Holy Angels Elementary School

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Growing up, I went to school in two other states, Ohio and Minnesota, before coming to Riverside, California in fifth grade. I attended several schools there all the way up to my college years at UC Riverside (between 1975 and 1980 - skipping away for a freshman year at UCSD in 1974.)
UCR Degrees: BA, MA
Northwestern University (1980-1984)
Degree: Doctoral candidacy (ABD)

I was a Teaching Assistant at both universities, then began teaching music and computers at the K-8 level in 1985 at Pinecrest School in Chatsworth.

I started at Holy Angels in 1987 acting as the Director of Music Ministries for the parish, the school's music teacher, and also its first computer teacher.  I switched over to just computers after the class of 1997 graduated.
Since 1987, the computer lab has changed several times. It was a vacant classroom when I arrived, then became a dedicated lab with 18 Commodore 64 computers in the beginning of 1988!  In 1996, the lab had its first major renovation to accommodate 18 IBM PC's connected to an internal server on its own network. Over the next two years, the school had its first school-wide network installed, leading up to making Holy Angels School the first elementary school of any kind in the State of California to be connected to the Internet using DSL service. In fact, back in 1999, Pacific Bell used our school to help train some of its technicians on the new service!
The lab went through another renovation in 2005 and 2006 (library) to expand its capacity to 36 stations, and to include the library as a paired facility with the lab.
In summer 2018, we made another change - adding a Raspberry Pi maker lab to the curriculum. Thanks to the Endowment Fund, we were able to procure a number of Raspberry Pi computer kits and components that allow our students to do even more hands-on coding and physical computing. Eventually, we intend to turn the lab into a maker space.

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