What would you do with more time? Learn how technology can save you hours each week! Whether you're looking to create a website, streamline grading or become Google certified- we have classes for you!
We believe a well balanced teacher is a Happy Teacher. Happy Teacher classes are professional development classes with re-certification/ certificate credit and optional college graduate-level credit through Adams State University. All classes are online and self-paced within the class time frame.
WHY HAPPY TEACHER PD?
WHAT TEACHERS SAY
"Happy Teacher is the BEST professional development I have ever taken!"
"I love that the assignments are meaningful- there is no busy work!"
"Happy Teacher has changed my life. I have lost 13 pounds, I have more energy, more time- and I'm learning to save!"
MEET OUR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY ADJUNCT PROFESSORS
Juliette Britton specializes in family health and wellness. From pre-conception through adulthood, she crafts delicious and simple recipes along with client-centered wellness plans to help families optimize their health. Juliette believes in a real-world approach. With three children and a very active lifestyle, she understands the demands of daily life. Prior to obtaining her masters in nutrition in 2012, Juliette spent 8 years in community health education, worked for the Chicago Blackhawks, and wrote meals plans for NYT best-seller, The Ultimate Diet REVolution. She believes that health is the foundation to all aspects of life- including teaching and learning.
Jennifer Cooper is a 9-12th grade technology teacher in Colorado. She has her National Board teaching certificate, Master's in Instructional Technology, Google Certified Instructor, Google Presenter, 2018 NCWIT Educator Award, 2016 PBS Teacher of the Year, 2015-2016 Teacher Leadership Initiative, 2016-2017 TeachPlus TALL teacher, a mentor for the Colorado Teacher Leadership Program, Adams State Adjunct Professor, and has been a teacher for over 15 years. She believes technology can help engage every learner, increase creativity, and enhance critical thinking skills.
Kathy taught middle school English, was a high school guidance counselor, and is currently an adjunct professor at Adams State University.
She served as an At Risk coordinator at her district where she developed a program to help students graduate from high school. Kathy also served on the school crisis team, developed a grief support group for students who lost a parent or sibling, and established a Freshman Mentor program. Throughout her career she was nominated as Teacher of the Year and received the “Who’s Who in American Education”Award.
Her passion is working with teachers to help them be the best that they can be.
Lindsay Landis manages a federal office in Colorado and has a Master's in Business Administration from CU Denver. She is an Adjunct Professor at Adams State University and a recipient of the Regional Commissioner's Leader in Learning award. Lindsay is a Colorado native and is passionate about financial health and education for all ages and backgrounds. Lindsay's classes allow teachers to walk away with an understanding of their finances, expenses, employer benefits, and a plan to obtain personal goals.
Jane Moody is an English Language Development teacher for a high school Newcomers Program. With over 16 years of experience as an ELD teacher in Colorado public schools, she has taught students from over 25 countries, ranging from Newcomers with no formal education to advanced English learners. She has expertise in curriculum development, instructional strategies and professional development. Jane is an adjunct professor at Adams State University. She has Master’s Degrees in both Linguistically Diverse Education and Cultural Anthropology. Prior to her teaching career, she worked as a cultural anthropologist in Latin America.
Karina is passionate about creating healthy, safe, and inclusive learning environments for students and teachers. Over the past 20 years, Karina has had the opportunity to empower students and educators through her social work roles in the K-12 setting, at the Colorado Department of Education, and at The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Karina believes that prioritizing social-emotional learning within our schools will create positive and lasting change for students, staff, and the overall culture of the educational setting. Karina received her MSW at the University of Illinois and her Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate from the University of Denver.
Emily Elkins is currently a 3rd grade teacher in Colorado and an Adams State Adjunct Professor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Master's in Learning and Technology, endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and is a Seesaw Ambassador. She has a passion for purposefully incorporating technology and robotics into classrooms to empower all students and teachers. Emily believes that technology has the power to redesign learning experiences, elevate critical thinking and problem solving, and carefully prepare 21st century learners for the future. She helps lead PD in her school and district in coding and technology cohorts, her school technology committee, and co-designing the Day of Code for her elementary school. When Emily's not working, she enjoys the outdoors mountain biking, golfing, skiing and exploring National Parks.
Marie McKenzie is dedicated to cultivating rich and meaningful experiences for students and educators. She envisions her coursework as a pathway toward racial reconciliation in the United States by bringing together small, diverse groups of people to talk about justice and healing. Marie is currently an elementary school principal and Adams State Adjunct professor. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Master’s in Educational Leadership, endorsement in equity and inclusion and her Educational Leadership Graduate Certificate from the University of Denver. She believes that education is the grassroots platform for social change. She has served as a teacher, instructional coach, professional development coordinator and assistant principal. When Marie is not working, she enjoys reading, hiking and spending time with her family.