CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) welcomes Sterling Beane Jr. as the state’s lead visionary related to education technology and its future in West Virginia classrooms.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled that Superintendent Phares and the West Virginia Board of Education have given me this opportunity,” said Beane. “I have had one foot in the education arena and another foot in the technology world for several years. As the WVDE Chief Technology Officer, I expect to be actively engaged with stakeholders from within and outside of K-12 education to create a shared statewide vision of technology integration in our schools. By identifying our opportunities and barriers, we can form a collective understanding of the direction we will take to increase student achievement and transform education through the use of technology.”
Beane has more than 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, technology specialist and county technology director. A native of Gassaway, West Virginia, Beane earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Glenville State College. He earned master’s degrees in educational leadership and elementary education with an emphasis in educational technology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Salem International University.
Most recently, Beane served as a coordinator in the WVDE Office of Instructional Technology. As a coordinator, Beane oversaw the Tools for Schools technology program, the Technology Systems Specialist (TSS) Pilot Project, and served as the technology liaison to the Office of Education Performance Audits, School Building Authority and other external organizations and entities.
Beane considers one-to-one computing, desktop and server virtualization, data center design, cloud computing, and applying analytics for data based decision making areas of immediate need.
“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on increased access to quality online learning through the West Virginia Virtual School; implementing a data system that allows schools to easily collect and utilize data to make informed, real time decisions about a student’s progress and modify instruction as needed; and perhaps most importantly, creating a data system that makes it easier for parents to take an active role in their children’s education,” added Beane.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-558-2699.