My Quest To Teach

Bio and Curriculum Vitae

Professional Vitae of William Jackson
Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T)
Concentration: Educational Technology,  Social Media
and STEAM Advocate – Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.

William D. Jackson
Jacksonville, Florida – United States of America
Electronic Contact:
Personal Web site:
Twitter: @wmjackson – Skype: williamjacksoninfl

M. Ed. (M.A.T 2004) – Educational Technology
Webster University – Jacksonville, Florida
B.S. (1985) – Education
South Carolina State University – Orangeburg, S.C.
Camden High School – Camden, New Jersey
High School Diploma (1980) – College Prep
College Prep Curriculum

Additional Education:
University of Central Florida 1996 / 1997 / 2005
Social Media and the Integration of Technology
University of South Florida 2004 / 2005
Using and Understanding Social Media
University of Florida 2011 / 2012
African History and The Historical Significance

Social Media Connections:
YouTube Content:
Blogging at: My Quest To Teach
Aboutme:  William Jackson

20+ Years educational experience in public and higher education

Duval County Public Schools – Professional Educator – Current
Position(s): Physical Education and STEM / STEAM Educator
School Technology Contact – CET Trained Mentor

Adjunct Professor:

Edward Waters College
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM
Engineering / Technology Teacher / STEM Advocate
Creator of “Tiger Talks Experience”
Similar to TEDX and TEDTAKS.
Engaging HBCU students to speak about areas of passion,
power and purpose. Working to improve the articulation and
oratory skills of HBCU students through blogging, vblogging and
oratory execution.
Integration of project based learning with diverse levels of
technology usage and application.

Online Media / Social Media Visionary with My Quest To Teach
Invited by NASA to blog on launching of several space launches
of satellites and space missions. 2014 to 2016 Kennedy Space Center
and Jacksonville, Florida

Current and Past Executive Board Positions:
JCCI Forward – Marketing and Publicity – Current
E3 Business Group North Florida Advocate – Past
Boys2Men Symposium Committee – Marketing – Past
Impact Jacksonville Education Committee – Past
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Jacksonville, Florida – Past 
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) – Past

Instructional Experiences:
Instructional Supervisor: NASA 1994 – 1996
Educating teachers how to use technology in the classroom
using either low tech or high tech applications and equipment.
Project based learning for educators in how to integrate technology
in the classroom. Using differentiated instruction, hands-on projects
and project based instruction and learning.
Students are actively engaged and participating in the teaching and
*STEM / STEAM /STREAM / CSTEAM Education 2009- 2011
Engineering / Technology Teacher
School Technology Coordinator – Current

Duval County Public Schools: Technology Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities:
Technology based instruction, support staff professional
development in technology applications, manage online
assessments,  maintain and repair hardware.
Provide school and community training
*Adjunct Edward Waters College – 2004 – Current
Teaching Educational Technology Edu Tech 250
Develop student’s instructional teaching abilities
using technology to meet and exceed the learning modalities
of students. Prepare education students to use technology
in the classroom environment to facilitate learning.
Require students to blog, microblog and conduct research
projects based in STEM and STEAM

Instructional Roles Outside of Education:
*Social Media and You!!!!
Orange County Public Library Workshop
Seminal County Public Libraries
Conducted workshops about Social Media and the
building of Brand recognition and visibility
*Jewish Community Alliance
Providing Social Media / STEM /STEAM workshops
for JCA in Middle Schools in Jacksonville, Florida
*Family Support Services  – Foster Care Services
Providing Social Media / STEM /STEAM workshops
for FSS in Jacksonville, Florida for youth and teens in the
foster care and family support services in Jacksonville, Florida
Conference presentation:
Presenter / Speaker at ASLAH – Jacksonville, Florida
Technology and the teaching of Black History
Using STEAM and STEM Initiatives
* Preventing Crime in the Black Community
Working with the Florida State Attorney’s Office
2014, 2015 and 2016 speaking in Jacksonville,
Orlando and Miami, Florida Focus is on preventing Sexting,
Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking and Social Media Safety
*Man Up for Health – Health Summit for Men and Boys
2015 – 2016 – 2017
Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition, Inc.
More Than a Hash Tag – Social Media and its influence.
*Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida 2015, 2016
Providing Social Media, Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention
workshops. Keystone Leadership Conferences
*The Jacksonville Urban League NULITES 2015 to 2017
Young professionals group with the Urban League
focusing on leadership. How to integrate technology for business,
education and entrepreneurial growth.
1. How to navigate Social Media and Careers
2. How Social Media influences young entrepreneurial
3. What you don’t know about SM can hurt your reputation and
career options.
* The Bridge at Northeast Florida 2015 to 2017
Providing workshops on being responsible online, preventing
Sexting, Bullying, Cyberbullying.
*Abyssinia Baptist Church “Youth and Social Media” 2017
Speaking to youth, teens and young adults about safety,
responsibility and accountability online.
*State of Emergency – Town Hall
Meeting discussing education,
technology, politics and the School to Prison pipeline.
*Boys and Girls Club Keystone Leadership Conference
World Golf Village

Speaking to youth about Social Media Safety, Cyberbullying, Sexting

*Community Education – Paxon High School 2011/2013
Technology Instructor for evening community education classes.
Teaching productivity tools in certified educational curriculum.
*Mayor Alvin Brown’s Learn2Earn Experience
Lecture and panel discussion on higher education, technology and
Speaking on safety and content creation on Social Media Platforms.
*Selected as a speaker for WordCamp DC and WordCamp Jacksonville
Presentation focusing on the diversity of Social Media, blogging and
content creation.

