Instructional Technology Coaches
Ms. Dean joins Gemini from Oak Park School District 97, where she was an Instructional Coach at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School. During her years at Brooks, she also held the role of Data and Instructional Technology Coach and taught social studies, serving students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. In addition to her middle school teaching experience, Ms. Dean also taught 5th grade at Horace Mann Elementary school in Oak Park District 97, and she began her career teaching elementary school science at Frances Xavier Warde School in Chicago. Throughout her coaching and teaching experience, Ms. Dean has consistently sought out and championed opportunities to incorporate technology into learning designs for students in order to best meet their learning needs. She is thrilled to continue this work in her role as the Instructional Technology Coach at Gemini.
Ms. Dean graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Anthropology, and she earned her M.A. in Elementary Education from Roosevelt University. She also recently completed a M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology from Concordia University.
Ms. Dean will assist staff at Gemini Middle School with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. She can be reached digitally at email@example.com.
Dr. Rebecca Durbin
Mrs. Lim is joining East Main School District 63 as a Digital Learning Coach. She is coming to District 63 from Newhall School District, an elementary district in California, where she supported teachers and students as an Instructional Coach. While there she focused on creative technology integration across classrooms to enhance best practices in a meaningful way; additionally, she led and facilitated the rollout as the district deliberately implemented the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Prior to that, she taught 5th grade in Atlanta, Georgia, at a STEAM school where she wrote and received grants to implement Genius Hour, a classroom Makerspace, an augmented reality sandbox, and a vertical hydro garden. She started her career as a kindergarten teacher where she focused on inquiry-based learning. She is delighted to collaborate on innovative and creative methods of the use of technology in the hopes of transforming learning and continuing to support teachers as they integrate 21st century teaching practices.
Mrs. Lim received her Bachelor's degrees in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education in 2012 from Peru State College and completed her Master's degree in Educational Administration from California State University, Northridge in 2020. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Technology: Teaching the 21st Century Learner from Brandman University, Irvine in 2021.
Mrs. Lim will assist staff at the Early Learning Center and Apollo schools with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. She can be reached digitally at BLim@emsd63.org.
Mrs. Sandine began her career teaching Kindergarten in Evanston and 3rd grade in Waukegan. She joined District 63 in 2004 and taught 6th grade at Apollo for 14 years. While at Apollo, she facilitated professional development on different technology tools and integrated technology to enhance the learning in her classroom.
Most recently, she has taught 7th grade science and 7th and 8th grade STEAM at Gemini Middle School. She co-facilitated the Rockin’ Robots club and facilitated 3D printing with over 300 students. She has a passion for integrating technology into the learning experience and fostering student creativity. Mrs. Sandine is excited to collaborate to create transformative learning experiences for the students in District 63. This is her first year as a Digital Learning Coach.
Mrs. Sandine has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Illinois State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. She is endorsed to teach ELL, Middle School Science and ELA. She is currently working on obtaining her Technology Specialist Endorsement.
Mrs.Sandine will assist staff at the Mark Twain and Washington schools with integrating meaningful technology into their classroom curriculum. She can be reached digitally at firstname.lastname@example.org.