Meet Your Teacher
Welcome to the world of technology. My name is Mrs. Cook, and I teach Introduction to Information Technology, Foundations of Web Design 1, and Lego Robotics. I was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach and attended Bruner Middle School in the late 70's. I graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1985. After high school, I received my Secretarial Occupations certificate from Bay Area Vocational-Technical School, now known as Okaloosa Applied Technical Center CHOICE. I went on to receive my Associates degree from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC. I continued my studies and went on to the University of West Florida, where I earned my Bachelor's in 2004 and Master's degree in 2008 in Curriculum & Instruction focusing on Career Technical Education.
I started my technology career at Okaloosa Walton Junior College, now known as Northwest Florida State College, in Feb 1986. From there I went on to work for Horizons of Okaloosa County, and Tricare. I moved for a brief time (military related) to Columbia, SC and worked for The Univeristy of South Carolina as the editorial office manager of The Journal of Financial Research. I moved back to Fort Walton Beach and worked at The University of West Florida in the graduate office as the executive secretary. I transferred to Okaloosa County School board office in 2002 working in Finance and Secondary Curriculum & Instructions. In 2003 I was selected as the Non-Instructional Employee of the Year. My first teaching assignment was at Niceville High School in 2004 where I taught American Sign Language, Intro to IT, and Web Design. I transferred to Bruner Middle School in 2012, where I am currently a technology teacher. In 2015 I was selected as Teacher of the Year for Bruner Middle School.
I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer, and have earned my MOS 2007, 2010 & 2013, as well as, Global 3, CIW Associate, CIW Site Development Associate, Adobe Flash, and CompTIA Strata.
Why Should You Take a Technology Course and Get Certified?
Technology is changing the way society functions. It affects our everyday life, business, and education and without a knowledge of it functioning in todays society will be very difficult. By taking a technology course you will learn the skills necessary to keep up with society.
Achieving a Microsoft Certification helps provide you with up-to-date, relevant skills that can help lead to a more fulfilling career, while giving you access to valuable Microsoft Certification Program benefits. These benefits include access to the Microsoft Certification Program or the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification member site and a vast, global network of other certified professionals.