I have spent my career life teaching and programming. For two years I worked at Epic at a technical support representative. In my role I programmed a bit, and worked with end users to manage their system. After Epic I spent a year designing an intranet using raw XHTML, PHP, and SQL, joining several different databases: SQL, mySQL and Microsoft Access. Before Epic I taught math at the high school level in a variety of areas. I taught in a farming community and learned that not all students are college bound. I taught in Chicago and learned that you have to teach the student and then the subject. I taught in Papua New Guinea and learned how to teach to students who don’t speak English as a first language. Recently I have taught higher education at ITT Technical Institute, and have seen what is important beyond high school.