Ms. Rohde has spent her career teaching science at Chesapeake High School since 2005. She graduated from Chesapeake and calls it her second home. She currently teaches paramedical biology and biology and is the National Honor Society sponsor.
October 2016 I call Chesapeake home for a special reason… it is my alma mater, I graduated from Chesapeake High School Class of 1996 (Go Bay Hawks!). I have had the privilege of attending Chesapeake as a student and teaching here for the past 13 years, which gives me a perspective that many of my colleagues do not have. I have seen Chesapeake change from an open space school, with little to no technology and very little diversity, to a technological leader as a STEM Academy with students from all walks of life, and now as a BCPS Lighthouse School.
One commonality that I have noticed over the years is that technology allows us to engage students in a way that paper, pencil, and chalkboard cannot. Technology, used with excellent teaching, results in a change in lesson dynamics that I have personally witnessed since Chesapeake integrated technology. With our recent deployment of devices, I have noticed even higher levels of engagement in that I can move away from the front of the room to interacting with students one on one until I get to see that “light bulb” going off – which all teachers hope to see in each of their students.
I see the Lighthouse initiative embracing both the current technology of the times and professionally developing teachers to support the needs of students on a personalized level, making it easier for me to give that, much needed one to one personalization.
I do have some anxiety about how students will respond to lessons that are more traditional, because we know sometimes, it is in the best interest of the student that we deliver instruction that way. Overall, I see the Lighthouse pilot as an opportunity to foster a strong relationship with our community and empower students to become lifelong learners. I just hope that we can sustain the resources over time and grow with the ever changing world of technology!