This portfolio provides information about my professional experience and also showcases some of the projects I've been involved with. A large portion of the information here is also available on my resume. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to know more about one of my projects or if you would like to discuss working on a new project.
In 2006, I joined the IT Student Systems team, a subgroup within the Integrated Technology Support Services Department. Our team provides technical support for student-related software and web sites within the school district.
My technical expertise in software design, implementation, and maintenance allows our team to continually strive to provide better software systems and support for our users. In addition, the strong desire for organization and efficiency places me in a leadership role within the team.
I began my career with San Diego Unified School District as a programmer with the Research and Reporting Department. The Research and Reporting Department is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data concerning assessments, initiatives, research, and other areas of interest.
Programming Consultant (1999 to 2000)
While still in the process of working towards my degree in computer science, I worked with Lightspan to develop web-based educational resources for teachers and other educators.
Technical Administrative Staff (1995 to 1999)
Global SchoolNet Foundation
My interest in programming and technology was born from my wonderful experience working with ground-breaking visionaries Al Rogers and Yvonne Andres of the Global SchoolNet Foundation. Since 1984, the Global SchoolNet Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has provided online educational resources for educators.
Beginning as an assistant, my skills soon led me to provide the primary technical support for the Free Educational Mail (FrEdMail) Network. I fondly remember those old, green screens of the Apple IIe and the wonderful people across the globe who were pioneering the use of email in the classroom.
The School Finder web site allows parents to identify schools in their neighborhood for San Diego Unified School District. After entering a street address, the elementary, middle level, and high school are displayed for the given neighborhood. We've also added some information from Google Maps to show the address and the schools, as well as to provide driving directions to each school.
The Enrollment Options online application allows parents to submit an Enrollment Options application in order to attend schools under certain programs, including Magnet schools.
The Fabulous Homes In San Diego web site showcases houses for sale from Richard Ojeda and Daniel Comacho. I worked with an old friend, Peyri Herrera, to design and implement this web site. My contribution was mostly with programming functionality in PHP and designing the MySQL database to support the features of the web site.
This tutorial was originally designed as a primary resource for a project called ThinkQuest. Each year, a CD-ROM was produced and distributed to student project participants. I was asked to assist in the creation of the "Harnessing the Power of the Web" tutorial for the 1999, 1998, and 1997 editions of this CD-ROM.
The Newsday Project asks students to research and write articles to be used in school newspapers. The student article is then posted on the web, using this tool. It is possible for the student to edit the article once it has been posted. Concluding the project, the students download selected articles and create a hard copy newspaper. In addition to designing the web site, I also acted as project coordinator for a few years.
The GeoGame web site is based on the original, email-based, project. The site offers an educational game for students to play. For example, a list of cities is provided from around the United States. Following the cities, a list of clues is provided ranging from historical landmarks to kind of clothes worn during the month of January. One must match each given clue to the correct city.
Woodsy Woodchuck is a Travel Buddy and this web site catalogs his adventures around the world. This was my very first web site I developed with Global SchoolNet. And it opened up a whole new world to me. Looking back, these pages look a little silly and old-fashioned, but you've got to start somewhere, right?
I enjoy taking photos as a hobby. I typically use a digital camera. However, I also like to use film. Take a look at my photos on flickr. And please also take a look at my photos featured on other websites.
I love music and play a little guitar. I've recorded a few songs over the years. I also love old records and try to frequent the local record stores when I have a moment.