A former teacher and district technology integrationist from the Farmington School District is now the media specialist and technology continuous improvement coach at Spring Lake Park High School.
Jennifer Legatt started her job in District 16 at the beginning of the school year.
She replaces media special Tori Jensen, who took a job at another school. Legatt is also one of six full- or part-time tech coaches hired by the district last summer to acclimate students and staff on the use of recently distributed one-to-one digital devices – iPads in grades three through 12 and iPod Touches and iPad Minis in the lower grades.
“I had no other choice. I was born for it,” said Legatt about her choice of a career in education.
As an improvement coach, her duties are to help teachers move forward with technology in the classroom to benefit students. She helps teachers plan lessons, especially poignant, as the high school as well as the rest of the district schools usher in the new 1:1 digital initiative.
Legatt says she enjoys the variety her position brings at Spring Lake Park, from supporting teachers, to switching from coaching of iPads to Smart Boards to computers.
“No day is the same,” she said. “There’s no way to get bored.”
As for changes in the high school’s library, the media center plans to increase its digital offerings in e-books and data bases, she said.
Nonfiction books, many out of date and some never checked out, will be replaced with updated e-books.
Fiction books will continue to be offered for those wanting the feel of a book in their hands.
Future changes in the media center?
“I’d like to see it change from a library to a digital learning center,” Legatt said.
Legatt was born in St. Cloud and grew up in Holdingford, a town of about 600. She graduated from Holdingford High School and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota, Morris. She later returned to Minnesota State University, Mankato, where she earned a master’s degree in educational technology. Legatt also holds a library media license.
Her first job after graduating from college was as a seventh-grade teacher at Black Hawk Middle School in Eagan.
She taught business on a variance licensure at Humboldt High School in St. Paul for a year, followed by a move to the Farmington School District, where she taught eighth-grade English at what was then Farmington Middle School West (now Dodge Middle School) for three years. She later was named the district’s technology integrationist.
Although on opposite ends of the Twin Cities metro area, the Farmington School District, with a student enrollment of about 7,000, and Spring Lake Park District 16 are partners in technology professional development. Both districts are among the forerunners in the state to introduce one-to-one digital devices to individual students and classrooms.
When away from work, Legatt enjoys scrapbooking. She resides in Rosemount and hopes to relocate to the area soon.
Legatt is married to husband, Kevin. They have two children, Emma, 4, and Mathias, 2.
Both of Legatt’s parents were teachers. Before entering the profession, they encouraged her to take a closer look at the job requirements and demands.
“I still chose this,” she said. “I love my job.”
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]