about me

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

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

*M.Ed. in School Technology Leadership from the University of Kentucky

*certified to teach secondary French & Chemistry

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

*moved from Michigan to South Carolina in 2008, back to MI summer of 2012, off to Kuwait in August 2012, and on to China in July 2018

*living in Beijing with my husband and kittens

*former Instructional Coach (Technology Integration)

*passionate about the power of coaching to positively impact student learning

*blogging about our experiences as expat teachers (sometimes)

*love and miss my family back in the mitten (aka Michigan), but privileged to experience the world

*first time homeowners, excited to visit in-person in 2022

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 education 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 has an MEd in School Tech Leadership from the University of Kentucky, holds a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL), and is a Cognitive Coach and Critical Friends Group Coach. As an Instructional Coach, she spent six years in Kuwait coaching colleagues in the meaningful integration of pedagogy and technology while collaboratively building a coaching ethos and program. Lissa is the Director of Curriculum & Instruction for Eduro Learning and oversees all aspects of the COETAIL program. Since moving to Beijing, she has embraced the experience of working part-time at ISB in the Office of Learning. With a commitment to authentic collaboration and effective communication, she relentlessly pursues learning opportunities in all aspects of her life.

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