Welcome to MQTT or My Quest To Teach
This site will host my Curriculum Vitae or (CV) with information
about my personal and professional background.
I’m an educator of over 30 years and enjoy the opportunity to
help and mentor kids of all ages and cultures.
I’m a WordCamp speaker, sponsor, promoter, advocate,
volunteer, organizer and blogger and teacher with KidsCamp.
I have been blessed to participate in WordCamp conferences
since 2012 with my first one being WordCamp Orlando.
I’m a graduate of South Carolina State University and
William D. Jackson, M.Ed.
Jacksonville, Florida – United States of America
Electronic and Digital Media:
Blog Site: https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/
CV Site: https://myquesttoteach.com/
William Jackson at WCUS 2018 Serving as a Room MC
M.Ed. (M.A.T 2004) – Educational Technology and STEAM
Webster University – Jacksonville, Florida
B.S. (1985) – Education
South Carolina State University – Orangeburg, S.C.
Camden High School – Camden, New Jersey
College Prep Curriculum
High School Diploma (1980) – College Prep
Additional Education Opportunities:
*University of Central Florida 1996 / 1997 / 2005
Courses: Social Media and the Integration of Technology
*University of South Florida 2004 / 2005
Courses: Using and Understanding Social Media
*University of Florida 2005
Course: International Studies on Africa
30+ years educational professional in public and higher education
Duval County Public Schools – Professional Educator
Position(s): Physical Education and STEM / STEAM Educator
School Technology Contact – CET Trained Mentor
Adjunct Professor: Edward Waters College 2004 – 2017
Educational Technology, Social Media and STEM
Creator of “Tiger Talks Experience” Modeling TEDX and
Engaging students to speak about areas of passion,
power and purpose. Working to improve the articulation and
oratory skills of students through Blogging, Vblogging,
and oratory execution. Integration of project based
learning with diverse levels of technology usage and application.
Edward Waters College – Black Male Explorers Summer Program
2013 – 2016
Assisting with instruction with youth from middle school to high school
in the area of STEAM and technology instruction.
Edward Waters College – 1995 – 1997
Technology Integration and Education
Summer program with partnership with Edward Waters College
Professional Develop with Edward Waters College to teach
teachers how to integrate low level technology into the
Teaching Educational Technology Edu Tech 250
Develop student’s instructional teaching abilities
using technology to meet and exceed the learning
modalities of students. Prepare education students to use
technology in the classroom environment to facilitate learning.
Require students to blog, micro-blog and conduct research
projects based in STEM and STEAM
Get To Know Me By My Actions
A video adventure of the community involvement and
Digital Media and Platforms
“Completely Booked” PodCast from the Jacksonville Public Library
“Hall Way Chats” – Speaking on STEAM, Education and Social Media https://hallwaychats.com/episodes/episode-83-william-jackson/
“WordCamp TV” – Presentations by William Jackson
Publications across the Blogosphere
Involved in the community….. William Jackson
Black Bloggers Connect
Your Black Word Feature:
The Jacksonville Free Press
What is STEAM and Why It Needs To Be In KidsCamp
Online Media / Social Media Visionary of My Quest To Teach
Social Media and Digital Visionary Consultant business created to
blog about the application, responsibility and accountability of
Social Media for personal and business usage.
Sharing my journey as a traveling Blogger, Advocate, Content Creator,
Sponsor and Vblogger.
Advocating for People of Color in digital content creation. Support for
youth, teens and young adults focusing in STEAM education and hands-on learning.
Social Media Manager and Facilitator:
MetroTown and MetroTown In A Day with One Jax –
Leadership and Engagement
Interactive and engaged program dedicated to
teaching diversity, leadership skills, and personal self-esteem
to high school students. Empowering teens with advanced
social skills and leadership strategies. #MetroTown #OneJax
TEDxFSCJ Social Media Team
Community Liaison with Florida State College of Jacksonville
promoting TEDx events and salons associated with Florida State
College of Jacksonville.
Using Social Media platforms to promote upcoming events and
presentations to the local communities and media sources.
