I am a Computer/Business/Technology and Social Studies teacher working at the Dover Schools in Dutchess County, NY. I have taught for 17 years now and have taught in elementary, middle schools, high schools and also college & graduate school. I became a teacher after working for over 10 years as a computer techie with IBM Corporation.
When I was a teenager (many years ago), I was told by my Social Studies teacher that I would one day make a great Social Studies teacher. So I decided to become a teacher following my time at IBM. While working as a Social Studies teacher, I was asked to attain certification to teach Computers, Business and Technology. I have acquired four different teaching licenses in four different subjects. I taught in private schools for a couple years before working in the public schools for the last 14 years.
I enjoy my job and have worn a variety of hats. In addition to being a full-time teacher, I have been asked to serve a variety of roles over the years, including: System Operator/Tech Integration trainer, Department Chairperson, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center district board member, Union Vice President and Webmaster. I have also run a variety of after schools clubs including Computer Club and Newspaper Club. I teach as an adjunct, usually during the summer, at two local colleges teaching History and also Computer Integration in the Classroom. I look forward to more challenges and opportunities for growth.
(Ed Spence is a member of Dover-Wingdale Teachers Association)