Winter Park, Florida
Bio: In 1998, after a car wreck and head trauma, Carol Gann found communication difficult. A friend who builds computers taught her son how to build a computer from spare parts. Carol found the home built a computer a fascinating communication tool. Researching code online she built her first website in notepad. When the time came for rehabilitation Carol chose web development and attended Winter Park Tech. Graduating in 2001 with a 4.0 average as a National Vocational Honor Society member. Building her online portfolio working with non-profits she won the 2004 All-American Success Story for Orange County Florida. Often inspecting the online code, in 2005 she found a website built in WordPress. She began researching the project and practiced using available themes and plugins. Trying to modify the core code she realized the WordPress architecture as a content management system. Believing in positive community actions, that small business owners are society's backbone, she began using WordPress solely, teaching small business owners and start-ups how to edit their own websites. She has created online tutorials and screenshot videos to teach small business owners how to use WordPress. Wanting to see others experience success she volunteers in the community. Because of her community involvement her company won the 2009-2010 Outstanding Partner in Education for Orange County Public Schools. An award typically awarded to larger corporations such as Darden and Disney World. She believes in the open-source community and the free sharing of information. Carol sees that the open source community offers opportunities for those interested in learning WordPress and its accessibility is noteworthy. Carol understands the beauty and power of blogs are that they can give a voice to people who otherwise may not be heard.