In addition to teaching full time at Salem High School, Mr. Killion teaches industry computer applications classes and continues to work on the side as a private contractor performing desktop publishing, design\imaging, and even some computer-based video work. He also teaches computer applications evening courses part time at several local colleges.
Mr. Killion is a past president of the New England Business Educators Association, holds a bachelor of science in business administration, and holds a masters degree in secondary education. Although his educational background is business, he has spent over 25 years working primarily with computer applications and related technologies.
Besides teaching, Mr. Killion enjoys spending time with his wife, two adult children, and his Welsh Terrier Mazie. He also plays ice hockey in several recreational leagues as both a forward and occasionally goaltender, and has recently taken up golf improving his handicap to the high teens with his sights set on eventually getting down to the single digits.
His educational philosophy involves brief demonstrations followed by student activities that requires the student to think and use the software applications to accomplish specific outcomes (similar to the "real world"). He feels the students learn the most when they are actively engaged in problem solving and analytical thinking while using the software features reviewed during his demonstrations. His classes are very "up-tempo" and have received rave reviews by those students who have taken the CSMA classes.
Mr. Killion has been teaching the CSMA program since its inception in the fall of 1989. The Computer Software & Media Applications CTE program is a powerful blend of Office Applications, Programming & Web Development, and Design & Visual Communications. Students taking all the courses (known as a program completer) are ready to use the computer to take on a diverse array of challenges and problems.
The program originally covered the features of software applications such as Word Perfect, Lotus 1-2-3, Dbase, Harvard Graphics, and the DOS operating system. In the early 1990’s Mr. Killion spearheaded a controversial effort to introduce Microsoft Windows (comments like “business will never go for that “Icon Sissy Stuff” were common in those days) and by the mid 1990’s the program had completely evolved and was recognized as a leader in technical\software application education. In the late 1990’s a second level was introduced that covered graphical applications such as Aldus PageMaker, Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Draw, Macromedia DreamWeaver, and Adobe Premiere. Since that time the program has continued to change with successive updates and industry developments. Today, Mr. Killion’s classes focus on the latest versions of Microsoft Office and the Adobe Creative Suite, and there is also a programming option that focuses on web development with HTML & CSS.