Hello my name is Roderick Hames.  Thank you for allowing me to introduce myself.  I began my pursuit of teaching at the University of West Georgia in 1985.  I currently hold a Ed.S (specialist degree) in Business Education.

I began teaching in Gwinnett in 1991.  I started at Trickum Middle School as their Business and Computer Applications teacher then transferred to Crews once it opened in 1997.  It has been an honor and a privilege to work with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students these many years.

 

  

My primary role at Crews is to help students learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Office, proper keyboarding techniques, web designprogrammingFlash animation,entrepreneurship, and financial literacy which includes an in-depth unit on investing in the stock market.

I deem it a real blessing to have such supportive parents and eager students.  We also have what might be the best leadership team in the county.  

I am active in many professional organizations such as NBEASBEAGACTEACTE, and ISTE.  I currently work at the county level as program specialist and help organize and lead the other county business and computer teachers at the Gwinnett middle schools.  I also serve as the Intramural co-sponsor at Crews.

I hope you will take the chance to look over the class website.  Since I do not use any text books, my entire curriculum can be found online.  My activities are project based and student centered.  I work my units around a theme for each grade level.  For 6th grade it is city planning and urban development.  For 7th grade students learn about leadership character qualities and for 8th grade students focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

I work hard to create my lessons as realistic and engaging as possible.  I also strive to make harder lessons video based so student can learn at their own pace.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.  Again, thanks for the privilege of working with your child.

Rod Hames
Business Edu. Instructor


Here is a short video of my family taken in the fall of 2008 by a personal friend and professional photographer at a local park here in Gwinnett.  I have a beautiful wife named Jennifer, and 4 wonderful children: Rod (9), Joy (8), Adrian(3), and Ana (2).    

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 ith this website, I really want you to understand my passion for faith, family and my profession.  My name is Roderick and I teach at an awesome school in Georgia,UWG Logo called Alton C. Crews Middle School.  I have been teaching for almost 20 year.  I began my pursuit of teaching at the University of West Georgia.  I hold a Specialist Degree in Business Education from UWG.  I am over 40 and I have a beautiful wife named Jennifer and four wonderful children.  We live near downtown Grayson in Gwinnett County.  Some of my family lives in Douglasville about 25 miles west of Atlanta.  Our children range in ages 2 - 9.  Our youngest is Susana (we call her Ana).  Our next is Adrian then Joy and our oldest is Rod   Rod's pictures (March 26, 2001).  Here are more of Rod's (Nov. 5, 2001) pictures.  One of my many interest include landscaping and gardening. Here is some pictures from Joy's Guatemala Day 2008. 

 

grew up in East Point Georgia (east of Atlanta).  I went to Mt. Olive Elementary School in East Point.  I attended a middle school in Douglas County called Chapel Hill.  I later attended high school at Lithia Springs High where I got interested in computers.  My first class in computers was taught by my favorite high school teacher, Mrs. Melinda Worthy (a dedicated giving person).  She was the chairperson of the department and took me under her wings.  She got me involved in FBLA and other activities associated with business.  I guess it was because of her that I even attended college.  A very special thanks to a very special wonderful teacher and person!

y days at the university started with majoring in Accounting.  I changed my major in my junior year to marketing so I could co-op with a company that had just purchased all 80 of the IBM market centers.  The company was called NYNEX.  I worked every other quarter with NYNEX selling IBM computers and typewriters.  It was an excellent experience.  It convinced me to change my major to Business Education.  I also worked my way through college as a waiter at two restaurants in the Atlanta area (Aldo's Italian restaurant. and William's Seafood).  This also was great experience for me.

really disliked the idea of a sales person.  It seemed much too demanding and really not the directions I wanted my career to head.  Even then I felt God had a different plan for my life.  I went back to college and met my second mentor, Dr. Crawford, Chairperson of Business Education at SUWG.  He was a tremendous asset and counselor to me.  I don't think I would have had such a great experience in college without his guidance.

finally graduated from UWG in 1990.  In the previous year I met my wife and grew stronger as a Christian.  It was some of the teacher from Crown Ministries that helped me stay out of debt http://www.crown.org/.  I also grew in my walk with the Lord from other ministries like: Focus on the Family, Insight for Living, Love Worth Finding, and Turning Point.  I attended the Baptist Student Union and even served as a Summer Missionary in the Washington DC area in Bowie Maryland.  I ended my senior year as the President of this fine student orgainization.

y the way, the following year I went back and got most of my Master's program finished before beginning my first job.  I got my first job at a school called Trickum Middle School.  This turned out to be an awesome blessing and again I saw God's hand on my life.  I changed schools with my principal and technology coordinator to work at a brand new school called Alton C. Crews Middle School.  It is where I call home now.

y passion is to work with young students helping them learn how to use technology to assist them in their pursuit of their dreams.  I love the outdoors so much that I volunteered my second year of teaching to coach Intramurals and still after these many years I have helped run this fun after school program.  Recently, I was honored by being named teacher of the year at Crews.  I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts about education and sharing the blessings God has given.  I only wish others could work at a place they enjoyed as much as I.  I am blessed to have my vocation and hobby one in the same.  My primary role at Crews is to help students learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Office, proper keyboarding techniques, web design, programming, Flash animation, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy which includes an in-depth unit on investing in the stock market.

I deem it a real blessing to have such supportive parents and eager students.  We also have what might be the best leadership team in the county.  

I am active in many professional organizations such as NBEA, SBEA, GACTE, ACTE, and ISTE.  I currently work at the county level as program specialist and help organize and lead the other county business and computer teachers at the Gwinnett middle schools.  I also serve as the intramural co-sponsor at Crews.

