I grew up overseas in the international school community as my parents were international teachers. I loved living in an environment that allowed me to interact with people of different cultures and backgrounds. Growing up my father was a technology teacher, I would work alongside
him in the lab; I always knew I wanted to live the same life.
I was born in Oklahoma to Melanie and Terry Cornelius, both teachers. My passion for teaching and teaching international comes from my parents. Curiosity of the world and other cultures led my parents to take a teaching job with Aramco Schools in Saudi Arabia at the beginning of my 4th grade year. For the next six years my two younger brothers and I attended the international school where our parents taught. I loved living in an environment that allowed me to interact with people of different cultures and backgrounds. I later went on to attend an international boarding school in the country of Bahrain. I have been fortunate to travel to many countries, encountering new situations and meeting people.
At the beginning of my 11th grade year my family relocated to Frisco, Texas where my parents took jobs as Assistant Superintendent of Technology (father) and Elementary Science Curriculum Director (mother) for one of the fastest growing school systems in Texas. Once I graduated from high school I attended a local college to study digital media art and photography.
In college I worked as a photo tech in a Wal-Mart store, over the years I worked my way up to the corporate office as a Print Production Artist. I have always wanted to share my love of digital media art with students and encourage their creativity. After seven years of working for the largest employer in the U.S., I took some time off to earn my teaching certificate.
Once I earned my teaching certificate in Technology Applications, I started my teaching career at Pioneer Middle School in Frisco, Texas. After two years of teaching Multimedia and Video Production, I was ready to start my career overseas. In 2010 I made the move to Yangon, Myanmar where I taught high school Digital Media Art at the International School of Myanmar. I truly treasure my time in Myanmar and the connections I have made with students.
After five years of teaching secondary I felt I was ready for my next adventure.....teaching Elementary!
In August of 2013 I moved to the beautiful island of Jeju, South Korea. I took on the role of the Elementary Technology Coordinator at the Korea International School, Jeju Campus. I would never of thought I would love teaching Elementary as much as I do! Inspiring our youngest students to explore the world of technology is a truly rewarding experience. My biggest accomplishments at KISJ was the development and management of the 1:1 iPad program as well as the creation of a fully integrated technology program.
After seven years in Asia I was ready for something different, a new part of the world to explore, the pura vida life was calling! In July 2017 I made the move to San Jose, Costa Rica where I took on the role of Elementary EdTech Coordinator at the Blue Valley School. During my time at Blue Valley School I implemented and coordinated a fully integrated EdTech curriculum (Robotics, iPads, MacBooks and Chromebooks) for grades K-5.
My brother Jared and his wife Julie reside in Frisco, Texas. Jared works as a financial adviser and Julie is stay at home mother to Mia (5 years), Paul (3 years) and Giuliana (3 months). My brother Josh and his wife Jaclyn reside in Norman, Oklahoma. Josh works for the Homeland Security Agency and Jaclyn is a stay at home mother to Zack (4 years) and Jacob (6 months). My parents are now fully retried splitting their time between Norman and Frisco and are ready to visit me where ever my life leads.