WEST ESSEX, NJ-West Essex Regional High School has hired a new Supervisor of Technology, Charles Young, appointed June 2, for the 2014-15 school year.
The position, created through the collaborative efforts of superintendent of Schools, Barbara Longo and the West Essex Regional Board of Education, is an active attempt to spearhead the growing need to incorporate cutting edge technologies to improve the education of students in the district.
“Successful integration of technology in education is the result of technology having a purpose, not just having technology for technology’s sake,” he said. “I believe wholeheartedly that technology initiatives should support curriculum. How can technology support teaching and learning? What tools are available for teachers and students to succeed? Buying devices or installing new technology just because is not enough anymore. A well-developed plan for professional development is also a must.”
Young’s academic background boasts a degree in Computer Information Systems from the University of Scranton and a Masters Degree in instructional technology from Wilkes University. He will take his experience as an information technology manager for Somerset Hills for six years and, previously, a technology coordinator in a k-12 District in Pennsylvania as well as an instructional technologist for the University of Scranton and apply it to the task at hand.