My Summer Journey

It has been a long time since I wrote on this blog. The year has been extremely busy and full for me that I have not had the time to write at all. The few posts I did write were about the last class I needed for my college degree. So, let’s look at the last 6 months to see what I have been doing.

In May I started college, or should I say started AGAIN. I have been going to college off and on since I was 16. Unfortunately, the strictness of my father during my k-12 experience led me to “have fun” through my first 4 years of taking courses that I actually wasn’t learning anything or passing many courses. Believe it or not, I was only 4 courses from finishing my degree in the late 1990’s.

That leads me to May, when our IT department reorganized and the position that I had held for the previous three years was removed, a new one was defined and I did not qualify based on needing at least an AA degree. That is when I decided that I either went backwards or got the degree to go forward. When I got my degree in August I was able to apply for the position that was still open and was the most qualified person. I will write more on this in another post sooner rather than later.

During the summer I ran a high school for 6 weeks which is the school with the biggest computer, student and staff population. A lot goes into getting a school wrapped up and prepared for the next school year, which meant a lot of hours 6am – 4pm most days, then going to my second job or school from 6-11pm. It was get up, work, go home for an hour and go to work.

Since August 20th I have been in my new role as an Instructional Technology Technician (ITT), which is really not an accurate title for what I do. I basically am a systems admin and support for the student LMS, support for the Instructional Specialist that are the lead admins and support for all the instructional tools we use in our district to teach the students. I also help with another ITT, set up Dev sites, run technical aspects of projects like MDM, the testing, deployment and initial training of new programs/devices such as Surface RT’s and Tablets.

During the initial starting of the new job I also ran the high school until there was a replacement and still to this day answer questions and help as needed to help the students at that school. My current job is with all the students, teachers and administrators of the district, but I always help wherever I am needed at the behest of my boss.

I am in the middle of two extremely important projects right now and I am very happy with what I am doing. I will be writing more often in the near future, breaking down my summer journey and new exploits.