Becky Keene’s current role is Director of Content and Professional Learning for insight2execution, a Microsoft Global Training Partner and vendor based in Redmond, Washington. She works as a project manager for content development for worldwide edtech companies as well manages i2e’s professional learning specialists, training engagements, and implementation planning for systemic change with major school systems around the United States.
She focuses her own professional growth on learning new things and expanding her practices by holding a position as Director of Amazing Things with a games-based learning startup, Phygital Labs, and by actively engaging with the educator community for tools she loves, as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Minecraft Global Mentor, Flipgrid Student Voice Global Ambassador, and champion for OneNote, Wakelet, Peardeck, Genially, Buncee, ScreenBeam, and Novel Effect.
- Master’s of Science, Elementary Reading & Literacy
- National Board Certified Educator, English Language Arts for Early Adolescents
- ISTE Ignite Speaker 2018
- Microsoft Edu Twitter Chat Host
- Microsoft Certified Educator
- Microsoft Office Specialist: OneNote, Word, PowerPoint
- Microsoft Education Master Trainer
- Washington State Professional Teaching Certification
- Kent School District Teacher of the Year Finalist
The Long Story
Becky began her teaching career as a student teacher in a third grade classroom for an award winning mentor teacher, Mrs. Sunny Willson, who taught her to never lower her expectations for any student, to use a laser level for bulletin board perfection, and to never sit down. Thanks to another amazing mentor, Mrs. Linda Rice, Becky was hired to teach second grade at Millennium Elementary in Kent, Washington in 2001. In the next four years, Becky also taught third and fourth grade with wonderful teammates and a tireless technology coach, Mr. Pat Regnart, who supported her new ideas for bringing technology into the classroom. This included student-made video projects, 1:1 handheld computer devices (that she sent home with fourth graders without thinking twice that anything unfortunate would happen), and e-readers.
In 2005, Becky was selected as one of three teachers to build a pilot program for 1:1 best practices at Kent Technology Academy, a small school located on Mill Creek Middle School’s campus in the heart of Kent’s industrial valley. The pilot teachers and school leader, Ms. Dani Pfeiffer, spent six months visiting other schools, planning a new curriculum, and building a vision for future success. During this time, the Kent Technology Academy made worldwide news. As a part of this program’s success, Becky was interviewed and recognized by the Wall Street Journal, NBC World News, and Comcast Newsmakers, as well as local news agencies reporting on the innovative teaching methods happening at KTA.
In 2007, Becky transitioned away from her classroom to support the growth of Kent School District’s 1:1 laptop initiative district-wide, eventually including all 30,000 students under the visionary leadership of Mr. Thuan Nguyen. Becky spent almost a decade as a One-to-One Program Specialist for Kent School District in Kent, Washington. In this role, she supported, trained, coached, and advocated for teachers across the district in the area of technology integration, specifically for Kent’s 1:1 laptop initiative. Becky began presenting about the work her team had accomplished at conferences and events, including the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) conference, the Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation (AALF), the One-to-One Institute, the National School Board Association (NSBA) site visits, and the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE) conference.
Over the first years of her teaching career, Becky began to lead professional development experiences for her school staff as well as district-level courses. As a program specialist, Becky led hundreds of hours of training to prepare educators for utilizing technology in new ways. She soon became an adjunct professor for Seattle Pacific University and began training other local school systems in blended learning models in 2010. A few years later, Becky was hired to lead professional development sessions regionally for Puget Sound Educational Service District and nationally as a consultant for the Northwest Council for Computer Education.
In 2014, she first appeared in tutorial videos for Microsoft Education thanks to an invitation from Dr. Kim West, who Becky had first met when they both worked for Kent School District. Since that time, she has appeared in over 20 Microsoft Education videos that have received thousands of views around the world. It is not unusual for an educator at a technology event to greet her by saying, “Hey! You’re that girl in the videos!”
After 15 years in public education, Becky took her current position as Director, Content and Professional Learning with insight2execution. In this role, she gets to support people and programs and indirectly impact thousands of students around the United States through targeted professional development. With the launch of i2e’s partnership with Immersive Minds as Phygital Labs in 2019, Becky has collaborated to create training materials, lesson kits, and support materials for Minecraft: Education Edition that are used around the world.
Becky has continued to be a top request to lead and speak at both regional and international events for Microsoft in Education. She has co-led the Educator Challenge at Microsoft’s E2 (Educator Exchange) event in Budapest, Toronto, and Singapore. She has traveled to speak and lead professional development sessions in New Zealand, Costa Rica, Belgium, and England… and would like to lead sessions on all six inhabited continents before she retires.
On a personal note
Becky is the co-founder of the professional book club HookEd, which includes cohorts of readers from around the world discussing education-centric books at quarterly virtual meet-ups. Most importantly, Becky is a wife and mom who loves to train for triathlons, water ski and snow ski, read books, and eat popcorn.