Episode 010: Creating opportunities, one opportunity at a time, with Betty Wottreng.

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Betty Wottreng has been an educator for over 30 years, and currently serves as the Director of Technology for the Verona Area School District.  She started out as a second grade teacher and gradually became immersed in educational technology and professional development.  Betty has seen many developments in education over the span of her career, but she believes personalized learning will have the most profound impact for all learners.

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i am ME. Statements

i am optimistic.  i am courageous. i am passionate.


What is one thing that makes you unique as a leader in education?
I am a teacher at heart but what makes me unique is being a leader because I am a positive and calm person.

When and why did you decide to be a leader in education?
I’ve had this desire to be a teacher at a very young age. I enjoy sharing powerful tools with others and learning from each other.

What about teaching today gives you the greatest fulfillment?
Being able to help create professional learning opportunities for our staff so they can put it into their own practice.


Please share with us a simple connection where you feel you made a long-lasting, powerful impact on a student.
I had one student who just didn’t seem happy. She absolutely flourished after we had a quality conversation about her hopes and passions.


What is it about Personalized Learning Pedagogy you believe will have the greatest impact on education as we know it today?
Putting students in charge of their own learning.


What one strategy would you suggest teachers in personalized learning environments apply everyday that would result in powerful outcomes?
To focus on a growth mindset with your students and yourself.

Imagine you are standing in front of a room full of educators — just like you when you started your personalized learning journey.  They too have fears, worries and doubts as they struggle to find their footing.  What are two to three key things they should focus on to ensure success?
Don’t go at this process alone, it helps if you collaborate with others.  

i am ME.

Can you share with the i am Me. audience one thing that makes you GREAT?
I am a very optimistic person.


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