Hi there - glad you stopped by.
I'm Kevin, and I'm a professional geek. I'm also a dad (x4!), music school trained percussionist, carpenter, hockey player, and many, many other things.
Now, my business card (if I ever had one printed) would currently say Director of Technology and Information Systems - a mouthful to be sure. My past few business cards would have said something similar, as well. I have almost 30 years (gulp!) experience in IT - the first 21 or so in hospitals.
I went to school to be a teacher - a music teacher - and I graduated with a Bachelor of Music, (yes, a B.M. - a great hospital joke) and certified K-12 as a teacher in MA. I'm a percussionist, and I've taught and written music for various marching bands & drum corps (as a contractor) literally since the day I graduated high school, as well as performed in almost every conceivable type of musical ensemble - rock, jazz, symphonic, marching, electronic, avant-garde - you name it, I've probably played it at least once.
Like many people I fell into my "career" as an IT professional - 3rd shift weekend job to help pay for college at a local hospital system. By the time I graduated, I was Lead Computer Operator, making 10k more a year than if I went into teaching full time, and loved it, so I stuck with it.
It's common to dream about the job you don't have being your dream job, and for most people, you never get that chance, or it doesn't work out. I had always thought that if I could do my geek thing in a school, it would be a perfect match.
In my case, it's a dream come true. I was right - the combination of education and technology has totally been the dream job I imagined.
I've been able to bring those skills honed in the 24x7 world of healthcare, and combine them with my understanding of teaching and learning - I love going to work (nearly) every day.
Currently, I manage IT in a building that spans over a 1/4 mile and 350,000+ square feet, with over 1300 students and 160 staff in a regional vocational technical high school. We have over 1000 iPads in a 1:1 deployment grades 9-11, with next year being our first where we will have every student with a device. While by sheer numbers the iPad is the predominant device, we support Windows, OS X, iOS, and Chrome devices across a broad swath of uses - from general purpose computers used for writing and researching, to specialized applications like AutoCAD, MasterCAM, automotive paint mixing systems, restaurant and store POS's, metal forming machines, and more.
I'm not a know-it-all, but I've been around a while, and I've had some success. I feel it's important to share my experiences and knowledge to improve and inform others. My goal is to write about these experiences and projects, and share what worked - and what didn't. If I write about a vendor or product, it's my experience - if I love it, I'll tell you. If I hate, I'll tell you too. No one is paying me to say nice things, so you be sure that what I say is MY truth - take it for what it's worth.
I hope you'll come back often. You can follow me on Twitter @KevinM_Williams - and feel free to let me know if there is something you want me to write about!