Maureen Devlin decided to become a classroom teacher as a kindergarten student in Worcester, Massachusetts when her amazing teacher, Ms. Ball, showed slides of Holland, and Maureen had her first revelation realizing that there was a world much bigger than her own neighborhood. Since that time Maureen has been passionate about helping children learn and discover their interests. She majored in psychology and studied a myriad of subjects at The College of the Holy Cross. Then she worked in the marketing department at Sasaki Associates, Inc., a multidisciplinary design firm in Watertown, Massachusetts. There she came to love the design process and charrette experience. After that, Maureen earned her Master’s Degree in education at Boston University. Since that time she’s been an elementary school teacher in the Wayland Public Schools in Wayland, Massachusetts.
Technology integration and the design process invigorate Maureen’s commitment to, and vision for an engaging, successful education experience for all children. She regularly blogs, tweets and presents at tech-ed conferences. Currently she integrates technology into her classroom program consistently. NING serves as the virtual classroom platform for guided social media, and Google sites serve as her system for content unit guides with 24-7 access to the learning community: students, teachers, administration, family members and community members. Multimedia composition is often the vehicle for presentation in her classroom such as this year’s “Meet My Class” film for Curriculum Night. Maureen is constantly on the look out for optimal learning venues. Last year her students utilized Kahn’s videos and made their own Kahn-like videos to learn about fractions in a collaborative, creative way. She chooses tech venues that are streamlined, simple to use and reflect the latest cognitive research related to student development and learning. Maureen is delighted by the potential that The Intersection 2013 holds for the future of education and a better world.