Ruth A. Brown
Name: Ruth Brown
Position: Instructor, Computer Technology
Mrs. Brown is currently in her eleventh year in secondary education. Mrs. Brown began her education career as a Business Education Instructor in January, 1998, becoming a Computer Technology Instructor in 2000. Prior to teaching at the high school level, Mrs. Brown also taught Adult Education courses. Before entering the field of education, she worked as a retail manager and front desk manager. Mrs Brown Brown has her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and an Associates Degree in Computer Technology. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Science program with a concentration in Administration. Mrs. Brown shares some of her thoughts about the Computer Technology program below:
What is your teaching philosophy? I believe in project based learning that is student centered. I enjoy teaching because every day is different, especially when you are trying to keep up with technology. I have high expectations for my students, and I try to meet them where they are and help them to advance.
What type of curriculum is covered in the Computer Technology program? At Region 9 we are currently using the Cisco Curriculums. The first year students complete IT Essentials which focuses on Computer Hardware and Software; it is also aligned with Comptia's A+ Certification Standards. The second year students focus on networking using the Cisco CCNA Discovery Curriculum. The standards are aligned to Comptia's Net+ and the CCNA standards.
What types of jobs are available in the Computer Technology industry? The job potential is excellent, although many white-collar computer positions have been outsourced to other countries. I think it is important for to work for a company for four or five years before becoming self-employed.
What are some of the character traits you believe it takes to be successful in the Computer Technology industry?
- Excellent problem-solving and cognitive abilities
- Good people skills
- Determination and dedication to learning
- Certification training is important