Chelsea Biggerstaff, Coordinator, Faculty Development, Austin Community College
After visiting classrooms in Japan, China, the United States, and the Navajo Nation during her undergraduate studies at Indiana University, Chelsea recognized a disparity in educational settings that was inexcusable. In response, she devoted two years to national service with AmeriCorps and later accepted a position at Skillpoint Alliance. As a Program Lead at Skillpoint Alliance, Chelsea coordinated the NEXT Intermediate Job Program and developed and facilitated professional development trainings and workshops in areas such as Leadership, Presentation Skills, Team Skills, Task and Time Management, Communication in the Workplace, and Creative Problem Solving. In addition, Chelsea coordinated several youth STEM programs where she planned teacher trainings with a focus on computer science in the classroom; natural sciences; making, tinkering and inventing; project-based learning; and rapid prototyping. Chelsea’s background in education and passion for closing the achievement gap drew her to Austin Community College where she uses her creativity, educational background, and positive spirit to inspire and learn from the college’s hardworking faculty.
Workshops supplement NISOD’s offerings of professional development programs and resources, which culminate with NISOD’s Annual International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence held every Memorial Day weekend in Austin, Texas. NISOD’s annual conference is noted as the premier convening of community and technical college faculty, administrators, and staff who strive for excellence in leadership, teaching, and learning. For more information about NISOD’s conference or to register, visit www.nisod.org/conference.