Staff Spotlight: Joshua Furst
by Rachael Allen on Friday, March 7th, 2014The success of Monday morning assemblies depends on three things: students’ ability to wake up in time to make it to the ACC, Mr. Ball’s ever-entertaining speech, and the reliability of the success of the microphone, projector, or whatever other piece of technology groups have chosen to use in their announcements. Joshua Furst, AV Media Tech Coordinator, can always be counted on to save a community service video with a quick switching of chords or assist a Wednesday morning speaker with functioning microphones.
After graduating from UMass Amherst with a degree in History in 2009, Mr. Furst worked at Best Buy as a sales associate for a year. After landing the job as Milton’s AV Media Tech Coordinator Mr. Furst quickly adjusted to Milton, this August marking his fourth year on campus.
Mr. Furst’s job entails much more than being the face the Milton Community has come to be so familiar with at assemblies. As he explained, “My primary job is to help manage all of our audio and video equipment. This means I am responsible for assisting teachers with any issues they have in their classrooms with computers and smartboards.” In addition, Mr. Furst, also explained, “I am also responsible for any event technology; when we have a presenter or event my job is to help set up and make sure everything goes smoothly.”
Everything tends to run smoothly during assemblies, thanks to Mr. Furst’s ability to juggle his responsibilities both at events and in the classroom. This variety is Mr. Furst’s favorite part of working at Milton. “Milton is a very interesting place,” Mr. Furst said, expanding upon the nature of his job. “I am always moving around campus, connecting this, fixing that, helping whomever. I love staying busy and this job certainly keeps you occupied.” This fall, Mr. Furst became even more involved on campus, by sharing his expertise, as he taught 6th grade technology as the sabbatical replacement for Mr. Simonson. “My class was a such a fun group of kids, and I really enjoyed getting to know them and having an opportunity to teach them,” Mr. Furst said.
Along with his work with technology, the people that make up Milton have also been a defining factor during Mr. Furst’s time here. “Everyone is so nice,” Mr. Furst said. “It is important to be part of a team that supports one another. That’s the feeling I get from Milton.” Milton certainly encourages this teamwork in all aspects of its community, building connections that fosters a hard-working mindset.
Mr. Beauchemin, Class I Dean and part of the ATS department, noticed this dedication in Mr. Furst. “What I really like about Mr. Furst,” Mr. Beauchemin stated, “is that he has a very positive, low-key demeanor in all situations. I’ve never seen him get upset or annoyed in stressful situations. He is well-prepared and has thought things through.” Mr. Furst is always there to pull the situation back together, despite slips in the technology upon which we so depend.
At Milton, students, teachers and faculty alike, end up depending on Mr. Furst, perhaps almost more than the technology itself. Mr. Furst described one of his favorite memories at Milton. “It was at the Margo Johnson speaker assembly just a few weeks ago. She hadn’t told me beforehand that the lights needed to be turned out and when she said, ‘Lights Please!’ I just stared at her for a moment confused. When I ran to shut the lights off and the entire Upper School started clapping and cheering. That was an awesome feeling.”
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