"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
I began working in Brevard Public Schools in 1989 as a teacher at Satellite High School. By 1996, my position had migrated to Technology Specialist in which I managed the technology explosion that was infiltrating American schools. I transferred my skills to Suntree Elementary School in 2000 and am still enthusiastically managing their technology.
Originally from southern 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 neighbor and high school sweetheart, Maryanne, and began my career in education.
I began working in Brevard Public Schools in 1989 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 High School.
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 Public Schools expanded the program so that every high school has active F.I.R.S.T. robotics team.
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, serving from 2005 through 2013.
After 30 years in BPS, I am retiring on May 31, 2019 to spend more time with Maryanne and remodel waterfront homes into vacation rentals.