An Introduction to the EST Team
The Embedded Site Tech team is comprised of 8 members that provide on-site support to a variety of school locations. Our job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day. We do our job by creating and maintaining safe and dependable technology environments to help enhance the learning experience for every APS students and staff.
The EST team works with school techs to make sure the technology within their schools is working and readily available. We consistently work to develop a strong relationship with school staff to ensure they know they always have a helping hand within IT.
Alexandrea Peoples - I began working in IT as the department secretary. During that time I was fortunate enough to be able to shadow a variety of EST members and my interest for technology was peaked. I quickly decided this was a team I wanted to be a part of. I've been an EST team member for almost 6 months now and I love it.
Carla Morales-Bastian - Career change after 30 years in Electrical Engineering. My passion is building computers so applying with the APS IT department made perfect sense to me. I love being able to be a part of ensuring students and staff have reliable technology.
Matt Sheppard - I started out as a paraeducator at Lyn Knoll Elem. and eventually transferred over to Clyde Miller as a Tech EA. From there I moved onto Iowa and then onto Aurora Hills as the Tech EA. I was hired on as a member of the Embedded Site Tech team in October 2013 and I absolutely love my job.
Maudie Barber -
I have been with APS for 4 years and have served in different capacities. During that time, I pursued an education in web-design. With guidance from academic counselors, I was encouraged to change direction. Armed with education, experience, and the support of fellow employees, I have the privilege of being an EST today.
Did you know. . .
WIDA Assessment Readiness
IT has created a comprehensive step by step process to ensure that district devices expected to be used for WIDA testing are available and ready for use prior to testing. The Assessment Readiness Process has been sent out to building SACs but is available to any staff member who is responsible for installing, updating or running the DRC Insight Readiness Check on school devices. The Service Desk is available to provide the Assessment Readiness Process upon request.
Headsets with Microphones:IT has been confirmed that the microphone functionality on the dual prong KOSS CS100 headset does NOT work with the adapters/splitters that were placed on the district picklist. If you have purchased the recommended adapters/splitters for testing, please contact the IT department front desk at X28210. We are working diligently to provide enough headsets to accommodate concurrent testing for the speaking portion of the WIDA test only.
IT Interns and Sudent Workers
It was especially rewarding to have the students around for the holidays as it gave us an opportunity to really get to know them. Each of them bring a new and refreshing way of embracing technology.
Wednesday Feb. 3 - IC Training Reports, Reports, Reports: ITC Large Conference Room (Mobile behind the ITC) 8:00 - 9:30
Saturday Feb. 13 - Downtime Maintenance: In order to maintain strong availability (uptime) and minimize system downtime, the APS Information Technology team requires preventive maintenance windows to update hardware and software. These maintenance windows require APS systems to be taken offline (aka “powered down”) to install or upgrade hardware and software.
Ongoing Project - Print server conversion: Print Services and IT are preparing to simplify and improve the way we print. We are implementing a new print server and printer management system that will change the way that we recognize network printers. Instead of printing directly to a device that has been installed on your machine, you’ll print to a print server and have access to all of the printers in your department / building.
You will no longer have to manually install each printer on your workstation. The new software solution will enable us to monitor all printing across the network. We will have detailed information about print habits and preferences. This will enable us to make better decisions regarding the way we print and help us make better choices going forward with how we choose to manage our printing in the future.