“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
I’d like to tell you all a little about myself. Currently I am the Head of Information Technology at the TCIS International School in Bangkok, Thailand.
This is my third administrative educational technology position in international schools over the past 11 years. Before this, I worked as the IT Coordinator at The American School of Yaoundé, in Cameroon, Africa and at The International School in Genoa in Italy. Prior to that, I worked in Kuwait as a Technology Teacher at the American School of Kuwait & the American Bilingual School.
I have a teaching degree is in Social Studies and have taught Geography, History, Comparative Government and Model United Nations, but I have garnered even more timely and relevant experience in the realm of Information & Educational Technology. I’ve been teaching computer usage, office applications, website creation, flash animation, graphic design, social media and Web 2.0 applications to both students and fellow educators. I have also lead professional development opportunities on tech integration into classroom curriculum and overall computer skills.
In summer of 2013 I finished my Masters of Arts Degree in Educational Technology from Michigan State University through their overseas cohort. This degree took me three years of summer study in Rouen, France; Dublin, Ireland and finally Galway, Ireland. Needless to say, this kept me very up-to-date on the latest advances in educational technology.
I have decided to move into educational administration over the
A little more about myself: I’m single and quite content with my life. I graduated from St. John’s University in Minnesota in 1992 with a BA in History. I was commissioned an Army Officer in May of 1993 and served as a Mechanized Infantry Officer. I went back to school in the late 90’s to obtain a teaching degree, but when I was 95% finished I got sidetracked into the computer field. As a result, from 1998 until 2003 I didn't go into teaching and instead went into the then booming IT field. I worked in corporate America for these 5 years as a computer support tech, a help desk manager, a project manager and finally for 3 years as the Network and Communications Director for a .COM company.
I gained a lot of experience during this time but also lived with a lot of stress, especially being on call, literally, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It was at this point that I decided that I needed a change in my life. No more would I work for a company or a business, where the individual was not only a number, but a bottom line on a company’s expense spreadsheet. So I decided to finish my coursework and go back into Education. Specifically International Education.
Like I said, I needed a change in my life.
Since then I have actually been pretty happy. Life is good. Waking up in the morning is not a punishment, but an opportunity. I was very, very lucky that I was able to find a job that I actually love to do. I really enjoy showing both students and my teaching colleagues the latest advances, the cool tricks and incredible Web 2.0 sites that allow them to integrate technology into their studies, their work and their lives. I most enjoy that “WOW!” moment when someone that I am working with discovers a particularly useful application for the first time. I have to say that my days are varied and interesting now.
Personally my interests would include: traveling all over the world, reading, movies, technology, getting outdoors, camping, tennis, golf and poker.
October 2014 Resume
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