||The Castleberry ISD Technology Department is excited to begin this new school year, and its growth reflects the expanding technology needs of our students. The Department has added some new technology coaches to support the continuing focus on infusing technology into the CISD curriculum
This school year, Kelli Kelsoe, has a new role as Director of Instructional Technology. She will be entering her 31st year in education. She taught 8th grade math and coached girls athletics in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, and in 1992 began teaching 8th grade math at Castleberry ISD. In 2000, Ms. Kelsoe moved into the Technology Department as an Instructional Technologist for all secondary campuses and has been working as the Secondary Instructional Technologist for the past 14 years.
As an Instructional Technologist, she trained teachers on how to infuse technology into their curriculum, worked on a committee to help design our district webpage, helped write several grants for our district to add technology to our campuses, and has assisted in writing and updating the Tech Plan for our district.
Starting this year, Ms. Kelsoe will be the Director of Instructional Technology. In this new role, she will mentor the Technology Coaches, guide planning of technology professional development for teachers, and insure that the one-to-one project with student computers is utilized to its full potential. She will also continue to be involved with grant writing, infused technology lessons, and updating the Tech Plan.
Jessica Batchko, the new Elementary Technology Coach spent 3 years teaching 5th grade math and science at A.V. Cato Elementary. She is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a Bachelors in Multidisciplinary Education. She grew up in Austin but now calls Fort Worth home.
This will be Ms. Batchko’s first year as the Elementary Technology Coach. When asked about her new position, she said “it is my personal mission to make learning engaging through inquiry and integration of technology. I am passionate about education being sculpted to meet the needs of 21st Century Learners and how technology can be the tool we use to gain student success in learning. Acquiring the position of Elementary Instructional Technologist allows me to share with my peers how interactive multimedia and digital devices are an asset in the learning process that can aid each child’s learning journey.”
The new Secondary Technology Coach, Stephanie Martinez, says "My philosophical belief on education, and true passion in life, is that technology holds the key to making our lifelong learners a success." She holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University and a current principal’s certificate. She has a bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary studies with her initial certification and teaching experience in K-5 elementary education.
Mrs. Martinez has secondary teaching certificates in business, technology applications, and ESL with over 15 years in education, 13 of those at Castleberry High School teaching Technology Application and Career and Technology Education courses. She is also a 1993 Castleberry graduate and lives in the River Oaks community.
It is evident the CISD Technology Department has years of education and experience on hand to support its teachers, staff, and especially its students, on the quest to excel in technology.