Tarah Tesmer

Instructional Technology Specialist, Woodridge School District 68

Presenter Biography

‘Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational.” — George Couros

Coaching is future-oriented and discovery-driven. Helping others to identify the dream, commit to action, and iterate moves us from the phrase “we’ve always done it this way” to more inspiring, transformative practice. With over ten years of experience in education and seven years in EdTech, Tarah delivers coaching to empower others to find the best way forward by making deliberate choices when it comes to shifting instructional practices with technology integration. Guiding others to move learning experiences from static to dynamic, Tarah works with peers in the field to consider how we might strive to keep teaching and learning at the forefront while weaving in technology solutions for meaningful, rigorous instruction to meet today’s learners.

Disciplines include GSuite integrations, the design thinking framework, inquiry-based learning, media and digital literacy, 20% Time, social and emotional learning, gradual release of responsibility framework, cooperative learning, and redesigning learning spaces.

Previous public speaking engagements include:
Illinois Digital Educators Alliance (IDEA – formerly ICE)
DuPage County’s Citizens in a Digital World
Taste of Tech
Illinois Education and Technology
Illinois Association for Gifted Children
Illinois Reading Council

Additional Qualifications

Google Certified Trainer (Google for Edu), Google Certified Teacher Level 2 (Google for Edu), Certified Positive Educator (The Flourishing Center), SeeSaw for Schools Ambassador (SeeSaw)

Contact Information
Email: tesmert@woodridge68.org
Services Provided
$500 - $2000