Trailblazers in Edtech: Shelley Sanchez Terrell
The Tech Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Trailblazers of Edtech” series. This series profiles the top edtech influencers in the world. To create this series, The Tech Edvocate editorial team exhaustively researched the movers and shakers of edtech. To frame our methodology, we decided to define the term “edtech influencer” broadly. In this series, you will find administrators, bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, innovators, businessmen, activists, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it.
The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in edtech, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue to change the world this year, and we are anxious to see who will stand on the shoulders of these giants, and as a result, become a part of this series. In this installment of “Trailblazers in Edtech,” we will profile Shirley Sanchez Terrell, cofounder of #edchat.
Co-founder of #EdChat, Creator of 30 Goals Challenge for Education
What Her Current Focus Is: Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher educator and e-learning specialist. She has worked with teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries. She has also been recognized as one of Microsoft’s Heroes for Education for her work promoting teacher-driven professional development and the integration of technology in the classroom. Terrell offers webinars and online presentations each week to reach out to teachers across the United States and the world.
How She’s Transforming the EdTech Space: Terrell has inspired over 10,000 teachers to transform their classrooms through her 30 Goals Challenge, which guides the teacher to integrate new technology in his or her classroom, avoid the dreaded “teacher burnout,” and reconnect with students. The Goals Challenge helps teachers set both short- and long-term goals to reinvigorate his or her passion for education.
What Her Background Is: Terrell received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her Master’s degree in curriculum instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix. She worked as an ESOL teacher and social media community manager before shifting her focus to teacher training and outreach.
What May Surprise You About Her: Terrell has not only taught English to language learners in the United States but has taught abroad in Germany and to online learners in Spain as well.