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.