My name is Patrick Hopkins and I am a High School Teacher in the State of Maryland. I attended Frostburg State University as an undergrad student receiving my Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1993. I have worked several years in private industry in the areas of sales, banking and engineering. My last position held was for a national well-known retailer; working on the distribution side of the business as an efficiency expert. My main responsibilities were to engineer efficient methods for workers to complete their tasks in the quickest ways possible so that store merchandise can reach the east coast stores in a timely fashion. I held this position for four years obtaining all the goals set by the company and myself. At this time in my career I was at a crossroad, coming to the realization that it was time to move on within the company or leave to pursue other endeavors. I felt Corporate America was not my passion, so after a bit of soul-searching I knew I wanted to become a teacher.
After an extensive search, I was able to obtain teaching job in the Area of Business Education on a provisional teaching certificate. My current school system allowed me to teach on the provision of obtaining my teaching certification within three years of my hire date. I worked as a teacher by day and teaching student by night I was a teaching student earning the required 21 to obtain a teaching certificate. Within those 3 years, I also had to pass the Praxis I, Praxis II and Pedagogy exams to acquire a teaching certification in the area of Business Education. Over the course of 6 years I taught a number of Business Courses including Business Management, Personal Finance, Computer Technology, and Computer Applications. I was approached by administration and asked if I had any interest of teaching technology courses. This meant that I would have to earn a second teaching certification in Technology Education. I took advantage of the opportunity and left the Business Department to become technology teacher. Teaching in the area of technology inspired me to become an Instructional Designer. While teaching technology courses, I began to notice the trends of what will be the jobs of tomorrow. As a teacher I am witnessing that distant learning is becoming the norm in the United States at all grade levels.