We call on him to make sure the network can handle 300(ish) freshman taking a state mandated test at the same time. To make sure the new-fangled Chromebooks are all properly updated with directions on how to login. To make sure the mice and keyboards are working (as best they can) in all our computer labs.
We call on him to unfreeze ours or our student login accounts. We call on him to retrieve that “oops” delete of the most important document since the Gettysburg Address we’ve been working on for four hours. We call on him to fix our mice, our WiFi, our SMART Board bulbs. He sends e-mails when you use the wrong “bounce list” for a whole school e-mail, redesigned the school website, provides links and information to the Intranet, and yes, even decided to be the person who coordinates the computer-lab checkouts this year.
I’ll take 352 the week before finals 1, 3, 4, and 5…
Oh, and a chuckle always comes on my face when I hear over the radio one of my administrators asking for Christian. It’s only one level-less serious a problem than when his name is called over the loudspeaker. I’d like to think the soda can in his hand hampers his ability to answer their frantic calls.
But then, then we hear from former colleagues and even other acquaintances around the district about his willingness to help them too. His willingness to upload pictures of students to Infinite Campus for not just our school, but schools across the district. His ability to answer other tech-people’s questions when they don’t know how to program door keys or how to bypass a node-switch coagulator, on a Windows Millennium Edition Computer, and do whatever else tech guys do.
But lastly, it’s that smile on his face when he gets a good chuckle. Whether it’s him freezing a student’s computer who’s not doing their work in the lab, wheeling in a TV from 1983 to my classroom to see if it still works, and chuckling at the absolutely ridiculous things I make up that sound computer related and say to him…
We depend on him daily, and so do our students. (Even if by mistake we sometimes yell at him for wandering the halls and tell him to go to class.)
There really is only one Christian.
– In the words of Mr. Andrew Martin, Social Studies Teacher
– Nominated by Ms. Joan Steinhorst, former JMAC Special Education Teacher
and Ms. Shana Lucas , former JMAC Special Education Teacher
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