With over 30 years of experience (18 of which is in K-12 Education), I have had a lengthy and storied career.
I’ve worked as a software developer, systems/network administrator, computer technician, network engineer, and as a technology director. Out of all of the (many) hats that I’ve worn over the years, I have found that I enjoy working in K-12 Education Technology the most. There is really no set “routine” to any given working day. I may be troubleshooting issues in order to assist students and teachers one minute, and the next minute I may be monitoring and managing computers, servers, or the network itself.
Technology is a constantly changing landscape. Because of this, it’s important to keep an open mind and be flexible in learning and supporting new technologies. Being in education technology you have to wholly embrace the concept of lifelong learning. If you are not learning new things you are stagnating. In today’s competitive job market and global economy, you cannot afford for that to happen.
So I spend a lot of time reading, studying, and tinkering with technology. I can honestly say that not a week goes by that I do not learn something new.
And I won’t profess to know the answer to every question. But I’m willing to research, I’m willing to learn, and I’m willing to share all that I know and learn.
I am the proud father of four grown children, ranging in age from 22 to 28. One of the great things about being the parent of grown children is GRANDCHILDREN! I currently have five grandchildren, with a sixth grandchild on the way!
As parents, we want the best for our children. As educators, we want the best for all children.
In addition to my children and grandchildren, I am also a doggy-daddy to two beautiful (and spoiled) fur babies. My first husky, Sammy, came to me through my affiliation with Texas Sled Dog Rescue, and my second husky, Rocky, came to me through a co-worker at Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD. Say “Hello!” to the Piney Woods Pack...
I keep telling myself, “It’s only a hobby”… Yet my hobby is also part of my chosen career path. One of my mentors once told me, “find someting you love to do, and find someone to pay you to do it”. And that small nugget of wisdom has proven extemely valuable over the years. I love to tinker. To take things apart and put them back together. And improve them along the way. So on the Geek Hierarchy, I am definitely a Geek. And proud of it!
When I’m not tinkering with technology, or chasing (or being chased by) dogs, I also like to game. When it comes to console gaming I’m just a casual player. (I have an X-Box, a Playstation, and a Wii), but I also love Classic Gaming (X-Arcade and MAME), tabletop gaming (yes, I’m a D&D player and DM!), board gaming (Monopoly, Uno, and my current fave, Ultimate Werewolf). I love checking out and learning new games.