Nevada Union Adult School

Nevada Union Adult School

Valerie Dembrowsky

I spent my professional life in IT, back when we called it all data processing, back when mainframes filled large rooms, cooled by massive air conditioning beneath false floors, and workstations had, like, zero local intelligence.  In those 20 years, I did a log of things: programming, systems analysis and design, quality assurance, performance and throughput analysis, project management, account management and sales, technical writing, disaster recovery planning, product development, and operations management.  Applications included  mostly banking and business, but also telehealth.
 
What I loved most of all was any opportunity to teach.  I liked educating board members on important technical nuances of a new product.  I liked rallying my users in conference breakout sessions by showing them how stuff works.  I loved coaching new hires.  Nowadays I get in the zone and stay there by teaching adults and also tutoring kids in math.  A member of MENSA and Phi Beta Kappa, I find the diverse interests and learning styles of my students intriguing.  I get to listen to a carpenter explain how he uses the Pythagorean Theorem.  I get to share the goose bumps with a small group, when, together, we grock the legacy of Hubble and understand the Periodic Table for the first time; I mean, really understand it.  I get to listen to a youngster talk about gaming apps and logic flows.  I get to coach a student on how to manage a job interview.  It doesn't get any better than this!
 
M.B.A. - University of New Mexico
B.U.S. - Bachelor of University Studies UNM
UC Davis - Multiple Studies
Other undergraduate work at Duke University, UC Boulder
 
Likes:  Hiking, hot yoga, doggies, word games, and science podcasts
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