My road to becoming a Google Trainer!

I’m a Google Trainer! Shut the front door!

For me, this is a MAJOR accomplishment!

I have wanted to become a Google Trainer, since I heard about it way back at my first CUE conference in 2014. I watched several presenters display their badges and wondered…what the does that mean? Of course I listened to what they had to say, but I was curious about what a Google Certified Educator was and what did it mean to be a Trainer?

A little background on me. I love helping people! I love teaching not only in the classroom, but with everyday stuff! I can remember when I worked for In-N-Out Burger. I was passionate about that job! Some may think it’s only burgers and fries, but for me it was so much more. I was able to work with ridiculously amazing people, and learn what it meant to perform well under pressure and produce a great product. I grew exponentially working at In-N-Out for the five years I was there. During my experience there, I was approached from many Managers about becoming a In-N-Out Trainer. I thought about it. The one thing that made me not do it, was the fact that I didn’t want to smell like hamburgers the rest of my life. HA! However, the thought of becoming a trainer intrigued me, greatly. Again, I love to help people and I always want to teach people to be better.

Okay, so knowing I love the “trainer” position. I started in my journey of becoming a Google Certified Educator. Within the past year, I have built relationships with some technology gurus in my district. One in particular, has encouraged me, motivated me and inspired me to pursue my journey. Without her, I would not be where I am today. (TY) In February, I passed my Level 1 and 2. It wasn’t until spring break that I was able to sit down and apply for Google Trainer.

The application process was challenging and time consuming, but altogether fun! I was excited to build my video, list of trainings and fill out my case study. Learning and growing are deep passions that continue to propel me into not becoming stagnant. Once I submitted my application, I was anxious and nervous. Well that is an understatement. I freaked out! All the negative talk played in my head. Not letting it get the best of me, I prayed and laid it at Jesus’ feet.

April 18th I walked in from lunch and opened my Gmail. To my surprise, I read my acceptance email!!!!

Shut the front door! One of my Vice Principal’s was sitting in front of me and was looking at the weird expressions on my face. I was so excited I ran to my other administrators to share my good news. To accomplish something I have wanted for three years, was so encouraging! Praise God, hard work pays off! I’ve worked toward this goal slowly for three years.

So now that I have this title, now what? I am so passionate about building other educators up! So many of the people I work with doing amazing things with Google and technology in their classroom. Why not spread the word about having other teachers become Google Certified Educators and Google Trainers. Due to my experience it inspired me to create my weekly Tech Tip to showcase these trainings.

Link to School Staff about becoming Google Certified Teachers and Trainers.

Now, please understand I did not go for the Training position, for the badge. Initially it may have been to build my resume, but now that I understand the full meaning of a Google Trainer, I am blessed to be one.

I went for what it means to be a Google Trainer.

I want to help other educators instill passion and knowledge among their students. I want to ensure that every stakeholder in education has the opportunity to grow in their use of technology and empower other people.

I encourage you if you are not a Google Certified Educator or Trainer, try. You never know who else you can inspire.