Two ASFM Teachers Accepted into the First Google Teacher Academy in Mexico

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Two Educators from the American School Foundation of Monterrey to Become ‘Google Certified’ at Google Teacher Academy Mexico 2014

Google for Education has selected Barbara Martinez and Monica Diego from the American School Foundation of Monterrey as attendees at the first Google Teacher Academy to be held in Mexico. On October 16-17, 2014, the two ASFM educators will travel to Mexico City to become Google Certified Teachers.

Google Certified Teachers are exceptional K-12 educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning, as well as creative leaders and ambassadors for change. They are recognized experts and widely admired for their commitment to high expectations for students, lifelong learning and collaboration. It is an honour to be chosen to attend the Google Teacher Academy, a two-day intensive program that works with educators who are already excelling with technology and innovation in their classrooms. The fifty participants selected to attend this academy will get hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, and receive invaluable resources to share with other K-12 educators in their local regions and beyond.

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Diana Saldana, Google Certified Teacher and Tech Integration Specialist at the American School Foundation of Monterrey will be leading a group at the GTA Mexico 2014. She describes Monica Diego as “a non-stop learner who continuously challenges herself and is always eager to try something new. Monica has gone above and beyond to promote a positive digital culture amongst students at ASFM. A well deserved recognition”. Doug Frankish, Tech Integration Specialist at the American School Foundation of Monterrey, describes Barbara Martinez as “a teacher fearless of trying new things who jumps in with two feet and is not afraid to get messy during the learning process. Barbara takes multiple forms of technology and integrates them purposefully and creatively with her art students, all while making international connections. This is a great opportunity for Barbara!” Both Barbara and Monica are excellent candidates to join in the learning, collaboration and innovation that takes place at a Google Teacher Academy, and would be thrilled to share their experience with your readers upon completion.

The Google Certified Teacher program was launched in 2006 with the first Academy held at Google headquarters in Mountain View. The program has since held several academies across the US, Australia, and U.K., expanding the ranks of Google Certified Teachers to over 800 educators worldwide. The Google Teacher Academy is produced by Google, in collaboration with Computer-Using Educators (CUE, Inc), an educational non-profit organization, and is an ideal setting for leading educators to foster the controversial yet vital conversations about Technology in the classroom.

Brian Hamm, Director of Tech Integration at ASFM, and a Google Certified Teacher from the Singapore Academy 2013, knows first hand how transformational this experience can be and the value it can bring to an entire educational community. He explains, “what is great about the Google Teacher Academies is that they are less focused on the Google product, and more focused on what you can do while leveraging technological tools to redefine the educational landscape”. The American School Foundation of Monterrey is proud to have two more educators invited to become Google Certified Teachers and looks forward to their return from what will surely be a transformational experience. Google On.

About Brian Hamm

Director of Technology Integration