I am a Boulder County native, currently living in Longmont with my family. I hold a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Colorado Denver. I am a licensed K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist, and Secondary Social Studies . I teach computer science and technology at Soaring Heights PK-8 School and Advanced Robotics at Erie High School and I coach the Erie High School VEX competitive robotics teamsMy background is in information technology and programming, having earned an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems from Front Range Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Colorado Boulder.
I am a life long learner and member of multiple technology education organizations, including CSTA, ISTE, Apple Teachers and Sphero Heroes. I’m an avid sports fan and enjoy movies and exploring local parks with my family. I am passionate about using technology as a way to express creativity, play and explore passions with a purpose.
Highlights of What I Do
“Sphero ball sparks Erie students’ curiosity” by Beth Porter
January 11, 2016
Colorado Hometown Weekly
“A Whole New Ball Game” by D.T. Max
May 16, 2016
The New Yorker
“Soaring Heights PK-8 teacher Schmitz honored as Sphero Hero” by Beau Wilson
May 4, 2019
The Daily Camera
Awards and Recognition
SVVSD Superintendent’s Excellence in Education
St Vrain Valley Education Foundation School Teacher of the Year Finalist
Stapp Inspires Educator