School: La Tercera Elementary
Location: Petaluma, CA
Length of Time Using FrontRow: 5 years
Favorite FrontRow Feature: Increase in student confidence with public speaking and familiarity with amplification technology
Favorite FrontRow Application with Other Technology:
Bio: My name is Patti McCarthy. I live and work in Petaluma, California, about 40 minutes north of San Francisco. I am a local gal, born in Santa Rosa, and I received my B.A. in English, with an emphasis in Writing, from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, and my post graduate, teaching credential from Dominican University of California in San Rafael. I’m an “empty-nester” now that my own two children are grown and attending colleges here in California. For fun and relaxation I like to read, garden, and travel with my husband, Tim.
I’ve taught at the elementary level, grades two through six, at three different schools in a small district here in town for the past 10 years. At one school I was part of a team that developed and implemented an innovative, multi-age, learning academy for grades four through six. We were lucky enough to be introduced to the FrontRow sound field system five years ago, and I have used my current Lasso system the last two.
Prior to classroom teaching I developed and ran the computer lab at a local elementary school for several years. I introduced grades kindergarten through sixth to basic computer skills and applications and was responsible for purchasing and maintaining the hardware and software for the lab.
My interest in and experience with technology and education was a natural result of a business that my husband and I owned and operated in Petaluma. Our store, Reading, Rhythm and Rom, was a child and family-friendly business specializing in educational software and hardware, and educational books, music and games. We worked closely with many local schools, helping them select and integrate appropriate technologies into their classrooms.
I guess you could say that I’m an “early adopter” of technology, although I don’t necessarily believe in tech for tech’s sake. I am passionate when I see the difference that the right kinds of technology can make when it is partnered with excellent teaching practices in service to student learning and achievement.