I am a multilingual, Masters holding, Texas Teacher certified, online marketing certified, university lecturing, WordPress template building, content writing, accelerated mobile pages specializing, web-development and digital marketing small business owner and world traveling father of four.

Education

Post Graduate

Sheffield Hallam University

Masters in TESOL (with merit)
Class of April 2013
Sheffield, UK

TLI School of English

Trinity LTCL Diploma in TESOL
Class of Aug 2008
Edinburgh, UK

Graduate Degree

Southwest Texas State University

BA Anthropology
Class of Dec. 1998
Texas, USA

Certificates

Spanish AP

University of Texas - 2012
Austin, Texas

Texas Teachers Certificate
(TechApps, EC - 12)

2008
Austin, Texas

Alliance Française

ELFCA - 2002
Hyeres, France

CELTA

RSA Cambridge, 1999
Sydney, Australia

Google Ads Search Certification

April 2020
Austin, Texas

Google Ads Display Certification

March 2020
Austin, Texas

Google Analytics Individual Qualification

June 2020
Austin, Texas

Microsoft Advertising Certified Professional

July 2020
Austin, Texas


SKILLS

Triumphs

Published Singer / Songrwriter

'Disculpame' by Daniel Bisett
performed by Los Confundidos
as seen in East Side Story

President of Phi Sigma Tau

International Honors Society in
Philosophy
SWTSU - 1998

AMP-WP Agency Showcase

Austintatious Design was added to the Agency Showcase for the AMP for WordPress plugin featuring agencies across the world that are using the plugin in its full 'Standard' functionality. We are one of only 4 agencies showcased (with some 500k+ active installations of the plugin).

AMP-WP Website Showcase

Hill Country Land Improvement was added to the Website Showcase for the AMP for WordPress plugin featuring websites from around the world that are using the plugin in its full 'Standard' functionality. HCLI is one of only 65 websites showcased (with some 500k+ active installations of the plugin).

My Journey Building AMP Websites in WordPress

The team at AMP Plugin for WordPress recently published my guest post on how (and why) I became an AMP specialist!

 

Experience

University of Texas / Trilogy || FEB. 2020 - PRESENT || Digital Marketing & Web Design Instructor - AUSTIN, TEXAS

  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
    • Google Search Ads
    • Google Display Ads
  • Social Media Marketing (SMM)
    • Facebook Ads
    • LinkedIn Ads
    • Twitter Ads
    • Instagram Ads
  • KPIs
  • Conversion Funnels
  • Pixel Tracking
  • Retargeting Strategies
  • eMail Campaigns
  • UX/UI
  • CMSs
  • A/B Testing
  • Customer Journey Mapping

AUSTINTATIOUS DESIGN CO || APRIL '14 - PRESENT || OWNER/CEO - WIMBERLEY, TX USA

  • Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
    • valid amp-html
    • valid amp-css
    • valid amp-js
  • WordPress Template and Theme Creation
    • Visual Studio Code
    • WPRig
    • node.js
    • git version control
  • Web Development
    • HTML5
    • CSS3 / SCSS / PostCSS
    • JavaScript
    • PHP
  • Digital Marketing
    • Hubspot
    • Salesforce
    • SharpSpring
  • Content Writing
  • Social Media Marketing (SMM)
    • Facebook Ads
    • LinkedIn Ads
    • Instagram Ads
    • Twitter Ads
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
    • SEMrush
    • Ahrefs
    • Hootsuite
  • Landing Page Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Newsletter Marketing
    • Mailchimp
    • Constant Contact
  • Project Management
  • People Management

A few recent samples of my work:

WIMBERLEY VALLEY RADIO || JAN '2020 - OCT '2020 || DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - WIMBERLEY, TX USA

  • Underwriting Management
  • Web Development
  • Digital Marketing
  • Grant Writing
  • Fundraising
  • Google Grant for Nonprofits Management

