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Jerry Swiatek

Jerry Swiatek is a Google Certified Innovator, as well as a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. He is currently a District Technology Specialist for the Citrus County School District in Citrus County, FL, where he works with teachers and students helping them to integrate technology into their classrooms. Jerry will be back in the classroom, beginning in 2016-17, to lead the new Academy of Computer Sciences at one of his districtís high schools. Jerry is the founder and organizer of EdCamp Citrus, an education unconference designed to bring educators together to discuss education issues and technology that works. He is also very involved in the #edchat movement. Each week, Jerry archives each of the #edchat discussions making them available to educators all over the world. He often presents at regional educational technology conferences across the nation. Jerry has an Associate's Degree in Computer Network Systems and a Bachelor's Degree in Information System Security, and has been in education for 12 years. He lives in Inverness, FL with his wife, two children, a dog, a hedgehog, and a snake.

Some of Jerry's Webinars

Presented by Jerry Swiatek Tuesday, May 19, 2020
5:00 - 5:30 PM EDT
Presented by Jerry Swiatek Saturday, March 7, 2020
10:00 - 10:30 AM EST
Presented by Jerry Swiatek Saturday, June 1, 2019
10:00 - 10:30 AM EDT

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Q & A with Jerry Swiatek

When you were a kid, you wanted to be a ______? Why?

A Television or radio broadcaster. The idea of being on the air speaking to thousands or millions intrigued me. I never quite got there, although I did DJ at a night club when I was a bit younger. I also worked the board and co-hosted a small sports talk show at a small radio station in Virginia.

The teacher who had the biggest impact on me and why:

Mr. Raynor, my 9th grade drafting teacher. He was the first teacher I ever had that had a computer in his room. My fascination with computing started in that classroom.

If you could live anywhere other than where you are, it would be:

There is nowhere else Iíd rather be. My wife and I moved to Inverness 13 years ago from Buffalo, NY and have loved every minute of it. Our county is still quite rural but we are only an hour from Orlando and Tampa, so with 2 young children, there is always plenty to do.

I've always wanted to visit:

Iíd love to have the opportunity to visit Africa and Australia. Oh, and also Europe again. I went to Europe when I was 16, but 16 year old Jerry definitely did not appreciate Europe as much as present day Jerry would.

What's the best piece of advice someone ever gave you?

My kids are young, so Iím not sure how effective my advice to them is yet but Iíve told them "Never let anyone change who you are. Always be yourself."