WordCamp Speaking Opportunities

*WordCamp Jacksonville 2017
Presentation on “How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media”
the ability to properly Brand, Market and promote digital
content across generational and social lines.
*WordCamp DC 2017
Presentation on “How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media”
the ability to properly Brand, Market and promote digital
content across generational and social lines. How to build a
community based Social Media platform to address community
Invited to speak in 2017 at
WordCamp Wilmington, N.C.
WordCamp Toronto Canada
WordCamp Pittsburgh
Attended WordCamp Orlando 2015, 2016, 2017

Participated in WordCamp Orlando for several years, sharing
content online and taking students from my Educational Technology
and Social Media class.

EdCamp Speaking Opportunities
*EdCamp Magic Orlando, Florida 2016
Speaking to audience of multigenerational educators about
diversity in the classroom, integrating of diverse technologies
in the classroom.
EdCamp St. Augustine Palencia Elementary 2016
Attending and speaking to educators about the integration of
technology to meet the diverse needs of students.
EdCamp NABSE – National Association of Black School Educators
Attending and speaking about the importance of diversity
in education and the roles of educators of color. How African
American educators serve a role as qualified and capable
educators locally in their school districts and nationally.
EdCamp Leadership Baker/Columbia Counties 2017
Speaking about the leadership roles of students to collaborate
the integration of technology and student learning.

Bar Camp
Selected Speaker Orlando Technology Week

2015 – 2016
“How to be Dope on Social Media” and “Build Your Brand”

Readers Theater – The Writings of Stetson Kennedy
Through the directions of Tangela Floyd in theatrical reading
and acting. The re-inactment of the writings of Stetson Kennedy
and the Black Super Heroes. 2015 to 2017

*Summer PSTEAhM Camp – Jacksonville, Florida
Provided STEM – STEAM instruction with students
from elementary to high school. Integrating field trips
with engineering, hands-on learning and field trip

Addition Leadership/Teaching Positions

Past Adjunct Professorships:
St. Johns River Community College (1996-1998)
Teaching basic technology usage
Delivering technology classes at Edward Waters College
through NASA for novice teachers.
Florida State College Jacksonville (2007 to 2009)
Adjunct teaching Diversity in the classroom for new
teachers and Educational Technology. How to apply
technology into the diverse classrooms.
*Continuation of Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida 1999 to Current
Professor – NASA Teacher Re-certification program
Educational Technology (Education Department) 2004 to 2007
Design and implement Educational Technology Learning Program
(ETLP) for the Education Department to prepare future teachers
to use technology in the classroom for instructional purposes.

Virtual Learning Lab Instructor – 2005 – 2006 (grant position)
Technology instruction for seniors citizens (55 and up).
Schell-Sweet Community Center – Technology Lab TestGear
Online Learning Network

Faith Based Support with online instruction for preparation for state assessment
*National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – EWC
Technology Instructor – Modeled instruction on the implementation of technology
into the learning environment using productivity tools. Designed an instructional
program in cooperation with NASA and Edward Waters College for technology
teacher certification program.  National Aeronautical and Space Administration
curriculum design.
*FIRN-TEC – Florida Department of Education 1997 – 2000
St. Johns County, Florida / Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Instructional Resource Network -Technical Education Consultant
Conduct technology training for Northeast Florida in the counties of:
Duval – Nassau – Flagler – St. Johns – Volusia
Incorporate “Train the Trainer” program where a Core person is trained using
Internet and related academic technology applications to disseminate information
to their respective schools and throughout the county. Conduct monthly update
meetings; coordinate with teachers on the design of school/classroom web sites,
email accounts and instructional resources for classroom use
and the implementation of technology into classroom curriculum.

*Summer Institute – University of Florida Summer 2009
K-12 Teacher’s Summer Institute On Africa
June 10-19th, 2009
Hosted by the Center for African Studies University of Florida
The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida
a two-week  summer institute for K-12 teachers.
The objective of the institute is for participants to increase their knowledge
about Africa, including its geography, history, and culture.
*Technology Reboot Workshop
Shultz Center Technology Training
Workshop addressed software, applications, apps when developing
Blogs, Podcasts, Data Warehousing and Photo storage and manipulation.
Workshop taught basics, intermediate and advanced Blogging using
text, audio and video techniques.
*Forum and discussion participant
WJCT Forums
Real Talk Real Change Series of Forums
Dialogue on racism, colorism, White privilege, bias and prejudices in our culture.
What About Teen Mothers – Absent Fathers – What is Jacksonville Saying
*Human Rights Commission – Study Circles
Participant in Jacksonville Human Rights Commission
City of Jacksonville Florida
*Keepin It Real; Girls and Women Conference
Presenting Bullying and Cyberbullying to girls and women from
Journey Into Womanhood organization
*Tony Boselli Foundation
“Bully Talk” 2015
Speaking to youth and teens about the causes, consequences and
ramifications of bullying. How it affects kids mentally and emotionally.

