Linda Ricks, Media Center Director; M.S.E.D, Walden University, M.L.I.S., Southern Connecticut State University, B.S., A.S., Champlain College, Coach.
Linda Ricks has been the Director of the Media Center at Haddam-Killingworth Middle School (HKMS), the Library Media Specialist, 8th grade Media Productions Teacher, 5th grade Library Media Teacher, TV Studio Morning News Producer, AV Club Adviser and TV Studio Club Adviser since 2007. Prior to working at HKMS, she worked as a Teacher-Library Media Specialist at an Inner-city school (Pre-K - 8th grade) for two years, The Director and Head Teacher of a Preschool for eight years and a Software Engineer for four years.
Education - Linda Ricks has two Master's degrees; Masters in Education (MSED) majoring in Reading and Literacy, and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies majoring in Computer Programming, and an Associate of Science Degree in Information Systems. All degrees completed with honors.
As a Teacher, Information and Library Media Specialist - Provides a stimulating, safe and developmentally appropriate education environment where children develop cognitive, social, emotional and 21st century skills. Implemented character and inquiry-based curriculum that emphasizes self-confidence while teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, critical thinking, and visual, informational and digital literacy skills. Provides expertise in research and develops knowledge and skill sets for evaluating resources in a variety of print and digital formats.
As a Software Engineer - Linda Ricks was part of the team that created the first online Foreign Exchange (FX) Trading System between Tokyo, New York, Chicago, and London. This was an award winning online real-time FX currency options trading system for a Wall Street Company (GFI) that won Premier 100: Best in class award from Computer World. She was the architect in charge of designing and developing all trading systems back-office (Administration Center), which was the main control point for all business related logic. It included defining new products (currency pairs), related permissions, user management (using LDAP for authentication), controlling client sessions (applets), displaying log information and system status using J2EE technologies.
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