Dee Lanier, left, is a mentor for McGuffey Middle School teacher Teresa Engler as she participates in the Dynamic Learning Project. Celeste Van Kirk

Teresa Engler’s job hasn’t changed. Or has it?

“I have served as a technology leader in McGuffey for 13 years, but I’ve usually done that in my spare time, before or after school. Now I’m full time,” she said.

Typically a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher, Engler is strictly a technology instructor at McGuffey Middle School for the 2017-18 academic year. She is one of just 50 teachers nationwide selected to be a coaching fellow in a new program, Dynamic Learning Project, designed to enhance the use of technology in the classroom.

Coaching fellows work with teachers and students on ramping up technology.

“We break the staff out in groups, and break down the process and help them implement plans, help them reach learning goals,” Engler explained. “It’s always what’s best for the students.”

DLP is being employed in school districts in lower-income communities in five states. McGuffey was the only school selected in the Intermediate Unit I area (Washington, Greene and Fayette counties), and was one of 11 districts chosen from Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Teresa Engler goes over instructional material. Celeste Van Kirk