My day job
I work as a Network Administrator in Higher Education. My primary role is to maintain the university network and secure it against threats and vulnerabilities.
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 regretting it. Thankfully, I worked in IT during my years in college, and was able to get a job as a one-person IT admin for a local church. There I had some time to reevaluate my career options and found that I absolutely loved networking. So, I bought some books, built a home lab, and began pursuing professional certifications to catch myself back up in the industry. After moving on to an MSP (managed service provider) for a brief stint, I eventually found myself back working in a 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 by pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Educational Technology. My goal in the next few years is to get back into teaching at least in a limited capacity as a part-time adjunct. I’m also open to whatever other possibilities the degree could provide, although, I’m not looking to leave an engineering role in the near future.
My educational philosophy (the brief version)
I 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 own learning and develop self-direction, we really begin to see learning thrive.
Life outside of IT
I enjoy travelling, hiking (although much to my detriment I haven’t done much lately), video games (again, time), and spending time with my family.