Leticia CitizenLeticia Citizen has completed her 22nd year as an educator. She has taught Kindergarten (2 years), First Grade (7 years), and Fifth Grade (9 years). This was her fourth year as an i4Coach at Hawthorne School. She uses many instructional tools to impactfully educate, with a particular interest in technology-enhanced teaching and global connections. As a result, she currently and effectively implements many applications and programs available to teachers, helping augment their student's learning, modernizing traditional classroom methods. Leticia is an educator who loves to challenge, engage, and make life-long connections with students and teachers. Leticia also dedicates her life to social justice and providing professional development for educators and administrators. Collaborating with members of her PLN, Equity In Action was born, an organization looking at who is missing and present in educational spaces, acknowledging where diversity is lacking, and tracking the data behind why. As educators who value learning from the experience and ideas of diverse voices, we recognize the importance of creating welcoming spaces that allow ALL people to feel welcomed and valued. In addition to Equity In Action, Leticia, with Dr. Toutoule Nyoya and Cicely Day, have created Tech.Teach.Grow, LLC. Providing high-quality professional development to teachers and administrators, Tech.Teach.Grow, LLC uses technology as a tool in tandem with proven research-based teaching and learning methodology to deliver our services to our clients. Sharing how she integrates various digital platforms and tech tools in tandem with a centralized focus on equity, inclusion, accessibility, and social-emotional learning with teachers at numerous CUE-affiliate conferences around California and Nevada, Spring CUE, Fall CUE, and other STate Technology Conferences provides broader avenues to impact learners. Presenting these same topics at numerous national and global conferences, for the past several years, most notably NSTA, NCFL, NCTE, TCEA, IDEA, FETC, and ISTE, has allowed Leticia to expand her scope, especially during this time of virtual learning. Leticia currently serves as an ambassador and trainer for a variety of digital tools including Edmodo, Seesaw, Nearpod, Wakelet, PenPal Schools, Newsela, and Flipgrid. She is also a Level 1 Google Certified Educator and a returning Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
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