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.


  1. Marius Visser · April 8, 2013

    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?


    • Lissa Layman · April 16, 2013

      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. Marius Visser · April 26, 2013

    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. Brandon Hoover · November 26, 2013

    Just saw that you went to Hope. I’m from Michigan myself (Ann Arbor area). Small world!


  4. Emanuela Pokryfki · August 7, 2014

    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!


    • Lissa Layman · August 30, 2014

      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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