Florida State College of Jacksonville, Florida
Accomplishments with NASA
Invited by NASA to blog on launching of several space launches
of satellites and space missions. 2014 to 2016 Kennedy Space
Center Collaboration Advocate of community engagement
and global communication with Social Media.
Instructional Supervisor: NASA 1994 – 1996 1998 – 1999
Educating teachers to use technology in the classroom using
either low tech or high tech applications and equipment.
Project based learning for educators in how to integrate technology
in the classroom. Using differentiated instruction, hands-on projects,
web based instruction, project based instruction and learning.
Students are actively engaged and participating in the teaching and
Past Social Media and Web Manager for Jacksonville Sister Cities
Maintained the Social Media platforms and updating membership
information pertaining to active membership participation.
Managed collaborations with Nelson Mandela Bay and Nelson
Mandela Youth Ambassadors. http://jsca.org #jsca #jscajax
Radio Engagement: 2014 and 2016
AM1360 WCGL Jax Engage with Angela Spears.
Focusing on technology, the Internet and social
media use, accountability and responsibility.
Social Media Team for New Town Success Zone and
Vision Keepers 2017 -2018
Sharing community events that are supported by
Vision Keepers and New Town Success Zone in the
city of Jacksonville, Florida
Providing blogs that share community information and
STEM / STEAM /STREAM / CSTEAM Education
Engineering / Technology Teacher
School Technology Coordinator
Duval County Public Schools: Technology Coordinator
Duties and Responsibilities:
Technology based instruction, support staff professional
development in technology applications, manage online
assessments, maintain and repair hardware.
Provide school and community training.
Community Instructional Roles:
*How To Be Dope on Social Media
Teaching the importance of planning strategically how to
incorporate Social Media in small and medium businesses.
The value of perceptions and how to increase engagement
on a digital platform with SEO – Search Engine Optimization.
Understanding and manipulating SOLOMOCO
Social engagement Local activism Mobile technologies
Multiple panel discussions related to social justice issues,
how to communicate with law enforcement, and
*Social Media and You!!!!
Orange County Public Library Workshop
Seminal County Public Libraries
Conducted workshops about Social Media and the
building of Brand recognition and visibility
*Jewish Community Alliance
Providing Social Media / STEM /STEAM workshops
for JCA in Middle Schools in Jacksonville, Florida
*Family Support Services – Foster Care Services
Providing Social Media / STEM /STEAM workshops
for FSS in Jacksonville, Florida for youth and teens in the
foster care and family support services in Jacksonville, Florida
Presenter / Speaker at ASLAH – Jacksonville, Florida
Technology and the teaching of Black History
Using STEAM and STEM Initiatives
* Preventing Crime in the Black Community – Speaker
Working with the Florida State Attorney’s Office
2014, 2015 and 2016 – 2018 speaking in Jacksonville,
Orlando and Miami, Florida Focus is on preventing Sexting,
Cyberbullying, Cyberstalking and Social Media Safety
*Man Up for Health – Health Summit for Men and Boys – Speaker
2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018
Healthy Jacksonville Men’s Health Coalition, Inc.
More Than a Hash Tag – Social Media and its influence.
*Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida 2015, 2016
Providing Social Media, Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention
workshops. Keystone Leadership Conferences
*The Jacksonville Urban League NULITES 2015 to 2017
Young professionals group with the Urban League
focusing on leadership. How to integrate technology for
business, education and entrepreneurial growth.
1. How to navigate Social Media and Careers
2. How Social Media influences young entreprenualism
3. What you don’t know about SM can hurt your reputation
and career options.
* The Bridge at Northeast Florida 2015 to 2017
Providing workshops on being responsible online, preventing
Sexting, Bullying, Cyberbullying.
*Abyssinia Baptist Church “Youth and Social Media” 2017
Speaking to youth, teens and young adults about safety,
responsibility and accountability online.
*State of Emergency – Town Hall 2016
Meeting discussing education, technology, politics and
the School to Prison pipeline.
*Boys and Girls Club Keystone Leadership Conference
World Golf Village 2016
Speaking to youth about Social Media Safety, Cyberbullying,
*Community Education – Paxon High School 2011/2013
Technology Instructor for evening community education classes.
Teaching productivity tools in certified educational curriculum.
