Our Administrators and Authors
Debra has over 26 years of experience as an instructor in both online and face-to-face education formats, and has actively developed curriculum for online courses for over 18 years. Debra served as the Director of Online Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. She has presented online pedagogy at conferences both nationally and internationally, and has served on campus advisory committees for implementing e-learning into the university. She was Co-Director of the Math Teacher Link program, and has written many successful grants to build online training courses for educators, as well as working with teachers on STEM education. In addition to a wealth of academic experience, Debra has practical experience in the field of engineering and computer science as a member of the technical staff in the aerospace engineering industry. Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from University of California at Los Angeles, and a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Southern California.
Matthew is an educational linguist and researcher by training. He has embodied a commitment to trans-disciplinary, problem-centered inquiry at seven universities as instructor and administrator. Matthew worked at C.I.I.S. in San Francisco as a professor for 30 years where he was a pioneer in teaching online classes, starting in 1998. He was a founder of the anthropology department and Center for Writing and Scholarship. He also served as Director of Academic Assessment from 2003 – 2013, overseeing the creation of a culture of evidence that resulted in a record 8-year reaccreditation from WASC,(the regional accrediting authority for California). His work as a teacher educator at UC Davis since 1999 has centered on preparing high school science and math teachers to create high-impact learning and literacy experiences for linguistic and cultural minority students. His numerous publications include a 2012 entry in the Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics, an extensive review chapter in the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, and the edited volume So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Responds to a World in Crisis in 2009 (Cambridge Scholar’s Press). He has presented dozens of workshops and scholarly presentations nationally and internationally on topics such as intercultural communication, the introduction of new technology, and collaborative inquiry in assessment. In a previous career, Matthew worked as Director of International Business Development and a communications trainer for a division of Digital Equipment Corporation. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in educational research from U.C. Davis, and an M.A. and B.A. in linguistics and cognitive science from U.C. Berkeley.
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Steve is the author and curriculum developer for the Python Programming Certificate Series. Steve is the author of the book “Python Web Programming” (New Riders, 2002). He has actively taught at Learning Tree International for almost 20 years and has served as the Chairman of the Python Software Foundation for the last 4 years. He has worked with computers for more than 40 years, writing everything from real-time device drivers to bill-of-materials processing systems. Steve was a tenured faculty member at the University of Manchester from 1980-1985, teaching commercial information systems to undergraduate and graduate students. He led the team that developed VUWriter, the first specifically mathematical and scientific word processor, and supervised the first UK implementation of the Smalltalk-80 object-oriented programming language. He later served as Senior Technical Support Specialist for Sun Microsystems and as Vice President of Operations for a web services company. An entrepreneur throughout his career, he currently runs his own independent consulting practice while continuing to coordinate technical events and Python conferences in Portland, Oregon. Steve holds a B.Sc. Hons (1st class) in Computational Science from Leeds University.
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Peter is the author and curriculum developer for the Perl Programming Certificate Series. He has over 30 years experience in software development and enterprise information systems. Since 1999 he has headed his own consultancy, teaching Perl in on-site trainings and at public conferences and special events. He is the author of the books Perl Debugged (2001), Perl Medic (2004), the creator of the DVD Perl Fundamentals (2009), and has attended every Perl Conference since the first one in 1997. .,He worked at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and Griffith Observatory before becoming a systems analyst at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, supporting missions to the far reaches of the Solar System. He has been a member of several teams that have won NASA’s Software of the Year awards. Peter has developed across the spectrum of languages and systems from the microprocessor onward, and has done extensive enterprise-scale infrastructure architecture with emphasis on database, directory, and provisioning integration. He holds a B.A. and Master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University. He is currently combining his insights into team dynamics with his Master’s certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming to deliver executive and group coaching to the high-tech industry.