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About our Premier Knowledge Solutions instructors, in their own words...
Jeff Cook is the resident code geek (a term of endearment) at PKS. Starting 16 years ago with Beginning Windows 3.1 and working his way through Office applications to .Net code, SQL Server Development and is now focused on Microsoft's BI stack, Project Management (knew that Navy experience would pay off), Six Sigma and ITILv 3. I'm easy to pick out at PKS, look for the guy dressed in Mizzou Black & Gold or Cardinals red.
Terry Harger is currently an instructor at PKS for the Microsoft Office Applications, CompTIA's A+, Network+, and soon to be Security+. I have lived in Southern Illinois for a long time and only recently reside in St. Louis. I have spent about 13 years as a High School Math Teacher until I decided that I needed fresh change of pace and started teaching in the technology field. If and when I get some spare time, I will usually see what new fun gadgets are out there that I can put into use.
Ron Jones ... Teaching has given me the opportunity to work with many individuals seeking to improve themselves with both basic and technical computer skills. It has been a privilege. The most rewarding aspect of teaching “seeing the lightbulb” turn on: you realize you made a breakthrough! Teaching technology is really about teaching change, (since technology is always changing), but my role is to make it enjoyable and not intimidating. After all, who wants to pay money to be intimidated? When not teaching, I enjoy listening to music as well as practicing and performing on the piano/keyboard.
Jamell Mixon is a Former Continued Education Teacher for the St. Louis Public School District that has been an MCSE since 1998. He started off with a focus on web based technologies like proxy servers, web servers and web design. Jamell then moved into security about 9 yrs. ago with Microsoft, Security + and CEH. He's also a big sports fan (boxing, football, track, basketball). In his spare time? He loves to travel and ride horses.
Mark Russell, one of the PKS instructors is a “people-person who loves computers,” (and in a previous life was a minister.) My first computer was in 1978: an Interdata 70 with 64K of magnetic cores and a teletype interface that took up half the dining room. Mark spent a big portion of him time in ministry in the 1980s and he put his skills to good use, helping to automate their processes during the 1980s (along with a brief stint in security for the TSA). I have been in the classroom teaching all things technology for the last 16 years and am known to shout from the rooftops that Microsoft SharePoint rocks!