I currently serve as the Director of Technology for the Hamilton City School District. The position is rooted in the instruction department and, in addition to leading various technology initiatives, stays grounded in helping students and staff grow.
Before becoming a director, I worked at Oak Hills‘ as an eLearning Coach and Course Developer. The position involved designing online courses as well as assisting teachers in developing an online presence for their classrooms. It also featured a good amount technical troubleshooting, programming, and design.
Prior to the eLearning position, I taught American History in Oak Hills and the Houston Independent School District.
In addition to teaching students, I also held positions of leadership in the school. I’ve been the Social Studies Director (Chair) and school webmaster. During professional developments, I’ve held classes that assist teachers in integrating technology in their classrooms.
I’m part of the founding team for the open-source platform Abre. Abre is a software platform that allows schools to manage and distribute web-based software to staff, students, and parents. Abre makes life easier for everyone involved in education. It keeps the focus on what matters: Learning and Teaching.
I grew up in the wonderful town of Holland, Michigan (beautiful summer beaches and incredibly colorful autumns). A graduate of the University of Michigan, I’ve also spent time abroad in Chile and Brazil (thus a Latin American Studies Major to go along with the History). After graduation, I moved to Texas and substitute taught for a year. Enjoying the experience, I enrolled in a post–baccalaureate education program at the University of Houston.
Due to the fact that much of my classroom moved online, I pursued and achieved an MS in Instructional Technology for the University of Nebraska.
Academically, I’ve always been drawn to the study of history. I carry this interest into the classroom. Knowledge of history is not only critical to understanding why we do things, but also to perceive where we desire to go in the future. P. B. and J. S. Medawar summarize it best:
“Human behavior can be genuinely purposive because only human beings guide their behavior by a knowledge of what happened before they were born and a preconception of what may happen after they are dead; thus only human beings find their way by a light that illumines more than the patch of ground they stand on.”
Other Interesting Things
My favorite past time is spending time with my wife. We both love to travel and have been to many parts of the world (her passion is for the Middle East, mine is for South America). In addition to traveling, I love to read, design websites, and camp.
I’m also the proud adoptive father of
two Colombian girls three Colombian kids. That adventure is found at http://ardenlane.net.