B.Mm, GradDipTchLn (Secondary)
This is likely the most “cringey” and narcissistic bit of content I’ve ever written but, since this blog is basically an online CV, here’s some bio.
I’m married with three sons. One son is a young adult and not pictured here.
Currently I teach @ Nayland College in Nelson, New Zealand. I’m happy here. Teaching teenagers who are eager to learn Computer Science and Software Development is a joy and a privilege.
I love learning new techniques, frameworks and technologies. Most weekends I run through some tutorials not just to keep up with the zeitgeist, but because I find it satisfying to work with different languages and development environments.
Some of my favourite tutorials are from Brad Traversy who just has a way of explaining things that clicks with me. I’m so happy with his work that, for the first time, I became a Patreon supporter. I also take a lot of info from Udemy, Pluralsight, Eduonix and quite a few other places over the years.
My formal qualifications are:
Bachelor of Multimedia
Murdoch University 2003 – This was a cross-curricular course focused on content creation such as 3D modelling, CD ROMS (Yes, they were a thing once upon a time.), film/documentary, and web development. I dove headfirst into the PHP units and didn’t resurface until I realised that there were other useable web development languages.
Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary)
Christchurch College of Education 2005 – I had firsthand experience in the classroom and studied teaching pedagogy. For practicums I worked at Villa Maria College, Aranui High School and Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery in Christchurch.
Certificate IV in Small Business Management
2011 – I took this because it was one of the conditions of a grant I was given to start a mobile recording business in Northern New South Wales, Australia.
Some work history:
2016-present: I teach Computer Science and Digital Design to some really awesome young people. They push me to learn new things and to become effective at helping others understand programming.
2006-2016: This is my wife’s online retail business that I helped set up and maintain. I developed a custom software app in PHP that automated TradeMe listings (before they had an API), managed stock, invoicing and ordering from suppliers. When I started teaching full time I moved this on to Shopify. She’s happy that she can maintain her own business and I’m freed up to teach. Need a formal dress? nityangi.nz
Wild Mind Productions
2011-2015: This was my mobile audio recording hobby turned income stream. It was pretty much a flop as far as businesses go, but I had a great time recording, producing music and supporting local artists. I still haven’t sold off my gear and keep a project studio in the “sleep-out” here at home.
Teaching and Learning Centre @ Murdoch University
2003: In my final year of university I wanted to specialise in educational multimedia. To me, it seemed the best way to use all the skills that I’d learned. I got to work, voluntarily, with the resource development staff and create interactive learning tools. I was also assessed and given course credit for my efforts.
J5 Nursing Agency
2003: I worked as a casual nursing assistant as I studied my bachelor degree. In this role, I administered basic patient care and transported patients to and from the operating theatre.
Amaroo Retirement Village
1996-1998 I worked on a team responsible for maintaining grounds and monitoring resident’s safety.
United States Navy
1994-1996: I was stationed aboard a US Marine Corps amphibious assault ship named the USS Essex (LHD-2). I worked as an aircraft handler on the flight deck and in the hangar bay. I was actively deployed to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia, East Africa as depicted in the film “Black Hawk Down”.
– Emergency response
– Aircraft ground handling skills
– Extensive fire fighting training
– Security details and guard duties
– National Defence Service Medal
– Southwest Asia Service Medal
– Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
– Navy “E” Ribbon
– Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
– Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Anyway, there’s the hubris.