate

Issued on 6/12/2007

Class A, Elementary (76A)

Grade Level: K-6

Elementary Education (0N1)


Professional Certificate

Issued on 9/14/2004

Class B, Elementary (75A)

Grade Level: K-6

Elementary Education (0N1)

Highly-Qualified Teacher Eligibility Reviewed On 10/12/2004

Core Academic Subjects, Including Reading (0N1) ; Grades: K-6



CPI Certified


Hold Class B CDL with Passenger and School Bus Endorsements

Employment

2020 - Present

1st Grade Teacher, All Subjects

Talladega County Schools

Fayetteville School

Sylacauga, Alabama


2019 - 2020

Kindergarten Teacher, All Subjects

Talladega County Schools

Fayetteville School

Sylacauga, Alabama


2016 - 2019

1st Grade Teacher, All Subjects

Talladega County Schools

Fayetteville School

Sylacauga, Alabama


2013 – 2016

2nd Grade Teacher, All Subjects

Talladega County Schools

A. H. Watwood Elementary

Childersburg, Alabama


2011 – 2013

Preschool Special Education Teacher, P3-4th Grade

Talladega County Schools

A. H. Watwood Elementary

Childersburg, Alabama


2006 – 2011

Kindergarten Teacher, All Subjects

Talladega County Schools

B. B. Comer Elementary

Sylacauga, Alabama


2004 – 2006

First Grade Teacher, All Subjects

Talladega County Schools

B. B. Comer Elementary

Sylacauga, Alabama


2002 - 2004

Substitute Teacher, All Subjects/Grades

DeKalb County Schools

Rainsville, Alabama

Other Responsibilities, Experiences and Events

2019-2020 Archery Coach


2019-2020 Head Varsity Bowling Coach for the Fayetteville Wolves


2019-2020 2nd-5th Grade Science Club Sponsor

*Provide students with monthly enrichment activities in science related endeavors.


2019 Member of STEAM Leadership Team


2019 Fayetteville School Obtained Cognia STEM Certification


June 2019 STEAM Camp Instructor

CSI: Fayetteville


June 2019 Alabama Reading Initiative

* ARI Retrained/Retooled


2018-2019 Archery Coach


2018-2019 Head Varsity Bowling Coach for the Fayetteville Wolves


2018-2019 STEAM Cohort Member

* Collaborate with other Educators in Talladega County to become leaders and innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education.

* Continue to implement STEAM into teaching, curriculum and learning within the classroom setting and mentor others.


2018-2019 K-5 Robotics Club Sponsor

*Mentor K-5 students as they expand their knowledge of robotics and programming as well as competing in robotics competitions.


2018 Presenter at STEAM by Design


2017-2018 Archery Coach Fayetteville School


2017-2018 STEAM Cohort Member

* Work with colleagues to become experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education trends.

* Continue to implement STEAM into teaching, curriculum and learning within the classroom setting and mentor others.


2017-2018 Head Varsity Bowling Coach for the Fayetteville Wolves


2017-2018 K-5 Robotics Club Sponsor

*Mentor K-5 students as they expand their knowledge of robotics and programming as well as competing in robotics competitions.


2017 Presenter at STEAM by Design

https://goo.gl/forms/wQVJOV14YGu6XzI32 …


May 2017 Talladega County Innovative Learning STEAM Showcase

* 2 1st Grade Students presented our Colton's Zoo STEAM PBL

* Our students won 1st Place Overall in K-2 PBL Presentation


2016-2017 K-5 Technology Club Sponsor

*Lead and Instruct Student Exploration and Exhibition of Technology Tools and Skills


2016-2017 STEAM Cohort Member

* Gain information and insight into Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education trends.

* Implement STEAM into teaching, curriculum and learning within the classroom setting.


2016-2017 Member of ASTA, Alabama Science Teacher Association


2016-2017 Head Varsity Bowling Coach for the Fayetteville Wolves


2016-2017 AMSTI Math Teacher Leader

* Attend system-wide meetings to break down and assess needs at the classroom level regarding data and trends related to AMSTI Math Initiative and ACT Aspire needs.

* Collaborate with K-1 teachers to plan for curriculum and assessment changes system-wide.

* Return to school level and present information to grade group.


