Jeffrey Gerlach [PDF Version] | Teacher, Learner, Explorer


Master of Art in Educational Technology (2012)
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Bachelor of Science in Social Studies Education (2008)
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

  • Major: Group Social Studies
  • Emphasis: History
  • Minor: Political Science


mvu Instructional Designer (2014 – Present)
Michigan Virtual University
Lansing, MI

As an instructional designer with the MyBlend program at MVU, I am a blended learning designer, coach and evangelist.

I’ve helped to design and build online professional development courses for K-12 teachers. My work as a coach has allowed me to work 1 on 1 with teachers to transform their traditional classrooms into blended learning environments. My work in outreach efforts for MyBlend has consisted of blog writing, podcast hosting, conference presenting and many more activities that allow us to engage with the Michigan education community.

Social Studies Teacher (2009 – 2014)
Wayne-Westland Community Schools
Westland, MI

  • Courses taught
    • 7th grade World Studies & Geography
    • 9th grade Civics & Economics
    • 10th grade World History
  • Accomplishments
    • Served as Secondary Social Studies District Content Leader. Worked with social studies teachers from two middle schools and two high schools to collaboratively address curriculum issues related to ELA Common Core support standards and Smarter-Balanced Assessment readiness.
    • Employed the use of students’ personal media devices (Smartphones, ipods, etc) in the classroom to promote serendipitous learning by means of inline internet searches to further and deepen learning during concurrent classroom activities (eg. Watching a movie and conducting internet searches for more information on a character, looking up information to support arguments during class discussions, or using PMD’s to support the creation of a project. In addition, we implemented PMD’s for use with QR codes as a way to quickly access web resources and utilized text messaging audience feedback services such as Poll Everywhere to engage student responses. In the future I expect that I will utilize personal media devices in many, many more ways.
    • I designed Learning Management Systems to go along with each of my courses this was a huge aide every shareholder of my practice. Specifically absent and homebound
    • students, parents, and fellow social studies teachers have benefited from this access.
    • “Flipped” my classroom, where all primary instruction was online and
    • face-to-face class time was used to facilitate individual student needs.
    • I collaboratively taught courses with a special education teacher. This really influenced me to take a collaborative approach to teaching and learning together with colleagues.
    • Leader of a “power lunch” program in which students receive extended day
    • social studies learning in areas that the district has identified standardized test weaknesses among our student population. The program was differentiated based on student need and consisted of self-paced lessons built out of Moodle. Web resources that were utilized include self-checking quizzes and games, streaming videos, originally composed readings by myself in addition to borrowed web-based readings by outside authors in accordance to fair use policy.
    • Led several district wide professional development sessions on effective
    • technology integration. Subjects included: Using interactive whiteboards to promote active/student-centered learning, building classroom websites to increase accessibility of classroom “happenings” for all community shareholders, and helping to implement a positive behavior tracking program that worked inline with our gradebook/attendance software suite.
    • Collaborated with individual teachers to construct technology plans that enhanced pedagogues specific to their classrooms. I firmly believe that micro-level technology integrations are key to the success of macro-level technology adoptions. I love working with teachers in a one-on-one setting to improve what they already do through thoughtful technology integrations.
Long Term Substitute Teacher (Fall 2008)
Wayne-Westland Community Schools
Wayne, MI

  • Courses taught
    • 11th grade Civics
    • AP Political Science
      • Prepared students to take AP Board examinations in Political Science for college credit.

Professional Affiliations

MACUL MI Champions Grant Program (2011-2012)
Cohort 4 – Benjamin Franklin Middle School Team Member

  • Four member team charged with technology integration in a
    middle school setting
  • Attended 2011 & 2012 MACUL Conferences, two days of summer training,
    and constant 1-on-1 coach mentoring as part of the implementation process
Thinking Maps Certified Teacher Trainer (2011)
Training of Trainers Professional Development
Thinking Maps Incorporated

  • Certified to train teachers in cross-curricular implementation of
    Thinking Maps
  • TM’s are a Common Visual Language for learning within and across
    the disciplines and grade levels.

Related Experience

Student Teaching (Winter 2008)
Central High School
Grand Rapids, MI

  • Courses taught
    • U.S. History (1877 – Present)
    • U.S. Government
Student Assistantship (Fall 2007)
Forest Hills Northern Middle School
Grand Rapids, MI

  • Observed, assisted, and led two weeks of instruction
  • Courses
    • 8th grade U.S. History (Beginnings to 1877)
Summer Camp Counselor (2010 -2011)
City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
Ann Arbor, MI

  • Facilitated outdoor physical activities in a public pool/park setting
  • Campers were 5-14 years of age


Punya Mishra, Ph.D
Professor and Director, Master’s of Educational Technology Program
Michigan State University
Michelle Schira Hagerman [view letter]
Instructor, Master’s of Educational Technology Program
Michigan State University
Penny Thompson, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of Educational Technology
Oklahoma State University
Emily Stone [view letter]
EduTech Certificate Program Instructor
Michigan State University