My day job
I work as a Network Engineer in Higher Education. I deal with everything from routing and switching to wireless, security, and cloud. I also dabble in automation, scripting, and Linux.
My educational path
I haven’t always worked in Information Technology. Once upon a time, I had the idea that I wanted to work in academia as a historian. I learned a lot on that journey both from my successes and failures and feel it gave me a great foundation in academic pursuits and taught me how to learn and systematically inquire. For a variety of reasons, I didn’t finish my graduate degree in History and spent some time (too much honestly) regretting it. Thankfully, I worked in IT during my years in college, and was able to get a job again as a one-person IT admin. This gave me some time to re-evaluate my career options and I developed an interest and passion for networking. So, I bought some CCNA books, built a home lab, and began pursuing professional certifications to play catch up. After moving on to an MSP for a brief stint, I eventually found myself working in another higher education environment at Fresno Pacific University, where I currently work today.
While working at the university, I have aggressively sought to keep furthering my education through professional certifications and in August, 2020, I completed an M.A. in Educational Technology. I also occasionally teach networking or security courses for the Computer Information Systems program at the university. I’m currently pursuing the CWNA and CCNP Enterprise certifications.
My educational philosophy (the brief version)
I’ve learned as many important things from my successes as I have from my failures. I believe that creating learning environments for students that allow for success and failure are crucial in facilitating learning. Ultimately, it’s our job as educators not only to impart content knowledge, but also to provide environments students can use to explore and learn on their own. Once we allow students to construct their knowledge and develop self-direction, we really begin to see learning thrive.