Computer expert with a passion for astronomy
Iola, 66749, USA
COMPUTERS: I started my career as a computer technician while working my way through college in the mid-1980s. Through the years, I have performed successfully in a variety of work environments, ranging from computer repair for both wholesale and retail outlets, helpdesk support, technical writing and documentation, team programming, software development, and code maintenance. In the 1990s, I created and maintained my own Bulletin Board System on my home computer. Other people could dial into my computer via modem, and play games or post messages for myself or other users. When the World Wide Web became popular, my interests turned in that direction, and I began designing my own webpages. My professional website designer background includes experience with higher education, retail businesses, churches, and various organizations. My varied background in the computer industry has cultivated several strengths, including problem-solving, troubleshooting, verbal and written communication skills, working well under pressure, and customer service. ASTRONOMY: As a kid, I remember being glued to my TV watching the lunar landings, and I've been interested in space and astronomy ever since. While at college, I took a few astronomy courses and joined a local astronomy club. In the late 1990s, I began recording descriptions of my celestial observations in what I called StarLogs and posted them to my astronomy website and to various email groups. To date, I have logged almost 500 different objects in the night sky. In March, 2000, my astronomy website was mentioned in "Astronomy" magazine for being a great resource. In 2003, I was asked to develop an astronomy course to help fill out the college's online degree program. With no previous teaching experience, I built the course from scratch, achieved accreditation for it, and successfully taught it for several years. This ability to quickly learn and thrive in unfamiliar environments is perhaps one of my greatest strengths.