Our school continues to grow at a healthy pace as we add courses, enroll students, and recruit the best mentors on the planet. When we released the Python 1 and Python 2 courses at the end of 2010, they were extremely popular and we found ourselves in need of an additional instructor to help keep up with the demand and maintain the high quality of mentorship we offer our students. We went in search of a dedicated and positive Python expert who could step in and start mentoring right away. Fortunately, we didn’t have to look for long because O’Reilly School of Technology Python course author Steve Holden recommended Kirby Urner for the position immediately. Kirby has been an active contributing member within the Python community for many years, presenting at Open Source and Python conferences since 2005. Since he began working as an O’Reilly School of Technology mentor, students have expressed a real appreciation for his deep Python knowledge, unique turns of metaphor, and engaging conversation style.
We’ve been gratified by the popularity of the first two Python courses and the subsequent release of the remainder of the Python series. Last December we experienced a record-setting month of student enrollments. That rush of enrollments is one indicator that we’re offering students the right courses and that the courses are effective. While we’re encouraged by the increase in enrollments, it’s also had the unintended consequence of delaying this introduction. (We apologize for that, Kirby, though, if anybody knows just how busy we’ve been, it would be you!) Kirby has actually been an O’Reilly School of Technology instructor for over a year now. We’re happy to have him and to welcome him to the O’Reilly School of Technology crew officially.
We had the opportunity to get to know Kirby during our annual retreat in February of 2011. He made a lasting impression on us, not only through his work, but in sharing some of his experiences as a world traveler, philosopher, and humanitarian.
He is a valuable asset to O’Reilly School of Technology, and a great advocate for students and the Python programming language. At long last, please help us to give a warm welcome to Kirby Urner.