Building the future
Where did the learning start? Or the more popular question“How did you get into technology?” The answer is I don’t really know. It just happened. When I was 21, I set a goal for myself to be a principal of a school before I was 30. Both of my parents were in education and my mom was a principal. I saw the impact she was having on education and wanted to do the same. In my second year of teaching, I applied for a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant called the Technology Leadership Project, and was awarded 7 computers for my 4th grade classroom. This gave me a ratio of 1 computer for every 4 students. It was a lot of fun, and we did a lot of creative learning. I was also given an LCD projector which at the time was the first one in the building. After that year, my wife and I decided to move overseas and start teaching at International Schools. I kept to my goal timeline and finished my Master’s Degree by the time I was 27 and finished my administrative certification by the time I was 28. I was on track, I was focused. I took over as the Technology Director for the school I was at in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia as part of my first administrative role. I am very proud to say that in that year we rolled out one of the first 1 to 1 programs. It was a Palm Pilot T5 program for our seniors! The following year we moved to Shanghai, China where I was the elementary technology teacher in a lab. That is where I set up my first blog and started blogging. At the age of 29, I had the opportunity to become a vice-principal. After some serious soul searching, I decided my passion was not, in the end, leading me towards a principalship. For the rest of the story, I point you to The Thinking Stick.
The Full Story
A podcast I did telling the full story of my journey from high school to where I am today.
I started blogging in 2005 on my blog The Thinking Stick and found it such a powerful way to reflect and share my thinking. I spend more time podcasting today than writing but I do still write a blog post every once and away and it truly is my portfolio of learning.
“Education is not the preparation for life;
it is life itself” ~ John Dewey
Below are links to some current projects.
Let’s Work Together
Please reach out at any time and let me know how I can be of service to you. Please note that my calendar does fill up about 3-4 months in advance. So the earlier you contact me the better the chances we can find a mutual date that works.