Meet Our USATestprep Brand Ambassadors - Part I

Published: July 31, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Who are USATestprep Brand Ambassadors? They are loyal enthusiasts, teachers and administrators eager to share the message about USATestprep's capabilities in the classroom and for state and national assessments.

Earlier this year, we put out the call to these power users, asking them to contact us with their background, their stories, and why they love USATestprep. Let's meet our first group of Ambassadors!

[Meet more of our ambassadors! Click here and here. Also, join us! If you're interested in being a Brand Ambassador with us, visit our Brand Ambassador page and fill out an application.]

Ambassador Dawn Cioffoletti

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I’m originally from Staten Island, New York. I knew I wanted to go to college near the beach, so I choose FGCU in Fort Myers. I fell in love with the area and never left! This will be my 8th year teaching.

There is so much I love about USATestprep! However, the data analysis is without a doubt my favorite part. To be able to give students a standard based assessment and right away see where they need help is key! The Green Dot challenge reinforces the importance of differentiation. When using USATestprep, I know that each student is receiving the assistance that they need to succeed.

Ambassador Lara Bukens:

Born and raised in Miami, Florida. I have 3 kids (2 biological, 3 if you count the dog). I love to read and spend time with my family. "I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think." - Socrates

I am always skeptical about online programs. However, this one, I was able to clearly see the results. I can personalize for each student or class, as I need it to be. The variety of assignments and lessons is fantastic. I was able to use it in and out of the classroom.

Ambassador Megan Hutto:

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I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and received my BSEd in integrated social studies education from Ohio University in 2005. I have taught for 14 years, 13 of those in the middle school setting. When I'm not teaching, I love to spend time with my husband and 3 young children.

“I use USATestprep in a variety of ways throughout the school year. On a weekly basis, I use the videos and performance tasks to reinforce my student's learning. I use assessments to gauge and assess student learning. I love that I can add my own questions, view statistics for ready-made questions, and choose from a variety of question types--including technology enhanced questions, two-part questions based on a piece of text, and free response questions.

Ambassador Keisha Ware:

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I am from Memphis, TN. I am a 7th and 8th grade Science teacher. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Education. Currently, I am working on my Administration license/ Doctoral degree in Instructional Leadership. I have taught both Science and Math for a total of 8 years.

USATestprep has helped me become more organized and data-driven. USATestprep has increased student engagement. It provides different activities to help students dig deeper into the lesson. I believe with the help of USATestprep and other resources, 67% of my students were able to score on grade level or higher on the TN Ready Assessment.

Ambassador Dianne Owens:

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I am a mother of three beautiful children who have given my seven gorgeous grandchildren. I am also a 27 year veteran teacher. I love teaching biology, environmental science, and human anatomy to my high school kids. I very seldom watch television but love social media. It's how I keep up with all my past students.

USATestprep is such an essential tool in ensuring that I meet the needs of all the different students in my classroom. The program provide pre assessments that allow me to differentiate my instruction and my formative and summative assessment to ensure that all my students get the most from the lesson. The remediation tools are vital to ensuring my students who are struggling master the standards.

Ambassador Allison Roberts:

I grew up in Acworth, GA. I attended Berry College to study middle-grades education. After graduating, I started teaching 7th and 8th grade ELA. I also started working on my masters degree in instructional technology at the University of West Georgia. My hobbies include raising rare breeds of miniature chickens!

I use USATP to help me differentiate to truly meet the needs of all of my students. I love all of the options I have when building an assessment. My favorite part about USATP is the ability to have my students compete in a classroom Green Dot Challenge. It not only helped my students prepare for state tests, but it also helped me push them to the next level so that they truly are ready for high school.”