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Stewart Jesse - Director at Glass City Academy

A little background about Mr. Stewart Jesse

Stewart grew up in California. Following high school, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and was subsequently commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. After serving in the first Persian Gulf War, he went on to become a mathematics teacher, for 5 years. He has been a school administrator since 1998, at all levels from elementary, middle school and high school. Jesse is currently the Director at Glass City Academy, a public non-profit charter drop-out recovery and prevention high school in Toledo, Ohio. The academy addresses the needs of young adults who are at a high risk of not completing high school.

What does a day in your life look like?

I generally reach school before the staff & the day begins with checking emails. Once the staff starts arriving, I help them prepare for the day. Then, as students arrive, I like to greet them at the door. Once classes begin, I walk through classrooms ensuring that good quality instruction is going on. Then, I retreat to my computer to get any reports that are due to be completed. As school lets out, I stand outside at the parking lot and supervise the students as they leave. I then take care of any new emails that might have arrived during the day. Finally, I touch base with my staff members to ensure that they are ready for the next school day. Once all of that is completed, I coach volleyball at both the High School and Club (travel) levels. It is usually time for me to go run a practice after school. After all of that, I go home to eat dinner and play Xbox One online with my twin brother.

What do you love most about your profession?

Working with students is something that I enjoy the most. It is such a joy to see them learn, especially when they thought that they couldn't ever do it.

What sort of paperwork do you encounter in your daily life?

More than most people imagine! I have tons of emails, reports to file with the Ohio Department of Education, health/fire/building inspection reports, financial audits, educator licensure audits, special education audits, letters of recommendation, Office of Civil Rights reports, employee leave requests, etc.

How did you discover SignEasy?

I was looking for an app that would allow me to process all of my staff leave requests electronically instead of doing it manually. I searched the App Store, and SignEasy seemed to fit my requirement.

Where did you find utility for SignEasy in your daily flow of work?

With a lot of paperwork and no time to sit down and process them, I realised the need to find something efficient. I use SignEasy every day to process my staff leave requests. What used to take days (the paperwork would be filled out by the staff member, turned into my box, seen by me the next day, signed by me, then put in my assistant's box, processed, then routed to the treasurer, seen the next day, signed, then sent back to the employee as verification) now takes minutes. Now, the staff member fills out the form (pdf) online and emails to me. I sign it with SignEasy and send it via email to the Treasurer for processing and also to the employee as verification that they may take the day off. It takes 30 seconds to 1 minute to completely process, and there is an electronic record, instead of a piece of paper that can get lost while being passed around.

How has SignEasy impacted or improved things at work or outside work?

SignEasy has made my workplace mobile. Because I can use SignEasy on my iPad, I can even take care of business when I am not at work. To cite an instance, it has made processing leave requests simple, fast and highly efficient; saving me and my staff members massive amounts of time.

How do you think individuals and businesses are benefiting from SignEasy?

In my opinion, businesses and individuals can use SignEasy to remove the paperwork and speed up any process that involves a signature.