Computers are just a new way to see the world
I didn’t ever intend to have anything to do with computers. Computers were something my brother liked. All I saw was lights and black screens and being stuck in a dark, solitary place. In 1994, I went to work for a community newspaper and they put me in front of a computer with a mouse and a smiling computer cartoon. And, once again, I had to learn to manage in a foreign culture.
When I was 6, my Father dropped me off at a school in Alhaurin el Grande, Spain. I couldn’t understand anything anyone said. But, I learned and thrived. So, much that when I was 7, they sent me to an American boarding school with kids from Morocco because I refused to learn to read in English. And, at the age of 10, I was back in the US trying to figure out American culture. Computer culture was just another place where I didn’t understand anything people were saying.
- University of Montana: MS, Computer Science
- University of Montana: BA, Business Administration with emphasis in International Business
- Flathead Valley Community College: AA, Business
All three of my degree programs fought for time and attention with the responsibilities for 5 children, ranging from grade school age to high school. Starting in 1994, it was a long road to completing the MS in 2008. But, the process has given me a firm belief that anyone can program, if they have the time and the “wanna”. And, small business owners and staff can learn how to manage their own websites effectively.
My choice of work after finishing my degrees was to help small businesses and non-profits take control of their own business presence. My work is half training and half development. Every day, I use lessons learned in both my Computer Science classes and my Business classes. I learn something new with every client, and each client benefits from knowledge gained from all previous clients.