Seeking a Support Specialist

The Penn Manor Technology Team is seeking a school technology support specialist. Could it be you?

Staff and students will rely on you for friendly help and assistance. You will install, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware and software in a complex, multi-platform academic setting.

Penn Manor’s learning technology mix is 5% Mac, 70% Linux and 25% Windows. Automation is crucial to our work. We use tools like Open Source Puppet, GitLab, and Windows Deployment Services to help our small team manage a huge number of classroom devices.

We are not an ordinary school technology team. Serious applicants should review our guiding principles and technology values and watch a short documentary about our unique open source programs.

Excellent customer service abilities, superior communication skills, and a self-driven work ethic are essential. A degree in a related field or 2-3 years broad technical experience in a mixed platform environment is required. This full-time position will support elementary and middle schools. Minimum salary $48K/year commensurate with related experience. Read the job description.

To apply, email a PDF cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to careers@pennmanor.net. Include the position title, Technology Support Specialist, in the subject line. Deadline for full consideration: May 9, 2018.

Shawn Beard Honored as Outstanding Employee

Shawn Beard, Penn Manor’s Enterprise Systems Engineer, was recently honored as an outstanding district employee for 2015.

Shawn’s is a somewhat elusive member of the PM Technology Team. His day-to-day tasks are often performed behind the curtain–but without him, we’d notice. Shawn is responsible for managing and maintaining our most complex and critical technical infrastructure. He diligently and expertly wrangles district networks and servers, and solves our toughest engineering issues. We call this stuff virtualization, IP routing, DNS, firewall rules, and SSL. To students and staff it means: “Hurray, the Internet is working!”

Shawn joined my team in the fall of 2000, and he has been instrumental in the design and launch of nearly every major IT system at Penn Manor. I have tremendous admiration for Shawn as a colleague and technologist. Year after year, he sets new records for technical excellence. He is incessantly innovative, and his work translates into outstanding learning experiences for our students. I’m so proud that he has been an integral part of my team, and the Penn Manor family, for the past 15 years. Cheers to my IT partner, Shawn Beard!

Three other district rock stars were also recognized. Amy Wiggins, Central Manor fourth-grade teacher, and Melissa McMichael, high school special-education teacher, were honored as Outstanding Educators of the Year. Dottie Bleacher, Marticville Middle School secretary, was named Outstanding Secondary Employee of the Year. Congratulations to this amazing group!

Penn Manor Mobile App

PM Mobile AppPenn Manor’s updated and expanded mobile app is now available for download on your phone or tablet!  The app includes a number of features not available in our previous district news app. Students and parents can now stay connected to school news, events, calendars, menus and more. Unlike paper calendars and schedules of the past, the app is updated on-the-fly as events are added, rescheduled or postponed. Plus students, parents and staff can receive breaking updates on weather closings and other district news.

The free app is available immediately for both Android and iOS phones and tablets. A number of new features are already in the works. Watch for changes and additions to the app over the next few months.