My first interaction with the world of computers was my older brother bringing home a IBM DOS machine and us playing any game we could get working. The time spent trying to modify game files in order to get them to work in conditions where they should not, quickly became a past time. As I got older, I discovered the greatness that is UNIX. Scratching my command line itch from my time living in DOS.
In high school, after volunteering constantly to work on the computers there, the technology teacher recruited me and another student to join a special class period. This time was centered around us working on the network and fixing any tech issues around the school. This eventually led to us getting paid by the school for our time spent upgrading the network and servers in my senior year.
In college, I met some Korean and Japanese students who I would assist in learning English. After college, I decided to travel to Pusan, South Korea and teach English As A Second Language as a result of my time teaching them. I also made some money on the side helping students and parents with tech issues, greatly helping me in describing solutions in the simplest English possible.
After returning to the United States, I spent my time getting back into computers and networks by pursuing certifications while acting as a substitute teacher. Upon being hired at Idaho Distance Education Academy / Gem Prep, I have continued to expand my skills and venturing into programming.
My time at I-DEA/GemPrep has been incredibly helpful in allowing me to grow in the realm of technology. I have helped in the name change from Idaho Distance Education Academy to GemPrep while also expanding the school from an online charter school to a hybrid brick and mortar with an online component. During this, I helped designed and implement our networks at each of our new buildings in Meridian, Nampa, Pocatello, Deary, and Post Falls.
Bachelor of Arts - Liberal Arts• June 2007
Systems Engineer• February 2013 - Present
Coordinating the implementation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of network hardware and operating systems across multiple sites in Idaho. Analyze the network performance along with physical checks regularly in order to maintain, upgrade, or replace hardware as needed. In addition, my role provides tier three support to end users as necessary while also supervising and delegating issues for on site tech support roles. This position requires me to be flexible and fill other roles when needed to support the school and insure success for teachers, faculty, and students.
Substitute Teacher• March 2010 - January 2012
Follow the curriculum as provided by the absent teacher, assign homework, and oversee attendance. Provide guidelines to students, grade assignments as necessary, and keep track of their progress.
English As a Second Language Teacher• January 2009 - January 2010
Teaching English to Grade 3 through 12 students in self designed curriculum including a special night class for first year university students.
These skills are my current areas of expertise with my love of Linux and networking, my expanding experience with Windows Server, and my current focus of improving my programming skills in Python and Java.
Leadership skills are important when leading a team of any size. The time I have spent at Gem Prep: Online, or even my experiences in teaching in both the United States and South Korea, have greatly strengthened my leadership abilities. This has lead me to feel comfortable leading our team of tier one techs at Gem Prep's multiple locations across the state.
One of new locations, which has an exisitng server room but was clearly in need of a good clean up.
Spending some time in a yurt. Decided to make me and my dog Tex some Kobe Burgers.
There is no dog as cute as this. The goodest boy.
Yearly testing of ISAT. We currently use a setup of Chromebooks which are far easier to setup then the previous years of getting to the location early and pulling an all nighter to get the old laptops up and running.
I really wish I had found this location during the day and not during a long walk back to the hotel because I didn't have time to stop inside. But I wish I had, because... well... what is a snack antique?
Ah Japan, such an amazing place. The nightlife was always fun with so many people everywhere. This was always the best time to meet people as they tend to be more willing to engage with a foreigner.
My students in South Korea. Honestly, there really isn't a better place to teach. The students are fun to interact with, and you get a lot of respect as an ESL Teacher.
This was the road to my work where I taught as a ESL Teacher.
lan served as my Assistant System Administrator for three years while I was a Teacher and Tech Director for the Easton School District. I found during that time that I could consistently rely on him for help whenever called upon to assist faculty members or students with a computer problem. He is an honest and caring person who gives one hundred percent at his work.Shaun Mueller
During my tenure as Principal of Easton School, Ian filled in many times for staff that was gone on any particular day. He was prompt, had good classroom management skills, and followed the teacher’s lesson plans as directed. I always found Ian to relate well to students and staff alike while also being open to suggestions.Ron Woodruff