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Paul Watson, Technology Director

Brooks County Board of Education

1081 Barwick Road

Quitman, Georgia 31643

Phone: (229) 263-7531 ext. 3013

pwatson@brooks.k12.ga.us


I am pleased and grateful to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Brooks County, our school district, our faculty and staff, and our students in the capacity of Technology Director. I am committed to providing the best service possible while seeking to ensure that our capitol investment in technology serves the needs of our students and respects the sacrifice of our citizen whose taxes make our work possible. I hope to show, in word and deed, that I possess the track record, technical knowledge, and expertise to effectively; design, develop, implement, and support all Information Technology/Management Information Systems (IT/MIS) functions; evaluate, recommend, and purchase hardware, software, and supplies; and manage, develop, and support multi-platform environments.

With regard to qualifications, I hold an Educational Specialist’s degree in K-12 school leadership. I began my career in education in the classroom and have over 25 years of experience supporting technology in the educational setting. I understand intimately the needs of the classroom teacher as well as school and district office administrators. My work in small school districts has afforded me the opportunity to work closely with virtually every aspect of technology from planning and collaboration to implementation and support. My desire for a thorough understanding of the “nuts and bolts” of school technology to enhance my ability to plan, communicate, evaluate, and administer the myriad of technology systems found in modern schools led me to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

My involvement with technology planning began as a classroom teacher representative on my district technology planning committee around 1993. Since 1995, I have been a major contributor to every iteration of the district technology plan. I have served as a reader of system technology plans for the Georgia Department of Education and had one of my plans selected as an exemplar for small districts.

In the last 20 years, I have provided training to teachers, students, administrators, and staff in a variety of settings from individual instruction to classroom settings. During the Intech years, I coordinated, supported, and administered training for the entire certified staff of the school district over a 5-year period and was ultimately able to achieve 100% participation.

I have experience working with multiple budgets including federal, state, and local funds. We have just completed major technology infrastructure upgrades for the school district primarily funded with federal funds secured through the eRate program. I have worked in support of Title I, Title II, and Title VIb, and the consolidated application.

I have been the technical point of contact for every technology initiative in the school district for the last 20 years. I have worked with principals, administrators, program directors, teachers, vendors, and technicians. I believe that the overall success of these initiatives can be attributed to good planning, good communication with all stakeholders, and a willingness to do whatever is required to insure a satisfactory outcome.

I am especially proud of Brooks County Schools' Technology Support Staff. They work tirelessly to address and resolve every issue promptly and professionally. We simply could not find better people to assist in our technology efforts.

Craig Ward, Technology Specialist - Quitman Elementary School and Brooks County Middle School

2200 Moultrie Highway

Quitman, Georgia 31643

Phone: (229) 263-9302 ext. 4012

Cell: (229) 563-8147

dcward@brooks.k12.ga.us

I found my way to Brooks County from the worlds of music and business. I funded a large part of my BBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta as a working musician. Upon graduation, I started work for a communications firm in Jacksonville Florida. It was at that job that I took an interest in the IT field as I watched a network installation right in front of me. That interest grew as I moved back to Atlanta and started work for a robust mortgage company. However, the up and down nature of that market led me back to my hometown of Waycross. The move back south proved a good one though as I learned of a job opening at the Brooks County Board of Education while on a music engagement. I was fortunate to be awarded the job of Technology Specialist and am working in my 17th year at that position. I reside in Waycross and still work as a musician. Go Trojans!

Luke Edmondson, Work Based Learning Technology Assistant

Luke Edmondson is a Junior at Brooks County High School. He was Vice President of the Brooks County Middle School Chapter during the 2013-2014 year. In middle school, he focused on First Lego League and now focuses on Vex Robotics and Webmaster. Due to unforeseen circumstances during the 2015-2016 school year, he was elected Treasure to serve on the Brooks County High School TSA Chapter Officer Team. Because of his hard work and dedication, during the application process of the 2016-2017 school year, he was elected to serve as Co-President of the BCHS TSA Chapter. As a Work Based Learning employee, Luke is a valued member of the Brooks County Schools Technology team.

Robert Watson, Technology Specialist - Brooks County High School & North Brooks Elementary School

1801 Moultrie Highway

Quitman, Georgia 31643

Phone: 229-263-8923 ext. 6024

rwatson@brooks.k12.ga.us

Robert Watson grew up in Sparks, Georgia. After high school, he joined the U. S. Army and served his country as a Soldier / Musician for 20 years. During this time, he traveled all over the world performing for hundreds of dignitaries to include several Presidents of The United States, The Royal Family of England, and the Queen of Denmark. While in the Army, he earned an Associate's Degree from University of Maryland in Liberal Arts. Upon retiring, he went on to Computer Career Center and graduated from the Network Administrator course. He then served as the interim Network Administrator for the school for two years. He currently resides in Valdosta, Georgia with his wife Liz, also a retired Soldier / Musician, with their three cats.