April 18, 2021

Episode 44: Meaningful Teaching with Rhonda Finley


Rhonda Finely is one of the best instructional coaches I know. She supports teachers and students in one of the most innovative middle school learning labs in southeast Texas. Rhonda is a graduate of Houston Baptist University with a master’s degree in educational counseling and a bachelor’s in psychology. She taught me about MakerSpaces, Genius Hours, and a plethora of other instructional strategies that support high-quality instruction. She also played a key role in securing a grant from Verizon to design a state-of-the-art learning lab. Verizon Innovative Learning Schools are designed to address equity for under-resourced communities that lack access to technology and internet connectivity.

In this episode, we speak to Rhonda about digital inclusivity, STEM, and technology integration opportunities that address equity. We also discuss how remote learning resources and teacher training pathways enhance instruction during COVID-19. Lastly, Rhonda shares how educators can apply for a Verizon Learning Lab for your school.

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Rhonda Finely

Presenter, Educational Technology Specialist, STEM and STEAM Professional

Experienced Educational Technology Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in K-12 Education, Elementary Education, Staff Development, Educational Leadership, and Teaching. Strong arts and design professional with a Master's degree focused in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services from Houston Baptist University.