In the San Francisco Bay Area, I served as a technology manager for two new schools that were built from the ground up. It was my job to research, evaluate, and procure new hardware and software to meet institutional and budgetary goals. I ran cable, installed server technologies and managed server rooms. I also designed and installed smart classrooms and computer labs, in addition to procuring hundreds of laptops and computer carts. I oversaw the installation of communications, announcement, and auditorium sound and presentation systems. My duties also included researching and contracting with copy vendors and managing on-site copy machines, as well as developing maintenance, inventory and anti-theft procedures. I was even involved with electrical design and installation for technology projects.
Being involved with technology design from the blueprint level of a building all the way to classroom integration has given me a broad understanding of systems design. I am familiar with many different types of technologies and am experienced in solving the problems associated with integrating new technologies in education.
It is my role to train teachers and students how to use new technologies after they are installed. My extensive experience as a technology trainer allows me to communicate clearly with both administrators and end-users. Below are a few of the key experiences that helped me develop as a professional.
As a graduate student working at the University of Virginia's New Media Center, I developed educational resources for academic projects and taught professors how to integrate technology into their work. This experience encouraged me to move to San Francisco during the tech bubble of the late 1990s. From 1998–2000, I worked as a lead web producer for the marketing department of an Internet startup named Webvan.com. One of my roles was to employ end-user research from focus groups to design better web interfaces for online shoppers. Another role was to design training programs for new employees and copywriters so they could use the web GUIs my team developed. The skills I gained in the tech industry have helped me design better web-based educational resources and become a better technology trainer. I am particularly adept at training teachers to use content management systems as platforms to integrate multiple technologies and interact with their students online. I am also skilled at training educators how to create digital resources and assessments that make them more efficient and effective in their teaching.
Along with my experience managing and designing instructional technologies, I have over 20 years of teaching experience in a variety of venues. I began my teaching career as a docent and museum educator for the Education Department at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. During my time at the museum, I designed educational materials and led tours for children and adults. In addition, as part of the Visual Arts as Sources for Teachers (VAST) program, I wrote lessons on museum collections and objects and trained teachers how to use art in their curricula.
Philadelphia Museum of Art VAST Resource Book Cover
Renaissance Art and Science: An interactive lesson I designed for history and humanities classes
A website produced by a student in my Multimedia and Web Design Class for his senior portfolio
Epsilon: A first shooter game developed by my Digital Art 3D Class
With my lead and training, Moodle is now used by teachers across the Lewisburg Area School District