In September, we shared a cycling event that Steve Leslie, Questeq Technology Specialist at Aliquippa School District, was participating in to benefit the TinyHands Foundation. In June, Steve will be hitting the road again with his bike to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. As always, Questeq values the community outreach efforts of our employees and we are happy to spread the word to our partners and friends.
On June 8th and 9th, 2019, cyclists will be traveling between sixty and one hundred miles each day, beginning in Moraine State Park, Portersville, PA and ending in Conneaut Township Park, Conneaut, OH. The money that is raised will be used to find the cause, treatment and ultimately the cure for multiple sclerosis. The money is also used to provide education, information, direct financial support and scholarships to individuals and families living with MS.
We asked Steve how he got involved with these charities and why they are important to him, and here is what he had to say, “I started doing charity rides around 1998 when I did my first MS 150 ride, which benefits Multiple Sclerosis research. This summer will be my 10th time riding the MS 150 ride, which I have done each year since my brother-in-law was diagnosed.”
If you are interested in learning more or donating to the ride, please visit the donation page by clicking the link below.
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I am pleased to announce Mr. Jared Souder as Questeq’s Director of Marketing. Jared will be responsible for brand development, lead generation and customer success. In addition, he will be a valuable contributor in the areas of competitive sales and business strategies.
He brings over a decade of leadership experience focused on marketing and business development in industries ranging from telecom to social services, and in organizations ranging from startup to Fortune 50. His work has been recognized in the past through numerous media outlets, including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40 as an honoree. Jared is a veteran and former officer in the United States Army. He holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Business Administration from Youngstown State University.
I am confident he will be a great addition to the Questeq leadership team. Over the next three months, Jared will be meeting with many of our people, learning our processes, learning our culture and how we do business. We look forward to having Jared on the team.
At Questeq, we believe in supporting our community, which includes our wonderful team members and partner schools. When Steve Leslie, one of our Technology Specialists at Aliquippa School District shared this opportunity to give back, we were excited to share with our customers, friends and family.
In November, Steve will be joining other cyclists for the 2018 72 Hours to Key West – 280 Mile Charity Bike Ride, which benefits the TinyHands Foundation. The foundation helps families in need during the holiday season by providing meals and gifts. This year the riders have also partnered with Starting Right, Now, to help end homelessness for youth through one-on-one mentoring and education.
The 72 Hours to Key West is a limited entry ride with around 70 riders each year. The ride itself is a 3-day event from Fort Meyers Florida to Key West. Day 1 is 120 miles, Day 2 is 105 miles and the final day is 55 miles.
Steve Leslie, 2nd from right at this year’s MS 150 ride.
If you are interested in learning more or donating to the ride, please visit the organization websites and donation page. Donations should be received by October 30, 2018.
TinyHands Foundation: http://www.tinyhandsfoundation.org
Starting Right, Now: http://startingrightnow.org
We asked Steve how he got involved with these charities and why they are important to him. Here is what he had to say, “I started doing charity rides about 1998 when I did my first MS 150 ride which benefits Multiple Sclerosis research. I have also done the Tour de Cure ride for Diabetes several times. This coming summer will be my 10-time riding the MS 150 ride, which I have done each year since my brother-in-law was diagnosed. I am always looking for new and interesting rides, and this sounded like a great challenge for a great cause. We are really looking forward to having the chance to join the other riders in helping the families and children supported by this event.”
This year’s Back to School is packed full of exciting new gadgets, initiatives, and opportunities for all learners. As technology leaders, we tend to assess and develop school startup game plans focusing on areas of greatest impact. When creating this type of plan, it’s important to keep in mind the needs of the students first and leave extra time for the unexpected. During this time consider each day as a new opportunity for you to gain knowledge, build your skill set, and share your enthusiasm for technology.
Brad Klingelhoefer, Questeq Technology Coordinator, works with students at our partner school ACLD Tillotson.
The effectiveness of implementing new technologies and objectives can be a challenge. At the ACLD Tillotson School, we like to follow the technology trends in education and also try our own ideas. This year we are introducing school-wide, an application called Nearpod. Nearpod is a popular web-based application for delivering classroom lessons interactively for all subjects and grade levels. The initial reaction I received from the teachers was a bit of a shock. The response was overwhelmingly positive and they’re really excited to start using Nearpod in their classrooms. We are also implementing a digital citizenship course through Nearpod where the students will have the ability to enter a lesson using a code on their new 2-in-1, touchscreen Chromebooks. We’re continuously implementing new digital curriculum and platforms throughout every subject. It is very important for our students and staff to have as many devices and resources as possible. A few years ago, we started a 1-to-1 initiative with Chromebooks and this year we are expanded by adding iPads, Surface Pro Laptops, and even a few 3D printers and Apple Homepod speakers. While there are still challenges with multi-platforms and different operating systems in a school environment; there are far more benefits for everyone to learn by reducing the barriers and allowing everyone to use different types of devices effectively.
The start of the school year is an exciting time for everyone, but it can also be very demanding. It’s important to work together and communicate with your peers. Take time to review your communications strategy and ideas as this will be time well spent. Effective communication reinforces your knowledge, skills, and relationships. This is a two-way process as you will learn more when you are listening than when you are speaking. Allow yourself time to be organized and prepared. This time of year, the workload can seem unbearable at times. It’s essential to stay positive through it all and take time to reflect back upon the accomplishments you’ve achieved over the summer. Everyone really does notice that you’re doing your absolute best and they truly appreciate everything you do. The greatest thing you can do is be in the moment and successes will come.
– Brad Klingelhoefer, Questeq Technology Coordinator – ACLD Tillotson School
A note about Brad and Questeq: Brad has been with Questeq since 2005 and has worked his way up through several roles and responsibilities. He started his Questeq career working at the Help Desk. Brad then moved into the Desktop Engineer 1 position, working in several of our customer sites. From there he was promoted to Desktop Engineer 2. In 2017, Brad was promoted to Technology Coordinator at one of our most unique sites, ACLD Tillotson School. The ACLD Tillotson School provides supports and services for students who have complex learning disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders. Brad has excelled in this role and has become an invaluable resource to our company and to the students, teachers and staff at ACLD Tillotson.
We have written about our partnership with ACLD Tillotson School over the years. Check out our past posts here:
Questeq Participates in Tillotson School Benefit Walk
ACLD Tillotson School Expands Partnership with Questeq
Questeq partner school, Hopewell Area School District has been selected to host edcampPGH. This free, unconference event will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Teachers and other educational stakeholders are welcome to attend this unique professional development opportunity, centered around collaborating, sharing and learning from your peers. In this collaborative environment, presentations are not pre-scheduled but are determined on the day of the event. All attendees have the opportunity to present and share their expertise with interested participants.
For eligible attendees, DPW Credits and Act 48 Credits will be offered in partnership with WQED Education and Trying Together.
Questeq is pleased to be able to sponsor breakfast and lunch at the event. Congratulations to the dedicated teachers, staff and administration for bringing this exciting event to Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
For more information and to register, visit the edcampPGH website or registration page.