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  • Name: Colin Worth Spitler
  • Originally from (this is vague, so I’ll be semi-exhaustive):
    • 0-6 months: Denver, CO
    • 6 months – 1 year: Hanford, CA (San Joaquin Valley)
    • 1 year – 12 years: Merced, CA (San Joaquin Valley)
    • 12 – 15: Bakersfield, CA (San…how’d you guess?)
    • 15 – 18: Elk Grove, CA (nope, Central Valley, just south of Sacramento)
    • College years (and there were a lot of them, off and on): Columbia, Missouri
    • Non-college years: Quite a few places. If you ask me, I’ll tell you. Life has been interesting, but not as interesting as it’s been or will be for some of my students.
  • Currently living & working: Seoul, South Korea (aka best Korea)
  • Position: I’m a 2nd grade classroom teacher at a small international school in eastern Seoul. I’m also on a few committees: EdTech, ELL, Social Science, and Social. I strive to be a learner and a resource by using all of the mental and technical resources at my disposal.
  • Cohort: 11
  • Twitter: @colin_spitler
  • Anything else you’d like us to know about you!
    • My first computer was a Commodore 64, when it was new (yes, I’m kinda old)
    • I’ve made 8 kinds of kimchi so far. My wife, who I met and married in Seoul just over 5 years ago, is not Korean. She does not like kimchi (sad face). I like to cook just about everything and I cook many things my wife loves (happy face).
    • I can (slowly) pronounce the Korean alphabet (It’s a remarkably easy alphabet, try it!). My “food” Korean is decent. My “taxi” Korean is functional. The rest of my Korean is terrible.
    • I like fountain pens. Fountain pens are awesome.
    • I would be happy to live outside my home country for the rest of my life and there are a lot of amazing countries around the world.
    • I kind of like being old(er).
  • Why did you decide to begin your COETAIL journey?
    • I want to be an excellent technology coach to students, teachers, and admins. I want to transition from being an early elementary school teacher at an international school to being a digital learning coach (DLC). Although I’ve taught technology-related stuff formally and informally in the past, going through the process of becoming a credentialed classroom teacher has made me value the craft of teaching and coaching. I asked the head of IT at an international school in Seoul what education and background he recommended for someone who wanted to become a DLC. He said I should have experience as a classroom teacher (which I currently am), and that COETAIL provides great training for DLCs. Wa-La, here I am!
    • Why now? / What or who inspired you to join Online 11?
      • The sooner I start, the greater the impact I can make and the better for my career and my job options.
    • What are you most looking forward to over the next 3 semesters?
      • To becoming a better coach for students and educators by quickly and accurately assessing their needs and abilities, then creating technology plans and accessible instruction that helps meet those needs, exceeds their expectations, and empowers them to be awesome and increasingly independent students and educators.
    • Is there anything else you’d like to share with the COETAIL community?
      • I have a tendency to overshare. There’s plenty of time for that later. Let’s get this party started!