MEET MR. AHERN
I started using computers when I was in fourth grade. Back then, our school had a mini-lab of 12 Radio Shack TRS-80 color computers. My class worked in partners to write short programs that moved a turtle around the screen (a programming language known as Logo) to create shapes and designs. From there, I began to use computers more often in middle school and high school. I joined computer clubs and published a computer magazine with a close friend of mine.
It wasn’t until my junior year in high school that teaching and technology started to come together. My former first grade teacher contacted me to fix a few computers in her third grade classroom. She remembered I had an interest in teaching (it must’ve been all the extra papers I asked to take home) and invited me to share my knowledge of computers with her third graders. I accepted the invitation and spent the next four years volunteering in her classroom. It was this experience that led me down the path of education.
I attended Bridgewater State College and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and geography. I began in Sharon as a fourth grade teacher at Heights Elementary in 1997. Two years later, I transferred to second grade. During my tenure as a classroom teacher I integrated technology on a regular basis.
After ten years, I decided to share my knowledge and passion for technology with both teachers and students. I now have a Master’s degree in elementary education and am also certified in instructional technology. I marvel at how much has changed in the last 25 years and anxiously await for what lies ahead.