About Me


JON LIU

M.A. EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
JON(at)JONLIU.COM


THE QUICK VERSION

I started building websites back in 1999 when tables were still cool and everyone loved the blink tag. We’ve come a long way in web design and I’m more passionate than ever about great websites that provide an excellent user experience and strong standards-based code.

Through thoughtful front-end development and extensive use of HTML5 and CSS3, I have been leading the charge for responsive web design and even presented on the topic at a few conferences.

Now as the UI Engineer at Name.com, I work with the team to develop great user experiences by integrating the latest web technologies into cutting edge designs.

Along the way I have earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University.


TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

I am REALLY good at:
Adaptive and Responsive Web Design
Cross-Browser Debugging/Testing
HTML5
CSS3
XML
jQuery/javascript

Tools
Coda
Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
WordPress
Google Drive
Microsoft Office

I’m PRETTY good with:
PHP 5+
MySQL
XSLT
JSON

Tools
Git
Mercurial SCM
Sublime Text 2
Public API Integration
Apache Server Management

I DABBLE in:
SaSS
Ruby with Ruby on Rails
Drupal
WordPress Plugin Development
Magento eCommerce
SocialEngine
SugarCRM

Tools
CodeKit
Expression Engine
Final Cut
iMovie
IIS Server


PROFESSIONAL WORK HISTORY

Lead UI/UX Engineer, Name.com (Rightside)
Denver, CO July 2013 – Present

  • Create prototypes, wireframes, and information architecture based on functional specifications for frontend development projects
  • Survey and study users, conduct usability interviews, and gather recommendations for enhancements to products, services, or processes
  • PHP/HTML5/CSS3 and javascript development

Digital Developer, University of Denver
Denver, CO January 2011 – July 2013

  • Web Development and online brand management
  • Responsive and Adaptive web development
  • Large scale implementation of transition to new CMS
  • HTML5/CSS3 site template rebuild and custom javascript coding
  • Custom WordPress implementation and management

Technology Integrator, DSST Public Schools
Denver, CO June 2008 ­­- Jan 2011

  • Web Development and online brand management
  • Create and manage social media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • Teacher support and training with technology
  • Collaborate with team to develop technology integrated curriculum
  • Highly successful grant writing and management ($90,000)

Technology Coordinator/Teacher, PSUSD
Desert Hot Springs, CA Aug 2004 – June 2008

  • Webmaster/front-end web developer
  • Department Chair, Technology, Site Technology Coordinator
  • Computers and technology instruction for students in grades 9- 12
  • Highly successful grant writing and management ($500,000)
  • Yearbook Adviser

Camp Director and Co-Founder, Wakeboard Boot Camp
Palm Springs, CA Sep 2002 – Sep 2006

  • Co-Founded and operated water-sports theme summer camp
  • Organize and planning all facets of business operation
  • Financial operations, budgeting and web site development
  • Hire, manage, train and supervise nine direct report employees
  • Effectively communicate with customers

IT Service/P.E. Teacher, Loma Linda Academy
Loma Linda, CA Aug 2000 – June 2003

  • Software installation for the faculty and staff
  • Hardware installation and setup, troubleshooting and diagnostics
  • Part-Time Physical Education Teacher

Other Positions Held

  • Online Teacher
  • Substitute Teacher
  • University Technology Intern
  • Ropes Course Instructor
  • Professional Boat Driver
  • Ski Instructor

REFERENCES

“Jon is the type of employee that companies need and want. From a web development standpoint, his skills will be hard to match and compare. He is fluent in many web languages and has been on the forefront leading the charge in mobile development and responsive design, no doubt the wave of the future. On top of that Jon bridges the gap in the battle between business and technical folks, making it much easier for the business to make educated, strategic decisions, and understand why the decision was made. These people are hard to find. If you are seeking a team player who takes pride and ownership in his work delivering extremely high quality, then Jon is your man. I would consider hiring Jon in a management and lead position with your organization.”
Loren Kielly, University of Denver

“Jon is decisive, logical, organized and just, in his dealings with the individuals who require his attention and desire his expertise on a daily basis. He has been a leader on our site for many years and has also served expertly on various teams throughout the district. Jon is extremely knowledgeable and organized; he needs to be, since he is continually on call and in demand for his expertise.”
Linda Dugdale, Desert Hot Springs High School

“Jon demonstrated the ability to make decisions, delegate assignments, and display compassion for his staff. He also demonstrated the ability to take charge and make things run smoothly. Jon has continued to amaze me with his skills and knowledge. He leads his staff well, and works well with others in a professional manor. He has demonstrated consistent leadership and dependability.”
Barbara Tait, Taylor Yearbooks


PRESENTATIONS

Building a Responsive Website for the Presidential Debate
Presented at
EduWeb, July 2012
Educause, November 2012
OmniUpdate Users Conference, March 2013


EXTRAS

Education

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
Master of Arts – Educational Technology 4.0 GPA – Graduated with Honors

University Of Redlands, Redlands, CA
SB2042 Single Subject Teaching Credential – Business

National American University, Rapid City, SD
B.S. Business Administration


Professional Affiliations
Director, Odyssey School of Denver Board of Directors, 2013 – 2016
International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE)
Phi Delta Kappa – Professional Education Association
Computer Using Educators (CUE)


Certificates
Colorado Professional Teaching License
California Professional Teaching License
SB2042 Business Single Subject Teaching Credential
SSAT – Business
CBEST
CPR / First Aid (June 2007)
Red Cross Certified Lifeguard (May 2003)
Ropes Course Certified Instructor
AWSA Certified Level 1 Boat driver


Hobbies & Interests
Woodworking
Ice Hockey
Motorcycles
Travel
Whiskey