Want to learn more about me? Read on!
Tricia has spent the last decade as a writer, a teacher, a school leader, an edtech evangelist, and a crusader for equal access. Tricia serves as a Program Associate at The Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that works to solve problems, share knowledge, and seed change in western Pennsylvania and beyond. As part of Sprout’s Community Building team, Tricia works to foster collaboration and partnerships, facilitate community dialogue, and design engagement events and activities in order to build robust communities of practice. Since 2013, she has also worked as an expert reviewer of apps, websites, and games for Common Sense Media, an independent nonprofit dedicated to helping kids thrive in a rapidly changing world.
In San Francisco, Tricia founded the Academic Support Program at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, where she also served as a leader in technology integration and the implementation of the school’s 1:1 iPad program. In the past, she has taught history and French and directed programs in college counseling and community service in independent schools, and she served as coordinator of a professional learning community of school learning specialists in the Bay Area called BAISLD. She also previously worked at WQED Multimedia as the project manager and associate producer for iQ: smartparent, an Emmy Award-winning television series about parenting in the digital age.
In addition to her work at Sprout, Tricia has spoken at conferences including Mozilla Festival, the Digital Media and Learning Conference, and the Parents Education Network’s annual EdRev conference and celebration. She also serves as a volunteer college admissions adviser for the Athletic Scholars Advancement Program (ASAP) at San Francisco’s Mission High School and Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School.
Tricia holds a master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Plan II Honors and English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Here are some things I’m crazy about:
- Interdisciplinary Study: I’m a graduate of the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, an interdisciplinary liberal arts and natural sciences honors program established in the 1930s. Plan II is an extraordinary undergraduate education and I’m deeply grateful for the way my teachers and classmates shaped my education and continue to influence my thinking.
- Education: I’m a graduate of the Mind, Brain, and Education master’s degree program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and I’m passionate about the intersection of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and educational practice. One of my major goals as an educator is to be a responsible, thoughtful steward and interpreter of information coming out of these three fields. When I lived in Pittsburgh, I was a proud member of the Remake Learning Network, a network of educators committed to innovation in that region. I also staffed the network’s community building activities through my work at The Sprout Fund, which served as the network’s strategic steward from 2011 to 2017.
- Arts Education: More than a third of my high school credits were in fine arts classes, and I’m convinced that made me a better student and a better person. I had the pleasure of studying at Project Zero while I was at HGSE, and I’m fascinated by how arts education can deepen and expand understanding across disciplines.
- Technology: that’s a big term, I know. I love learning about how technology can improve our world–both using old technology like codex-bound text and newer technology like Twitter.
- Cycling: On a less-serious note: I know no other sport that so values pockets for snacks.
- Bike Commuting: very easy to do in San Francisco, tougher in Pittsburgh, easy but steamy in flat-as-a-pancake Houston, and still the fastest way to get around.
- Cooking: my great-grandmother used to say that if you can read, you can cook. I love to read, and I hope one day to cook very well.
- Reading: Headline: Bookish Child Majors in English, Becomes Bookish Adult
- Music: singing, playing the piano, listening to everything I can get my hands on.
- Correspondence and Stationery: I have nice handwriting, after all.
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