"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." - Samuel Johnson
"The world is moving so fast that there are days when the person who says it can't be done, is interrupted by the person doing it." - Anonymous
Originally from New Jersey, I moved to Palm Bay in 1988 after graduating from Glassboro State College (now Rowan university) with a degree in Technology Education. I soon married my high school sweetheart, Maryanne, and began my career in education.
I began working in Brevard Public Schools in 1989. I started as the Drafting teacher at Satellite High School. After teaching two years of Drafting, I moved into my new Technology Education lab that I designed based on a district grant for $110,000.00. I taught the Technology Studies class in that lab until 1996 when I became the full-time Technology coordinator for Satellite. I began my dual roll as Technology Teacher and Technology Coordinator in 1993 when Satellite won a $237,000.00 State Retrofit grant to network the school for voice and data. I was charged with purchasing, setting up and maintaining all technology (computers, networks, telephone system, website, etc.) throughout the school while I was still teaching full time.
While at Satellite, I earned the state-wide recognition for having the best Technology Education program in Florida and was honored in Charlotte, NC by the International Technology Education Association. In 1997, I formed the first Brevard County F.I.R.S.T. robotics team by teaming up with Merritt Island High School, NASA, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, EG&G Florida, I-NET, United Space Alliance, and Florida Tech (FIT). Our students and team traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire; New Bruswick, New Jersey; Houston, Texas; Orlando, Florida; and the Kennedy Space Center for competitions and events. I continued to run F.I.R.S.T. teams until 2000. Brevard County now has active F.I.R.S.T. robotics teams in every high school.
In 2000, I transferred to Suntree Elementary School to become their Technology Specialist and TV Productions instructor. I was honored as Suntree's 2004 Teacher of the Year.
In July 2013, I reclassified my position and am now employed by Brevard Public Schools as a Technology/Network Support Associate. I am currently based at Suntree Elementary School.
I maintain all aspects of technology from computer workstations, to network resources, school website, telephone system, audio/video resources, and anything else that looks, smells, or tastes like technology.
I am a founding member of the district's Technology Advisory Committee. I served from 2005 through 2013. I have also served on the district's Technology/Media Specialists Committee.
Job Function & Experience:
Technology/Network Support Associate / Network Administrator / WebMaster, - Suntree Elementary School, 2013-Present
Teacher Technology Specialist / Network Administrator / WebMaster / TV Productions (SunNews) Teacher, - Suntree Elementary School, 2000-2013
Technology Coordinator / Network Administrator / WebMaster - Satellite High School, 1993-2000 Technology Education Teacher - Satellite High School, 1989-96
Glassboro State College, Glassboro, New Jersey. BS in Technology Education, 1988. Graduated Cum Laude.
Cumberland County College, Vineland, New Jersey. AAS in Industrial Technology, 1985. Phi Theta Kappa
Cumberland Regional High School, Seabrook, New Jersey. Diploma, 1982
Certifications & Awards:
Suntree Elementary School 2004 Teacher Of The Year
Florida Professional Teaching Certificate - Technology Education / Industrial Arts, 1989-Present
Program Excellence Award for the State of Florida, International Technology Education Association, 1992-93
Novell, Certified Netware 3.1x Administrator (CNA), 1992
Committees & Associations:
Brevard Public Schools Internet/WAN ITN Committee, 2008, committee member
Brevard Public Schools Technology Advisory Committee, 2005-2013, Chair, committee member and sub-committee chair
Brevard Public Schools Technology/Media Specialists Committee, 2006, committee member
Brevard Public Schools Technology Partnership II RFP Committee, April 2006, committee member
Suntree Elementary School Advisory Council, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2004-2005
International Society for Technology in Education, Member, 2003-2005
National Association of Educational Technology Specialists (NATS), Advisory Board Member, 2000-2001
Astronaut's Memorial Foundation, Educational Technology Advisory Committee, 1995/96,1996/97
International Technology Education Association, Member, 1991-2005
Brevard Vocational Association, Treasurer 1993/94, 1994/95
FIRST Robotics Team, Team Advisor, 2000
FIRST Robotics Team, Team Leader & Contact, 1997, 1998, 1999
Hometown: Greenwich, New Jersey (Cumberland County)
Current Residence: Palm Bay, Florida