Here’s what I do with my non-work time (all time is free – use it wisely):Patti (Spady) Ross graduated from The Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts and The American University. In 2006 she acquired a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management.  After a brief career in the Arts and publishing several articles in the Washington Times and the Rural America newspaper’s Patti settled on a career in the Corporate Technology arena gaining President’s Club recognition multiple times. Having traveled throughout the United States and abroad she chose to raise her two daughters in Columbia MD. Thirty years later she is sharing her voice as spoken word artist, “little pi” and working on her debut Chapbook.

Here’s where I work (It’s a good gig):

Information Technology Systems Specialist – Montgomery County Public Schools (2001 to Present) Daily management of LAN networks: total nodes management (including PDA’s) 600+; desktop and server management using directory applications such as Altiris asset  management software. Maintain current knowledge of technologies used in wide-area networks and ability to apply new technology solutions as they become available. Often working with a diverse group of clients and professional colleagues to assess a situation and think logically to solve problems within time constraints.

Here’s my favorite former position:

Eastern Regional Director – The Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Inc. (1995 – 1997)  Project management for the recruitment and placement of Challenger Learning Center locations in the Eastern region. Worked closely with school board members, superintendents, school district leadership and community supporters for the successful placement of learning centers in strategic locations throughout the eastern United States. Advised middle school mathematics and science administrators and teachers on CLC curriculum facilitated teacher and school staff training and CLC workshop presenter. Position required travel 75% of the work week. Project timeline encompassed years and detailed, total costs often millions of dollars. Member of senior staff for the organization and reported directly to the CEO/President and Board members. 

Here’s what I look like on paper:

Education/Certifications:Windows 2000/2003/2008 Operating Systems and Server Management skills training through MCPS and Learning Tree, Inc.Masters Degree Human Resource Management – Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University, Bethesda MD – Quantitative Skills Certificate – The Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA – Bachelor Degree – The American University, Washington DC – H.S. Diploma – The Duke Ellington School for the Arts, Washington DC