Apr 30th, 2009
Today is my 40th birthday, and I have an announcement: I’m not teaching any more.
I love teaching, and my students have been truly excellent — motivated, creative, fun. However, as the company has grown, the weeks that I spend teaching have become more and more problematic. When I return from a week of teaching, I rush around trying to write new materials, mentor the other instructors, and find new classes. Well, it turns out that these tasks that I have been shirking are actually the most important responsibilities that I have.
I must stop teaching to create time to write new materials, mentor my instructors, and find new classes/instructors. Also, there are two small boys who need me to spend more time around the house.
This change has been a long time coming. In preparation for this day, I’ve assembled a team of excellent instructors to take my place at the front of the classroom. Scott Ritchie and Juan Pablo Claude will be teaching desktop Cocoa development. Joe Conway and Brian Hardy will be teaching iPhone development. Mark Fenoglio will teach C and Objective-C. And I will be the puppet master. (“Bwah-ha-ha-ha”)
I will teach the three classes that are currently on the schedule under my name: June 13 – 19 in Atlanta, July 13 – 17 in Germany, and July 27 – 31 in Atlanta. (Click here to sign up for one of these classes)
Also, Juan Pablo and I are finishing the sequel to “Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X”. It is not a book yet (and won’t be for at least a year), but Juan Pablo will be teaching it in Atlanta the week of July 13 – 17. Contact Jaye Boyer to reserve a seat: (404) 931-3359 (We are still adding material to the book, but here is the state of the Table of Contents. We are taking suggestions for things you would like to see added to the class.)
I will not be at WWDC this year, but Scott, Juan Pablo, Joe, and Brian will. They will have on cowboy hats. If you see them, please introduce yourself. They are all brilliant programmers and genuinely kind men. I would not leave my students in the hands of anyone but the most knowledgeable, articulate, and patient instructors.
If you are one of my students, I sincerely hope that the stuff I taught you has proved useful and that the experience itself was satisfying. I can assure you: the eight years that I have spent at the front of the classroom have been truly gratifying to me. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.