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Dreamweaver is one of my very favorite programs to use for web development. Some of the languages I use in conjunction with Dreamweaver are HTML, PHP, ColdFusion, and CSS. I have used this program over 7 years, and have designed hundreds of websites. One of my major projects I have designed for the military using Dreamweaver, ColdFusion, HTML, and CSS was an online energy tracking database. This program would track thousands of energy bills so that energy use and cost could be tracked and monitored. Dreamweaver gave me to tools to create this program and hundreds of others like it. One of my favorite features is the intellisense which provides the user with a set of tooltips to aid the user during programming.
I have many years helping kids and adults in math. I worked as an electronic technician in the Air Force and I have learned knowing math is essential to my job. However, I would have never been able to perform Algebra without a good solid Elementary Math base. So I have decided to help others both kids and adults with Elementary math so they could build a solid base. I am very good with kids and adults, having patience as an instructor is key to success but also equally important is observing a student.
I have a theory on children, and how they approach solving a math problem which eventually carries into their adulthood.
Kids are like sponges for emotions, sometimes parents trying to teach their kids get frustrated which carries into them in the form of anxiety. I have observed kids, and adults completely shutting down, even breaking down and crying because their anxiety towards math is high.
The key to success is the power of perseverance, patience, and repetition. Math was invented by humans so that means we all have the power to do it.
I have a great deal of knowledge of database systems namely in MS Access and MS SQL Server. I have designed hundreds of Databases over a 10 year period, and have taken classes on database design. In addition I have taught classes in the United States Military on Microsoft Access based programs using Relational Database design standards, and Normalization. Microsoft Access is one of the easiest database programs to learn how to use. A good way to understand databases is to look at them like connecting Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. In one spreadsheet you have Animals, and in another spreadsheet you have the food they eat. Excel would be fine if a person had few pets but excel could never manage all the characteristics of animals in a large zoo. This is why we use database programs like Microsoft Access, Oracle, MySQL, or SQL Server.
Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful and widely used programs on a computer today. I have used Excel and other Microsoft Office products starting back in the late 90’s. The last 5 years while I worked for the Army National Guard, I worked almost entirely on Excel and databases. I have used Excel to create complex formulas which calculated the energy utility budget for the entire Army National Guard, for a three year period. My calculations were accurate to 3% of the actual utility budget executed by the Guard. I also have many year’s experience using Microsoft Excel for statistics, graphs, and other math projects. In addition to using Microsoft Excel, I also taught it in the classroom environment for the past 5 years as a contractor for the Army National Guard.
Microsoft PowerPoint, another office suite program, is essential for the professional office. Like Microsoft Word and Excel, I have created hundreds if not thousands of PowerPoint documents for presentations. As a government contractor I often teach classes to government employees or give briefings using PowerPoint. I have also taught PowerPoint while in the military since we are required to have meetings on a daily basis. When I obtained my first degree from the University of Phoenix, we were required to develop a PowerPoint presentation at the end of every class. Like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint has the ability to insert math equations using the Equation Editor which is greatly helpful for students.
Microsoft Word is one of the essential programs for the professional office from the Jr. Employee to the most Sr. Employee. I have created perhaps thousands of word documents starting from Microsoft Word 97 – 2010. I have created calendars, signs, resumes, mailings, research papers, and I have even used it to submit multimillion dollar bids to the government. I use the WordArt feature to create projects for my kids on the weekends to the Equation Editor while I was in school. Microsoft Word is one of the most used programs in my career field as a business/database analyst. Also what most folks almost never use in the security feature in the Office programs which is one of the first things I do when saving a document. I would consider myself an expert in using Microsoft Word.
When I was in school we did not start Algebra until High School. Times have changed over the years with the new government standards. As a result subjects which were reserved for High School students are now showing up in middle school, and even grade school. This push to a higher math standard has had a dramatic impact on younger students as I have seen on my children over the years. However I believe it is highly important for a teacher or parent to know how to recognize and assess where a student’s math level is. Once that baseline is determined then I believe a student can be taught more effective by building on that baseline standard. That is where I begin; I start with an assessment not necessary on math abilities but on logic. I am interested in seeing how a person thinks, and how they come to an answer. Google says they don’t care if you come up with a right answer but they are interested in how you think about the problem regardless if it is right or wrong. I believe this is a good starting approach towards math.
I feel I am highly qualified to tech web design because for the past 15 years I have designed websites for personal, business, and the military. I have taught classes on HTML, CSS, PHP, ColdFusion, and design standards.
I also have designed many websites using Photoshop and I have instructed on many different cases on how to use web-slices to create beautiful websites.
I maintain my skills as a web developer not only by constantly developing websites but also I constantly read articles, books, and I belong to several web development communities where I offer my knowledge and get knowledge of others. I often pass this knowledge down to my students.
Some of my favorite books and authors are:
The CSS Anthology (Andrew) - SitePoint
Designing with web standards (Zeldman, Marcotte)
PHP for the web (Ullman) - Visual Quickstart Guide)