Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet Matt Fuller, Barrington 220 CTO

When I arrived in Barrington 220 on July 1, 2014, my feeling was that I had walked into a theater in the middle of a very exciting movie. The story had already begun, many major characters were entrenched in a complicated plot, and the majority of the cast would not arrive for quite a while. Luckily, several people had explained the scenario in advance and I wasn’t completely unprepared for the action that would follow.

On July 1, I began in Barrington 220 as the district’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). This position is a newly restructured role that incorporates the technical support staff with instructional technology and library staff. I work directly with June Nilles, our Database Coordinator, who heads our Infinite Campus Student Information System; Joe Robinson, our Instructional Technology Coordinator, who works with our district’s Technology Support Specialists; LeeAnn Taylor, our Director of Media Services, who works with our Librarians; and Russ Vander Mey, our district’s Network Operations Manager, who manages our technology infrastructure and works with our district Computer Technicians. I also work with the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendents as part of the Executive Council. Finally, I work very closely with our Curriculum and Instruction department, including our Curriculum Directors and Digital Age Learning Coaches.

Previously, I served as Technology Director in school districts across the Chicago suburbs including The Winnetka Public Schools, Des Plaines Community Consolidated School District, and the Wilmette School District. I recently completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership from National Louis University. As part of my doctoral program, I wrote and published three studies, each available (for free) in the iBooks Store:

I began my education career as a band director and elementary music teacher after earning my Bachelor of Music from DePauw University (Greencastle, Indiana). I’ve been an Apple Distinguished Educator since 2007 and I frequently present at schools and educational technology conferences sharing research findings and providing professional development sessions.

I sincerely thank the entire staff at James Street, where my office is located, for assisting me in my transition. Everyone whom I have met so far across Barrington 220 has been immensely helpful, professional, and gracious.

I very much look forward to meeting and working with more and more Barrington 220 teachers, staff, and administrators. With the amazing cast and crew I have met so far, I fully expect this film to be a blockbuster cinematic event.

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