Who we are
We began as two teachers who shared a mutual passion, first and foremost, for learning. In our respective roles as PYP Curriculum Coordinator (Katierose) and EdTech Integration Specialist (Sarah) we began our relationship as colleagues at Berlin International School, teaching in the IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme). Through our experiences seeking to develop and improve the role of technology in our own school, and through our conversations and work with educators around the world, we came to realise that an entirely new approach to technology integration was needed if technology was to be used in a way that was effective and truly beneficial to our students.
To meet that goal we founded Intechgrate, and since then have remained colleagues while adding “friends”, “co-authors” and “co-founders” to our definition of who we are together.
Katierose Deos, MA Ed, is an experienced and trained U.S. national educator and international educator. Katierose has taught across the primary school which has helped her to develop a sound understanding of students’ developmental levels and curricular standards. Katierose believes that education is a profession that will forever evolve and change but our key role as educators is to prepare students with the skills and understandings to be flexible, collaborative, reflective thinkers who approach the world with curiosity and open-mindedness. Education technologies is just one small piece of the puzzle but with its increased presence in the classroom we, as educators, need to be clear of its purpose and be intentional when planning with and for it.
Katierose is currently the PYP Coordinator at Berlin International School, and is an IB trained PYP workshop leader. Through this role she has worked closely with teachers to develop understandings and scaffold thinking related to the implementation of curriculum among a diverse student population. She worked sensitively with staff to increase teacher competencies and build a culture of support when integrating education technologies.
Sarah Gilmore, PGDE Prim, MA Ed, trained in Scotland and worked in state education before becoming an international school teacher. Since joining the international sector Sarah has worked primarily with the PYP, but has also worked with various national curricula in primary classes from Grades 1-6, which has given her both a deep and broad experience and understanding of approaches to teaching and learning, curriculum outcomes and student development. Sarah believes that the role of education, particularly in the early years and primary sectors, is to support and facilitate students to develop the transferable skills that will serve them as lifelong learners, such as communication, collaboration, inquiry and making connections, and inspire in them a love of learning and education that will support them throughout their schooling. Sarah believes that education technology has the potential to be an extremely positive tool for developing these skills in the classroom for our students and she is passionate about supporting teachers to gain a deeper understanding of the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of effective technology use.
Sarah developed her understanding and beliefs about education technology of in the role of EdTech Specialist Teacher/Integrator and ICT Team Leader at Berlin International School. Sarah has worked extensively to train and support teachers at her school in the use of education technologies integrated with the wider curriculum and needs of students, and leads training and workshops about various aspects of education technology around Europe.