Marvin Lord describes himself as “kind of the man behind the curtain” as the Center Unified School District’s Technology Coordinator/Computer Systems manager.
He and an associate are not only responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day operation and maintenance of all technology — business and academic — in the school district. In addition, he says, “We pretty much built everything in the district” tech-related that’s operating today, due in large part to his having worked at Center Unified for more than two decades.
Marvin, who also serves as a Board Member of the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC), can relate to young minds’ fascination with technology: “I built my first computer when I was 14 — and they didn’t have computers back then! I’m 65 years old. I built it in ‘68 or ‘69. I was into electronics at the time. I’d already built my own radio receiver. I built an analog computer with dials — an electronic slide rule.”
Today, that fascination with electronics and technology fuels Marvin’s interest in the thriving partnership between his school district and SECC.
“SECC was actually what got us on the Internet as a district,” he recalls. “It was expensive and so that [partnership] really helped us out. And with upgrades and improvements, we’ve leveraged our connection to the [Sacramento County] Office of Education with everything… SECC has definitely been a key component for us.”
Marvin grew up in several communities throughout California, as the family moved around to follow his father’s job as a bacteriologist for a large food company.
He credits his dad’s role as a scientist in igniting his love for science, and his high school biology teacher at Glendora High School with nurturing that interest. “He was kind of a crazy guy,” Marvin recalls, “but I ended up being his lab assistant and I stayed in science the whole time I was in high school and he was kind of the catalyst for that… It was just a really stimulating class for me, and I ended up doing chemistry and physics as well, and physics was awesome.”
He went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Manufacturing Engineering from National University and a master’s degree in Information Services from the University of Phoenix.
Looking toward the future, Marvin sees Center Unified’s partnership with SECC growing, especially in the direction of increased video production. In addition to the Media Communications Academy at Center High School, the District has four other SECC-backed SEVA video labs at elementary schools and is building one more elementary school lab and one middle school lab.
“Video production is awesome,” he says. “It allows every kind of kid to participate and use their strengths to be part of a team, and they come out with some great stuff.
Want to contact Marvin? Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org