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ABOUT Dr. Samantha (Sam) Fecich

Education Professor | Author | Speaker

Dr. Sam Fecich with coffee

I’m Dr. Samantha Fecich, an educator, author, and podcast host passionate about helping future teachers transition from campus to classroom. My teaching philosophy incorporates innovative practices, educational technology, and the Universal Design for Learning framework. 

In addition to my academic role, I’ve authored the EduMagic series, which includes titles such as "EduMagic: A Guide for Preservice Teachers," "Crush It from the Start: 50 Tips for New Teachers," "Digital PD for Educators", and "EduMagic Shine On: A Guide for New Teachers." These books are designed to provide practical advice and encouragement for preservice and new teachers, helping them navigate the early stages of their teaching careers.

I also host the EduMagic podcast, a platform that empowers and inspires new and aspiring educators. On the show, I invite various guests, including experienced teachers and educational specialists, to share their insights and strategies for success in the classroom.

My goal is to mentor future teachers by providing them with the necessary skills, tools, and confidence to succeed. Through my work, I aim to transform the educational landscape by equipping the next generation of teachers with the knowledge and resources they need to thrive.

 

When I'm not teaching courses related to edtech and special ed, you can find me spending time with family and friends, going to yard sales, collecting pinball machines, baking chocolate truffles, and staying healthy.

Work Experience

August 2014  - Present

Associate Professor - Grove City College

  • Responsible for course development/delivery of Introduction to Ed Tech and Introduction to Special Education

  • Instruct undergraduate students emphasizing the Danielson Framework and Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory

  • Implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in planning, focusing on goals, variability, and reflection.

  • Examine Artificial Intelligence (AI), digital portfolios, and educational technology tools for student teachers.

  • Observe student teachers’ lessons as Student Teaching Supervisor, providing reflective, research-based feedback.

  • Utilize individual assessments, formative data, project-based learning, and summative assessment portfolios.

  • Incorporate Teams, D2L, Jamboard, Flip, Audacity, Loom, and Kahoot technology into interactive instruction.

  • Provide lesson modifications and adaptations for students with specialized learning needs.

  • Serve as Faculty Advisor for  Council for Exceptional Children and Edcamp Chairperson

Summer 2011 - 2015

Adjunct Instructor - St. Vincent College             

  • Instructed graduate-level hybrid course Technical Applications for Differentiated Instruction

  • Utilized Blackboard, Boardmaker, Digital Portfolio Site Creator, and Audio for PowerPoint technology

  • Incorporated UDL ideology with hands-on technology integration special education lesson modifications

  • Implemented assistive technology based on case studies utilizing the SETTS Framework

August 2007 - June 2011

Special education Teacher - Westmoreland County IU​

  • Differentiated instruction for students with disabilities to meet Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals

  • Implemented push-in program as the Technology Integration Teacher incorporating technology into instruction

  • Provided professional development to new and practicing teachers about educational technology tools

  • Facilitated the use of assistive technology, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

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