Q&A with Technology Director Erica Beasley

By: Sabrina Venezia and Diana Jones

Q: What have you liked best about working at Briarcliff?

A: Without a doubt, what I’ve liked best working at Briarcliff is our community of students and staff.

Q: How long have you been working here?

A: I’ve been working for Briarcliff for 17 years.

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

A: If I had a superpower, it would be the power to create at no cost or sweat what I think, simply by rubbing my wrists together.

Q: What is your favorite memory from Briarcliff?

A: Choosing a favorite memory is tough. I’ve had many wonderful memories at Briarcliff.  If I must pick one, it would be creating the Student Help Desk where we fix our own Apple equipment.

Q: What is your greatest accomplishment?

A: My greatest accomplishment during my time with Briarcliff is creating a safe technical ecosystem for our students and staff to learn and teach.

Q: Where is your dream vacation spot?

A: My dream vacation spot is in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Q: What are planning to do during retirement?

A: I’m too young to retire.  My family is relocating to Pinehurst, North Carolina, my dream vacation spot.

Q: How has technology changed the way students have learned throughout your years?

A: Technology has transformed the tools available for us to learn.  We can virtually experience the world in ways that were not available when I started with Briarcliff.  In years ahead, I am looking forward to technology reaching all five of our basic senses.  We have sight and hearing covered.  In the years to come, I’m convinced we will figure out the other three: touch, smell, and taste.  The experiences of augmented reality and virtual reality tools have a lot of potential and are coming to our classrooms soon.

Q: Who is your role model?

A: My great-grandfather is my role model.  I was fortunate to know him for the first 12-years of my life.

Q: If you had one million dollars, what would you do with it?

A: Invest and save it.

Q: If you had the whole district’s attention for thirty seconds, what would you say?

A: It’s so important to stay involved and let the District know what you like.  Sustaining and inspiring the good that is happening, requires people to speak up about what’s going well. So many times, we only hear what people don’t like.

Q: If you could give advice to the next Director of Technology, what would it be?

A: Listen to the pulse of the District.  The technology will follow accordingly.

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