Saturday, November 2, is officially Scotland’s ‘Happiness Day’ and the Journal and Gazette has launched The Smile Awards 2013 to mark the event.
Our latest nominee is Scott Ferguson (42), ICT teacher at Linlithgow Academy, and the first port of call when technology fails at the school.
Headteacher David MacKenzie said: “Scott solves all our technical problems. It’s a massive job as he does everything to do with all the computers in the school and is very valuable.
“He is also very involved in the school’s Duke of Edinburgh club.”
Scott has been the face of IT at Linlithgow Academy since January 2005 and finds it a unique challenge.
He added: “I had worked in IT before I came here, working with around 20 PCs, but it’s quite different in a school! Here you have to do everything, rather than one specific area.”
And things don’t always go to plan...
Scott added: “There’s always a lot of work at the start of term - one time I was creating accounts for all of the pupils the day before they were due to come back after the holidays, and I managed to delete them all!”
Scott manages up to 600 school PCs, sets up rooms for presentations, manages smart boards, and the school’s IT network.
Scott added: “IT is now an everyday part of life in schools, for pupils and teachers. There are no black or white boards anymore - it’s all smartboards, which rely on technology.
“There is no such thing as a typical day - you don’t know what’s going to go off. Sometimes when I arrive in the morning, there’s a queue at the door.
“But there’s a real sense of community, and I enjoy beinginvolved in the Duke of Edinburgh courses, running the outdoor expeditions.”