New RTSD Director of Technology Appointed by School Board
February 26, 2020
Dr. Scott Hand, Current Director of Educational Technology at Kutztown Area School District, Appointed New RTSD Director of Technology
Dr. Scott Hand, an accomplished educator with 17 years' experience developing and implementing technology-related initiatives as a teacher, coordinator and director, was approved as Radnor Township School District's new Director of Technology at the School Board's monthly business meeting on Feb. 25.
Dr. Hand will take over for Dr. Byron McCook, the district's current of Director of Technology for the past 22 years who announced his retirement earlier this school year. Dr. McCook's last day is expected to be at the end of the July; Dr. Hand's anticipated start date is June 24. Dr. McCook's advanced notice allowed the district to begin the process of interviewing and locating RTSD's next Director of Technology, as well as aids in a smooth transition.
"Dr. McCook has more than 30 years of experience in public education and has been instrumental in so many technology-related projects it is impossible to name them all," Superintendent Ken Batchelor said." Luckily, we have some time to mention a few of them, express our appreciation, and bid Dr. McCook farewell at a future board meeting before his last day."
Dr. Hand has served as the Director of Educational Technology at Kutztown for the past four years. Prior to Kutztown, Dr. Hand spent 13 years at Fox Chapel Area School District, where he served as a high school teacher, a technology coach, coordinator of online learning, and Director of Educational Technology. He earned a B.A. and M.A. from Robert Morris University and a doctoral degree from Regent University. He has experience getting the most of learning management systems such as Schoology and has developed IT infrastructures to support and sustain major technology initiatives and demands.
“It’s an exciting time to join the team at Radnor," Dr. Hand said. "I look forward to partnering with everyone to reach new heights together.”
Working alongside teachers, Dr. Hand led the vertical alignment and integration of K-12 computer science and STEM curriculum, creating courses such as K-5 Innovation & Design Studio; 6-9 Research & Design; and 9-12 Experimental Media. In 2019, Dr. Hand co-founded the Eastern Pennsylvania Innovation Catalyst (EPIC) Network, funded through a $500,000 PAsmart Advancing Grant, which supports all teachers in Berks County in strengthening computer science and STEM education.
"With a passion for innovation, computational and design thinking, and STEM education, Dr. Hand's extensive background and experience as a teacher, coordinator, and director make him a perfect fit to lead our present and future technology endeavors at RTSD," Batchelor said.