“It’s a huge audience we’re trying to reach. One of the challenges we have is to be able to communicate and reach out to 100 percent of the teachers in California. There are many free resources that are available to educators, and sometimes they’re not aware of it,” notes Meza.
Teri Sanders, director of outreach and special projects with ICOE, says Meza has risen to every challenge willingly and with success.
“She has a smooth way of interacting with our departments, helping them put their best faces forward, and training them to use web development tools so they can update their own content on the website,” Sanders explains. “She shoulders new work willingly, is always smiling and has earned fans all over the state for her prompt attention to support requests.”
Meza’s love for her burgeoning career with ICOE comes as it requires her to use a diverse set of skills, transforming her knowledge regularly to meet the demands of emerging resources.
The Thinkfinity project, for example, is aimed at aiding teachers to use more technology in the classroom and find assistance easily.
“Instead of searching in Google, teachers can search through a platform and automatically find content that is matched to state standards. It’s a different way of searching that allows teachers to find high quality resources, lesson plans, student interactives, and primary source documents from some of the most trusted names in education,” Meza relates.
With the continued move to more digitally capable classrooms and technology integration, Meza says webinars held for instructors help reach more teachers in remote school sites all over the state.
“We hear a lot of talking about the 21st century skills, and that’s something we’re all trying to push for. We’re hoping to facilitate the work of teachers by giving them access to high-quality online resources,” Meza adds.
Sanders says Meza’s dedication and knowledge is part of ICOE’s mission to continue reaching more teachers.
“She became an invaluable addition to the staff,” Sanders reveals. “As new challenges and opportunities have been presented to her, Meza has never failed to rise to the challenge.”
In addition to assisting with the K-12 High Speed Network projects, Meza says she is excited to participate in the launch of a new initiative called “Brokers of Expertise,” which creates an online community whereby teachers can share instructional best practices.
“We think it’s going to have a significant impact on the conversation and dialogue of teachers helping other teachers with new ideas,” Meza emphasizes.
Meanwhile, Meza says she spends her free time with her son, traveling and continuing her love of photography.
It does not escape her, the interesting turn her life took more than 10 years ago that led her to the Imperial Valley.
But now, it is the place she calls home.
“It was a turning point. I think it’s a great place to live, it’s a great community,” Meza says. “I enjoy knowing that the impact of all these tools and services we provide to the schools locally and throughout California has a great potential to improve teaching and learning. I love my job.”