Bob Jost

Subject Expertise: Technology Education / Elementary Education
Education: I am a graduate of Fresno Pacific University
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Home Church: Mennonite Community Church, Fresno CA


In a teaching career of over 40 years, I have taught in a wide range of “classrooms”: as a elementary educator in all the grades from K-6, as a national technology training team member for the NASA-sponsored GLOBE Program, as the Director of Technology Integration with the Center for Professional Development at Fresno Pacific University developing tech-related staff development workshops and online course, and finally as a technology teacher working with over 700 second through sixth grade students and a staff of 28 teachers at a magnet school for gifted students.

Professional Experience: After twenty five years in the classroom, I served for four years as the Director of Technology Integration at the Fresno Pacific University Center for Professional Development. In this position, I developed professional development workshops and online courses for both the local educational community as well as the broader online community. I have been teaching online courses since 1997. In 2001, I returned to the public education system. I am currently the computer lab teacher / technology specialist at Manchester GATE Elementary School in Fresno, California. In this position, I work with over 730 second through sixth grade students each week in the computer lab. I also work closely with my teaching colleagues to develop strategies and resources that support the integration of technology into their classroom curriculum

Honors and Awards: 1997: California Association for the Gifted's San Joaquin Region Teacher of the Year; 2003 & 2005: Fresno Unified School District's "Excellence in Education" Award Finalist; 2006: Central Valley Computer-Using Educators' Outstanding Teacher; 2009: California Computer-Using Educators' Gold Disk (lifetime achievement) Award

Family Info: Married 42 years, three adult children, three grandchildren

What I Like About FPU: I developed the first online course for Fresno Pacific University and since 1997 have successfully guided nearly 4,000 educators through the online courses which I developed and currently teach.