My name is Michael Elson and I am the District Technology Coordinator for South Amboy Public Schools.
I attended St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ and received my BA from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA.
I have lived in NJ most of my life, but as a youngster I lived in Arizona, New Mexico, Guam and Missouri.
Computers has always been a passion, starting when the family purchased our first Apple IIe (instead of a car). My grammar school closely thereafter purchased three TRS-80s that they let me use at lunch. I designed my first program, Hangman, on the Model III along with my trusty tape-drive and 1st computer teacher, Roz Auerbach. Mrs. Auerbach took me under her wing and allowed me to play, experiment and explore.
I continued to use (and abuse) computers throughout High School. I was fortunate enough to have had worked all summer before college and managed to purchase my very own CompuAdd 386 with a whopping 1MB of RAM (again, instead of a car).
I started my teaching career in January of 1993 with an assignment in an 8th grade classroom. I brought in my trusty CompuAdd and plopped it on my desk at school (a first for the district) and proceeded to show my colleagues how to use WordPerfect to print tests on my Okidata 93 using ditto paper. I then developed the first computer curriculum when an insurance company donated 20 i386 IBMs to the school along with the massive 20MB Bernoulli Boxes for storage. I was in heaven.
My career has morphed significantly since then, transitioning into the IT side full-time about 10 years ago.
Now I run the network and repair the computers that enable my fellow teachers to complete their tasks.
Much has changed since ProDOS, MS-DOS and Windows 3.1, but my love of all things computer has not.
This will be yet another of many attempts at keeping an up-to-date blog. Feel free to join me on this little expedition.
The views expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views of the South Amboy Board of Education. Please see my disclosure page for more.