Thursday, November 8, 2007

Anniston schools tech coordinator thrives in role

Anniston City Schools Technical Coordinator David Land checks on computer hardware in an Anniston High School classroom. Photo: Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star

As Melinda Hicks erases equations off her white board, she asks her Anniston High School calculus class a question.

But with a smile she directs it at David Land.

“This would be so much easier with a smart board, wouldn’t it?” she says, with a wink, referring to the electronic gadget teachers use to write on from anywhere and project for the class to see.

Land gets the hint.

As the new technology coordinator for Anniston City Schools, he assures her help is on the way.

The school board hired Land in August. Before the vote, some board members made sure he knew the challenges that awaited him.

Now, after about three months on the job, Land is focused on bringing the school system up to date.

“We’re going to bring kids back,” he said. “Anniston is going to offer more opportunities than anyone else.”

Land brings a career of experience with computers to his first job in education. After time working in counterintelligence with the Army, he spent seven years working in computer espionage at the U.S. Department of Energy.

He took leave on disability, but before he could return, the department eliminated his job.

Land cast a wide net searching for his next job, but an opening where he grew up tugged him hardest.

“I went to Noble Street and Cobb” schools, he said. “It’s a different school system that I came back to.”

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