*Mayor Alvin Brown’s Learn2Earn Experience 4 years
Lecture and panel discussion on higher education, technology and
Speaking on safety and content creation on Social Media Platforms.
*Selected as a speaker for WordCamp DC and WordCamp Jacksonville
Presentation focusing on the diversity of Social Media, blogging and
* The Bridge of Northeast Florida
Discussion on the dangers of connected kids, the struggles of families
staying connected with so much technology.
*Mental Health for America
Mentoring program with Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida
Mentoring boys on self-esteem, preventing bullying and importance of
education and community service.
*Speaker at Mayor Alvin Brown’s Business Expo
Presentation on the influence and power of Social Media.
Using it be a community activist and support activism in the community.
*WordCamp Speaking Opportunities
Speaking at WordCamp
Kids Camp and Youth Camp
Teacher and advocate for KidsCamp Orlando, KidsCamp Jacksonville, KidsCamp Miami. Volunteer for KidsCamp San Jose, KidsCamp YYC
Sponsor for KidsCamp Harare in Zimbabwe
Sponsor for KidsCamp PortHarcourt
*Invited to speak in 2017 at:
WordCamp Washington D.C. – WordCamp Toronto Canada
WordCamp Pittsburgh, PA – WordCamp Wilmington North Carolina
*Posting Social Media content for WordCamp Philadelphia
WordCamp Philly 2017
*WordCamp Jacksonville 2017
Presentation on “How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media”
the ability to properly Brand, Market and promote digital
content across generational and social lines.
*WordCamp Washington DC 2017
Presentation on “How to be Dope and Lit on Social Media”
the ability to properly Brand, Market and promote digital
content across generational and social lines. How to build a
community based Social Media platform to address community
*WordCamp Wilmington, N.C. 2017
How to be Dope on Social Media
Presenting the importance of managing your Brand and
creating / following a Niche. Being aware of the
perceptions of others related to business and Social Media
*WordCamp Philly 2017
To support their Social Media outreach through posting content
*WordCamp Birmingham Alabama 2017
To Live blog and support the message of WordCamp
*Attended WordCamp Orlando 2015, 2016, 2017
Participated in WordCamp Orlando for several years, sharing
content online and taking students from my Educational Technology
and Social Media class.
*Sponsoring Teachers at WordCamp Niarobi, Kenya – Africa
Providing African teachers opportunities to attend and participate
in technology and educational learning.
WordCamp Speaking in 2018
WordCamp Miami, Florida
WordCamp Calgary, Canada in Alberta
WordCamp Birmingham, Alabama https://2018.birmingham.wordcamp.org/speaker/william-jackson/
WordCamp San Jose in Cost Rica
WordCamp Dayton, Ohio
WordCamp Philly, Philadelphia
WordCamp Wilmington, NC
WordCamp Speaking and Volunteering 2019
WordCamp Miami, Florida 2019
KidsCamp Organizer and Teacher
EdCamp Speaking Opportunities
*EdCamp Tampa Bay 2017
Supporting the professional growth with educators
in a networking rich and professional setting.
*EdCamp Leadership Baker/Columbia Counties 2017
Speaking about the leadership roles of students to collaborate
the integration of technology and student learning.
*EdCamp Magic Orlando, Florida 2016
Speaking to audience of multi-generational educators about
diversity in the classroom, integrating of diverse technologies
in the classroom.
*EdCamp St. Augustine Palencia Elementary 2016
Attending and speaking to educators about the integration of
technology to meet the diverse needs of students.
*EdCamp NABSE – National Association of Black School Educators
Attending and speaking about the importance of diversity
in education and the roles of educators of color. How African
American educators serve a role as qualified and capable
educators locally in their school districts and nationally.
Orlando Technology Week
*Bar Camp Selected Speaker 2015 – 2016
How to be Dope on Social Media and Build Your Brand
Readers Theater Performances
*Readers Theater – The Writings of Stetson Kennedy
Through the directions of Tangela Floyd in theatrical reading
and acting. The re-enactment of the writings of Stetson Kennedy
and the Black Super Heroes. 2015 to 2017
*Summer PSTEAhM Camp – Jacksonville, Florida
Provided STEM – STEAM instruction with students
from elementary to high school. Integrating field trips
with engineering, hands-on learning and field trip
Addition Leadership/Teaching Positions
*Past Adjunct Professorships:
St. Johns River Community College (1996-1998)
Teaching basic technology usage
Delivering technology classes at Edward Waters College
through NASA for novice teachers.
