Tech Director Chat #42 – The New Guy

This last Fall our school’s Director of Information Technology, Pete Poggione, moved on to other challenges with a new gig at Western Michigan University. To be honest…it was a difficult time for me. Pete had become a good friend during the decade that we worked together. What began with a simple meeting over some frustrations I was experiencing over lack of control in my computer lab led to 10 years of a professional collaboration that led to a greater understanding, and appreciation, for the role of technology in the classroom. I learned a lot about the management and daily workings of a school’s IT department, and Pete developed a better sense of the impactful work that teachers have, regardless of the frustrations over help desk tickets and routine troubleshooting that can often sap a lot of energy and passion. In short, we were two halves to what we thought was a better solution to managing realistic, sustainable educational change through technological means.

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