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YUHSD staff member becomes only Google for Education Certified Trainer in Yuma County

Yuma Union High School District’s Melissa Ellegood has long grasped the ins and outs of Google and its education platform, whether it was utilizing it in her own classroom or helping others build it into their instruction. On Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, her expertise was rewarded.

Ellegood, who is currently the Career & Technical Education Technology Coach and Work-Based Learning Coordinator for YUHSD, was accepted as a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She is the only such certified trainer in Yuma County.

“I feel great about being picked,” said Ellegood, who taught marketing at Kofa High School prior to joining the district staff last fall. “This is one way I can constantly grow as a professional as well as the community of Yuma having access to a Certified Trainer. The educational technology industry is always changing and keeping up with it is hard to do, this is just another way for me to be able to try and keep up with the industry. Most importantly, I will be able to better serve the YUHSD students and teachers by tapping into this exciting new resource.”

The application process included six steps. According to Google, it is designed for “you to show off the things that make you an extraordinary trainer or coach, and for us to provide you with tools to help you grow as a professional.

Ellegood was required to work through the Certified Trainer Course and Skills Assessment to build upon her abilities to lead, coach, plan, and deliver top-notch training. That was followed by earning her Educator Level 1 and Level 2 certificates, filming a demonstration showcase, and submitting the membership application through Google. Overall, it took nearly five months to complete.

“I passed both exams which took about two hours a piece to take,” Ellegood said. “Once I passed both exams the next step was to go to more training, which was two days again for free put on by the EdTech team. I then had to take a third exam, fill out an application and create a short video as part of the application process to become a Google for Education Certified Trainer. YUHSD CTE was very supportive of this endeavor and assisted with travel expenses as well as seeing the value in having a Google for Education Certified Trainer.”

Eric Patten