Florida State College Jacksonville (2007 to 2009)
Adjunct teaching Diversity in the classroom for new
teachers and Educational Technology. How to apply
technology into the diverse classrooms.
*Continuation of Edward Waters College
Jacksonville, Florida 1999 to Current
Professor – NASA Teacher Re-certification program
Educational Technology (Education Department) 2004 to 2007
Design and implement Educational Technology Learning Program (ETLP)
for the Education Department to prepare future teachers to use technology
in the classroom for instructional purposes.
Virtual Learning Lab Instructor – 2005 – 2006 (grant position)
Technology instruction for seniors citizens (55 and up).
Schell-Sweet Community Center – Technology Lab TestGear
Online Learning Network
Faith Based Support with online instruction for preparation for state assessment (FCAT)
*National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – EWC
Technology Instructor – Modeled instruction on the implementation of technology into the learning environment using productivity tools.
Designed an instructional program in cooperation with NASA and
Edward Waters College for technology teacher certification program. National Aeronautical and Space Administration
*FIRN-TEC – Florida Department of Education 1997 – 2000
St. Johns County, Florida / Tallahassee, Florida
Florida Instructional Resource Network -Technical Education Consultant
Conduct technology training for Northeast Florida in the counties of:
Duval – Nassau – Flagler – St. Johns – Volusia
Incorporate “Train the Trainer” program where a Core person is trained using
Internet and related academic technology applications to disseminate information to their respective schools and throughout the county. Conduct monthly update meetings; coordinate with teachers on the design of school/classroom web sites, email accounts and instructional resources
for classroom use and the implementation of technology into classroom curriculum.
Summer Institute – University of Florida Summer 2009
K-12 Teacher’s Summer Institute On Africa
June 10-19th, 2009
Hosted by the Center for African Studies University of Florida
The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida
a two-week summer institute for K-12 teachers.
The objective of the institute is for participants to increase their knowledge about Africa, including its geography, history, and culture.
*Technology Reboot Workshop
Shultz Center Technology Training
Workshop addressed software, applications, apps when developing
Blogs, Podcasts, Data Warehousing and Photo storage and manipulation.
Workshop taught basics, intermediate and advanced Blogging using
text, audio and video techniques.
*Mental Health of America and Boys and Girls
Club of America
Working with Dr. Laura Lane and in collaboration
with educators and professionals to provide bullying
prevention workshop for girls and boys. 8 week
sessions to include self-esteem, self-respect and
engagement about careers and personal
responsibility for success.
*Forum and discussion participant
Real Talk Real Change Series of Forums
Dialogue on racism, colorism, White privilege, bias and prejudices in our culture.
What About Teen Mothers – Absent Fathers – What is Jacksonville Saying
*Human Rights Commission – Study Circles
Participant in Jacksonville Human Rights Commission
City of Jacksonville Florida
*Prevention of Bullying
Boys and Girls Club of Jacksonville 2017
Bullying prevention and social responsibility. Building
self-confidence and learning about making positive
*Keepin It Real; Girls and Women Conference 2016
Presenting Bullying and Cyberbullying to girls and women from
Journey Into Womanhood organization
*Tony Boselli Foundation “Bully Talk” 2015
Speaking to youth and teens about the causes, consequences and
ramifications of bullying. How it affects kids mentally and emotionally.
*TESOL Conference – Orlando, Florida
The integration of language in Social Media and STEM.
How to guide instruction and learning with diverse language
Learning requires the engagement of a person’s total senses,
from direct interaction with the environment, listening, watching,
and receiving a blessing of knowledge that comes directly from
the source of interacting with those who have more seasoned wisdom.
