What do you do at Linux Academy?
I’m the Director of Content for Linux and DevOps. I am responsible for producing content in the Linux and DevOps arena as well as leading a team of content authors that are doing the same thing. I have actually been with Linux Academy more than four years (the first three as a part-time content author) and joined as a full-time employee in December of 2015.
What did you do before this?
I have worked in a variety of technical and leadership roles in Information Technology since 1993. I started my IT career as a Java Developer and continually ran up against the age old “my code works on my desktop, why doesn’t it behave as I expect when deployed to production” issues. So I jumped from development to infrastructure and began doing application and infrastructure support for some very large organizations. I managed teams of engineers and then architects in the infrastructure space and then decided I wanted to learn more about the inner working and structure of data centers and took a position as the senior architect at a major data center hosting provider.
During the latter four years in my career, I created course content for Linux Academy (I had actually hired Anthony as a Linux Engineer for my support team in a previous role, which is where we met).
What do you do in your free time?
I watch my son swim competitively now (he’s 10). In addition, I read technical books and magazines when not producing course content and spend time with my wife and son. Looking forward to doing some more traveling in the coming years.
What’s something you’re really excited about right now?
I am thrilled to work with the team that I have here at Linux Academy. They have exceeded any expectation I have set as they all were new in Q1 and I cannot wait to see what we can accomplish in Q2 and beyond!
What’s your favorite part of working here?
Finally having a job that makes a difference, at least more than just lining the pockets of a select few individuals. I know (because I am told almost every day by our students) that what we do allows people to work smarter, get a new job, obtain raises, get a promotion, stay in the country and take care of their family. We make a difference in people’s lives and I cannot ask for anything more than that.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
I would love the power to control my own timeline. That way I could revisit/relive parts of my life whenever I want. I wouldn’t want to change anything, but there are definitely parts I would not mind replaying (my wedding day, my son’s birth, the day his adoption was finalized, the game-winning touchdown pass in high school, etc).
Note: After this interview was conducted, Terry was promoted to Vice President of Content Implementation. Congrats, Terry!