Zac Gordon is a professional educator with a Masters in Technology Education and years of experience teaching in the classroom, leading workshops, giving talks and recording online courses. He has taught a range of web related topics from design and development to traditional programming and even robotics.
His technological teaching passion is WordPress. He loves being able to empower people to learn how to build sites for themselves that help them promote their own brands, businesses or organizations. For his more advanced students, he loves watching people move from being able to just build sites with the WordPress software to being able to understand how everything works behind the scenes and truly becoming WordPress developers.
Zac Gordon started working with WordPress quite early on in it’s history when it was still in version 2 of it’s development. Over the years he has watched the platform grow from a blogging tool to a CMS to now an even more robust web platform.
Attending and speaking at WordCamps has been a big part of what Zac loves about working with WordPress. There is such a wide variety of people who attend WordCamps, from people who own websites to hard core developers.
Zac first got into WordPress as a developer building sites that clients needed to easily update and manage on their own.
As a high school web design teacher, Zac brought WordPress into the classroom and showed students how to get paid to build websites for clients in the community. He even started an internship program where students would start their own companies and have several class periods a day in or out of school to work on building WordPress sites for clients.
Outside the classroom, he ran a weekly Web Education show called “Required Listening” and help organize the annual Student Web Conference.
When Zac began teaching at the college and University level he wrote curriculum for schools that included teaching WordPress. He found ways to integrate WordPress into both development and non development courses and he instructed a few courses purely on Content Management Systems. He also organized and managed several local web design Meetups.
Outside of the classroom, Zac worked with the official Web Standards Group on the open source Interact Curriculum for Universities.
In 2012 Zac left the classroom environment to teach at the learning site, Treehouse. Here he taught WordPress exclusively and has released dozens of courses on WordPress that include beginner, nontechnical courses as well as advanced WordPress development courses.
In addition to teaching WordPress and writing curriculum, Zac runs a hosting company dedicated to students.