I hope you will take the chance to look over the class website.  Since I do not use any text books, my entire curriculum can be found online.  My activities are project based and student centered.  I work my units around a theme for each grade level.  For 6th grade it is city planning and urban development.  For 7th grade students learn about leadership character qualities and for 8th grade students focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

I work hard to create my lessons as realistic and engaging as possible.  I also strive to make harder lessons video based so student can learn at their own pace.
 

ltimately I my goal is to continue to grow in this field of business education as a leader of new and innovative approaches to learning.  I presented at the SBEA Convention in Louisville, KY a few years back and here are some of the event highlights. I want to thank you for reading and welcome your comments and suggestions.  I have enjoyed share my experiences with you and hope you will contact me if I can share my teaching experience with you.  If you are a teacher of business education or computer science I would love to hear about your program.  Just click on the link below.  It is always great to know what other people around the world are teaching and doing at their school.  Mail Me

Blog for NetTrekker July 2010:

My name is Roderick Hames and for the past 19 years I have taught computer applications, keyboarding, programming, entrepreneurship, and web design using both Mac and IBM to middle school students.  I hold an Ed.S degree in Business Education from the University of West Georgia. In addition to my teaching assignments, I also serve as Program Specialist which is a leadership position at the county level to help facilitate staff development and other needs for his group of 25 other middle school computer teachers.  My website: http://www.crews.org/curriculum/ex/compsci/ is widely regarded as a hub of resources for not only my own students but teachers around the country as innovative and engaging relevant lessons.  I also work after school coaching intramural sports program.  I have presented at numerous national, regional, state, and local conferences.  This was my third time presenting at ISTE 2010 -Denver, CO (formally NECC).  Recently I presented in Nashville in November 2009 at the national convention for ACTE.  I am currently a member of ISTE, NBEA, SBEA, ACTE, and GACTE and serve as the Secretary for SBEA.

I do not use any text books, my entire curriculum can be found online.  My activities are project based and student centered.  I work my units around a theme for each grade level.  For 6th grade it is city planning and urban development.  For 7th grade students learn about leadership character qualities and for 8th grade students focus on financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

I work hard to create my lessons as realistic and engaging as possible.  I also strive to make harder lessons video based so student can learn at their own pace.

My passion is to see kids who can successfully use technology as a tool to accomplish a project that would otherwise lack creativity and skill.

Since one of my passions is seeing young adults prosper and reach their full potential, using technology is a great tool to bring out hidden talents in children.  I love to see kids who problem solve and can express themselves in creative professional ways using technology.

 


My Teaching Goals for this Year!
  1. I want kids to learn good communication and excellent listening skills.

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  3. I want kids to collaborate in class and thereby strengthen their teamwork skills.

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  5. I want kids to learn problem solving skills using hands-on learning experiences.

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  7. I want to give students a positive and enthusiastic environment in the classroom to work each day.

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  9. I want all students to find success in class even in their failures.

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  11. I want to always stay abreast of the latest methods for explaining and clarifying difficult or complicated subject matter.
     
  12. I want to help develop student’s decision-making skills
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  14. I want to help promote and develop in students: Responsibility, good self-esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity, and honesty

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  16. My overall goal is to help my students become life-long lovers of learnering while pursuing their dreams in life.



ENLIGHTENED PERSPECTIVE

They're written by Andy Rooney a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. I don't normally put other's stuff on my web site but this seemed too true to let pass by.



ow about some FACTs about me you may not know.

 

  1. I became a Christian at Prays Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville on October 4th of 1987
  2. The Atlanta Braves are my favorite sports team.
  3. I attended church at Lilburn Alliance Church for 9 years.
  4. We currently attend Anchor Baptist Church.
  5. I am adopted.
  6. My father is a retired letter carrier and my mom was a stay home mother (Praise God).
  7. My mother and two sisters live in Douglasville Ga. and my brother lives in Commerce, Ga.
  8. I enjoy sports, video games, and reading.
  9. I like to run 5 and 10k races in the Atlanta area.


    2009 Run the Reagan Results

    50th place (of males) RODERICK HAMES LAWRENCEVILLE GA M 41 M4044 2 / 56 23:50 7:34

    MALE AGE GROUP: 40 - 44

    Place O'All Participant's Name City State Sex Age Time
    1 49 DON CRAWFORD CUMMING GA M 44 23:13
    2 57 RODERICK HAMES LAWRENCEVILLE GA M 41 23:50
    3 59 MICHAEL TAYLOR BETHLEHEM GA M 43 23:54



    2011 Run the Reagan Road Race Results

     


    Run the Reagan 2013 Results

     

    MALE AGE GROUP: 45 - 49

    Place O'All Participant's Name City State Age Sex Finish
    1 12 ADAM HAGAN SNELLVILLE GA 48 M 21:03.94
    2 25 CARLOS TABILO LOGANVILLE GA 49 M 22:44.38
    3 29 PETER WALSH Lilburn GA 48 M 22:58.29
    4 42 RANDY CRUCE LAWRENCEVILLE GA 49 M 23:46.90
    5 58 RODERICK HAMES LAWRENCEVILLE GA 45 M 24:47.95

     

    Gwinnett Life Run March 22, 2015

    Run the Reagan Feb. 25, 2017

  10. My favorite restaurant is any good seafood or steakhouse.
  11. I worked for IBM and Apple as a Georgia Tech G.I.F.T. Fellow.
  12. I have taught for 5 years the summer camps at Gwinnett Tech.
  13. I once worked the Christmas season at UPS. (I hope I never have to work that hard again.)
  14. I was a 1996 Olympic volunteer in Atlanta.
 

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Here are some pictures we took to help celebrate the home coming of our little girl Ana.



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