July 2016 Alabama Dyslexia and MSLE Trained


June 2016 iLearn Summer Technology and PBL Institute Instructor

* Led Session "Redefining the 3R's: Redefining the Way We Look at Common Core and Technology"

* Led Session "On the Hunt: Geocaching and Digital Scavenger Hunts" In the Classroom

* Led Session "Student Led Conferences-GoneDigital Help Your Students Share/Be in Charge of Their Learning"

* Co-Led Session on Coding and Robotics "Cracking the Code and Robotics"


2015-2016 Expert Down the Hall

* Assist other teachers within our school with troubleshooting tech problems

* Share ideas and strategies for implementing technology in the classroom with other teachers.

* Lead, Co-Lead Tech Tuesday Teacher Trainings.

* Co-Lead Training at Expert Down the Hall Workshop on Communication in the Classroom


2015-2016 After School Teacher

* Provide homework help and tutoring to students.

* Acquaint students with new, intriguing, tech tools through hands on iPad and EPSON board lessons

* Instruct student exploratory activities with varying art mediums.


2015-2016 Response to Instruction Team

* Assisted RtI Coordinator in meetings with K-2 classroom teachers to help strategize and plan accommodations for at-risk students.


April 2016 Green Ribbon School

* Watwood Elementary Became a Nationally Recognized U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School


March 2016 Talladega County Innovative Learning Showcase

* 4 Students presented our GeoPassport Childersburg PBL

* My students won 2nd Place Overall in K-2 Floor Presentation


June 2015 iLearn Summer Technology and PBL Institute Instructor

* Co-Led Session on Tech Integration in Grade K-2

* Led Session on Taking Digital Posters to the Next Level


June 2015 Alabama Reading Initiative

* ARI Retrained/Retooled


May 2015 Lighthouse School

* Watwood Elementary became a Leader in Me Lighthouse School


January 2015 Leader in Me Symposium

* Attended 2 Day Symposium at Athens State University


2014 iLearn Summer Technology and PBL Institute

* Participant


March 2014 PBL 101

* Participated in 3 Day Training in Project Based Learning


April 2013 Talladega County Digital Learning Showcase

* 2 Students from my PreSchool Special Needs Classroom presented our Life Cycles PBL


2011 Leader in Me

* Trained


April 2011 Talladega County Digital Learning Showcase

* Students from my Kindergarten Class Presented About Ocean Animals


June 2009 University of Alabama Summer Enrichment Workshop

* K-1 and 4-5 Teacher

* Planned and Implemented 3 Weeks of Archaeology Enrichment Lessons to challenge creative and intellectually gifted students based on Talents and Type III's. (Plan Listed under PBL Plans below.)

* Assisted Directors in Scheduling and Planning/Implementation


April 2008 Students in my Kindergarten Class Participated in the Talladega County Digital Learning Showcase

Coaching Certificates

Philosophy

As a teacher, I am preparing children for a life full of learning. It is my goal to successfully provide the children I teach with the best education possible; one that promotes social, emotional, and academic development, while at the same time, supplying students with the scaffolding and tools they need to grow as learners who will be college and career ready. To do this, my classroom must be an environment allowing for individual differences and encouraging individual growth.


Teaching has been a lifelong goal of mine. I grew up with the desire to be like the teachers who inspired me to enjoy learning. I feel my classroom instruction should be designed with the students’ needs in mind, and that will allow them to enjoy learning just as I did. The various trainings I have received, both through the school system and from degree advancement have helped prepare me to best serve my students. However I feel the most important lessons I have learned have been from my students. Phil Collins once said, “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” This is so very true. I learn from my students every day. I use what I learn from them to guide my instruction and planning. I also learn what works and what doesn’t.


Technology has also been a passion of mine as long as I can remember. It intrigued me, to find out as many varied and unusual ways I could use it; first when I was in school and later in college and then in my own classroom. Technology can be employed in the classroom in many ways, but I feel it is most useful as a tool to inspire creativity in my students. It is my job as a teacher to provide the knowledge; technology helps provide an outlet for expression. Tim Hansen best put it, "Creativity is especially expressed in the ability to make connections, to make associations, to turn things around and express them in a new way." I feel this is the goal of technology in my classroom. My students have certainly shown me that using technology can make learning more fun and enjoyable!


