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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Independent School Technology Consulting LLC Founder 2010-Present  I founded www.independentschooltechnologyconsulting.com after receiving request to consult and develop long range technology plans for other schools. ISTC has helped schools with technology planning, infrastructure improvements, professional development and migration to Google Apps for Education. ISTC has given me the opportunity to work on a range of projects, and has allowed me to acquire new skills and perspectives through working on technology challenges at other institutions, as well as providing guidance and leadership to their faculty and staff. ​ Abington Friends School Director of Technology 2008-Present ​ Serve on Administrative Council as a senior level administrator and on the Advancement team Serve on Curriculum Committee Created and continue to chair a multi-divisional PLP technology cohort that continues to operate and weigh in on technology integration, 21st century pedagogy and professional development Initiated a laptop program for the faculty, allowing faculty to choose among a Mac, PC laptop or a tablet Adopted Google Apps for Education, replacing our dated email system First Class (2-12 grade students, all faculties and staff received Gmail accounts allowing them to utilize a wide variety of cloud based services.) Held multiple workshops around Google Apps for Education for both students and faculty Worked with the Director of Communication on developing a new website Working with Admissions and Development to implement online enrollment, re-enrollment and contributions Served on the committee for Upper School Director / Assistant Head to School Worked with the Middle School director to develop a program around parenting in the 21st century with an emphasis on social media Created an open wireless network for students and guest to access the Internet, while remaining segmented from our network Adopted a multi platform policy at AFS, supporting Mac OS, Windows and Linux devices Outsourced our staffed computer repair / helpdesk position and created the position of Database Administrator to better support Black Baud Work with students, faculty and staff to figure out better ways of supporting their needs through technology ​ Ashley Hall Network / System Administrator 2006-2008 ​ Maintained all aspects of the school-wide network – servers, workstations, switches, copiers, etc. Trained Faculty and Staff on Technology integration Planned and Implemented migration from workstations to tablets Developed a Technology team consisting of faculty and staff members Taught a multimedia design course Developed training on Web 2.0 applications Responsible for collecting and laying out our 10 year accreditation materials  Trident Academy Director of Technology 2000-2006 Developed and maintained the school’s network infrastructure Maintained school website and Technology budget Worked on a team to re-brand and market the school, helped develop logo and website Trained faculty, developed workshops and ran a summer tech camp Taught high school computer classes and designed the yearbook Oversaw and maintained Blackbaud

MY TEACHING STYLE

I began my journey in education at a time when technology was just starting to find its way into schools. My skills, thoughts and perspective have been shaped by years of practice and interactions with faculty, administrators and students. I was there when the promise of technology transforming education was just a whisper, and now I watch in awe as it grows into a roar. I am sure other professions have seen themselves transformed by the rapid advancement of technology and the web. However, I would argue that no one has been more empowered than the learner! The traditional model of education built around filling students with the typical canon of content, and then testing their ability to remember is beginning to crumble. There has been a democratizing of learning, a quiet revolution, and technology has made it possible. The learner has regained control, and has the tools to connect to his or her passion. I am a learner.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2010 Presented at NAIS (Parenting in the 21st Century) 2011 Presented at NAIS (Twitter in the Classroom) 2011 Presented at PETE & C (Twitter in the Classroom) 2011 Presented at ISTE (Social Networking in the Classroom) 2011 Presented at 2011 Indiana Education Transformation Conference (Parenting in the Digital Age) 2012 Presented at Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (Adopting Google Apps Workshop) 2012 Presented at Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (The Shifting role of Technology Departments) 2012 Presenting at ISTE 2012 Successfully Implementing Google Apps for Education 2013 Served on an accreditation team for Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS Charleston Southern University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

There has never been a more exciting time to be a learner than right now. The ability to access information was just the first step; now as we look to the future, it is about accessing people, deep analytical data mining, and new engaging and dynamic ways to deliver content. While there are core truths to learning and education that will always hold true, a great learner and educator today should be a lot different than he was ten years ago.  Living in a resource rich world, schools today have a responsibility and an obligation to model 21st century learning. The most successful learner today has the ability to leverage a variety of tools and resources, tapping into a global network of information, ideas and people. Collaboration, communication, content creation and media literacy are cornerstones of a modern education.  As independent schools become civic minded partners, technology can and will play a vital role - allowing us to connect, share and collaborate regardless of time or distance. Sharing best practice and providing guidance and insight to the public education sector is our civic duty, and technology will continue to provide us with tools and resources to make that a reality. Independent schools have an opportunity to take our cue from colleges and universities, providing our content, curriculum, and collaboration online.  The dated technology model that centered on control and filtering must be a thing of the past. With that said, mistakes will be made, and those make for great teachable moments. The horse is out of the barn; we need to throw a saddle on it and learn how to ride.  I have served as the lead technology person in schools long enough to understand that my attitude and practice set a tone for the school. I approach learning with vigor, and model curiosity, wonder, and even try to show how we can learn from our mistakes. I have a deep passion for technology and its potential to change the world, and it shows in my dedication and commitment. ​ I truly believe that ubiquitous access to technology and information coupled with a great school can be trans-formative for the entire school community.

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