I have taught in international schools for 14 years and domestically for 2 years. My teaching time in the U.S. was spent in children’s psychiatric hospitals as one of my certifications was in Special Education for the Emotionally Impaired. While overseas (Cameroon, Bangladesh, Qatar and Cayman Islands) I have taught in second and third grade self-contained classrooms as well as in a Resource Room for elementary students. However, the great majority of my time overseas has been spent teaching technology classes to grades K-12. While living in Bangladesh back in the 90’s, I worked with Alice Barr to pioneer a program where technology was truly integrated into the curriculum at the American International School/Dhaka. We would train teachers in the use of a specific application and assist them in developing a classroom assignment requiring that application. The teachers would then book lab time to bring in classes to complete the project, thereby enabling the students to learn the technology through direct application to a specific project.
After returning to the U.S., I worked as a technology support consultant for 8 years in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Plus, I ran my own video production company for 5 years. I am married and the father of three adult children. My wife, Angelyn, began working as the Early Childhood/Elementary School Principal at the Cayman International School in the Cayman Islands with the start of the 2013-14 school year. So, we moved to Grand Cayman where I continued to work on my Master of Arts in Educational Technology via a fully online program at Michigan State University (hooray for online education!)
With the start of the 2014 school year, I accepted the position of Technology Coordinator/Technology Coach at the Cayman International School. While at CIS, I administered and managed the school’s IT infrastructure as well as developed and implemented professional development opportunities for the staff with a focus on technology integration and innovation.
In the summer of 2016, I returned to the U.S. to care for my parents and our first grandchild, Porter Thomas. While I am happily retired from education, I continue to pursue my master’s degree. I expect to graduate following the Spring 2018 semester.