My Top 3 in 24… Hours!

Not many 24-hour timeframes are as epic as the one I just experienced.  Besides wearing my usual “hats” of wife, mother, and teacher, I’ve gotten to wear 3 more, and I like the way they fit!

#3 – Panelist!

This afternoon I had some surprise visitors to my classroom.  We had our second official iPad Site Visit at Hill Country Middle School, and while I wasn’t expecting guests this time, folks stopped by to see our classroom happenings anyway!  It’s always fun to share ideas and tips with educators moving in the one-to-one iPad direction!  I was honored to be invited to our “teacher panel” during the luncheon as well – always fun to candidly share about the happenings at HCMS!

Check out the video, which was streamed live and is now archived:

HCMS Site Visit 2-20-13






#2 – Nearpod Author!

I received an e-mail yesterday afternoon that my first Nearpod Author submission was accepted!  Yes!  This is a classroom tool I truly believe in, and to be a part of Nearpod’s content creation is very exciting for me!  TechChef4u Lisa Johnson recently met Nearpod’s top dogs at a FETC conference and shared about our love of Nearpod at HCMS!


Lisa Johnson - Nearpod Booth






#1 – ADE 2013…!

Only hours after doing a Nearpod happy dance, I received the coveted e-mail that I’ve been accepted as an Apple Distinguished Educator!  The happy dance took on a whole new meaning, as I found out that Lisa Johnson and Carl Hooker will also be joining the ADE class of 2013!  Eanes ISD will have strong representation this year!  Here’s my ADE application video.  So thankful for the support and encouragement of colleagues, friends, and Tweeps, not to mention Eanes ISD and my awesome students!  And thank you Apple, for such an honor!

ADE 2013 Cathy Yenca 





“The Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program began in 1994, when Apple recognized K-12 and higher education pioneers who are using a variety of Apple products to transform teaching and learning in powerful ways. Today it has grown into a worldwide community of over 2,000 visionary educators and innovative leaders who are doing amazing things with technology in and out of the classroom. Apple is pleased to welcome you to the ADE Class of 2013.  Learn more about this group of innovative educators online at

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