After 23 years in Telecom building the internet and email, I observed that the front line personnel that I was hiring didn't have what I considered to be skills that they should be bringing to the table. I began investigating why, and that led me to high school. Alas, I began my journey in Education in 2010 with the high school classrooms of this district where my two daughters attended.
I have redubbed my PreCalculus course as Problem-Solving with Brooks and am also privileged to lead a wonderful Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Principles of Engineering course which is a project-based learning survey of the engineering discipline.
Monday nights I am tutoring students in Maths and for the ACT test with Tutoring101, Tuesday nights I am enjoying Allen Community Band practice, and Wednesday brings church praise band practice, (I play trumpet in both). Thursday is my lifelong learner research night, followed by Friday night family movie and pizza, and then a pleasant, uncluttered weekend.
The eldest daughter is a Grad student in Strategic Communications at TCU and the youngest is on a path to become a multi-discipline middle school teacher at the University of North Texas.
I am chasing a vision of building quality, engaging online courses (think MOOCs for secondary courses) and helped Lovejoy launch LHS Online Signature Courses this past summer.
I have also been privileged to work with the Texas A&M Sketch Recognition Lab (TAMU SRL) to evaluate a couple of online tutorial tools currently under development, Mechanix and Sketchtivity, that provide immediate constructive feedback to the students and student-level metrics to the instructors. I presented on this work at the state and national PLTW Conventions and at CPTTE in 2016 and look forward to using these tools in my PoE classes this year as well.
I am a technology learner and a regular presenter at the state TCEA (Texas Computer Educator Association) convention and PLTW state convention each year.
My wife also works for the district in many roles to include website overseer, Science curriculum coordinator, Environmental Science AP instructor, and LHS Independent Studies instructor. She has been with the district since the launch of the secondary program 11 years ago.
My foundations were set by an upbringing on the family ranch near Joshua, Texas and 4 memorable years at Texas A&M where I met my wife, I led Bugle Rank #7 in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band (Class of '86 Whoop!), and dove into Telecom Engineering. Once in Telecom my learning continued at MCI, Vartec, and Charter.
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As does any good Digital Immigrant worth their salt, I have chronicled several events in the 'Videos' block over there to your right!