Marshall Named As President-Elect of Regional Technology Association

Marshall Named As President-Elect of Regional Technology Association
Posted on 11/27/2018

Robertson County Schools’ Supervisor of Technology James Marshall has been selected as President-Elect of the Middle Tennessee Educational Technology Association beginning January 2019.  Marshall has been the RCS tech supervisor for the past 22 years and has previously served as MTETA president on two previous and separate occasions.

 

The middle Tennessee group is one of three regions, which collectively make up the Tennessee Educational Technology Association.  Marshall is no stranger to either entity, having helped start TETA more than two decades ago.  At that time, the current need for school districts was merely a means of providing electronic attendance records for schools.  

 

“I met with a group of colleagues from other districts to work on this,” said Marshall.  “The need for technology growth was recognized and a group was formed to provide networking and discussion.  That was back when we were taking typewriters out of schools and replacing them with computers for word processing.  We’ve come a long way since those days.” 

 

That small group of initial technology directors has now grown to a statewide organization that sponsors annual conferences both for teachers and for technology professionals.  Marshall says the benefits to RCS that are derived from the networking and assistance of colleagues has been immeasurable and invaluable.

 

“Our Summer institute, for instance, is put on by us for us.  It’s for technicians and tech directors from counties across the state.  That’s all about looking at new products, sharing new ideas, etc. 

 

“It’s hard to find the time to attend the institute, but there is so much given each year that you can bring back to your district that you’ve just got to go,” he said. “I couldn’t have survived without them.”

 

Referencing the district’s goal of placing a laptop computer in the hands of each high school student, Marshall said, “All the people who helped us start our 1:1 are a part of TETA.”

 

Marshall’s new position will involve serving on the statewide board for a three-year stint as: President-Elect, President, and then Past-President, consecutively.  He’s looking forward to the responsibilities, saying, “They’re my friends and they’ve helped me, and I’m going to help them one more time.”

 

Congratulations Mr. Marshall!

 

 

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