Kalamazoo College (English)
University of Michigan (Master's)
I love learning and teaching. I first started teaching when I was in grade school when I taught my little sister to read and do arithmetic. My teaching talent came in handy as an adult when I taught computer networking to network engineers. I'm supportive, non-critical, and disciplined. I believe everyone can succeed if they work hard and have a good teacher.
My undergraduate degree is in English from Kalamazoo College, a small, highly-rated liberal arts college in Michigan. I focused on English literature and am still a lifelong reader of literary fiction.
My MS is in information science from the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, I started my career in the computer field where I worked at Apple Computer, Cisco, Matson Navigation, etc. I was a software programmer, network engineer, technical instructor, and course developer. I literally taught thousands of students from industry, government, and academia.
For five years I was an adjunct professor of computer science at Southern Oregon University. Here I honed my tutoring skills and helped launch students into successful careers in the computer field.
I have been a SMART reader in our local elementary schools for almost 20 years. The SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) program pairs an adult volunteer with children for two, one-on-one 30-minute reading sessions. As a volunteer, I model my love of reading while supporting the child’s efforts to read independently. The goal is to build confident, lifelong readers who who can use their reading skills for learning and for fun.
I am the author of a very popular book, Top-Down Network Design, and a few less popular books. I maintain a blog and Twitter stream. Writing, developing courses, and teaching are my passions.
Let me help you achieve the success that I have achieved. I can help you with your reading, writing, and public-speaking skills. For older students, I can help you with career advice, resume-writing, interviewing, public speaking, and computer networking skills. I love learning and teaching. I first started teaching when I was in grade school when I taught my little sister to read and do arithmetic. My teaching talent came in handy as an adult when I taught computer networking to network engineers. I'm supportive, non-critical, and disciplined. I believe everyone can succeed if they work hard and have a
I have worked in industry for 35 years. I also worked in academia and mentored college students on how to achieve their career goals. I'm familiar with personality tests, such as Myers-Briggs and Enneagram, and resources available on the Internet for matching personality types with careers. I have participated in online forums for people trying to enter my career (computer field) and advised people on how to achieve their goals.
I have taught computer networking to network engineers and computer science students for over 20 years. I have taught at Cisco, Apple, Network General, and other companies. I'm the author or co-author of five books on computer networking.
I have taught literally hundreds of courses in the business world and given speeches at conferences and business meetings. I have also taken a number of classes in public speaking and learned effective methods for providing feedback to those learning to speak publicly.