I’m a high school dropout who attended Sheridan College for visual arts & photography, apprenticed as a millwright and then finally went back to school to get honours degrees from the University of Guelph in English & philosophy. Since the age of twelve I’ve been coding and building computers and after university I became a qualified information technologist. Combining technology with my interests in mechanics, visual arts and writing has been a life long pursuit.
Prior to teaching I apprenticed as a millwright and worked for a number of years as an IT technician. I lived in Japan for two years teaching English and working primarily on translating technical presentations for doctors and engineers. Upon returning to Ontario in 2002 I became a certified teacher (OCT477065) and have taught in Peel and Upper Grand district school boards.
I currently teach computer technology at CWDHS in Fergus where I’ve been developing a program that recently won tops in Ontario Skills Canada competition for IT & networking, has finished top ten provincially in coding, electronics and web development. We’ve also been multiple national finalists in the CyberTitan National Student Cybersecurity Competition. My computer engineering students have been building virtual reality systems for our school board for the past two years while the digital artists and coders in our software engineering/game development program have been developing and publishing leading edge games for those VR systems. We’re very good at harnessing emerging technologies and are always on the lookout for the next technology breakthrough.
I started riding motorcycles in 2013 and combine this passion with my expertise as a visual artist, technologist and writer whenever I can. Riding a motorbike is one of the most complex and visceral machine interactions I’ve experienced. I’ve spent much of my life nurturing a deep sympathy with machinery, it lies at the core of my technical expertise and has played a constant role in my career. Motorcycling offers me an almost anime-mecha like connected experience with machinery that verges on the sublime.
I’ve come to realize that I don’t think like most people. My aspie tendencies make me chronically shy. My own son’s ASD diagnosis has shed a lot of light on this. I’ve developed social tools to try and deal with having to work with people, but it seldom comes naturally. A good day is one where I haven’t said a word by noon and I can get lost in creative/technical work (I make no distinction). Being out on the motorbike offers the perfect combination of space, excitement and technical complexity.