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KIMBERLY A. COFINOMarital Status: Married
Nationality: American
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PROFILE

Well-traveled, enthusiastic, open-minded teacher with passion for learning and technology, a good sense of humor, a strong work ethic and proven organizational and leadership skills.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

International School Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Elementary School 21st Century Literacy Specialist
August 2007 – present
  • Coordinate and facilitate the integration of essential 21st Century Literacy skills across all six elementary grade levels, serving over 700 students and 70 teachers.
  • Co-plan and co-teach project-based units of inquiry with classroom teachers that embed authentic use of technology in the natural learning environment via the use of laptops.
  • Merge the technology and library departments into one collaborative team, ISB21, in order to develop vision for 21st Century Learning at ISB, successfully presented to Leadership Team and Board.
  • Collaborate with the Administrative and Curriculum Office team to develop a vision, infrastructure and plan for successful integration of 21st Century Literacy skills across the curriculum.
  • Develop curriculum at the team level using the Understanding by Design process, to authentically embed 21st century literacy with the core curriculum, as a model for divisional and school-wide curriculum review processes.
  • Create and maintain consistent, streamlined communication with both internal and external members of the school community via wikis, blogs, newsletters, magazine articles and e-mail.
  • Effectively manage the Learning Hub (library), including the supervision of three Instructional Aides, library database, and special events and functions.
  • Conduct weekly professional development for staff, monthly dialogue sessions for parents, and present at a variety of in-school workshops.

Other Responsibilities:
  • Elementary School Leadership Representative for the Teacher Organization
  • Develop, build and maintain a Professional Learning Community focusing on 21st century learning
  • Plan, coordinate and teach SUNY Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy courses
  • Support teachers at all divisional levels based on 21st century learning needs
  • Member of the Educational Technology and Information Literacy Curriculum Review Committee
  • Member of the Language Arts Curriculum Review Committee
  • Member of the Main Library Renovation Review Committee

Mont’Kiara International School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Middle School Information Technology (IT) Teacher and Integration Specialist
August 2005 – present
  • Independently write, deliver and evaluate IT curriculum for all middle school students.
  • Coordinate the curricular integration of IT for grades 6-8 by co-planning, teaching and assessing units of core-curriculum work that utilize multimedia technology to enhance learning through a project-based, differentiated approach that takes into consideration multiple intelligences and learning styles.
  • Coordinate and facilitate use of computers and peripheral equipment for teachers and students within the natural learning environment.
  • Assist in creation of school-wide IT plans, policies and lab guidelines for students and teachers.
  • Develop authentic Standards-based assessments using the Understanding by Design model for all middle school IT courses and integrated projects. .
  • Create and maintain the middle school IT website.

Other Responsibilities
  • Grade 7 homeroom teacher.
  • Grade 7 Malaysian Studies Trip Leader.
  • Member of the M’KIS Curriculum Council.
  • Member of the Technology, Grade Reporting, and Academic Review Committees.
  • Member of the team that developed the Essential Agreements for Assessment for M’KIS.
  • Creator and coordinator of the Mentoring Program for faculty new to M’KIS.
  • Wrote GradeQuick Users Guide for faculty and ran multiple grade reporting training sessions each year.
  • Conduct weekly informal technology professional development for all faculty.
  • Conduct monthly formal technology professional development seminars for all faculty.

Munich International School, Munich, Germany
Middle School Information Technology (IT) Teacher and Integration Specialist
August 2001 – July 2005
  • Taught all IT courses for grades 5-8.
  • Coordinated the curricular integration of IT for grades 5-8.
  • Facilitated use of IT equipment for teachers and students within the natural learning environment.
  • Developed Standards of Learning and Skill Benchmarks for each grade level.
  • Assisted in creation of school-wide IT plans, policies and lab guidelines for students and teachers.

Innovations included:
  • Proposing the integration of IT into the core curriculum.
  • Chairing of the Middle School IT Committee.
  • Offering context-based “just in time” professional development to teachers.
  • Creating and maintaining the Middle School IT website.
  • Purchasing IT equipment to promote multimedia as a tool for learning in project-based pedagogy.
  • Leading the Student Tech Team (students assist with website and equipment maintenance, etc.).

Other Responsibilities
  • Supervised MYP Personal Projects.
  • Member of the MYP Curriculum Coordination and Intercultural Awareness Committees.
  • Peer Mediation trainer and supervisor.
  • Led Amnesty International and digital video editing student clubs.

Munich International School, Munich, Germany
Middle School Information Technology (IT) Intern, grades 5-8
August 2000 – July 2001
  • Assisted students and teachers in use of IT in both Middle and Senior Schools.
  • Maintained and updated student, teacher, and administrative accounts in network database.

