About

Professionally..

8/1/2012

I serve as the Director of Technology for the  Hamilton City School District.

8/1/2009

After 8 years in the classroom, I’ve moved into a new position! I now have the exciting job of helping Oak Hills develop their online learning programs. This blog has changed from a place where I post my lesson plans to a place where I share observations on technology and education.

Background..

I grew up in the wonderful town of Holland, Michigan (beautiful summer beaches and incredibly colorful autumns). A graduate of the University of Michigan, I’ve also spent time abroad in Chile and Brazil (thus a Latin American Studies Major to go along with the History). After graduation, I moved to Texas and substitute taught for a year. Enjoying the experience, I enrolled in a post-baccalaureate education program at the University of Houston.

In August of 2006, my wife and I made the move to Ohio! After spending a good six years in Texas, we were eager to move near family.

Academically, I’ve always been drawn to the study of history. I carry this interest into the classroom. Knowledge of history is not only critical to understanding why we do things, but also to perceive where we desire to go in the future. P. B. and J. S. Medawar summarize it best:

“Human behavior can be genuinely purposive because only human beings guide their behavior by a knowledge of what happened before they were born and a preconception of what may happen after they are dead; thus only human beings find their way by a light that illumines more than the patch of ground they stand on.”

Other Interesting Things..

My favorite past time is spending time with my wife. We both love to travel and have been to many parts of the world (her passion is for the Middle East, mine is for South America). In addition to traveling, I love to read, design websites, and camp.

I’m also the proud adoptive father of two Colombian girls three Colombian kids. That adventure is found at http://ardenlane.net.