James Brogan (Jim) is the Director of Technology at Gloucester County Public Schools, Virginia. He fulfills the technological expectations of over 5,500 students and hundreds of teachers. The district is made up of five primary schools, two middle schools, one high school, and one alternative school.
Jim got into education after serving in the Air Force. He flew for 11 years and then served at two Air Force Commands, retiring with 20 years service at the rank of Major. After retiring, he decided to switch careers. “What would I enjoy doing?” he asked himself upon leaving the military. Education seemed to be the right fit. He received his MPA in 1985 and MSEd in 1995, and then began teaching social studies.
However, he explained, “I was only one of a handful of people in the school division who knew anything about computers, which drew me to educational technology.” So after two years in the classroom, he moved to the tech department. With more tech experience and college education, Jim advanced to the Director of Technology position in 2008.
Since becoming the Director, he has been most satisfied with his efforts of obtaining more tech devices and building-out the district’s wireless network. Currently, the district has more than 6,000 PCs, 2,000 iPads, and 2,000 Chromebooks. This year, they began their multi-year, one-to-one initiative: issuing a chromebook to rising sixth graders.
To use all of these devices, however, they needed a functioning, wireless network. “The successful build-out of the wireless network has been, at the same time, one of the most challenging and most rewarding accomplishments,” delighted Jim.
Teachers motivate Jim to keep up with EdTech. The technology standards are set higher and higher every year. He described, “Teachers expect the technology, and we must deliver.”