- Google for Education Certified Trainer
- Director of Innovation & Technology
- Leadership, Innovation & Divergent Teaching
Mandy Froehlich is currently a Director of Innovation and Technology and a Google for Education Certified Trainer, but has been involved in education in variety of positions from teacher to technology integrator, and has also taught pre-service teachers educational technology at the higher education level. Mandy has presented across the United States at various conferences such as TIES, FETC and ISTE on technology integration, effective leadership, and building a culture and climate for learning. She also consults with state agencies and school districts on similar topics, and maintains an educationally based blog at www.mandyfroehlich.com.
Mandy is invested in determining what needs to be done to launch an environment ripe for innovative change and divergent thinking. She believes that there are steps that can be taken to create conditions that give teachers the best chance to both be innovative and create opportunities for innovation for their students. She has devised a framework called the Hierarchy of Needs for Innovative Thinking and Divergent Teaching to assist districts to assess and implement systemic changes to support this thinking.
One of Mandy’s fundamental life beliefs is that people’s stories shape who they are. Every decision, reaction, or relationship people have or create is directed and defined by their past experiences and how they have reacted to adversity. These stories also shape their engagement in their profession, and their love for learning and students. Her message inspires people to take charge of their stories and determine their own outcomes, and how to become reengaged in the profession if that has been lost along the way.