RELATED EXPERIENCE

University of Connecticut International Teaching Assistant Program, Storrs, CT, USA
Assistant English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher
August 1998 – May 1999

University of Connecticut American English Language Institute, Storrs, CT, USA
Volunteer Conversation Partner for International Students
September 1997 – May 1999

Amnesty International, Munich, Germany
Founder, Chairperson, English-Language Group
January 2001 – July 2005
President, Founder, University of Connecticut Chapter, Storrs, CT, USA
Student Area Coordinator for Connecticut
September 1998 – May 1999

EDUCATION AND TEACHING CERTIFICATIONS

State University of New York, Bangkok Cohort, Buffalo, New York, USA
Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy, Instructor: Anticipated June 2010

State University of New York, Kuala Lumpur Cohort, Buffalo, New York, USA
Educational Leadership Certificate: July 2007

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA
Master’s of Education, Curriculum and Instruction: August 2003
  • Specialization in Multicultural Education.
  • GPA: 4.0/4.0
Coursework
Foundations of Multicultural Education; Educational Research; Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment in International Schools; Methods of Teaching in Multilingual Settings; Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research.

George Mason University, FAST Train Program, Fairfax, VA, USA
State of Virginia Teacher Certification: July 2003
  • Elementary Classroom PK-6
  • History and Social Sciences 6-12

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude: May 1999
  • Double Major in History and Political Science; Minor in International Studies.
  • GPA: 3.6/4.0
Honors and Scholarships
1999 New England Scholar, Dean’s List (7/8 semesters), Golden Key National Honor Society, Mortar Board National Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Phi Sigma Phi Political Science Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Joseph and Maddalena Perella Scholarship for Italian Studies, UConn Scholarship for Graduating Seniors, UConn Co-op Award for Student Leadership.
Study Abroad

Universitá di Connecticut a Firenze, Italia, Florence, Italy
GPA: 4.0/4.0: January – June 1997

SKILLS
Experienced IBPYP and IBMYP teacher. IBO approved MYP Trainer. Basic Italian, German and Spanish. Taught English as a Second Language.
Computer: 21st century learner: avidly and frequently utilize web 2.0 tools across both professional and personal domains including blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networking, video streaming, IM, video conferencing, screencasting. Proficient in both PC and Mac operating systems including: Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash, and Freehand, Adobe Photoshop and Acrobat Writer, iLife applications, Safari, web 2.0 applications, Microsoft Office applications, AmiPro, WordPerfect, Netscape Navigator, Netware Administrator, Windows NT, Novell, Mavis Beacon Typing Instruction Program, Type To Learn, Key Bytes, Mind Manager, Inspiration, Making the Grade electronic grade book program, GradeQuick grade reporting software, School Office Discovery reporting software, Edline online grade reporting, Rubicon Atlas online curriculum mapping.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

Apple Global Education Leadership Summit, Hong Kong, China
ADE Presenter, Developing the Global Student: A Hands-on Workshop with iMovie '09
ADE Presenter, Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects
ADE Presenter, Let's Connect! Video Conferencing in the Classroom: April 2009


EARCOS Teacher's Conference, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
Presenter, Connecting to Learn, Learning to Connect: Social Networking in the Classroom: March 2009

Mobilize This! Charles Darwin University, Australia
Virtual Presenter: Bridging the Gap: One International School's Approach to Redefining Literacy in the 21st Century: October 2008

K12Online Conference 2008
Presenter: Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects: October 2008

Learning 2.008 Conference, Shanghai, China
Presenter: Connecting to Learn, Learning to Connect: Social Networking in the Classroom: September 2008
Presenter: Connecting Classrooms Across Continents: Planning and Implementing Globally Collaborative Projects: September 2008
Presenter: Making the Shift Happen: Embracing 21st Century Literacy at Your School: September 2008


The Digital Me, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Guest Presenter for John Eyles: June 2008

EARCOS Teacher’s Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Presenter, Developing the Global Student: Practical Ways to Infuse 21st Century Literacy Into the Classroom: March 2008

Women of Web 2.0 Podcast (via Skype)
Guest Speaker for Jennifer Wagner, Developing International Global Collaborations: January 22, 2008

Powerful Learning Practice (via Ning)
Expert Voice for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Social Networking in the Classroom: January – February 2008

Virtual Staffroom Podcast
Guest Speaker for Chris Betcher, with Susan Sedro, Making IT Integration Work: January 20, 2008

Working Toward Excellence, Alabama, USA (via Elluminate)
Guest Speaker for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Developing 21st Century Literacy Skills: January 18, 2008

Future of Learning in a Networked World, Bangkok, Thailand
Presenter, Connected Learning: January 2008
Facilitator, unConference Session on Technology and Reading


Teach IT! Singapore American School, Singapore
Presenter, Developing the Global Student: Practical Ways to Infuse 21st Century Literacy Into the Classroom: November 2007
Presenter, The 21st Century Educator: Embracing Web 2.0 in Your Professional Practice: November 2007


