Introducing Mary Beth Hertz, Friends Select’s New Director of Educational Technology
Friends Select School is pleased to welcome Mary Beth Hertz as the director of educational technology. A proponent of student-centered learning, Mary Beth most recently served as the Technology/Art Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Science Leadership Academy at Beeber and has a decade of experience managing mobile devices in schools. In 2019, Mary Beth authored Digital and Media Literacy in the Age of the Internet: Practical Classroom Applications, a guidebook for educators looking to navigate digital spaces with their students.
Mary Beth is eager to aid the lower school in integrating classroom technology to support a seamless transition between virtual learning and in-person learning as well as collaborating with the STEAM faculty to continue to build their program. “As far as concepts are concerned, I will support the implementation of an educational model that pushes teachers to think about ways that technology can be put in student hands to do things previously unimaginable,” Mary Beth said. “I am excited to work with the staff on ways to leverage technology to create a seamless experience for students both in and out of the classroom and to support new and innovative ways of teaching through and with technology.”
When it comes to overseeing Friends Select’s technology on the heels of the creation of the school’s iSelectLearning format, Mary Beth said, “This is quite an unprecedented start to the school year for everyone and, as the incoming director of educational technology, I can't help but feel that my role is pivotal in helping create a cohesive and effective learning environment in an uncertain time when instruction could be happening anywhere.” She added, “I am thankful for the warm welcome I have received into the community at a time when it is so hard to feel human connection, and I look forward to being a part of the Friends Select family.”
Mary Beth was recognized as an Emerging Leader by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in 2010, and named an Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader and Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT) Teacher of the Year in 2013. Additionally, she has presented at several conferences, including ISTE, ASCD, and Educon, an innovative gathering that provides educators the opportunity to discuss the future of schools. She resides in Delaware County with her husband, five-year-old son, and two-year-old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, sewing, and using her Cricut machine to make cards and vinyl stickers.