Rock Creek hired Bobby Davis in November as a computer specialist to be a hands-on resource to fix computer issues and to integrate more technology, and now, Davis will be promoted to being the district’s technology director in the fall.
Davis will replace Laurie Redding as the technology director, as Redding moved to Ellsworth last year, but has worked from home for the district during this school year.
“I’m excited for a new challenge,” Davis said. “[It will be] a lot of fun.”
Prior to coming to Rock Creek, Davis had taught for the Wichita Technical Institute and had worked at Apple for seven years.
“His technology skills are incredible,” principal Eric Koppes said. “His attitude is awesome. He works extremely hard and extremely well with people.”
As for what Davis does during the day, it can vary, depending on the needs of the faculty members and the students.
“I enjoy not knowing what I’m going to be doing every day,” he said.
In order to help Rock Creek staff and students, Davis said he has been working on several training videos to help them learn how to use technology better. He also is available to any teachers or students with technology problems.
Business and technology teachers Pat Booth and Des Renner both said that Davis is an asset to the school.
“If I have an issue with computers, I e-mail him, and he comes,” Booth said, while Renner added, “He fixes any problems we have with software, hardware and computers.”
Not only does he fix the issues, but “he shows you what you can do next time,” Koppes said. “He teaches you a lesson, as he fixes the issue. He’s helped me on my iPad, smartphone and desktop — any technological area I’ve dealt with so far.”
Since Davis is being promoted, the district is in the process of hiring a replacement for his position. Additionally, this person would be responsible for working in the library, so the position will be called a media aide.
“This person will be working mainly in the library and exploring an electronic library,” Koppes said. “They will also manage all of the peripheral equipment, being Smartboards, projectors and anything else you can hook to a computer.”
For next year, when Davis will step up into his new role, the district plans on upgrading technology, including new computers for the business and technology classrooms and the Room 107 lab and new software [Windows 7 and Adobe CS6] for those computers.
“A lot of new stuff for the labs next year will be added,” Davis said.
Article by Alexis McCormick and Abbie Plummer, Staff Members