Influencers: The St. Paul’s Schools

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Dr. Emily Ziegler, Director of Instructional Technology | The St. Paul’s Schools  

For seven years, Dr. Emily Ziegler, Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation, has served The St. Paul’s Schools in developing and implementing educational technology strategy. She prepares faculty and oversees the expansion of programs that teach innovation and 21st century skills as well as curriculum focused on digital citizenship, computational thinking, and innovative problem-solving through technology.

What drew you to education?
It is inspiring to me to help develop problem-solvers who can think critically and develop innovative solutions for our future. Whenever I see challenges in the world, I have found that education can be the catalyst towards solutions. I am in awe of how our young people can innovate so creatively, and it is deeply gratifying to work with them and learn from them.

What do you like about your current school?
When I came to The St. Paul’s Schools community, I was immediately taken by the culture that encourages trying new things and pursuing lifelong learning. I appreciate the enthusiasm my colleagues and leadership share for innovative, pedagogically-driven approaches to support student learning. I also love the individual moments of learning—seeing those “lightbulb” moments when a student develops a business plan in my Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship class.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
My aim is to foster a supportive environment where faculty and students feel confident and encouraged not only to use technologies and innovations for their educational endeavors, but to use technology to create pioneering solutions to today and tomorrow’s challenges. I am committed to ensuring community has the tools, training, and opportunities to use technology and cutting-edge innovations to empower their learning. My goal is that by advancing the technology-inspired, innovative learning of our students, our schools prepare our graduates to be the change they wish to see in the world.

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