Computer Instruction Résumé and General Profile of:

Derek Mathias

San Jose, CA •



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                Currently working as a self-employed contract computer applications instructor.
Periodically contracted as a video designer, web page designer, graphic illustrator, technical writer and editor.
Employed as graphic designer for Crain & Associates, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, 1992.
Worked as assistant manager of desktop publishing for Zebra Copy, Palo Alto, CA, 1991-1992. Also organized and taught desktop publishing courses, for which I wrote and designed the course handbooks.
Taught basic through advanced Macintosh and Windows applications for Computer Literacy, Seattle, WA, 1990-91. Also designed several course handbooks.
Produced graphic art for CANODROS, a major Ecuadorian tourism company (Guayaquil), 1989-1990.
Designed and taught computer operation classes to Ecuadorian government personnel (in Spanish), 1988.


                Thai Boxing student instructor for the Muay Thai Academy International, San Jose, CA (1993-2003).
Created shareware HyperCard programs for Steve Jackson Games products (1990-95).
Naturalist/Guide aboard the M/V Galapagos Explorer cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands (1989-1990).
Advanced English Instructor: freelance in Ecuador (1988), and for Virginia Tech University ESL Program (1989).
Writing Tutor for Virginia Tech University athletes (1987-1988).
Infantry Paratrooper, Personnel Clerk and Mailman for the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division (1985-1987).
Freelance Adventure Game Designer for Iron Crown Enterprises (1982-1984).
Laboratory Animal Handler/Trainer for The Colorado College Psychology Department (1981-1985).
Sex Education Teacher for the Girl Scouts of America (1984).
Geological Field Assistant for Amoco Minerals Company (1978).


                B.A. English/Evolution, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, June 1985.
Graduate work in creative and technical writing at Virginia Tech (VPI), Blacksburg, VA, 1987-1988.
Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide Course license, Charles Darwin Research Station, Galapagos Islands, 1989.
National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) Rescue Diver and Divemaster certification, 1992



                Military unit certificates of appreciation for the highest work performance and highest physical proficiency.
Vice-president of high school senior class.
Representative of the Model United Nations at Harvard University.

Independent Studies:

                Macintosh and Windows computer operation, including programming and web site design.
Completion of a number of writing projects, including many screenplays and two full-length novels.
17 years of residency in over half a dozen different countries.


                Writing, reading and viewing speculative fiction and trilex poetry.
Computer and traditional cartooning and other artwork.
Composing/mixing music.
Science and technology studies (especially nanotechnology and the Singularity, evolutionary sciences and natural history).
Debating religious fundamentalists.
Physical fitness and health.
Martial arts and weaponry of all periods.
Motorcycling, scuba diving, parachuting, trap and skeet, hunting and fishing.
Computer and role-playing gaming.


                Born: Chuquicamata, Chile, 30 February 1962 (U.S. nationality).
Languages: English and Spanish.
Health and Physical Condition: Excellent.

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