Resume

SUMMARY

I am an Education Technology Director with 16 years of experience in the industry plus several more in business and engineering. My experience with challenging public sector technology leadership coupled with my superior communication skills make me a unique blend of technology and humanities. I have an understanding not only of the technical details of systems but also of the landscape and strategies involved in education technology, which I have used in my career to technologically transform schools and districts. My background in teaching, supporting, and leading technology plus my love of a good challenge has led me to where I am today, the first-ever Director of Technology for the Warwick Public Schools.

EXPERIENCE

Director of Technology, Warwick Public Schools
Warwick, RI – March, 2016 to Present

In Warwick I’m responsible for a budget of $2+ million and a team of 13 in the management of all district technology. I supervise the purchasing, configuration, deployment, and support of all technology across 22 schools, 1500 staff and 9000 students. In just over two years I’ve transformed a neglected department into a modern, forward-thinking, functioning team capable of supporting modern enterprise technology, in a challenging political and financial environment.

Accomplishments to date:

  • Worked with administrative team to create strategic direction for classroom and district technology
  • Managed $1.6m technology department budget and coordinated purchasing for all technology equipment coming into the district
  • Purchased & deployed 5000+ 1:1 Chromebooks for grades 6-12
  • Led the rollout of 285 classroom interactive flat-panel displays
  • Purchased 120-seat Virtual Desktop environment for Secondary CADD labs
  • Supported deployment of 75+ multifunction devices along with a modern managed print environment (PaperCut)
  • Streamlined assistive tech process with Special Services department to reduce tech delivery times from several months to weeks or days
  • Helped launch and improve new school & district websites, managed district social media platforms
  • Deployed district-wide endpoint management/MDM (FileWave)
  • Negotiated lease of WPS space to RISTE for on-site technology training & staff development opportunities
  • Ongoing conversion to online student enrollment portal
  • Recycled hundreds of legacy devices from classrooms as part of ongoing school consolidation/modernization effort

Director of Technology, Lincoln School
Providence, RI — July 2007 – March, 2016

  • Led a team of Ed Tech professionals to construct a state-of-the-art independent school tech environment. Taught Robotics & Programming to 80+ high school students, began school’s robotics program and coached a FIRST Tech Challenge team for 7 years. Instructed two Girls Who Code clubs. Provided technology planning and support for 100+ employees and over 350 students. Purchased, configured, and maintained all school technology, from servers and switches to iPads and laptops. Worked with school administrators to plan and execute capital expenditures. Spearheaded the successful effort to migrate to a unified school administrative platform.

Accomplishments

  • Technology Administration
  • Coordinated selection, conversion, and implementation of a unified school admin system (Veracross)
  • Coordinated selection, purchasing, and deployment of all new technology
  • Installed high-capacity network infrastructure, including gigabit HP/Aruba ProCurve switches, Beacon 2.0 Internet, and Aerohive 802.11ac wifi
  • Maintained Windows/OS X servers
  • Deployed & maintained all client systems, Windows & OS X
  • Managed all of the school’s cloud services, including Google Apps for Education, Sophos Cloud, FileWave, Backupify by Natto

Classroom

  • Head of Technology Department
  • Designed & delivered two Robotics courses, also taught programming as part of the Intro Course (Scratch, Processing)
  • Awarded Champlin grant in 2012 for upgrade of robotics program space
  • Purchased and outfitted Tetrix robotics workshop
  • Coached award-winning, all-girls FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team
  • Instructed Girls Who Code clubs in Middle & Upper Schools
  • Researched and trained faculty in new education technologies
  • Helped assemble and operate MakerGear M2 3D printer

Technology Coordinator, Charles River School
Dover, MA— September, 2002 – June, 2007

I began at CRS as the Systems Administrator, but soon becoming the Technology Coordinator. I stayed for five years, improving the school’s technology and teaching K-6 tech classes every day, and left to be closer to home in RI.

Accomplishments

  • Purchased and deployed hardware/software
  • Administered client/server environment – OS X and Windows NT/2000
  • Taught K-6 Technology classes daily
  • Supported all faculty/staff with their school technology
  • Oversaw major facilities upgrades – wiring, server closet, etc.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology, Adjunct Instructor
March, 2000 – May 2000

Selected from the I.T. Masters program graduate student class to teach Introduction to Digital Media course to undergraduates.

Systems Engineer, Xerox Corporation
Webster, NY — July, 1998 – June 2002

Worked as a Systems Engineer and Feature Team Leader at the Xerox Engineering headquarters in Webster. Designed and coordinated the development, testing, and deployment of software features related to Software Upgrade capabilities of the network, system, and UI controllers.

Change Management Analyst, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture)
Florham Park, NJ — August, 1996 – June 1998

Worked in the Change Management group developing and delivering training for a large back-office software system. Traveled to different client sites on the West Coast to train and support employees. Worked with client SMEs, developers, and Change Management colleagues to develop materials and manuals in support of the custom-built Oracle system.

EDUCATION

Rochester Institute of Technology
M.S., Information Technology — 1999 – 2002
Masters Thesis Topic: Video Games and Society

Princeton University
B.A., Psychology — 1992 – 1996
Senior Thesis Topic: Gender and Computer Anxiety

LEADERSHIP SKILLS
Strong relationship-building and team management skills
Versed in public RFP Process and regional purchasing agreements
Vendor/Product evaluations, relationships
Interdepartmental Communications & Strategic Planning
Strong believer in ITSM and all things IT process-driven
Adept written & verbal communicator
Experienced public speaker
Creative, strategic thinker

TECHNICAL SKILLS
FileWave Endpoint Management
Student Information System administration (Follett Aspen)
Office 365 Administration
Google G Suite for Education Administrator
IT Service Desk Administration & Reporting
MacOS deployment and management
Apple School Manager & iOS deployment
Web filtering/monitoring administration
SolarWinds Network Monitoring
PaperCut NG/MF Administration
Aerohive HiveManager, traditional and NG
Familiar with VMWare administration

AWARDS
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Rhode Island Educator Award
February, 2015 – Given for playing a pivotal role in encouraging young women to explore their interest in computing and technology

ORGANIZATIONS
Rhode Island Society for Technology in Education (RISTE), local ISTE affiliate
2016-present – Member, Board of Directors

 

 

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