Yet, I feel the most important lesson I have learned from each of my students over the years is; we are a family. You cannot pick your family, just as you can’t pick which students walk into your classroom each year in August. However, the love I have for teaching and for my students is unparalleled. “You can pay people to teach, but you can’t pay them to care.” (Marva Collins) Regardless of disability or behavior, I am devoted to offering ALL students I work with the highest quality education, and support, academically, socially and emotionally, that I can provide.

Project Based Learning Plans

Sun, Moon and Stars Over Fayetteville - Completed Winter 2016

Click on the link below to access the PBL Plan.

I've Got a Bright Idea! Sounds Like an Invention to Me!

Click Here to Access the PBL Plan

Leaving a Legacy: Famous American Leaders (Stamp) - Completed Late Spring 2016

Click on the link below for the PBL Plan.

To access the student projects you will need to:

1. Download the Aurasma app to your phone or tablet.
2. Create an account for yourself.
3. Search for amberkwhitlock and follow my account.
4. Scan the target pictures posted below that you want to view (dots should flash, spin and then it will open). Make sure to keep the camera pointed at the target picture.
5. Enjoy the hard work!!!

GeoPassport Childersburg - Completed Early Spring 2016

Click the Link Below for a Week by Week Look at the Process of GeoPassport Childersburg, PBL Plans and Resources. EVERYTHING is posted at this link.
GeoPassport Childersburg

PBL Plan and Week by Week Documentary

Production, Distribution and Me - Completed Late Fall 2015

Click on the Link for the PBL Plan. There is also a video, pictures shared from ACF and student digital products shared below.
FaceBook Posts from Alabama Childhood Food Solutions Thanking 2nd Grade for Their Contributions
Video of Market Day as it was In-Progress.
Student Snapguides on How to Create Their Market Day Projects

On Safari: Plants and Animals Synergize - Completed Late Spring 2015 (with 2014-15 2nd Graders) and Early Fall 2015 (with 2015-16 2nd Graders)

Click the link for the PBL plan.
Fall 2015 On Safari Posts from Twitter and Student Digital Product Sample
Big picture
Spring 2015 On Safari PBL Presentation Photos on Twitter.

Famous American Leaders - Completed Early Spring 2015 and Late Spring 2016

Click on the Link Below for the PBL Plan. Also shared are some student presentation samples.

Summer Enrichment Workshop Archaeology Unit - June 2009

This unit was differentiated for different grades and abilities at the University of Alabama Summer Enrichment Workshop for gifted students. Students were presented with ads and they chose what sessions they would like to attend. I taught two sessions grades K-1 and grades 4-5.

SEW Archaeology Plans

Taught at University of Alabama Summer Enrichment Workshop 2009

Favorite Tech Tools and Apps I Use

(In No Particular Order)

Web Based Tools or Google Based Apps

NearPod

Google Classroom

Clever

Read, Write, Think

Voki

PebbleGo

Discovery Education

Smore

WeVideo

Canva

BrainPop

GoAnimate

Lino

Glogster

Today's Meet

Google Docs/Drive/Forms/Maps/Earth/etc.

Go Guardian

Tagul

Blogger

KidBlog

Prezi

Kahoot

Padlet

Thinglink

NewsELA

Popplet

Aurasma

Socrative

Blendspace

AudioBoom

Educreations

PowToon

QR Codes

Twitter

iPad Apps and Tools

Nearpod

Tellegami

Screen Chomp

Skitch

StopMotion

Socrative

ZooKazaam

Google Classroom

Google Docs/Drive/Forms/Maps/Earth/etc.

Aurasma

SeeSaw

SkyView Free

Freedom Stories

30 Hands

PhotoMapo

Book Creator

ChatterPix

PicCollage Kids

TouchCast

SnapGuide

Action Movie

Zaption

Remind

Scan Calculator

Bar/QR Code

Wonderbox

Popplet Lite

Educreations

You Doodle

EPIC!

Write About

Voice Thread

TimeLine

iMovie

Smore

Marqueed

ThingLink

YouTube Kids

DiscoveryVR

Puppet Pals

Make A Scene

Toontastic

Trading Cards

Lino

Glogster

Phoster

Word Photo

Kodable

HopScotch

Fix the Factory

Daisy the Dinosaur

Bee-Bot

The Foos

Tynker

Scratch Jr

Show Me

Geocaching

Klikaklu

Class Dojo

123D Design

Word Salad

National Geographic Kids

Globe Geography 3D

Word Cloud

Doceri

viLoop