September 2014 Column

   Kim Whitley began her career at Hobbs Municipal Schools as a computer lab manager.  HMS uses lab managers as the first line of defense on our technological road map.  Managers are delegated to provide technical help with hardware and software issue at each campus.
  kim Mrs. Whitley’s career comes to fruition as the Director of Technology housed at CAI (Computer Assisted Instruction) where she oversees nine  technicians who maintain the enormous infrastructure at HMS.  Kim will retire in October after at 25 ½-year career at Hobbs Schools.  She has created and maintained a “world class” system as deemed through a technology audit performed by Dr. Mike Hill and his team out of Georgia.
   Kim has served on state technology boards to ensure availability for the entire state.  She has provided E Rate training for districts locally, regionally and across New Mexico.  It is impossible to measure the impact Mrs. Whitley has had during her tenure in education. The most amazing part of Kim’s story is that she is truly a great person. The few times I’ve witnessed her ire has been when people are not performing their jobs to her satisfaction or at a level that could have a negative impact on students in Hobbs.
   During our construction and growth years, Kim has been instrumental in managing the construction side of technology infrastructure.  She had the vision to partner with LEACO in the early years and create  bandwidth to secure appropriate access.  This was a win-win for both entities and a great cost savings to the district. Kim also had the foresight to expand the network infrastructure in order to ensure an open pipeline to the Internet.
   Although Kim will tell people she no longer can work on the servers or machines, most of us know if she had to break down the system and get into the thick of things, she would certainly have the knowledge to accomplish her goals. Kim and her husband, Chuck, have opened their home to hundreds of people during lunch time as we would break from summer trainings. These were trainings that Kim deemed necessary to enable our staff to use technology appropriately in the classroom. The Whitley’s remain active in the community and always have the community’s best interest at heart.
    I will miss Kim and her stories.  I will not miss her stealing pens from my office!  Most of all I will miss her warm smiles.  Hobbs Municipal Schools wishes Mrs. Kim Whitley the best in her retirement and we want to thank her for her dedication, vision and compassion.  Best of luck!
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