We had so many talented nominees this month, it was really difficult to select one winner for each category! We’re very excited to introduce you to our February winners!

Cara Beth Fuhrmeister
Kerr Middle School

Tell us THREE random, interesting facts about you that we’d be surprised to learn!

I enjoy painting (pictures, not walls) and drawing almost as much as I love fishing. I work Comic-Con with my husband twice a year.

What’s Your Why?

I found great satisfaction in working with children with special needs and have loved science all of my life. My mom always said if you can find what you love doing, and then get paid to do it, life will be much more enjoyable. For me, that is being a science educator. I continue as an educator because of the positive relationships and those glorious “ah-ha” moments.

What has been your proudest teaching moment?

Winning Teacher of the Year for our district was one of my proudest teaching moments. The rest is a culmination of creative lesson plans that lead to student success.

Tell us why/how you make technology a priority in your classroom or campus?

I feel strongly that content comes before technology and that technology is a tool. Utilizing critical thinking, this tool allows our students to interact with each other as well as the world around them in ways that not only engage them, but help them explore the possibilities of tomorrow by utilizing the skills of today.

What is your ALL TIME favorite tech tool?

I would have to say Google Suite as it has literally changed how I interact and can reach our students and their families. I can record how to work problems or create items for student science journals and then upload them to Google Classroom. I can work more easily with colleagues and create projects that promote student creativity and collaboration. I can get quick snapshots of student learning and quickly adjust based on these assessments. I can reteach and retest content in a choose-your-own-adventure manner through Google Forms. We have explored places all over the world searching for different types of plate boundaries without ever leaving our classroom. Google is versatile and I am only limited by my imagination as to its use in our classrooms! From digital scavenger hunts to digital breakouts, Google Suite is my go-to tech tool.

Please share with us your most successful tech-integrated lesson or program/initiative and tell us a little bit about that experience:

I had the opportunity to present at STAT’s CAST and share with fellow educators from Texas some of the ways that we have embraced teaching and reviewing chemistry. A Goosechase experience (think digital scavenger hunt) in which they went around to various locations and tried out the different chemistry games, just like my students do when we review. There was positive feedback and conversations about education, chemistry, and having fun through the use of technology.

Link to Lesson (open to BISD Teachers only)

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