Don’s professional experience spans 28+ years with international postings throughout Asia, Pacific and the Middle East. He has worked as a technology specialist, educator and administrator in the Fiji Islands; Yokohama, Japan; Jakarta, Indonesia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait City, Kuwait, Surabaya, Indonesia and Shanghai, China. The vast majority of his experience has been with overseas American K-12 schools associated with the U.S. State Department through the Office of Overseas Schools but has also worked as an adjunct professor of technology for the University of Maryland, European Division. He specializes in network systems architecture, educational technology program development, software customization, and technology integration for wireless laptop programs.
Don has been a professional development provider for schools and organizations throughout Asia as well as a regular presenter at international conferences on a broad range of technology topics , much of which are based on his experience with designing and setting up scalable wireless networked systems in support of ubiquitous technology programs. He has an extensive background as a network security specialist for schools, companies and private organizations in five countries. His most recent position as Director of Information Technology included the setting up and administration of technology initiatives in support of educational curriculum and goals, technology in-service provider and educational systems developer at Surabaya International School in Indonesia.
After eight international postings, Don and his family returned to the U.S. when his two sons began their university studies. Although he has begun an early retirement, he remains active with his online international learning communities while compiling notes, journals and anecdotes in support of his writings. To complete the full circle, Don purchased and now enjoys restoring a vintage home near the farm on which he was raised outside of Port Huron, Michigan.