Spectacular New Staff: Mr. Bortz

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Spectacular New Staff: Mr. Bortz

Mr. Bortz, Maggie Walker's new network manager

Mr. Bortz, Maggie Walker's new network manager

Hannah Scaparo

Mr. Bortz, Maggie Walker's new network manager

Hannah Scaparo

Hannah Scaparo

Mr. Bortz, Maggie Walker's new network manager

Emily Ma

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In the wake of aggravatingly perpetual wifi problems, Maggie Walker has been fortunate enough to welcome Network Manager, Mr. Bortz, to its staff. After working in the IT department of the Virginia General Assembly for nine years, Mr. Bortz felt ready to take on something new in an educational environment. No stranger to MLWGS with an alumna (Devon Bortz ‘16) and current student (Katy Bortz ‘19) in his family, he thought that both the position and the familiar environment of the school matched well with his interests. Mr. Bortz has been very excited to take on a management level job, where he can be more of a “decision-maker” and help a greater base of people.

 

With the invaluable help of admin, the tech integrators, and Ms. Snagg, Mr. Bortz feels like he’s been able to make a smooth transition into his new role. Mr. Bortz’s impression of the student body overall so far has been, “really positive.” From his interactions, he’s found students to be “very patient…especially with someone new…the kids are hardworking, dedicated, and I think that they’re excited about the potential of a much improved wireless system.”

 

Indeed, boosting and upgrading the current wireless system was one of the primary reasons for Mr. Bortz’s hire. He expressed much enthusiasm for this upcoming project; improvements are expected to begin in October and continue throughout the rest of the year. “Hopefully, phase one will be complete by the winter holiday,” Mr Bortz stated, while describing how Maggie Walker would soon have “denser coverage.” The goal is to double the present twenty-seven access points and eventually have one in every classroom, possibly with newer models. In addition to this large endeavor, Mr. Bortz is also planning to work on “an upgrade in our data center, with our servers and…some behind the scenes documentation.”

 

With all of these tasks to keep him busy, Mr. Bortz’s main complaint about his job is that there simply aren’t enough hours to get everything done. However, he greatly enjoys the work that he does as well as the energetic atmosphere of the school. He believes that the most important part of his job is the “organization and documentation of all the work that we want to do at this school,” followed by support to the teachers in their classrooms and the continuation to improve the public perception of Maggie Walker.

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