My name is Tasha Candela and welcome to my career portfolio! As an alumnus of Central Michigan University, I have many reasons to be proud of my education. In December 2005 I graduated cum laude with a major in Business Teacher Education, minor in English, and vocational certification in business services. I have always enjoyed school. Graduating college in three and a half years made for some crazy schedules. Now that I am a business teacher at Lake Shore High School and earned my master’s degree in Educational Technology with a 4.0, I have a newfound understanding of the word exhausted. Nevertheless, I love what I do. Currently, I teach career/technology foundations, senior leadership, advanced web design, and introductory web design courses. I am a lifelong learner. I recognize the advantages of attendance at conferences and use that newfound knowledge to enhance the classroom. Because of my thorough knowledge of the business and technology fields, I also presented at Oakland University's Summer Summit, Michigan Digital Learning Conference, Mathematics, Science, and Technology Symposium, MACUL, MBEA, MCWT, Microsoft's Innovative Education Forum, and Edcamp Detroit conferences. These experiences have enabled me to network with other educators, increase my confidence and communication skills, and build on my own lessons. My goal in this ever-important profession is to push my students beyond their academic and social limits and prepare them for a life full of opportunity. I have been a class advisor, pride chair, and technology club advisor at Lake Shore. I have also coached basketball in Grosse Pointe. Undoubtedly, I am in my dream profession and every decision that I have made has been with my students' best interests in mind. I love technology, teaching, and touching lives.