Universoty Of Minnesota at Crookston
My name Is Blaine. I recently relocated back to North Carolina to attend UNCW and attain my Masters in Education which has been a life long dream of mine. I am originally from Oak Island, NC. I joined the Navy in 1995, where I was a Fire Controlmen. Most of you probably think that means was a fireman, but it actually means I worked on weapons systems. The NATO SeaSparrow Missile Defense system to be exact. I got out of the Navy in 2001, and moved to Minnesota with my then wife and new son. I spent the next few years in school and working part time. I achieved an Associates in Electronics and then onto a Bachelors in Business Management.
After that, I went to work traveling around the world installing and training workers how to operate high-speed automated packaging equipment. The range of products I've worked with is huge, and I feel partially responsible for so much junk mail that comes to our homes. I've installed machines that put magnets on your phone books, seasoning packets in your Ramen Noodles, credit cards in your envelopes, coupons on your food boxes and microwaveable trays in your Lean Cuisines. Then in 2010 after burnout from years of extensive travel,
I left Minnesota to return to NC. But I could not find work here, and ended up moving to South Carolina to work for the Boeing Company on the new Boeing 787. I was fortunate to be offered the position of Manager over the installation of the Engines and Landing Gear of this new plane. But after 1.5 years of 70+hours aweek work schedule, I knew that if I didnt follow my dream of becoming a teacher, then I would probably pass away from stress and sleep deprivation. So I came to Wilmington and spoke with the Watson School of Education at UNCW to learn about the programs and the requirements. I went back to SC, boxed up my stuff, and moved back "home".
Some background on my teaching and tutoring experiences. I started my "teaching" career as a Boy Scout in the 1980's as a summer camp counselor for 4 years near Elizabethtown, NC. After High School I struggled to maintian college while working full time, so I joined the Navy. Once I got out of the Navy, I would volunteer at my son's elementary school for reading and math twice a week. In my corporate life, I spent my weeks traveling the globe training people of all nationalities how set-up and operate the equipment I installed for them. This was often very difficult depending if I had a translators or not. There were several instances that we had to use Google Translator for weeks at a time to understand each other. It wasn't easy, but easier than playing charades for days. My last training "gig" was at Boeing where I trained over 3000 employees in a 3 week period on how to use an online program I help create to assess their working environment for improvement of workplace safety and quality.
As you can see, my background is very diverse. I am a worldly person who understands the importance of an educated population!! I'm also a practical teacher with a lot of patience and an understanding that everyone is not cut from the same fabric. We all learn in our own way. I strive to make people feel comfortable, and I am always looking for the beast way to explain something so the "lightbulb" shines brightest.
Thank you for you attention, and I hope you're having a great day!
My name Is Blaine. I recently relocated back to North Carolina to attend UNCW and attain my Masters in Education which has been a life long dream of mine. I am originally from Oak Island, NC. I joined the Navy in 1995, where I was a Fire Controlmen. Most of you probably think that means was a fireman, but it actually means I
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I have spent most of my life speaking publicly. My first experience was at age 14 at summer camp where I would MC the campfires we held 3 times a week which I did for 4 summers. I spent most of my working life traveling to customers performing equipment demonstrations and training seminars.
My latest public speaking gig was with Boeing company whereas I gave presentations about an upcoming safety and quality program I helped create to audiences of 1500 people, then held training classes containing 50-300 people lasting 1hour.
I enjoy public speaking a lot. My largest crowd was 2600 people. I love the energy of a crowd and always get excellent feedback on my demeanor and presentation skills. I am often asked why aren't I in politics (my answer is always,"I'm not in politics because I want to make a difference." Haha)
Thank you for you attention. Have a great day.