Frances Siracusa 813.267.4081
4151 116th Terrace North, Clearwater, FL 33762
Profile Connector. Creator. Inspirer. Innovator. Communicator. Collaborator. Change-agent. Risk-taker. Catalyst. Autodidact. Life-long learner. Critical thinker. Initiator. Participant. Director. Organizer. Producer. Traveler. Messenger. Half-Spaniard/Half-American. TEACHER.
Experience CO-FOUNDER, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST, CALLIOPE GLOBAL, LLC; CLEARWATER, FL — 2014-PRESENT
By connecting international classrooms, I serve as a catalyst that will inspire transformational learning and teaching through global projects, travel, and professional development. WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT CHAIR, CO-DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIST, COUNTRY DAY WORLD SCHOOL; LARGO, FL — 2010-2014
Utilizing a distinctive blended learning approach, in conjunction with technology, new digital tools, and a flexible classroom environment, I taught Spanish to children in grades PreK2 - 8. In 2011 and through the next four years, I also implemented and managed the Middle School 1:1 iPad program. In addition, I facilitated unique experiences for students and teachers by coordinating global projects, international guest teachers, international travel, and sister school and friendship school relationships. SPANISH TEACHER, CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL; CLEARWATER, FL — 2006-2010
As an IB Programme language B instructor, I taught Spanish language acquisition to grade 11-12 students at both the Standard and Higher levels. Students developed receptive, productive and interactive language skills in a blended learning environment. Evidence of achievement of the Diploma included exemplary scores of “7” among my Spanish course students. SPANISH TEACHER, TAMPA CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL; TAMPA, FL — 1996-2006
In my first experiences as an educator, I instructed students of “Spanish for Heritage Speakers,” Spanish Honors and Spanish leveled courses.
Education University of Florida, Gainesville, FL — Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, 2012 Teaching, Learning and Facilitating Change with Educational Technology: The K-12/ Teacher Education Program at the University of Florida facilitates, studies and disseminates the ways in which innovative technologies and emerging physical, virtual and blended learning environments empower educators and learners and impact society. Language Teacher Summer Institute, hosted by the Center for European Studies, University of Florida (Florida Department of Education) - grant recipient, 2009
Penn State University, University Park, PA — Bachelors of Science in Spanish (Business, Japanese), 1995
Skills Computer/ Technical literacy (Google Certification, Learning Management Systems, Instructional Design, Implementation, Internet, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Microsoft Office, Troubleshooting, Windows, Word Processing) Communication (speaking and consulting experience, writing and publishing, Spanish language—superior proficiency (native fluency), Italian, Japanese languages—novice-mid proficiency) Florida Department of Education Professional Educator’s Certificate: World Language Spanish (Grades K - 12)
Areas of Expertise Digital Teaching Tools and Mobile Learning Professional Development Online and Blended Learning Global Projects and Intentional Culture
Professional Affiliations American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) International Association for Language Learning Technology (IALLT) Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA) Foreign Language Educators of Northeast Florida (FLENEF)
Presentations Siracusa Frances & Olah Michelle (2015). iCreate a Teaching Environment with iPad/iPhone. Concurrent session presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) conference in Atlanta, GA. Siracusa Frances, Guzzo Donna & Robles Janet (2015). iPad. iPlay. iPower. Workshop presented at the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT) conference in Atlanta, GA. Siracusa Frances & Williams Jennifer (2015). Global Connections with Apps: Talk it Up! Concurrent session presented at the FETC Conference in Orlando, FL. Williams Jennifer & Siracusa Frances (2015). Collaborative Learning Space Design: Shifting from Nouns to Verbs. Poster session presented at the FETC Conference in Orlando, FL.
Siracusa Frances (2014). Global Connections with Apps: Talk it Up! Concurrent session presented at the Foreign Language Educators of Northeast Florida (FLENEF) Conference in Jacksonville, FL. Siracusa Frances (2014). Global Connections with Apps: Talk it Up! ISTE Ignite session presented at the ISTE Conference in Atlanta, GA. Siracusa Frances (2013). Apps galore: Top tech tools for innovative educators (personalized learning). Concurrent session presented at the ACTFL/FFLA Conference in Orlando, FL. Siracusa Frances & White Kelsey (2013). “Translating with Duolingo for language learning.” The FLT Mag, University of Colorado, Boulder. http://fltmag.com/duolingo/. Siracusa Frances & Williams Jennifer (2012). Apps galore: Top tools for global collaboration. Concurrent session presented at the FCIS Conference in Orlando, FL. Gillette Ted, Siracusa Frances & Williams Jennifer (2012). The connected middle school student: Fostering global collaborations through international projects. Concurrent session presented virtually at the Global Education Conference. Metka Ruth, Siracusa Frances & Williams Jennifer (2012). Apps galore: Top tools for global collaboration (iPad). Concurrent session presented virtually at the Global Education Conference. Siracusa Frances (2012). “Cross the bridge:” Educational technology professional development segment. Workshop presented at Country Day World School in Largo, FL.
References Federico Alonso-Alonso, Consulate General of Spain, Miami, FL Pablo Rodríguez-Palenzuela & Inés Guillorme, Colegio Decroly, Madrid, Spain Donna Guzzo, Language Exploration Enrichment (St. John’s County School District), Jacksonville, FL Denise Moore, Educational Technologist, Tampa Catholic High School, Tampa, FL Frank Kruger-Robbins, Pine Crest School, (IALLT, FFLA), Fort Lauderdale, FL Bryan Miller, Director of Educational Technology, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL Tanya Avrith, Innovation Specialist, Google & Apple affiliations, Miami, FL Julie Lindsay, Flat Connections, Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia