Will passed away in April 2017. His TICAL colleagues miss him very much.
Staff Development & Curriculum Specialist: Technology & 21st Century Learning
Tulare County Office of Education
Education is a second career for Will. In fact, he was a locksmith and a business owner for over 20 years. "I had to work a long time to get to the point where I could afford to go to college," says Will "When I did, I realized that I had always been a teacher in every job or activity I was involved in."
He launched his education career in middle school. "I wanted to work in middle school to make a difference with students," he says, "because that's where my own life took some very unfortunate turns." He's been a 6th grade multiple subject teacher, a teacher on special assignment for technology, a 6th grade math and science teacher, and a 7th grade computer applications teacher.
A unique thing about Will's teaching career—due in part, no doubt, to entering it later in life—is that he has only taught in one-to-one classrooms! "I did my student teaching at a brand new science and technology elementary school with smart boards in every class, laptops, student response systems, and more." From there he helped open a similar school before returning to the first one as a technology teacher on special assignment. He also ran a model technology math lab and developed and taught a technology class curriculum for a GATE middle school.
In his current position, Will provides professional development on technology integration for teachers and administrators. He's also very active with CVCUE and is the 2013-2014 board president.
Along with Jon Corippo, Will was a prime mover in founding and growing the CUE Rock Star Teacher Camps. He's particularly proud of the fact that so many camp alumni have gone on into leadership positions; he lists over 20 Google Certified Teachers, 8 Apple Distinguished Educators, 5 Microsoft Innovative Educators, 2 YouTube Star Teachers, 3 CUE affiliate presidents, 2 county office administrators, and winners of the CUE Site Administrator of the Year and CUE Innovative Educator of the Year awards!
Will believes the greatest potential of technology for education is having the knowledge of the world at students' fingertips, thus transforming the classroom from a place of memorization to one of creation. "Students can be producers of content," he likes to say, "instead of merely consumers." He doesn't see any downsides of technology that are not outweighed by its benefits. What's needed is better network infrastructure, greater access to devices, and IT departments that don't "lock everything down."
When not immersed in technology of one kind or another, Will enjoys time with his five children as well as the chance to ride his bike or paddle a kayak. Lately he's read Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson and Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin. He recommends them to you!
Will joined the TICAL cadre in 2013.