If you've found my blog then it's only fair that I start out letting you know a little bit about myself and why I'll be blogging about the things I'll be blogging about.
I'm in my 4th year teaching Computer Science and math at Monte Vista Christain School in Watsonville CA. I was a victim of the dot.com bomb and took the job because the school was as desparate for a math teacher as I was for the money they were offering ( a LOT less than what I was making in the software industry). I must be getting something out of this teaching gig as I'm still doing it. I have to even admit that I love what I'm doing.
Prior to teaching I worked in various software companies - Borland which become Inprise which went back to Borland, Arix, Kubota Systems, Ford Aerospace, etc. I've worked on developing C++ compilers and was on the Java 1.0 team. I held responsibilities ranging from software Integration, R&D and product management. I have my degree in mathematics but never thought I'd actually be teaching it (My high school trig teacher is probably laughing his head off right now - if he's even alive!).
I'm now on the Microsoft Faculty Advisory Board - a group of teachers advising Microsoft on how to best support computer science teachers. Much about what I'll right about here will centered around my acitivies on the FAB and general computer science teaching ideas, problems, joys and sorrows. If this sounds interesting, come on back and check out what I've learn since this first blog post I've ever done.