About Me

[Check out my other blog here.]

*BA in Chemistry with French minor from Hope College (Michigan)

*certified to teach secondary French & Chemistry

*Google Education Trainer


*lived in Rennes, France (twice) and Jackson, Wyoming

*moved from Michigan to South Carolina in 2008, back to MI summer of 2012, and off to Kuwait in August 2012

*living in Kuwait with my husband and kittens

*Technology Integration Coach in Kuwait

*Holds Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL)

*Working toward my MEd in School Technology Leadership at the University of Kentucky

*doing what I can to help teachers in my school meaningfully integrate technology into their lessons in order to reach all their students

*blogging about our experiences as expat teachers

*love and miss my family back in the mitten (aka Michigan), but not ready to go back ❤

Bio: Lissa Layman is a chemist turned teacher. After leaving the land of pharmaceuticals, she entered the game of teaching. In a surprise turn of events, she has actually enjoyed the daily challenge and adventure teaching brings. During her three years in South Carolina, Lissa helped write a grant to get iPod touches into the hands of students in the World Language classrooms at her high school. She was also fortunate enough to teach French in a 1:1 Chromebook classroom in a Google Apps for Education District. Lissa is a Google Education Trainer and holds a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL). She is currently working towards her Masters in School Technology Leadership with the University of Kentucky. Lissa is a Technology Integration Coach in Kuwait. She spends her days collaborating with colleagues to meaningfully implement their BYOD initiative.


6 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Hi Lissa.
    Since you and your hubby are in Kuwait (like me), I was wondering if the 3 of us could team-up and collaborate on the final AUP project for Course 2? Would also be great to get together and discuss Coetail issues from time-to-time as well.
    PS: How many Coetailers are at AIS?


    1. Hi Marius! It’s just Jeff and I at AIS doing this cohort of Coetail but there are 3 other women who are finishing up course 5 right now. They just wrote an AUP for AIS last year during course 2 so Jeff and I are planning on going with option 2 (creating a UbD lesson). If you’re up for collaborating on that, that’d be great! It’d also be fun to get together sometime 🙂


  2. HI Lissa,

    Apologies for the VERY late reply, and thanks for your reply – wasn’t checking your blog daily for a response – guess I’m still out of sorts with this whole tech thing – so many platforms, so little time.

    Anyhow, that sounds great. I have no problem collaborating with you on the UbD lesson. My school’s AUP is so out of date, that perhaps we could tackle that one instead. I don’t want to “tilt” your plans, but perhaps the 3 of us should get together some day soon, albeit simply to meet and have a quick chat.

    Pls. contact me at vissermarius1@gmail.com (check that daily)

    Have an awesome weekend.


  3. Hi Melissa,
    I was very interested in all you have done and your expertise, so I hope you will not mind if I’m asking for your advices!
    I am a high school foreign languages (French, Spanish and Italian) teacher who has taught only online unlit this coming year.
    This year I am going to start a blended French course (French 1) that I am developing and I would like to include game-based Learning to it but I do not know much about it. Could/would you guide me giving me some directions or advices?
    I will have mini IPads for my kiddos int he classroom, but I will not be able to send them home with the kids.

    Thanks and cheers from AK!


    1. Hi Emanuela!

      Have you checked out my other blog? While teaching high school French I had a class set of iPod touches and 5 iPads in my classroom. I don’t have a ton of experience with game-based learning but check out other COETAIL blogs to see what they’ve done. Let me know if you have questions! 🙂


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