University of Phoenix (Business)
University of Phoenix (Master's)
Presently I teach basic computer courses at the Harris County Library. These courses were designed by me and allow the student to build a solid foundation with a lot of hands on. I have also taught computer science courses at Mesa County College located in Mesa, Arizona where I received many awards for my accomplishments. I am active in the volunteer fire service because I love to help others. I want to help students to gain a good working understand of the subject matter and to be able to apply it comfortably in their environment. I am certified by the State of Arizona in Business and Computer Science.
It is my feeling the student needs to establish a firm foundation in the subject matter by becoming comfortable in the subject using hands on real life examples. Once the foundation has been established the student then can develop other skills in the subject. It is important to address the needs of the student and making the student feel comfortable in using the skills they have learned. Presently I teach basic computer courses at the Harris County Library. These courses were designed by me and allow the student to build a solid foundation with a lot of hands on. I have also taught computer science courses at Mesa County College located in Mesa, Arizona where I received many awards for my accomplishments. I am active in the
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AT&T used COBOL extensively in it data centers. I was a member of AT&T's programming staff for over 5 years and had to use my COBOL skills as a senior computer technician (DPA4) for over 12 years. COBOL has become mostly automated today. When I learned COBOL I had design and hard code it. It was also my responsibility to trouble shoot it when programs running on the mainframe failed.
I have been a computer programer for AT&T and for TSYS with over 25 years of programming experience. I have written and trouble shot problems in Cobol, Fortran, C++, Visual Basic, and coded DOS and Unix statements. I have certifications in these languages from AT&T Computer Training Centers. I have also designed and maintained several Websites using HTML, Site Builder, and Microsoft Publisher.
I worked for 30 years for AT&T as a programmer, technical support person, and a IT trouble shooter. I am Arizona State Certified to teach computer science courses at the college level. As an adjunct instructor at Mesa Community College located in Mesa Arizona I received many honors for my teaching accomplishments including several recognitions for helping handicapped students.
Most people are overwhelmed by the word computer. My method of teaching has always been to establish a firm basic foundation first. This is best accomplished by a student performing hands on exercises until they feel they are comfortable. I adjust my teaching to meet the needs of the student.
At Mesa Community College in Mesa Arizona I taught DOS as an adjunct instructor for over 4 years. Based on what I taught in class I designed hands on lab classes which students could use what they had learned to trouble shoot DOS software problems. DOS is the silent software which drives the Intel platform. Having a working understanding of DOS will help a person interested in computers gain a better understanding of how the operating system works.
When I taught at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona I often had special needs students in my classroom. Some of these students had dyslexia. With these students I would spend extra time to learn about there disability. Once I identified what the problem area was I would find tools to help them. The tools would range from memory aids to software. A student that suffers from dyslexia just needs understanding, gentle guidance, and the tools to do the job. The Special Needs Department of the Mesa Community College awarded several awards for my accomplishments.
I have taught courses on basic computer concepts at the Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona and with AT&T in their regional data centers. I have also developed courses on computer design, operations, and concepts for AT&T. The most important thing is addressing the need of the student. Most students need to obtain a good working knowledge of a computer in what it can do and what it cannot do.. They need to be made to feel comfortable in controlling the computer and not having the feeling the computer is controlling them. I have helped handicapped students to develop skills to meet their needs and to feel comfortable in operating a computer. I received awards of recognition from the Arizona Community College System, AT&T, and the Harris County Georgia Library System for my achievements in this area.
In order to feel comfortable with Excel a student must have a solid foundation of Excel concepts. I believe in teaching Excel with a lot of hands on examples and problems. The problems I develop are tailored to the area of interest the student has. I try to make the problems as realistic as possible to the work environment. I have received recognition from Arizona Community System and Harris County Georgia Library System for my accomplishments.
Microsoft PowerPoint is a very universal software package. It has many applications in the business world and in private life. I have taught power point for many years at the college level and have tutored it. My teaching approach is to first find out what the student hopes to accomplish. The first step is to lay down a good working knowledge of how power point works, thus establishing a foundation. I do this by having the student perform a number of hands on exercises. Each exercise is designed to build up the student's confidence and knowledge. Once a solid foundation is established I can then guide and develop with the student the skills needed to accomplish their goals.
Microsoft Publisher is an excellent publishing page. The package provides many templates that allows the user to design a wide range of documents such as business cards, brochures, awards, flyers, etc. The package can also be used in web page design. I have taught courses on Microsoft Publisher for the last 4 years at the local library. Although fully qualified and certified to teach at the college level I prefer working one-on-one or with a small group. I enjoy teaching a student the skills they need to meet their needs.
Microsoft Windows is an DOS based operating system. I have taught DOS programming and theory concepts at the college level. Being able to dig deeply into the Windows operating system is really not an area that most students need to study. What they do need is to understand what an operating system does. How does Windows operating system differ from other operating systems? A student needs to understand what an operating system's main function is and what it will and will not support.
Microsoft Word is similar to many other word processing software packages. I have taught Microsoft Word for many years at the college level and have tutored it for hundreds of hours. The first thing I do is to find out what the student's goals are with Microsoft Word. I then proceed to establish a good foundation of knowledge of the basics of Microsoft Word. This is done with a lot of hands on exercises until the student feels comfortable. Then we can turn the attention to developing the skills needed to obtain the student goals. I have helped many students achieve their goals for this. I have received many teaching awards. To me the most important award is seeing the student achieve their goal.
I taught at Mesa Community in Mesa Arizona. Mesa Community College is one of nations largest community college. I worked directly with the special needs department. As an instructor I would listen to the student and the students guardian (when applicable). Then I would find the tools or software necessary for the student to learn in comfort. Special need students are very bright and all they need is the correct software, tool, or instructor to help them. Example, I had a blind student who wanted to take a class in Microsoft Excel. I found a software package what would read the values on the screen into a headset. With that special software the student was able to earn an "A" in the class and is now employed with a major corporation in Phoenix, Arizona. We need to find what the special needs student needs to be successful. I have received a number of awards of recognition for my accomplishments with special need students.
Each special needs student needs to be accessed and a learning program for the subject matter needs to be drawn up. The first thing I do is try find out what the students limitations are. Are the limitations just physical or is there some kind of learning impairment or a combination of both. Once the problem area has been identified I then develop a program which will best fits the student needs. I then present this program to the student and if appropriate to the care taker. Objectives will be set and testing of the skills learned will established. Both student and the myself along with any care taker need to be feel comfortable with the program. Each student that is a special needs student must be treated separately. I feel listening to and meeting the student needs is number one.
In my business career I often had to write technical reports. These reports had to be precise and accurate. Senior management often used my reports to make decisions that decided the technical path the company would follow. I also wrote technical documentation that set the standard for the company. These documents became property of AT&T.
Now that I am retired, I am a fire administration officer for the Antioch Volunteer Fire Department. It is often necessary for me to write fire reports on incidents to which fire department responded. These reports have to be accurate and easily understood. The reports are filed with the county, state, and federal government. The reports are used often by insurance companies and have been used also in court cases.