George Araya, with a doctorate in education, has been named as the chairman of the education department at Weimar College, according to President Neil Nedley, MD.
With almost 40 years of experience in education and administration, Dr. Araya comes to Weimar College from Desert Sands Unified School District in La Quinta, California, where he served as Director of Educational Technology and Information Systems. During his 25-year tenure, he designed and implemented a Gigabit, a metropolitan area network for the school system.
One of his major achievements was the design and implementation of a Microwave Metropolitan Area Network. He received one of the most prestigious awards on June 10, 1997, at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C., the medal and certificate that recognized the Desert Sands Unified School District Microwave Metropolitan Area Network incorporation into the museum archives. The Desert Sands Unified School District technology project is now part of the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.
“I provided district-wide leadership in technology curriculum integration in the classroom”, said Araya.
Dr. Araya is also credited for development of a comprehensive private cloud to support a technology-based learning environment allowing students and teachers to access several online tools including Google apps and curriculum content. This process included the addition of over 31,000 Chromebooks for students in grades second through twelfth. Over 160 kindergarten and first graders received Samsung tablets for classroom use.
At Weimar College, Dr. Araya is leading the progressive educational studies for college students. “We are integrating technology into the classroom.”
According to a recent publishing from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Weimar College students were higher than any peer group of national colleges in community and service, higher order reasoning, learning strategies, quantitative reasoning, effective teaching practices, and supportive environment.
“It’s an exciting time to be training teachers and educators,” he commented. “A time when there’s so much access to information and technology.”
Dr. Araya earned his doctorate degree in administration and education from Loma Linda University. In addition to leading the education program at Weimar College, he maintains his adjunct professorship at La Sierra College and California State University San Bernardino at the Palm Desert campus.