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 also is 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.
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, College Gifted Programs, Curriculum Consultant/Demonstrator, Liberty Science Center, Computer Instructor, Gibbs College, Computer Instructor, Ocean County College. Mr. Sheehy has worked extensively with disabled students including his employment as a computer instructor at The Matheny School. He he worked with students afflicted with Cerebral Palsy to adapt technology to meet the individual needs of the child.
My goal is to increase accessibility to education through technology. Learning is limited to 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 to 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 will improve my leadership skills 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.
My plans for graduate studies involve exploring SOLE (Self-Organized Learning Environment), a program developed by Sugata Mitra. He was awarded TED talks $1 million seed challenge funds to design the future of education. I have begun the groundwork for this project and I am prepared to put into action this core content model.
Completing this research will allow me to continue my professional career. I hope to share my research by becoming a director of technology or a consultant to districts seeking to expand their use of technology.
I am scientist of education that researches new methods of teaching which increase access to individuals with special needs and those that are financially challenged. I possess abundant knowledge, experience, energy and excitement and will apply it to NJCU and the field of educational technology. I look forward to continuing this conversation.