Philosophy of Teaching:
I believe that all people no matter cultural background or gender have
the capability to learn, mature and grow cognitively and socially;
My goal is to prepare my students for the working environment by
teaching them how to be creative and productive with the use of
technology, using technology tools ethically. There is a need for
today’s students to be guided in the direction that best suits their
individual learning styles. Learning never stops and those seeking
education must be taught that their learning is continuous
throughout their lives regardless of age.
Literary Submissions Online and Traditional:
Submissions addressing education, technology, diversity and parental
relationships. These are just a few and they have changed with
audience and platform.
Submissions to local and state wide newspapers and magazines.
Florida Times Union – Jacksonville.com – Jacksonville Free Press
The Florida Star – Palatka Daily News – Onyx Magazine
Black Pages – Florida Courier – Jacksonville Advocate
Folio Weekly – Seeinggrowth.com
Blackrefer.com, Blackfathers.org, Blackblogger.com,
First Coast News – Black Refer.com, Blogger for E3 Business Group. Inc.
Nokturnal Escape, Black Blogger Network, HBCU Lifestyle,
Black Blogger Connect, Forbes Online –
Featured on Tom Joyner Morning Show and Black America Web
* WeBlogforLove – South Africa
* Huffington Post South Africa
* The African Dream
Host Blog Talk Radio – Commentary – Jan 2009 to October 2009
Addressing issues dealing with technology, social networking
“Co-host on Courageous Conversations Ask A Teacher”
Past Board Positions:
Jacksonville Sister Cities – Manager of Social Media Platforms
Empowerment Resources – Manager for Social Media Platforms
JCCI Forward – Marketing and Publicity
E3 Business Group North Florida Advocate
Boys2Men Symposium Committee – Marketing
Impact Jacksonville Education Committee
Suicide Prevention Coalition of Jacksonville, Florida
National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
Jacksonville Diversity Network
Professional Associations / Memberships:
National Education Association
American Federation of Teachers
Duval County Teachers Union
Kuumba African American Cultural Arts Committee
NABS – National Association of Black SCUBA Divers
NAUI-National Association of Underwater Instructors
NASE-National Association of SCUBA Educators
The Wakaguzi Forum (Critical Thinkers – Kiswahili) – EWC
Black Talk Radio and Black Teen Empowerment
National Association of Black Journalists
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Conducted presentations at various educational/cultural and
community conferences from 1998 to Present.
*. FETC – Florida Educational Technology –
Conference Orlando, Fl – 1998 – 2000
Presenter and facilitator
*. FAME – Florida Association of Media Educators –
Daytona Beach, Fl – 1998 – 2000
Presenter and facilitator
*. Kuumba African Cultural Arts and Music Fest –
Jacksonville, Fl – 1999 – 2006
Multicultural festival promoting African American Pride.
Presenter and Webmaster
*. Kwanzaa Festival – Celebrating the richness of Kwanzaa –
Jacksonville, Fl – 2005
Presenter and facilitator
*. Albany State University (Albany Ga.) Technology Conference –
Albany, Ga. – 2002 Presenter
*. The Wakaguzi Forum – Edward Waters College –
Jacksonville, Fl – 2005 to present
Intellectual Think Tank – Presides
*. Florida Courier/Daytona Times Talk Show – 2005 – 2006
Discussion on state educational issues
*. Black Business Professionals and Entrepreneurs Conference –
Savannah, Ga. 2006
Presenter – Technology in the Business Environment
*. First Family Preservation Conference. –
Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida – 2006 Presenter
*. Black Expo “Black Out” – Daytona Beach, Florida – 2006 Presenter
*.National Association for College Admission Counseling Jacksonville, Florida 2006
Presented workshops on technology and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
*.Minorities in Teaching Conference – Orlando, Florida – 2006
“Proposal: Digital Tools for the Success of Minority Children”
*. Florida Black Business Expo – August 2007
Orlando, Florida – Speaker – “Integrating Technology in the Business Environment”
*.Florida Black Business Expo – October 2008
Boys and Girls Club of America – Keystone Leadership Conf.
*. Sunshine State TESOL Conference, Jacksonville, Florida
*. Gen.y Pace with Blue Cross and Blue Shield
The Truth of “Nancy and Teddy” Health Summit
Internet Safety, Social Media and Social Network Safety.
Available upon request
My Quest To Teach grows