My name is Daniel Todtfeld but my friends call me Danny. This will be my first school year as an instructional coach in the Excelsior Springs School District! I am passionate about helping students push themselves beyond what they perceive as their limits. I love connecting students with the real world and showing them the importance of school and the work we do here. My second passion is collaborating with other teachers and helping them to harness the power of technology in their classroom. I love participating in conversations related to #edtech and innovation in education.
In addition to being passionate about education in general, I continue to pursue personal growth. After graduating with a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri (Go Tigers!) I earned a Masters in Elementary Administration from Northwest Missouri State University (Go Bearcats!) and a Ed. S. from Northwest Missouri State University. I'm currently working on my dissertation which will focus on the relationship between technology integration and math achievement in fourth and fifth grade. Finally, I love participating in Twitter chats and learning from my PLN.
I married my beautiful wife Beth Todtfeld in 2014. We are happily married and are parents to our beautiful daughter Laurel andour dog Zibby. My brother recently graduated from Denver University and my sister is engaged to a great man named Wade. Most of my extended family lives in New York. I love visiting them and exploring the city when I have time!
I think I have one goal in life: to positively impact the lives of as many people as possible. I love to have fun with my students (and the other wonderful educators I work with). I have built real relationships with my students and colleagues that make me feel good what I do. I love finding time to talk with students about their lives outside of school - sports, family matters, tv shows, etc. Without sincere relationships and connections, life has no meaning.
If you are interested in connecting, feel free to fill out the contact form on the next page, or find me on Twitter (@DannyTodtfeld).
My wife and I met my first year teaching in St. Louis, Missouri and fell in love. Because school is such an important part of our lives, we had our wedding pictures taken on the playground of the school where I currently work. I also proposed at school with the help of my 5th grade students. Check out the proposal here.
Our daughter, Laurel, was born this year and life has never been more exciting and exhausting!