I was born and raised in Philadelphia and attended high school in Camden, New Jersey. Attending the same high school my mother taught in. My mom was a great influence, encouraging me to run track and helping me to excel in track and field. I earned a track scholarship to attend South Carolina State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Education and later a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Webster University with a focus on Educational Technology.
I have always liked SciFi, technology, science, space, aviation and a love for comic books. Not realizing I was a Blerd already my experiences actually prepared me for my Blogging that I do now and public speaking on technology.
Enjoying working with children I have been teaching over 20 years during which I have taught Physical Education and Technology. Sometimes a strange combination, but a great skill being able too teach kindergarten to fifth grade on the elementary level. Having had the opportunity to teach in higher education allowed me to share my skills with future educators from HBCU’s like Edward Waters College.
My professional experiences also include teaching in higher education, working for NASA and the Florida Department of Education teaching technology, curriculum and Internet skills to teachers in Northeast Florida. The background and experiences have allowed me to be able to conducting Social Media/Social Networking presentations, Bullying & Cyberbullying, Internet Safety for teens and young adults. Speaking on a regular basis in Jacksonville, Florida I enjoy being engaged with youth and teens.
A highlight is being selected as an instructor with Mayor Alvin Brown and City of Jacksonville’s Learn2Earn Experience, providing training to youth on Social Media Accountability, Bullying and Cyberbullying responsibility, Internet Safety, Cell Phone safety. I have been able to speak on Blog Talk Radio Shows about technology, Social Media and education. Being exposed to a national audience and sharing my personal Blog: My Quest To Teach http://MyQuestToTeach.WordPress.com/ and My Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/williamjacksoninfl
Taking it further I’m an engineering and technology teacher at a STEAM elementary school - Science Technology Engineering Art Mathematics. The opportunities in these areas will allow students at my school which is also a Title One and Magnet school to see career options and how valuable and empowering technology can be.