My name is Rachelle Dene Poth and I am a Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology Teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. I am also an Attorney and earned my Juris Doctor Degree from Duquesne University School of Law and have a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology. I have presented at conferences such as ASCD, FETC, ISTE, iNACOL, ST4T, PETE&C, PSMLA, Summer Spark and additional local conferences, on technology and more ways to benefit student learning.
I am the President of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and the Communications Chair for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network.
This year during the ISTE 2019 Conference, I received the Making IT Happen Award. I also received a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education.
I was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT (the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology, the PA affiliate of ISTE) and by the NSBA as one of the “20 to watch” educators.
In 2016, I received the Presidential Bronze Award for Volunteer Service to Education, the Silver in 2017 and in 2018, I received the Gold Award, for having done over 500 hours of volunteer service in education as part of ISTE.
I am proud to be involved in several communities including being a Buncee Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod Certified Educator and PioNear, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Google Certified Levels I and II.
I am the author of ‘In Other Words: Quotes that push our thinking,” “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” published by Edugladiators, “Unconventional” and “Chart A New Course.” As a contributing author, I wrote a chapter in Education Write Now, Volume 3. I also contributed to the collaborative Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. My topics focused on the Future of Education, Blended Learning, Project Based Learning, and Power of PLN. I also contributed to “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE and “Stories in EDU” a collaborative book from Jason Bretzmann and Kenny Bosch.
I blog regularly for Getting Smart, DefinedSTEM and NEO LMS and continue to look for opportunities to highlight student work and student voice. My personal blog site is www.Rdene915.com and please check out my THRIVEinEDU podcast.
I enjoy presenting on a variety of education topics and edtech trends. The main areas that I present on are Assessments, Student Tools for Creation, AppSmashing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, the Future of Learning and Work, and Going Global with Project Based Learning.
I am proud to be involved in several communities including being an Ambassador for Buncee, CoSpaces, Flipgrid, and an Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
am the Author of “In Other Words, Quotes That Push Our Thinking” now available on Amazon. I am also currently writing two additional books due in spring 2019. uNconventional, and a book tentatively titled “The Future is Now” with Edugladiators and a publication with ISTE, due in late 2019.
Excited to have several contributors to these books and many illustrators sharing their work in the books.
I also contributed to books from Edumatch and wrote chapter 3 of the Edumatch book “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and my chapter focused on Blended Learning and Chapter on Project Based Learning in Snapshot 2017. I am a contributing author to “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE and the IGI Global Publication of Social Presence, with a chapter on building an online presence for learning. I also blog regularly for DefinedSTEM, Getting Smart and Kidblog.