Weld county school district re-3j 

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Director of Technology

May 2018 to Present

Weld County School District Re-3J has approximately 2600 students and 400 staff, spread out over nine physical locations in rural Weld County.

As Director of Technology, I am responsible for numerous aspects of the Technology for the district. I supervise three Technicians who maintain the district equipment, and a System Administrator, who maintains the district network and servers. I am also responsible for the Network Engineering and Network Security. As well as, maintaining CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) requirements for all staff and students. I have implemented policies for Incident Response, 1 to 1 device issuing for students grades 5 through 12, and a Bring Your Own Device Policy.

I am the chair of the Technology Committee where I meet monthly with teachers to discuss initiatives, and policies that affect that. Giving them perspective and allowing for their feedback and input into decision making from the Technology Department and the district administration.

The spring of 2020 was a challenging time in this role. We managed to issue devices to all students in need in three days, as well as received and distributed hot-spots for students without home internet. The district returned to full in-person learning in the Fall of 2020 with the ability for teachers to seemlessly transition to remote instruction through persistent planning and training from the Technology Department.

Key Responsibilities

System Administrator

January 2017 to May 2018

As the district's System Administrator, I completed a wireless upgrade that resulted in a wireless access point in every classroom and instructional area. At the same time, I upgraded the district network from old 3Com switches to Extreme switches with 10 gigabit trunks.

My responsibilites included maintaining the district's wired and wireless networks. Before my time in this role, the district's network was flat, and unsegmented. The switching upgrades allowed me to segment and harden the network. Upon completion of the network upgrades, I implemented a single-sign-on solution through a partner (Classlink) which allowed for student account creation to become automated, saving countless hours and dollars for the district and Technology Department.

Key Responsibilities

Technology Technician III

September 2015 to January 2017

My role of Technology Technician (level III) placed me at the High School, maintaining all of the devices in and even out of the building. The role of System Administrator hadn't been created yet (this required a Bond to pass in the fall of 2016). So, I dove in and took on the responsibilities of that role had it existed.

While in this role I was responsible for the datacenter at the High School, which consisted of numerous SANs (Storage Area Network), and aging servers, on top of user created tickets. I was also thrown into the fire with state standardized testing and was shortly named the district Technology Coordinator for Testing.

One of the most interesting aspects of this position was that I was put in charge of training and mentoring a Technician I, and assisted at the locations they were assigned. I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and helping with their day-to-day tasks. I still have the reputation in the schools that if I show up, it is going to get fixed.