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Sharon Wagner

Faculty - Program Director Computer Networking
Larimer Campus
Office Location
Computer Networking

Sharon joined FRCC in 2012 and teaches computer networking and computer science courses. She taught the same subjects at Victoria College in Texas and Walters State Community College in Tennessee. Prior to her teaching career, she worked as a programmer analyst in banking, oil & gas, and county government. Away from work Sharon enjoys camping, biking, skiing and competing in triathlons.
Teaching Philosophy
I believe teaching must be student-centered because effective transfer of knowledge and skills depends on the various learning styles of the students. To successfully reach the largest number of students in a class, I deliver material with a combination of methods such as lectures, notes, real world examples, visuals, demonstrations, research assignments, hands-on labs, and interactive labs. I believe to be an effective teacher you have to assess your effectiveness and make adjustments. I like to measure effectiveness in three stages – introduction, development and mastery. I typically use informal measures such as class discussion, interactive problems, quizzes and labs when measuring the introduction of a new topic or skill. I use more formal tools tied to student grades such as tests, labs, research assignments plus individual/group projects to measure development of knowledge/skill. Mastery assessment normally occurs at the end of the semester with comprehensive skills and knowledge finals. Making adjustments completes the assessment cycle. There is much more to teaching than the classroom. Teaching computer science requires constant update of computer knowledge and skills because the technology evolves at a very rapid pace. Can I always answer students’ questions? No, but that allows me to model the behavior required to be successful in the field - researching for answers, networking with other professionals or testing in a controlled environment. Networking with area businesses and industries is critical to keep the program aligned with area jobs plus provides resources for guest lecturers, workshops, tours, and real world examples in the classroom. Student advising and recruitment encourages a closer relationship with current and prospective students, and area high schools. Finally, another important component with teaching computer science/networking is acquiring the same industry certifications required for area jobs.
Teaching Experience
2012 - Present Full-time computer networking faculty at Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus
2001 - 2012 Full-time computer science faculty at Victoria College in Victoria, TX
1992 – 2001 Full-time computer science faculty at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN
University of Houston, Management Information Systems M.B.A., 1984
University of Texas at Austin, Geography, B.A., 1981
Additional graduate coursework in Computer Science and Business Management at East Tennessee State University and University of Houston – Victoria
Courses Taught
  • Networking Fundamentals (Network+)
  • PC Hardware & OS (A+)
  • Computer Security
  • Cisco Academy CCNA and CCNP
  • Microsoft Server, Active Directory, Security and Infrastructure
  • Linux
  • Programming in C++
  • Microsoft Office
  • Database
Additional Information

Honors, Awards, Publications

Distinguished Faculty Member Award, Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN, April 2000
Professional Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, CIW Security Analyst, Cisco Certified Academy Instructor (CCAI), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).