 Educational Philosophy:
Learning requires the engagement of a person’s total senses,
from direct interaction with the environment, listening, watching,
and receiving a blessing of knowledge that comes directly from
the source of interacting with those who have more seasoned wisdom.

Philosophy of Teaching:
I believe that all people no matter cultural background or gender have the
capability to learn, mature and grow cognitively and socially; My goal is to
prepare my students for the working environment by teaching them how
to be creative and productive with the use of technology, using
technology tools ethically.  There is a need for today’s students to be guided
in the direction that best suits their individual learning styles. Learning
never stops and those seeking education must be taught that their
learning is continuous throughout their lives regardless of age.

Literary Submissions Online and Traditional:
Submissions addressing education, technology, diversity and parental relationships.
Submissions to local and state wide newspapers and magazines.
Florida Times Union – Jacksonville Free Press – The Florida Star
The Christian Reader –  Palatka Daily News – Onyx Magazine – Black Pages
Florida Courier – Jacksonville Advocate – Folio Weekly – Program for Success
The Good News, First Coast News Blogger, Blogger for E3 Business Group. Inc.,,,,,,,,
Black, Nokturnal Escape,,,,,
Forbes Online –
Featured on Tom Joyner Morning Show and Black America Web

International Blogging
* WeBlogforLove – South Africa
* Huffington Post South Africa

Host Blog Talk Radio – Commentary – Jan 2009 to October 2009
Addressing issues dealing with technology, social networking and education.
“Co-host on Courageous Conversations Ask A Teacher”

Conference Presentations:
Conducted presentations at various educational/cultural and community conferences.
A. FETC – Florida Educational Technology – Conference Orlando, Fl  – 1998 – 2000
Presenter and facilitator
B. FAME – Florida Association of Media Educators – Daytona Beach, Fl – 1998 – 2000
Presenter and facilitator
C. Kuumba African Cultural Arts and Music Fest  – Jacksonville, Fl – 1999 – 2006
Multicultural festival promoting African American Pride.
Presenter and Webmaster

  1. Kwanzaa Festival – Celebrating the richness of Kwanzaa – Jacksonville, Fl – 2005
    Presenter and facilitator
  2. Albany State University (Albany Ga.) Technology Conference – Albany, Ga. – 2002
    F. The Wakaguzi Forum – Edward Waters College – Jacksonville, Fl – 2005 to present
    Intellectual Think Tank – Presides
    G. Florida Courier/Daytona Times Talk Show – 2005 – 2006
    Discussion on state educational issues
    H.  Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs Conference – Savannah, Ga. 2006
    Presenter – Technology in the Business Environment
  3. First Family Preservation Conference. –
    Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida – 2006 Presenter
    J.  Black Expo “Black Out” – Daytona Beach, Florida – 2006  Presenter
  4. National Association for College Admission Counseling Jacksonville, Florida 2006
    Presented workshops on technology and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  5. Minorities in Teaching Conference – Orlando, Florida – 2006
    “Proposal: Digital Tools for the Success of Minority Children”
  6. Florida Black Business Expo – August 2007
    Orlando, Florida – Speaker – “Integrating Technology in the Business Environment”
  7. Florida Black Business Expo – October 2008
  8. Boys and Girls Club of America – Keystone Leadership Conf.
    P. Sunshine State TESOL Conference, Jacksonville, Florida
  9. Gen.y Pace with Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    R. The Truth of “Nancy and Teddy” Health Summit

      Internet Safety, Social Media and Social Network Safety.

Current and Past Professional Associations / Memberships:

JCCI / JCCI Forward  – Current
New Town Success Zone – Current
Vision Keepers – Current
Past —————————————–
E3 Business Group
ACLU of Northeast Florida
Boys2Men Symposium Committee
The Jacksonville Alliance of Black School Educators (JABSE)
Jacksonville Diversity Network

Kuumba African American Cultural Arts Committee
NABS – National Association of Black SCUBA Divers
NAUI-National Association of Underwater Instructors
NASE-National Association of SCUBA Educators

The Wakaguzi Forum (Critical Thinkers – Kiswahili) – EWC
National Education Association (NEA)
American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
Black Talk Radio and Black Teen Empowerment
National Association of Black Journalists
Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Community Volunteering
New Town Success Zone and Vision Keepers
Providing services to the community of Jacksonville, Florida
in zip code 32209.
Assisting underserved community members with food and educational

Available upon request


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