Meet Your New Director of Technology
Sean Joyce had a pretty good idea that one day he would return to where his educational career began in North Palos School District 117: the technology department.
After three years as assistant principal where he worked alongside Principal Andy Anderson, team leaders and the throngs of dedicated teachers who worked tirelessly to build the academic dynasty known as Conrady Junior High School, he got his opportunity.
Joyce took over this summer as the director of technology.
"I'm really excited about this opportunity," he said. "Building administration experience (assistant principal at Conrady) was important to me. But my heart has always been interested in technology. I think for me to serve as technology director, I needed that administrative experience>'
Joyce said he has always been drawn to the power of technology. "And here we have the devices (Chromebooks) in the hands of all our students.
He started his career in the Joliet Public School system where he spent eight years before taking a position as a technology instructional coordinator in District 117. Joyce earned his bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University; his masters' degree from Illinois Benedictine University and his administrative certificate from Lewis University.
He grew up in Tinley Park and graduated from Providence Catholic High School.
Joyce is married to Jenni and the couple has three children: Josie, 8; Colin, 7; and Lily, 5. The family lives in New Lenox with their 12-year-old rescue pug-mix named Toots. Jenni is completing school to become an occupational therapist.
He said he has treated every experience throughout his career as an opportunity to "learn and grow."
"I've had nothing but positive experiences," Joyce said. "I have placed value on everything I have learned. Teamwork has been a huge factor in accomplishing everything we have accomplished along the way."
He said he is excited about his position as tech director. "The priority is understanding that all we do is purposeful to the kids' academic interests. Our jobs will be to figure out what place technology has in the classroom and in the lives of our students as lifelong learners."