Michelle Martínez Vega

Chief Technology Strategist

Michelle Martínez Vega is IDRA’s chief technology strategist with more than 18 years of experience in designing, developing and administering professional development for educators at the state, regional and district levels. Her focus is driven by the desire to improve academic achievement through the use of technology. She strives to develop technology solutions that create equitable and sustainable learning environments for all students and educators. Ms. Vega creates and delivers professional technology support with the hope of helping others build their technology confidence and capacity.

Key areas of Ms. Vega’s work include designing, developing and training in technology integration, technical writing, and technology coaching and mentoring. Ms. Vega leads IDRA’s Digital Ambassadors program that aims to empower Texas Rio Grande Valley communities through youth-led technology training. And she helps coordinate IDRA’s STEM Equity Ambassadors as they develop a robust STEM action plan for their own school and school district.

She has served at the fourth-largest public school district in Texas, Northside ISD as a training and development technologist. She led development, implementation and support of a wide variety of district technology initiatives for the district which comprises more than 100,000 students and 8,000 professional staff. Ms. Vega also served as digital resources specialist for the Texas Education Service Center, Region 20, where she was the official representative for multiple statewide programs, including Texas SUCCESS, TexQuest, Learn421 and Digital Knowledge Central (DKC). She was responsible for all aspects of program implementation, including working with governing bodies to secure program funding and presenting at conventions, regional conferences and training events.

Ms. Vega has a bachelor of science in applied science degree and performance improvement from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, with a concentration in human performance and development improvement in the workplace, project management, web design, and digital and business communications. She also has an associate’s degree in digital media, including web and graphic design, interactive media design and instructional design, from the Alamo Colleges, Northwest Vista. She was a showcased designer at Northwest Vista for excellence in multimedia design for iPad general user interface (GUI).

Ms. Vega has led training and presentations on such topics as augmented reality, flipped classrooms, Google apps, digital storytelling, Google labs add-ons and extensions, and iPad configuration for shared environments.

She was recognized by the Teachers Retirement System of Texas and San Antonio Water Systems in their monthly publications for data conversion project successes and acknowledged by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for excellence in program planning. She also was acknowledged by Texas Education Agency for excellence in website design.

Ms. Vega serves on the steering committee of the Digital Inclusion Alliance – San Antonio.