Mollie Cahill

Mollie Cahill

Content Specialist - Model Schools
Instructional Services, Educator Edge

Meet Mollie Cahill, Content Specialist for Model Schools on the Instructional Services team. Mollie, who came to Ulster BOCES this past September, specializes in technology integration. She helps teachers create a more interactive classroom by teaching them how to maximize the software that is available to them.

For example, Mollie has taught many teachers how to implement Microsoft Word and WeVideo in the classroom. Another popular program Mollie uses is Microsoft Stream, a platform that allows teachers to pre-record lessons during which they can share their computer screen with students. All of these tools make for a wider range of choices for students and teachers.

“Personalization and differentiation are major pieces that I think are important,” Mollie says, “and the technology that we have at our disposal makes that possible in a way that wasn't available before.”

Mollie graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education, with a specialization in English and a minor in Theatre Arts. She holds a master’s degree in Theatre for Youth from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is certified by New York State to teach English (Grades 7-12) and Theater (Grades K-12). She began her career as a youth worker in the AmeriCorps program, and then was an instructor at the University of Wisconsin for an undergraduate course on dramatic teaching methods. Before coming to Ulster BOCES, she worked as a high school English teacher for four years in Wisconsin, where she often utilized drama as a teaching tool.

The best thing about her new role is getting to collaborate with teachers, she says. “I love being able to support what they want to do.” A teacher may come to her with an idea, and she will help them put it into action in the most effective way possible. As she makes recommendations about what technology to use, she discusses goals and outcomes.

“When choosing tools, I always start with a mindset of: why use this tool for this purpose? In what way is this transformative for the students in your classroom?”

Mollie also leads professional development trainings, holds one-on-one sessions with teachers, and even co-teaches. All of this is very rewarding. “I love seeing or hearing about how the things I've taught played out in the classroom, whether that's an educator telling me about how a lesson went, or co-teaching a lesson and working with students directly,'' she says.

As for the future in education, Mollie says she would like to see even more personalization. “I see education as an opportunity. Students of all ages should have the opportunity to learn in ways that work for them, about the things that are important to them. Globally, this mindset around teaching and learning gives us a framework for meaningful and effective collaboration to take place,” she says.

In her spare time, Mollie enjoys yoga and exercise, as well as cleaning and organizing. She is also an avid fan of Star Wars, and watches all the movies and shows associated with it.