Coordinator, GIS Programs
Fayetteville Public Schools
As GIS Program Coordinator, Robert manages the district's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and those GIS functions that relate to school operations and decision support.
Having spent four years in Fayetteville's Technology Department in Technical Support, he branched into GIS/Decision Support two years ago. In this role, he acquires and analyzes data that could be useful in planning and growth modeling.
Robert chose work as a support staff member in the school district because he believes in the overarching value of public education.
His first experience with computers was when his younger brother bought an old Commodore for games. As a professional, Robert is proud of several accomplishments. He was able to fix PCs over the phone when he worked for Wal-Mart. When he first came to Fayetteville Schools, he managed to reduce the PC repair turn-around time from 6-7 weeks to two days! And more recently, he has helped develop a state-of-the-art GIS system for administrative decision support in an educational organization.
Robert has presented and given workshops at the Mid-America (MAGIC) GIS Regional Conference in Kansas City, April 2004, and the National School Board Association's T+L2 National Conference in Denver, October 2004.
Interested in GIS? Robert recommends you read such publications as Arc News, Earth Observation Magazine, American School Board Journal, and The School Administrator.
Robert says that his favorite technologies are "anything that gives me access to GIS data or data I can use for GIS applications." When not solving the school district's requests and requirements for information for administrative decision-making, Robert paints, does wood carving, and reads history.