I have taught in higher education for almost two decades where I apply a lifetime of experience as a software & database developer, website designer, project manager, and entrepreneur. Learning new technology never gets old as I continue to sharpen my skills and inspire the next generation of technologists whether in the classroom, home, camp, tutoring, or over a coffee. My day is guided by my discipline honed while a Major in the United States Marines and inspired by the stories of Star Wars, Disney, Lord of the Rings, and anything else that awakens our imagination and become creative. Yes, I do believe technology is an extension of our creativity and not just some boring day in a cubicle (unless that is what you want it to be). I also extend myself by inspiring others to learn how to code via my website www.GetMeCoding.com where I provide lessons, tips, and advice to kids and parents who are beginning this journey and looking to create options as they grow interest in their future careers. If you are ever in need of someone to speak to your school, church, or organization, please be sure to reach out to me as I would love the opportunity to engage your community. I firmly believe, if I can help others realize how to become better versions of themselves, then we are setting up ourselves for greatness.
My teaching style is an engaged one whereby I use a flipped classroom model and gamification techniques. Students have to be inspired first, before taking them down a rigorous path.
Penn State University's Atherton Award for Teaching Excellence (2018), Penn State College of IST Excellence in Teaching Award (2017), Penn State IST Statewide Instructor of the Year (2016), Penn State Worthington Scranton Advisory Board Award for Teaching (2015). Recipient of Teaching Development Grant for Drone Programming, Recipient of the Sandra E. Gleason Award for professional development.
Webster University - M.A. - Computer Information Systems Management Penn State University - B.S. Science (Computer Science/Math)
My wife and I am the parents of 3 children. Currently we reside in Pennsylvania. My wife and I are both U.S. military Veterans. I am a former Marine Major and my wife is a former Navy Corpsman.