Staff Spotlight: Bethany Shackelford


Q: So, tell us more about yourself. How did you end up working in education?

Early in my career, I struggled knowing where I wanted to focus my career – I explored nursing, sociology, and international development, among other fields. Shortly after college, I looked back on all my work experiences to date (professional, internship, and volunteer experiences) and noticed a trend that many of my roles were in education. I realized that these roles were where I felt the most fulfillment. Upon this little self-epiphany I dove into the field of education and started a role in international education as well as volunteering as an English language teacher. A short time later, I earned a master’s in international education. I now bring all this experience with me to TechChange where I get to work internationally to design and deliver engaging, interactive learning experiences that have a positive impact.

Q: How did you first hear about TechChange?

I first heard about TechChange from a former supervisor and mentor who encouraged me to follow Nick Martin on LinkedIn because he is so active in sharing resources and professional development opportunities on LinkedIn. When I started exploring the role of Senior Account Manager, I quickly learned that not only is Nick Martin a great person to follow on LinkedIn but also about the amazing work TechChange does. I knew I wanted to be a part of the effort.

Q: What are some of your favorite parts of working at TechChange so far?

I love the commitment to a supportive and collaborative work environment where everyone feels empowered to share their voice. I am also amazed by the wonderful work we do. Through TechChange, I get to support impactful organizations doing work such as helping strong women leaders achieve gender equality in leadership and improving learning experiences for those working in AgTech. 

Q: What excites you about this role?

I’m excited to help bring TechChange’s online learning model and platform into new sectors such as agriculture. I am also excited to work with such wonderful people both at TechChange and with our partners!

Q: Anything you look forward to working on or learning at TechChange?

TechChange has really put themselves forward in designing and delivering engaging online learning. There is so much potential for remote learning including reaching diverse populations that normally may not have had the means or ability to attend an in-person training. I am looking forward to applying the TechChange methods, tools, and strategies for effective online learning to help partners achieve their unique and individualized learning goals.

Q: Lastly, what’s something that not a lot of people know about you?

I grew up on a small family farm and my first pet was a lamb. I have a strong appreciation for nature and dream of one day having my own farm with chickens and maybe some goats!

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