Welcome to the computer lab and technology education classes. My wife, Kristy, and I moved to Nokomis in 2014 after retiring from Kansas public school careers of over 30 years each. I’ve been a classroom teacher (10 years), middle school principal (6 years), school business manager (4 years) and a small rural school superintendent (15 years). I am a certified computer and business teacher in Kansas and Florida.
We have two children. Our son Logan is a police officer in Joplin, MO and our daughter Kelsey is a senior airman stationed at Dyess AFB, Abilene, TX. We are also staff to two cats, Peeka and Boo, at home.
While not at school, we enjoy spending time on the beach, kayaking, swimming in our pool, watching first-run movies, day trips around the state and landscaping around the house.
My classroom expectations revolve around children learning to be respectful, responsible and resourceful in all that they do.
At the K-2 level, we focus on teaching children about how letters and numbers work on the computers and how to develop fine motor skills that are needed to operate a mouse or touch interface. We also supplement the curriculum with software activities that assist with the student’s mastery of key literacy and numeracy skills.
Beginning in 3rd grade we start focusing on student mastery of keyboarding skills to facilitate more productive use of the technology. We also introduce and teach skills necessary to use the multiple tools in the Google ecosystem (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, Maps, Search and Mail). Finally, we introduce other skills such as coding (Scratch, Tynker & Swift), 3D Modeling with Tinker, Photo editing (Photos and Gimp), and musical software GarageBand.
Throughout the classes, we also integrate key lessons on the safe and ethical use of electronic systems.