From SMU (Southern Methodist University)
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with EE minor area
Bachelor of Arts in Russian Area Studies
From UTD (University of Texas at Dallas)
Masters of Teaching in Earth Sciences Education
Secondary Teaching Certification
in computers, math and Earth sciences
Lunar Briefing Certification (to borrow moon rock samples)
Commercial Pilot Certification for Single Engine Land
with Instrument Rating
Advanced Ground Instructor Certification
Mostly, I've been a teacher. Even while a student, I was a tutor.
In college, while only a freshman, I was a grader and tutor for another
of my professor's classes, a master's level programming class--for
non-computer science majors. Meaning, what they earned master's level
credit for, I had learned in my high school computer-math course.
the one time I wasn't "teaching" was during my college years. I found
the perfect job for a college kid--and highly recommend it, if one can
be found. I was a Pinkerton security guard. That's right . . . I
worked for one of the oldest agencies in the country. I got lucky. Real
lucky. A company needed on-site security as it garnered them an
insurance break. All I had to do was be there during from about 10 pm
until 3 am. My only job was to be able to phone if something happened.
Once or twice a night, I strolled through the halls. I wasn't to
confront anyone, should they try to break in. I wasn't to put out
fires. I was just to phone if something happened. And the company that
hired me, via Pinkertons, let me use their Watts line (this was before
everyone had a cell phone) or do my homework or nap on the front sofa.
For a college kid, you can't ask for better than to get paid while
doing your homework.
Currently, when I'm not writing, I teach tai chi and belly dance.
As well, I'm available for performances or demonstrations.
In 1980 I formed Ravenar, which first began dancing at science
fiction conventions, blending sci-fi themes with dance. I've also run
numerous workshops and have taught belly dance classes at
various rec-centers and fitness centers.
I've studied tai chi
since 1990 and have been teaching that, at my teacher's request, since
1995. I've competed at tournaments and have won a gold medal and three
silver ones. As well, I've judged at competitions.
For more on
either topics, including sites where I am currently teaching classes,
please check out the pages devoted to those aspects of my life.