About Me

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To see a portfolio of my Pepperdine MALT work, please have a look at this site.

I have been working with Information Technology as a career since 2003, however my introduction to IT was an intensive diploma program from Herzing College, which ran from September 2011 to February 2003.  From March 2003 until June 2006, I worked as a Logistics Consultant for a small Logistics and Supply Chain consulting firm.  During this time I developed advanced analytical skills (read: became a pretty big nerd in the field of number crunching and data analysis.  By the way, data analysis is MUCH cooler than you might think).

As a Logistics Consultant I was able to spend a lot of time not only crunching numbers, but also studying and designing warehouses.  I spent two days in a 100,000 square foot freezer filled with nothing but pallets of a major fast-food chain's French fries.

From June 2006 until September 2007 I works as a Senior Consultant for a software company which customized and implemented Microsoft's massive ERP system Dynamics AX.  An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system is software than can run every aspect of a business, from marketing, to customer and order management, to order fulfillment in the warehouse, to billing and accounting.  I was fairly well rounded in the software, but my area of expertise was the Logistics/Distribution module, and I spent a lot of time designing (but not programming) new software functionality that was highly customized to a client's needs.  Once the changes were approved, a development team built the software, I tested it and then trained users.  One of the coolest things I did was design a complete warehousing system (pick orders, replenish locations, etc) that ran off of handheld RF scanners.

This job had me traveling across the country and eventually I burned out.  It wasn't for me.  (There's a good story here, ask me some time and I'll tell you!)

In September 2007 I started a volunteering role as a Management Systems Advisor at the Walvis Bay Multi-Purpose Centre Trust in Walvis Bay, Namibia.  This was quite possibly the best time of my life, and certainly a defining (8-months long) moment.  That my technology abilities could send me all the way to Africa still makes me proud.  I am even more proud of the work I did for the Centre, which itself did wonderful: supporting HIV & AIDS awareness and management initiatives in a country with a 25% infection rate.  During my time in Namibia I taught, trained, fixed, created, challenged others and was myself challenged to improve my little piece of the world.  It was life-changing.

Oh, and I wrote a 400-page textbook on how to use a computer, starting with how to hold and click a mouse.  (You can right click on that link and save a copy if you want a snapshot of basic computer use from 2007.)

My other favorite part about my trip to Namibia, it's neighbouring countries, and other African and Asian destinations on what wound up being an 11-month round-the-world trip was the photography opportunities.  My if I won the lottery answer is: wildlife photographer.

When I returned to Montreal in August of 2008, I got two things: a puppy and a mediocre job consulting on software implementations for the rental industry.  This is the only job which I quit after less than a year.  By this point I realized that I wanted to balance my volunteering work - which made me feel as though I was contributing to the world - with something that earned income - which volunteering did not.  By July 2009 I had found a job as Director of Technology at a small independent middle boarding school and summer camp, and I have been working on all things tech for this remarkable farm-based school and camp ever since.  I've been able to work extremely hard while learning new technologies as I improved an institution that was essentially a technology tabula rasa.  The accomplishments have been numerous: campus-wide data, network, and tele-com overhaul, design, build and implementation of a customized narrative report system, immersion into Google Apps (including Chromebooks), school-wide hardware upgrades ... I don't want to brag but it's true: I've done GREAT work here.  Google published a case study about our implementation.

Working at a school for four years has made me realize that I love education as a career sphere.  I believe I could be comfortable in education technology for the rest of my life, but I recognized in the last year that my technology knowledge and abilities far exceed my understanding of learning and pedagogy.  How could I possibly leverage one to improve the other?  How can I raise my game in ed-tech to the next level?  Pepperdine's MALT program was the answer.

With the MALT program almost complete, and an exciting new career opportunity in educational technology on the horizon, I am more excited than ever to be in the ed tech field.  The past year has been saturated with understanding technology integration into classrooms and curriculums, and I have positioned myself to one day be a leader in ed tech.

For an interesting ancedotal review of Action Research, please check out my blog.