My ideas all center on opening the minds of inner city youth to the opportunities that await them in their communities and around the world through technology training and integration. I feel it is important to make a concrete link between classroom study and real world demand for skilled multicultural, multilingual artisans, who will be able to design, build, repair, and maintain our infrastructures in the years to come.
One of the goals of my professional career is to bring technology education and training back into the mainstream of instruction. At Hyde Park Academy we have increased enrollment by 118% over a two year period: this year there are at least 90 applicants for 48 course positions. We created an after school technology recycling program that serves 40 students with an annual budget of $65,000. The long-term plan for this program is to build in a self-sustaining management and expansion schema that will function regardless of the dynamics of educational change at the local and national level. As part of this program in the last four years one instructor has gone on to be a certified Illinois teacher, two others are fully paid technology instructors and three more are paid instructor interns. In this way we can better prepare those that would teach the next generation of American leaders.
Projects include the redesigning and reconstruction of a secondary school in Cameroon, infrastructure upgrades for school in Tanzania, and the continued cooperation with secondary schools in Santiago Papasquiaro, Mexico to improve educational building design and infrastructure.
In the continuous battle for resources to help students realize their full potential in competing and joining the global economy the goal is success. With perseverance, patience, and numerous supporters who believe in the hopes and dreams of the youth we serve, not only will these projects be realized but our students will become a much sought-after commodity in the world market.
PhD in Education, specialization in Leadership for K-12 Programs - Capella U (2008)
Type 75 General Administrative Certificate K-12 - Capella U (2007)
Graduate Student-at-Large Program - University of Chicago (2005)
Type 09 Secondary Teaching Certificate - Technology Education Eastern IL U (2005)
Master of Science in Education - Technology and Education - Chicago State (2002)
Bachelor of Science - Technical and Physical Sciences - Chicago State (2002)
Associate of Science w/ Honors Pre-Engineering - Harold Washington College (1998)
Certificate of Completion - University of Illinois at Chicago (1986)
Teacher (5 years)
(Type 09, Cert. No. 2390178)
Hyde Park Career Academy, Chicago, IL
Program Facilitator - Hyde Park Tech Corps (3 years)
After School Matters, Chicago, IL
Teacher Mentor – Golden Teachers (2 years)
(Type 75, Cert. No. 2308296)
Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL
Program Advisor - Hyde Park Entrepreneurs (3 years)
Youth Technology Corps, Chicago, IL
Graduate Assistant - Dr.Rathnau (1 year)
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
Teaching Assistant – Dr.Rathnau ( 2 years)
Chicago State University, Chicago, IL
Trainer/Foreman - AA Remodeling Co. (15 years)
AA Plumbing Salvage LP, Chicago, IL
ADMINISTRATION/MANAGEMENT (6 Years)
Local School Council Member - Approve School Budget 2002-2004
Judge of Election - Administer County and Local Elections 1998-2004
Students In Free Enterprise Scholar - Develop/Implement Programs 2001
A-A Remodeling Co. - Manage Small Business Operations 1996-2001
Treasurer Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society - Planning/Coordinating Travel 1998-1999
KEM Co. - Property Management 1994-1998
“Making Science Understandable, Is It Possible?” (19 March 2005) Paper presented at the Chicago Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers: Chicago, IL. http://www.neiu.edu/~csaapt/spring05.htm
“Minority Influence on Engineering Technology in Shaping Industrial Education Policy” (18 November 2008) Presentation for the International Journal of Modern Engineering: Nashville, TN.
Reuse in school, is it possible? Technology Management in Teaching Institutions: Recycling Old Technology to Save Costs and Teach Sustainability. (10-14 November 2009) ATMAE Annual Conference: Louisville, Kentucky. Reuse in School - NAIT 2009.pdf
“Staying up-to-date is it possible? Technology Management in Teaching Institutions: Getting Around the Red Tape to Keeping Technology Current and Compatible with Industry Standards” (5 January 2009) Paper presented at the 2009 Hawaii International Conference on Education: Honolulu, HI. HI 2009 Presentation -kugler.pdf