About Me

What can I say about me? I am a geek. I love anything related to technology, the web and academia. I love constantly learning. I dig working with people, figuring out exactly what they need and making it happen. I am proud to speak geek and non-geek fluently and can easily translate between the two.

I am passionate about education technology. I really love being involved in helping research and implement new emerging pedagogical technologies at the University of Illinois.

I enjoy tinkering with and building things using html, css, js, ajax, asp, php, rdms, aria, xml, xsl, rss, vcard and any other acronym I learn about that seems interesting. More than just coding, I enjoy creating. I strive to make a difference.

My Back Story

I started out at what feels like the dawn of the internet, coding html4 by hand in notepad. I was immediately hooked. I got my Business Administration degree from Lake Land College, and continued onto my Web Design Certificate, just for fun. From Lake Land, I moved onto Eastern Illinois University, where I spent two fun years in the Information Technology program, taking on two concentrations, Telecommunications/Networking, along with Client/Server Systems.

I learned everything I needed to know about networking, infrastructure and got a good background in server and database administration with the Telecommunications concentration. That was a great foundation, but, the best part was the Client/Server systems concentration, where I got to learn more html and design tools, computer logic using VB 6, database design and administration using Oracle as the RDMS of choice, .NET development as it was in its infancy, and the culmination of all of these in systems design and development.

I have tinkered with so much more at home for fun. I love it all.

After I graduated I jumped right in. I worked for a year as a consultant, mainly developing Asp.Net sites, from server setup, database design to the web and everything in between. I then moved on to the University of Illinois. That was a truly exciting beginning. I was hired to develop Asp.net sites, also. Mainly the user interface portion. I was lucky enough to work with an amazing backend developer, who was in charge of writing the API, and I got to make things come to life.

After spending a few years in that role, I merged into a different role, as was needed. I was happy to do so. While working on the .Net stuff, I got very little interaction with end users, and I was missing that. We were cranking out more and more applications, but had no real support structure in place. This is where I jumped in. I started gearing most of my time to helping the end users, getting a help document site up and running with tutorials and other help documents, as well as a developing processes to try to streamline some of our application user setup. While doing this I got to flex my web development muscles as well as work with the clients. The best of both worlds.

During my time at the University, I was able to take a couple of classes which were incredibly FUN, User Interface Design and Developing Web Mashups. This where I really got to dig into php and using web-based apis, and more importantly were I really started getting excited about usability and accessibility.

I then moved onto earn my Master's of Science in Library and Information Science from the #1 Program in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois

I LOVE TO KEEP LEARNING

I want to use my experiences and skills along with my passion for education and make a difference. I enjoy getting to learn about cutting edge education technology and help implement in the academic world.

 

Skills and Tools

Soft Skills/Experience

  • Ability to quickly learn and adopt new technology
  • Communicate effectively between technical and non-technical people
  • User Support/Customer Service/Help Desk for a variety of different user types
  • Work Effectively Independently and with a Team
  • Team Lead/Supervisor
  • Project Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Service Manager
  • Passion for Learning

Technical Skills

  • Web Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Database Developer
  • Data Scientist

Tools

  • Web Technologies: HTML (5), CSS, JavaScript, XML, Ajax, Jquery, ¬†PHP, Web Mashups using APIs, such as Google API
  • Course Management: WebCT, Question Assistant, Respondus, WebBoard, some Blackboard and Moodle
  • Project Management: Subversion Version Control, OnTime Time Management, Basecamp Project Management
  • Development Tools:Dreamweaver, Visual Studio, Photoshop, Fireworks, SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio), Eclipse, TextPad, RJTextEdit, TextMate
  • Application Development: Classic ASP, PHP, Perl, ASP.NET, C# .NET,¬†Visual Basic (VB) .NET, VB 6, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Scripts
  • Database Development: SQL Server, Microsoft Access & Excel, MySQL, Filemaker
  • Office Related: Microsoft Office Suite (including VBA Programming), various online tools including Google Docs, Zoho, etc..
  • Platforms: Mac, PC, Windows Servers (IIS), Linux Servers (LAMP)