I was alternatively raised by a pack of hippies and back-to-the-landers in Vermont and the Bay Area from 1966 to 1974 when I moved to southern Maine. In the late 1970s, I got my first real job as a bicycle mechanic (after interning). I was found to naturally excel at testing bikes for repairs needed and then if those repairs were successful.
I then went to public high school and worked as a house painter until college. I attended several colleges while I worked restaurant jobs, and as a production assistant in on-location film productions. At Arizona State University finally found a major I liked and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications in 1990. I then worked as a carpenter, sailor, freelance writer and film production assistant until 1993 when the World Wide Web appeared in my world. I quickly moved to the Bay Area where I worked as a webmaster and technology journalist and facilitated geek groups on the side.
In 1997 I fell in love with educational technology and went to graduate school for my first Master’s degree from San Diego State University. After years of being a happy laptop nomad, I went back to school in 2006 for a terminal Masters at NYU in the Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program.
In 2008, at age 42, I was promoted from an adjunct teacher degree chair of the Teaching with Technology masters program at Marlboro College’s Graduate and Professional Studies school. In 2010 I got married, bought a house and started a family.