About the Teacher
Hello! My name is Dr. Kirk and I have a passion for education that is geared towards industry relevancy. My focus is personalized learning based on projects and hands on activities. I have a Bachelors, MBA, and Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. I am certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint), Adobe Photoshop CC & Illustrator CC, and Microsoft Technology Associate in Gaming Fundamentals C#, HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, Mobility and Device Fundamentals and Windows Operating Systems. I am constantly looking for opportunities to grow and currently training for the Microsoft Technology Associate certification in Security Fundamentals. I am currently attending SPC to become a Computer Programming Specialist (because I obviously don't have enough degrees!).
I love that I get to teach students about the history of video games, genres, vocabulary, career opportunities, design, development, and programming; basically all about video games! I also focus a lot on soft skills, collaboration, and the students thinking for themselves during class because I know those are things every student will need. One of the things I really love about this program is that not only does it help students learn about careers and opportunities in gaming but it also gives students computer and coding skills that transfer into MANY careers. This is a dream job for me because I am truly passionate about teaching and I've enjoyed video games since my first system (Nintendo Entertainment System)! My favorite games (currently) are Smite, Fable III (just started it again recently even though it's older), and Borderlands (still love it) and I play on XBOX One. Recently I've also played the For Honor, Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Walking Dead Season Two, Dragon Age: Inquisition (occasionally), and I still jump into Diablo III every now and again- more now that they added seasons and new areas.
I believe in giving back, being kind, and living life to the fullest. I love and try to live by the quote by Goethe: "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being". I love to travel, spend time with my husband (he's in the pictures with me), play with my great dane (pictured below), and on weekends I can be found paddleboarding, doing yoga, reading a book on the beach, or painting.
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Lets create a class where we think like "gamers"! Gamers work hard to constantly improve, iterate all the time, seek feedback often, learn through failure, and value experimenting! Doesn't sound like a waste of time to me!