KATHERINE ANNE PORTER SCHOOL || AUG '08 - MAR '14 || TEACHER - WIMBERLEY, TX USA

  • Department Head
    • CTE
    • World Languages
  • Web Mastering
  • Graphic Design
  • Game Design
  • Yearbook
  • French (all levels)
  • Spanish (all levels)
  • Volleyball Head Coach

TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY || SPRING '20 || FALL '19 || SUMMER '13 & '15 || PROGRAM FACULTY (TSIE) - SAN MARCOS, TX USA

  • Elem. - Adv. Grammar
  • Elem. - Adv. Writing
  • Elem. - Adv. Speaking
  • Elem. - Adv. Listening
  • IELTS (Fluency Exam) Prep.
  • iBT Test Prep.

ABERDEEN COLLEGE || SEP. '06 - AUG. '08 || COLLEGE LECTURER (ESOL AND MODERN LANGUAGES) - SCOTLAND, UK


ABERDEEN CITY COUNCIL || NOV. '05 - SEP. '06 || IT SYSTEMS TRAINER - SCOTLAND, UK


ENFOREX/KAPLAN || FEB. '05 - MAY '05 || ESL TEACHER - BARCELONA, SPAIN


BROOKLYN BRIDGE || JAN. '04 - SEP. '04 || ESL TEACHER - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


JOHN BACILE ANTIQUES LLC || JAN. '04 - SEP. '04 || TRANSLATOR (SPANISH-ENGLISH) - BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA


ESCUELA POLITECNICA NACIONAL (CEC) || OCT. '02 - OCT. '03 || UNIVERSITY ESL TEACHER - QUITO, ECUADOR


BEIJING UNIVERSITY OF AERONAUTICS AND ASTRONAUTICS || OCT. '99 - JUL. '00 || University ESL TEACHER - BEIJING, CHINA


Cover Letter Pt. 1

Best For The Role

I am the only *known* AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) Specialist in Texas

I'm an early adopter of Google's AMP methodology
I am a beta tester for Google et al's AMP plugin
I hand code WordPress themes from scratch using WPRig
My sites are 100% AMP valid by design

Value Fit

I'm the Real Deal

As evidenced by this Resume/Cover Letter

I care

I always want my clients to have the best available
I take great pains to make sure my clients get everything the way they want it
I constantly offer guidance and advice when I feel my client is likely to make a poorly informed decision

I strive for excellence

In everything I do

I like to party

Well, sort of. Ping Pong is my Jam!

Toughest Challenge

Learning Portuguese

...in 2 Weeks

While hitch hiking on various canoes across the Rio Napo (an Amazon tributary), I had to learn portuguese as quickly as I could to make sure that my then-girlfriend/now-wife and I would not be in danger when we reached our destination (Belem, Brazil) 2 weeks later.
Having already spent a year learning Spanish and 6 months learning French to a level of fluency, I knew I could do it.
Before leaving Ecuador, I grabbed a Portuguese/Spanish dictionary and got to work. ...
 

Cover Letter Pt. 2

Last 3 Books

The Four Agreements

A Dance with Dragons - Game of Thrones

Seventh Son - Alvin Maker Series


Fun

I play Ping Pong

I play with my 4 children

I travel the world


Current Job

I own my own small web development agency

While I love working for myself, the ebb and flow of clients is stressful and the reality is that, after taxes, I really haven't made that much money.
The way I see it, I just love to build websites.
I love working remotely because it means my family and I can travel across the US and Canada without having to lose a steady income.
But most of all, I just love to do what I do and if there is a better way to do what I do, my ego is not on the line.

Toughest Challenge cont...

... Focussing only on phonetics, I taught myself the various sound differences between Ecuadorian Spanish and Brazilian Portugues.
It took hours and hours to teach my ears to hear the sounds and my tongue to make them.
In less than two weeks, when we finally stepped off our last boat onto the shores of Belem, the locals considered me a proficient speaker and the customs agents who had given our neighbors grief about the contraband they were carrying, were very pleasant and let my girlfriend and I through without a hitch.