Webcast Academy Interview, via Skype
Guest for Chrissy Hellyer, Online Global Collaborations, September 22, 2007

Learning 2.0, Shanghai, China
Moderated two unconference sessions, resulting in several globally collaborative projects: September 2007

EARCOS Administrators Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (via Skype)
Guest Presenter for Jeff Utecht, Skype for Social Networking via Skype: November 2007

Connecting and Collaborating Conference: Online Tools for the Classroom, Michigan, USA (via Skype)
Guest Presenter for Andy Mann, Classroom Collaboration with Skype: April 20, 2007

Infinite Thinking Machine Blog
Featured, The Wide and Wonderful World of Wikis: November 2006

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, Trainers Workshop, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Presenter, Integrating IT Through the use of the MYP Technology Design Cycle: March 2005

Association of German International Schools (AGIS), Hanover, Germany
Presenter, Integrating Technology in the Classroom: January 2005

CONSULTING

International School Bangkok, Thailand
EARCOS Weekend Workshop, Coordinator, Leader
TechTrain 2010: January 30-31, 2009


International School Bangkok, Thailand
EARCOS Weekend Workshop, Coordinator, Leader
Garage Band for Educators: November 14-15, 2009


Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, Missouri, USA
Consultant to Elementary and Middle School Divisions
Educational Technology in the 21st Century: June 24, 2009


Tokyo International School, Tokyo, Japan
Consultant to Elementary and Middle School Divisions
Educational Technology in the 21st Century: April 16, 2009


Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar
Consultant to Elementary, Middle and High School Divisions, Educational Technology in the 21st Century: February 2009

Powerful Learning Practice (via Ning)
Expert Voice for Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson ADVIS Cohort, Globally Collaborative Projects: November 2008 - February 2009

Qatar Academy, Doha, Qatar
Consultant to Elementary School Division, Educational Technology in the 21st Century: February 2008

PUBLICATIONS

National Middle School Association, Middle Ground Ohio, USA
Author: Social Learning: Learning to Share, Sharing to Learn April 2009

European Council of International Schools, Shortcuts Newsletter
Author: The 21st Century Educator: Embracing Web 2.0 in Your Professional Practice: May 2008

World Book Encyclopedia Online: Discover
Author: The 21st Century Educator: Embracing Web 2.0 in Your Professional Practice: November 2008
Author: Life 'Round Here Project Example: November 2008


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Going Places! ECIS Tri-Annual Librarian's Conference, Berlin, Germany
February 2008

Integrating Differentiation and Understanding by Design, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Presented by Jay McTighe: September 2006

Cognitive Coaching, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Presented by Bill and Ochan Powell: June 2006

Assessment in Education, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Presented by Bambi Betts: September 2005

The Alliance for International Education, Düsseldorf, Germany
Educating for International Mindedness: October 2004

Differentiation in the Classroom, Munich, Germany
Practical Course: October 2003

Success with English Language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms, Munich, Germany
Presented by Dr. Virginia Rojas: April 2003

Macromedia Dreamweaver Training, Munich, Germany
Introductory Course: April 2002

European Council of International Schools (ECIS), Brussels, Belgium
Making IT Happen! Information Technology Conference: March 2002

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program, Casablanca, Morocco
Information Technology for Experienced Teachers: March 2002

Microsoft Access Training, Munich, Germany
Intermediate Course: November 2001

BETT, London, England
British Educational Training and Technology: January 2001

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Technology & Learning Magazine, TL Advisors Blog, California, USA
Contributing Author: Spring 2009 - present

Apple Distinguished Educator Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
Recognized for Excellence in Education and Technology: December 2007

Taking IT Global!
Featured, Making the Connection: Best Practices in Global Education and Collaborative Technologies: Fall 2007

NextGen Teachers
Founding member, author: Fall 2006

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

INTERESTS

Personal: technology, travel, yoga, reading, photography, jewelry making, swimming, hiking, history, political science.
Professional: multiculturalism, differentiation, curriculum development, and technology integration.

REFERENCES

David Sinclair, Technology Director
Taipei American School
Formerly, Mont'Kiara International School
sinclaird@tas.edu.tw

Glenn Chapin, Headmaster
St. John's School, Guam
Formerly, Mont’Kiara International School
glennchapin@hotmail.com

Blair Peterson, Middle/High School Principal
Mont’Kiara International School
b.peterson@mkis.edu.my
Teacher Evaluation, School Year 2005-2006

Eif Phillips, Middle School Principal
Munich International School
eif.phillips@mis-munich.de

Dawn Darling, Middle School Assistant Principal (until 2004)
Munich International School
darlingdawn@hotmail.com

Sabine Cossette, Senior School Academic IT Coordinator
Munich International School
sabine.cossette@mis-munich.de