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Vera Lewis
Data & Application Support Analyst / Webmaster Support, Petersburg City Public Schools

Joined: Feb 1st, 2008
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During the last twenty-five years, Vera has worked in various areas of the technology profession. Her current job is working as a Data and Application Support Analyst for Petersburg, City Public Schools in Petersburg, VA. She provides not only behind-the-scenes data and integration support, she also provides training for staff and administrators. She believes that everyone has expertise in some area of technology. They just have to tap into it. Over the span of Vera's career, her project management skills have promoted strong team building and successful project completion. She is a life-long learner who seeks opportunities to pursue certifications in various applications. Vera has been a mentor for not only students, but younger staff in the field of technology and management.

In Vera's spare time, she loves to read, cook, do arts and crafts, along with caring for her family. She believes that making time for what matters most is very important. Vera continues to strive for excellence by helping others be successful in their careers.
Education   (request update)
Virginia State University class of 2000
Undergrad Major: Information Technology
Experience
I currently work with Petersburg City Public Schools as Data & Application Support Analyst / Webmaster Support
I have 23 years of experience working in the Teaching / K-12 Education industry.
Data and Application Support Analyst | Petersburg City Public Schools
From July 2009 to Current • 15 year(s)
Serve as Project Manager, upon appointment, when district-wide applications need to be deployed; Write Oracle and other scripts to retrieve data from the Student Information System to retrieve student data as it relates to various data uploads and reports; Provide leadership and management as it relates to data and applications; Manage SIS server upgrades (until October 2015 - moved to hosted services); Work with the Office of Instruction, Technology Services, School Nutrition, Nursing, School Administrators, Staff and Vendors as it relates to the deployment and maintenance of various applications/systems ("communicate across organizational boundaries with other managers and functional administrators in support of various projects and tasks) ; "Researches, reviews, and recommends programming tools"; Manage PowerSchool, PowerTeacher, PowerSchool Enrollment (Registration Portal), PowerSchool for Students, ClassLink, Clever, and PowerParent; Import data into the Student Information System; Maintain the Zone Integration Server where vendor SIF agents reside (data integration); Work with the district Testing Coordinator and SIS Specialist concerning SOL extracts and EIMS related issues; Serve as technical backup and training contact for all school division websites; Train Instructional Technology Resource Teachers and Lead Technology Teachers on various applications ("train the trainer") if required; Served as E-Rate Administrator over a portion of Federal Funding until July 2013; Work with numerous thrid-party application vendors
E-Rate Administrator / Coordinator | Petersburg City Public Schools
From March 2009 to July 2013 • 4 year(s)
Prepares the draft 470 form making known through Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) website the Telecom and Data Services the district needs in order to ensure alignment with the RFP (Request for Proposal) or RFB (Request for Bid) and our technology plan Prepares the 471 funding request at the expiration of the 28 days period and finalize vendor list for approval Ensure document 21 attachment is completed for any one month bill with the details of all the components of the bill which serves as the backup documentation for the funding request Compares the Receipt of Acknowledgement Letter (RAL) with the 471 from to ensure accuracy and make corrections, if necessary Ensures prompt and thorough response to inquiries by the Program Integrity Assurance branch of the USAC regarding questions on the application Ensures approval of the funding by USAC and the receipt of a Funding Commitment Decision Letter (FCDL) Ensures submittal of a form 486 to USAC.
Information Technology Specialist | Petersburg City Public Schools
From November 2006 to June 2009 • 3 year(s)
Troubleshoot non-functional desktops, laptops, and peripheral devices; repair desktops and peripheral devices; schedule and perform preventative maintenance; coordinate and review additional repairs with outside facilities; process repair forms and maintain computer repair records; coordinate receipt, repair, maintenance, distribution, and inventory of donated equipment; conduct training sessions with school employees; create Oracle scripts to pull information from our SIS System for various types of reports and data uploads; work with vendors on getting quotes for desktops, laptops, and peripheral devices
Technical Financial Aid Administrator / Webmaster | Richard Bland College of William & Mary
From January 2004 to November 2006 • 2 year(s)
Serve as technical person for the Financial Aid module (SunGuard SCT); create queries to pull information for reports; counsel students and parents on the financial aid process; Manage the website
Information Technology Specialist I / Webmaster | Richard Bland College of William & Mary
From July 2000 to December 2004 • 4 year(s)
Respond to all first level help desk calls; Enter trouble tickets; Troubleshoot non-functional desktops, laptops, and peripheral devices; Troubleshoot software application and SunGuard SCT SIS issues; Work with vendors on getting quotes for desktops, laptops, and peripheral devices; Place large orders through the eVA Procurement System or small orders using a department credit card; Manage college website; Train student workers on various duties
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