Dr. Nancy Farrell, Technology Resource Teacher (TRT)
I am so very happy to be a part of your child's education here at Hillsboro.
I have been working in education for over 25 years as a Special Educator (LD & ED), a Technology Resource Teacher, and as a Staff Development Trainer. I did my undergraduate work at Penn State (Rehabilitation Education), and my graduate studies at George Mason University (M.Ed. in Special Education and Ph.D. in Instructional Technology/Education Leadership).
It is my firm belief that we are to help students become good users of information - that is, they need to be able to understand where to look and how to find information when needed. When they leave Hillsboro after the fifth grade, they should have built a knowledge base to enable them choose the best digital tools and applications for a given task. I will work with their teachers so that students will be familiar with productivity tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. They will have a basic knowledge of communication tools and will be familiar with safety protocol involving online communication, to augment the safety guidelines established by their parents at home. Teachers and the school Librarian will help your children learn to search for quality information in the myriad of electronic sources available, and your student will begin to learn how to evaluate the reliability of a source.
Outside school, my family and I are avid supporters the Performing Arts, and love seeing young people explore their talents and skills on stage and in the wings. In fact, our daughter is a working actress, who got her early music and acting basics in Loudoun County Public Schools.
Stop by to talk theater or technology with me!
I will be splitting my time between Hillsboro and Waterford Elementary Schools.
Mrs. Beth McIntyre, Technology Assistant (TA)
When I was in third grade, I was part of a group of kids that got to travel to a center that had a computer so we could do a little computer programming. Of course, the computer was the size of a building and the program could only print out a small picture that we diagrammed, but it was so much fun! I was hooked. I took a Basic and Fortran Language computer class in high school and by then the 4 computers were only the size of half of the classroom. In the early 1980's when I started college, Virginia Tech wanted to completely empty my parents pockets and required all engineering majors to purchase a "portable" computer. This portable thing was about 75 lbs. and the size of your grandmothers suitcase. It had one floppy drive (5 1/4"), 256 RAM, and no hard drive. $3,000!!! The screen was 6 inches square and the letter color was orange. I wish I still had it.
I got my degree in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech and got a job with computers at Computer Sciences Corporation in Rockville, MD. After I had Abby, I stopped working at CSC and started teaching gymnastics. That was fun revisiting a childhood passion. When I got pregnant with Molly, I had to stop that and didn't work again until starting at Hillsboro 5 years ago. I love my job and working with the kids is so rewarding.
I met my husband at Tech. He was a biology major now working in the IT field (Why our parents spent all that money on a degree I'll never know. I guess it was for the social life.) My family loves going to the beach and Disney World. We love playing Wii together and the only problem is the kids are getting better than us old people. I love to sew, craft, knit, and read. The kids' soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, acting, and dancing keep us pretty busy. But . . . if there is a Hokie football game on or I was lucky enough to get tickets, you'll know where to find me.