Gretchen Fitzharris teaches mathematics at a high school in the Chicago suburbs. She has co-taught special education classes and has been privileged to teach in a district that emphasizes technology and encourages educators to think outside the box to try new technology and expand student learning. Gretchen has also taught the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at her school and experienced the benefits of technology use outside her core content area. Gretchen’s school has a 1:1 learning environment, and she is passionate about holding her students to a high level of rigor that 1:1 complements. It excites Gretchen to try new things in the classroom and be a leader in her department and to encourage her colleagues to do the same.
Gretchen received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University Chicago.
When Gretchen is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, running, sewing, and cooking.