Educational Technology Services supports the district's mission of ensuring the educational success of all students by researching, promoting, and supporting the effective integration of learning, collaboration, data, and communication technologies into the life and work of the Santa Barbara Unified School District community and beyond.
Our goal is to transform our department from one that singularly supports computer and network issues to one that becomes a leader in learning, collaboration, data, and communication technologies by delivering innovative professional learning, timely technical support, and influential institutional research in partnership with our community.
Chief Technology Officer
Tony Ramirez is an accomplished technology professional with over 20 years of experience in Education. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master's degree in Information Technology, both from Azusa Pacific University. Throughout his career, Tony has been dedicated to leveraging technology to enhance the educational experience for students and educators alike. Before Santa Barbara Unified, Tony served as the Chief Technology Officer for the West Covina USD and the Director of IT at Glendora USD.
In his first year at SBUSD, Tony has worked alongside several key stakeholders and committees to reimagine the District's technology offering to students, teachers, and support staff.
Beyond his professional achievements, Tony is an avid runner and finds solace in staying physically active. Additionally, he cherishes his role as a devoted family man, blessed with three young boys, two of whom attend schools within SBUSD.
Director of Educational Technology Services
Robert Cooper is a seasoned educator with 20 years of expertise in the field of Educational Technology. Rob has taught multiple grade levels at middle schools and elementary schools and is a recognized distinguished educator and winner of multiple classroom technology grants. Previously, he served SBUSD as the Technology Integration Support Specialist for Elementary education. Throughout his career, Rob has been dedicated to integrating new technologies within classrooms to best prepare students for their futures.
Since joining Santa Barbara Unified in 2010, Rob has effectively partnered with teachers and administrators to train, integrate, and manage educational technology initiatives. Collaborating closely with ETS, teachers, and principals, he has played an integral role in the district's 1:1 techEQUITY program.
Outside of educational technology, Rob is a dedicated husband and father. He is a hobbyist, finding both serenity and a creative outlet in 3D printing, painting, and tabletop gaming. Additionally, he treasures living in Santa Barbara and enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful weather and outdoor spaces. Rob’s wife also serves our community as a Registered Nurse at Cottage Hospital, and his son attends high school in SBUSD.
Rob's unwavering passion for educational technology, combined with his commitment to the community, makes him an inspiring figure in the Santa Barbara Unified School District.