Positively impact educational systems and their performance by empowering administrators, teachers, and their support staff with the appropriate software, tools, and training.
To create self-sufficient computer using administrators, teachers, and support staff by offering quality products and training
To provide a learning environment where participants share experiences and broaden their knowledge
To enhance our staff's abilities by incorporating our clients experiences.
Our focus is administrative, classroom and media educational computing.
Consultation - We will be happy to help you evaluate your needs, demonstrate our products and discuss how we can be of service to you.
Training - We offer a variety of workshops for administrators, teachers and support staff to help assimilate technology.
Software - Having evaluated the administrative software market, Data Team's Lunch Express, along with Chancery Software, Ltd.'s Mac and Win School products provide an affordable and cost effective educational administrative solution. Let me talk to Sharon about this... cause none of that is correct anymore.
Hardware - Whether your preference is Macintosh or Win-Intel platform, we are ready to help. From scanners to identification card printers, we have the right products to support your needs.
Though it took ten years as a single mom working on mainframe technology, Sharon kept moving toward her goal to become a teacher. Education and computers are her passion.
From the classroom to regional educational centers, Sharon assimilated technology without the benefit of a teacher. Educator staff development opportunities didn't exist in 1979. Seeing this need, she helped to form the Illinois Computing Educator's Association serving as its first president. This group was formed to promote technology staff development for Illinois educators.
In 1990, spreading her wings, she established 8th Day Consulting, Training & Software. Until 1994, Sharon and her Macintosh were the only employees. Today there are nine trainer/consultants, a support staff of two, and four library processing specialists.
In recognition of their efforts, 8th Day Consulting, Training & Software has been honored by Chancery Software, Ltd. with their annual award for two of the past five years. Pinacore has also featured 8th Day as a service model that succeeds.
State Reports/ Necessary Tools/ Crystal Reports- Betsy Jones
Betsy, formerly head trainer for Chancery's Mac School & Win School in Illinois has changed names, locations and product focus in the last two years. Betsy Jones now resides in the Lafayette, Indiana locale with her husband, Kent, and their three dogs, Chica, Harlee and Maggie May.
As reporting requirements by the states have become more and more demanding, Betsy has become immersed in providing reporting solutions for our SMS customers and those running SMS Open District in conjunction with Mac School or Win School.
She has become our resident expert in Crystal Reports and State Reporting extracts and developing the necessary tools to facilitate these requirements.
Sales Manager/Trainer - Judy Ramirez
Pleasant and ready to help, Judy has been through MSU. Her customer service background at a major corporation is one of her great assets. Judy is always ready to work through any issue.
Media/Trainer Specialist - Kimberly Holtman
Comes to us with seventeen (17) years of experience and over 50 school automation projects. Both her degree from Southern Illinois University in Television Productions and her ongoing work in the industry puts her on the cutting edge of technology. She enjoys hiking on glaciers in New Zealand.
Office Manager - Joella Giovanetti Pleasant and ready to help, Joella was a staff member of Forest Ridge School District as a part of their office staff, she understands how schools function. Joella is the main contact for our staff. Sales & Marketing Manager - Sarah Werhane 8th Day Document Imaging Project Manager for Chicago Archdiocese Historical Record Automation Project.
For 8 years now, Sarah has advanced in knowledge and responsibility at 8th Day. Having been involved in everything from equipment upgrades and data entry to various office duties, Sarah now manages our Document Imaging Project for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She oversees every aspect from index data entry to electronic document imaging and storage.
She continues to manage new customer communications and sales along with additional marketing responsibilities. Sarah has also tackled new challenges juggling a heavy work and study schedule while pursuing her college degree. We are proud to announce the completion of her Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security. Congratulations, Sarah!
Our Founder: Sharon Pikul An unusual background of technical and practical education formed the foundation of Sharon's knowledge. Mainframe computers provided a livelihood in the late 60's. As a single working parent she graduated with honors from Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, with a degree in K-12 Education.
At Mount Prospect District 214, she helped to develop the first applications oriented computer literacy course. After five years, R.I.F. provided another opportunity for Sharon to grow.
She served as assistant director for the Lake County Computer Consortium and then as Technology Director for the Tri-County Education Service Center. It was during that time she started working with Chancery Software, Ltd. products.
In 1987, she helped to form Illinois Computer Educators and served as the first president. As a certified trainer for several U.S. Department of Education programs, she also developed educator continuing education courses for Northern Illinois University. Sharon was a joint author for Apple Computer's Training manual, Apple II Networking for AppleShare.
With her passion for technology and a desire to make things better for other teachers, Sharon started our company. Every potential and current customer has her home phone number.
Even though she is recognized as a technology trailblazer by others, to her husband, Steve, and daughter, Kimberly, Sharon is first a wife, mother, and church Junior High Leader.