Greetings, my name is Luanne Sirsky and I start my sixteenth year at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica (Queens) in NYC under an English license this fall. Out of the fifteen years, I taught English and trained in the Cisco Networking Academy as a Certified Cisco Academy Instructor in Information Technology Essentials (ITE) and gained my CompITIA A+ industry certification in hardware and software. I also have my Masters in Instructional Technology, which started the quest towards computer science, but without industry experience I cannot achieve a CTE license. For the last seven years and presently, I teach Microsoft Office Applications for Queensborough Community College in their College Now program at Hillcrest HS. My Hillcrest schedule fluctuated between English and ITE or CCNA (networking) or Panduit (wiring) for the last ten years. I taught ECS for the first time ln the 2014-2015 school year and thoroughly loved the critical thinking and problem solving skills it promoted, but also for teaching me to be a true facilitator in the classroom. I relish the fact that I have had principals that recognize that college and career readiness involves technology and computer science. This fall, I will teach ECS again, ITE/CCNA, CSP, and one senior English course this fall, buit I look forward to the challenge and all courses are online, so I look forward to being a "digital" instructor.to
If my introduction did not make it clear, I am a geek or a nerd and yes, I just spent four days upgrading my father and brother's computers from Windows XP to Windows 7 SP1 to allow the free Windows 10 OS while I was home on vacation! I also enjoyed the time I spent in the kitchen feeding 11 people and hostessing a family reunion and another party without my kitchen. I do enjoy cooking when the food is appreciated! As much as I love NYC and I do immensely, I also enjoy camping and being outside of the asphalt jungle.