First Name

Marcus

Last Name

Twyford

Bio

Marcus Twyford is returning to teaching after forays into retail and healthcare IT fields; developing training and curriculum materials for Computer Based Training for over 1.5 million employees, supporting large scale enterprise networks, and developing systems integration software for healthcare interface engines in HL7. It is his prior years in teaching in Connecticut, Tennessee, and Arkansas, as well as his experience in industry that he brings to the classroom sharing the knowledge and skills his students will need to develop for college and career. In 1986, Marcus and his brother started a small business in Canada, where they built and sold their first computer. He remembers the day he got the tech-bug, and he has never looked back. Technology it seems has always been in his blood. Now, teaching Business, Technology (Computer Applications) and Computer Science courses at the all-girl Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, Marcus continues to be energized to 'change the ratio' for women and show his students how technology will impact all of their lives, regardless of their interests of vocations. "I was thrilled about the opportunities that lay ahead for our young women in NCWIT" Marcus recalls - "I had gone to the meeting at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia, and met Ruthe Farmer - and was so inspired about the wonderful things that were happening and being planned - I asked several of my students to apply for the incredible opportunity with the Aspirations Award, and to start networking with all the great people at NCWIT."