Prior to joining PTI Mr. Specter taught at Steel Valley and Woodland Hills. He taught Software Applications, Video Production, CISCO CCNA (The networking course) CISCO ITE (Computer theory and repair) and Business Law. He left education for a time when budget cutbacks at the state level caused Steel Valley to reduce their faculty by one third. He worked for a time as a contracted systems administrator before finding work at PTI.
Mr. Specter originally joined Woodland Hills full-time in 1998 as a computer support tech in the Woodland Hills Data Center. There he assisted in building Woodland Hill's wide area computer network and developed several software applications for use by that district. He also served on the Woodland Hills district-wide technology committee.
He also played a major role in designing the Woodland Hills TV Studio.
He began teaching full-time in September of 2001. Prior to joining Woodland Hills Mr. Specter had an interesting career. Among his stops on his career path were the following:
Every position Mr. Specter has held since college has required an extensive knowledge of computers and software.
Mr. Specter holds a master's degree in Business/Technology from Robert Morris University. He also earned a BS in Education from Duquesne University and an ITS certification from Robert Morris University. He is certified to teach history and government courses, business and technology courses, and communications arts courses as well as CISCO computer networking.
His Pennsylvania certifications allow him to teach TV Production, Animation, Theatre, Journalism, Film, Debate, US History, Civics, European History, Business Law, Accounting and Business Math courses as well as Computer Science. Click here to view Mr. Specter's teaching certificate(s). In the summer of 2006 he attended the Governor's School for the Arts. In the summer of 2009 he attended two workshops on computer programming at Carnegie Mellon University.
Mr. Specter's wife, now retired, was an elementary art teacher in the Mt. Lebanon School District. She holds certifications in English and Theatre Arts as well as Art. She was recognized as an Elementary Art Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. In 2001 she co-chaired the statewide PAEA convention. She maintained web sites for each of her buildings, Foster School and Jefferson School.
They have a 32-year-old daughter and a 26-year-old son. Their daughter graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Gannon University. She was on the dean's list and had the benefits of a scholarship for playing on the university softball team. After working as a teacher in Erie, PA she relocated back to Pittsburgh. She then worked for Head Start and later decided to go in a different direction. She is now working in retail management. She is also running a part-time fused glass jewelry business called "Glass Goddesses."
Their son took his first college course between his freshman and sophomore high school years in the summer of 2003 and got an "A". He had a supporting role in Prime Stage's production of "Lord of the Flies" in the spring of 2004. In the summer of 2005 he participated in the "Andrew's Leap" program at Carnegie-Mellon University. In 2006 he graduated with honors from Mt. Lebanon High School. In May of 2010 he graduated Cum Laude from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., dual majoring in Computer Science and International Relations for his bachelors degrees while also earning a Master's Degree in Computer Science. He had several job offers before he graduated including one from a group associated with MIT, which he accepted. He was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Scholarship which covered his tuition and expenses for his last two years of undergraduate and his first master's degree. Recently he decided to return to being a student and has enrolled in a dual master's program at MIT, on full scholarship.
Needless to say Mr. and Mrs. Specter are very proud of both their children.
Mr. Specter and his wife have served together on major projects for several community service and educational organizations including First Night and the Pennsylvania Art Education Association.
In their free time they like to travel. In the summer of 2001 they spent three weeks on safari in Africa. To see a video of their trip or to read about their adventure Click Here.
They also enjoy travelling to slightly less exotic places.
Read about Mr. Specter's African Adventure.
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