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Saegertown shutdown stories: Working with a ‘wildcard’ to provide tech support for teachers and staff 

By Ryan Brocious, Technology Specialist for PENNCREST School District and Panther Press EIC, Volume 1, 2006-2007

Ryan Brocious and Olive

The daily routine of a work-from-home technology specialist looks a little something like this. I wake up early(ish) and sneak downstairs to make that essential elixir most call coffee. Then it’s off to the home office, where I try to cram in as much work as I can before the rest of the family awakens from their slumber. 

After that, it’s anybody’s guess as to what my day looks like.

As a technology specialist for PENNCREST, my current role is to keep educational technology for teachers and administrators functioning from day-to-day. Currently, that entails assisting them with adapting to the constantly changing expectations of the word of the month – Distance Learning. 

Early morning usually includes creating tutorials for the in-demand tech tools that teachers will begin using on Monday, March 30 to educate the youth of our generation. Once teachers are up and working in the morning, I am at the mercy of my email. Every notification sound means a different teacher with a different question that requires a prompt and informed response. 

Through all of this frenzied typing, there is a wildcard that I failed to mention: Olive. Olive is my two-year-old; a stubborn-like-her-mother, inquisitive, and heart-melting daughter who loves to do everything Daddy does. When this wildcard springs from her bed, I see my productive morning disappear. 

Turn on Sesame Street. Read the same book ten times in a row. Build a Lego tower. But through all of the demands of being a father, there is one thing that I am learning from working at home. There is no greater feeling than the pride that overwhelms me as she sits in my lap typing on her (unplugged) keyboard while I type away, trying to maintain some form of work ethic over the next six hours of my “workday.” 

Fortunately for me, my workday is flexible, and I log many hours after her head hits the pillow at night. I terribly miss interacting with students and staff five days a week during these trying times, but I must admit that I am quickly learning to love working with the wildcard that I am lucky enough to call my daughter. 

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Journalism Adviser, Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School

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