Leonard Sheehy is a technology teacher at Randolph Middle School in Randolph New Jersey. He currently teaches robotics, computer programming and crime scene investigation classes. Mr. Sheehy is also employed by the United States Army as a STEM instructor. He works with scientists and engineers to develop and implement hands-on, state of the art lessons and activities for the camp located on the base at Picatinny Arsenal. He is also the robotics club advisor and head of the sixth grade ski club. Prior to this position Mr. Sheehy taught physics and chemistry at Randolph Middle School. Mr. Sheehy is currently enrolled in a Doctoral Program at New Jersey City University.
Leonard Sheehy is committed to researching the latest educational technology tools available in order to bring the highest quality education to students. Past teaching experience includes; Director at College Gifted Programs, Curriculum Consultant/Demonstrator Liberty Science Center, Computer Instructor at Gibbs College, Computer Instructor at Ocean County College. Mr. Sheehy has worked extensively with disabled students including his employment as a computer instructor at The Matheny School.
My goal is to increase accessibility to education through technology. Learning is limited for some due to lack of means or through disability. Educational technology can bridge the gap for these individuals by providing access to communication, information, and knowledge. I would like to research the best practices in teaching with technology and share this knowledge with others. The doctoral program at NJCU will allow me to be part of the new vision of learning.
I wish to become part of fabricating the future of education. The research conducted in the next three years will improve my leadership skills. Thus qualifying me to apply my vast experience as an educator and professional to enhance educational technology integration. NJCU will allow me to study more thoroughly the rapidly changing environment of education today. It will provide me with the skills necessary to communicate my vision of innovation. I feel that it is vital to be involved with this program because education is changing in many dimensions. I will be exposed to new learning tools that are being developed daily and allow me to evaluate how effective they are in education. It’s great to be involved at this time.
I have completed self-assessments provided by Peter Northouse in his book Leadership Theory and Practice (Northouse, 2013). These assessments have defined me as an authentic leader. This practical and ethical style combine with the positive traits listed by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie in their book Strengths Based Leadership come together to create a strong leadership style (Rath,Conchie, 2008). I believe that all members of the team should experience success. This can be accomplished by finding the good in everyone and by providing strength to those in need.
I believe that robotics will become even more revolutionary: assisting the disabled, improving the life of the elderly, and providing advanced medical treatments. In order to assist in this revolution I have developed goals for myself. I plan to become an expert in robotics education by reviewing the different products available to the field, specifically Arduino and EVO. I will write grants to obtain these packages so that I can research their capabilities. I will continue to present at conferences such as The New Jersey Technology & Engineering Educators Associiation, design curriculum for robotic education, advise educators on new robotic education breakthroughs, and botain a Doctorate in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University.
Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Rath, T., & Conchie, B. (2008). Strenghts based leadership. New Yourk, NJ: Gallup Press.