Here's a little about my background and where I'm at today.
Technology has been my primary interest for as long as I can remember. It started at a young age with the disassembly, examination, and attempted reconstruction of clock radios, telephone answering machines, and whichever other gadgets were within my short reach; but I later graduated to hand-me-down computers and discovered them to be far more intriguing.
After years of careful trial-and-error, I became self-taught in hands-on computer work as well as a number of programming languages. I was privileged to offer my skills to friends and family in my Indiana hometown of 500 through computer repair and support services, a hobby which quickly broadened beyond them by word of mouth. As just a kid, I realized I would have to prove my ability by working in advance and presenting finished products without ever having been asked to produce anything. Before long, this landed me web design gigs for local businesses.
Meanwhile, those same aforementioned friends and family continued to offer their support as I ventured across the country to compete in mobile app development competitions in which I ended up placing first in Indiana then second nationally two years in a row and enjoyed stardom in local news.
Since then, I have worked primarily in K-12 school systems as a software developer, network administrator, and technology support technician. In Indiana, I had the privilege of working at Frontier School Corporation, a small school district with an even tinier technology team that does most everything in-house and without the help of specialists or contractors, which allowed me to dip my feet in all sorts of valuable experience and learn-by-doing; and for that, I am extremely grateful. Then in July 2018, amidst the Mojave Desert's scorching summer heat, I relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada and accepted a job at the Clark County School District, one of the largest in the nation. It was quite an adjustment to transition from a district of two schools and 650 students to one of more than 350 schools and 320,000 students, but I embraced the change.
I love the power of technology in action and the joy it brings to young (and old) faces. In addition to working directly with students and faculty, my coding projects in this area include cafeteria management software, custom software deployment suites, and most notably, student information systems solutions that integrate total account synchronization across the many cloud and e-curricula services in demand of the modern school district.
Now I am ready for another new chapter as I move back east again this summer. I have also kept myself extra busy with contracted side work and various open source projects. I invite you to explore them on this site and hope to hear from you!