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Technology4Life Values

At Technology4Life, we believe we are successful if our clients are able to utilize technology to enhance their daily lives.

Our core values are:

  • Respect and value aging and the contributions of older adults
  • Connection to communities both real and online
  • Quality teachers and engaging, interactive instruction
  • Accessible classes both by location and pricing
  • Make it fun!

 

Meet the Instructors

Technology4Life is a nonprofit project of MarinLink, a 501(c)3 organization. Technology4Life was founded by Nicole Engler and Linda Siegel.

Nicole Engler

Nicole EnglerNicole Engler completed her undergraduate work in both Teacher Education and English Literature at Middlebury College in Vermont.  At the same time, she discovered her love of teaching and obtained a teaching credential for secondary education.  Later, she received a  J.D. from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and remains an active member of the California State Bar.

Nicole began her teaching experience by serving on the faculty of Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH and later taught high school English for Sacred Heart School in Atherton, CA.   Nicole left teaching to work as a Human Resources Generalist in the Private Client Services Division for Wells Fargo Bank, Inc.  where she taught business communication and management strategy seminars.  At Wells Fargo, she was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources while supporting several business line areas including the Trust and Portfolio Management Group and the Compliance and Technology Group.

For the last few years, Nicole has taught several adult education courses throughout Novato and San Rafael including How to use an iPad and iPhone,  Introduction to Facebook, Intro to Social Media,  PowerPoint, and Introduction to Computers.

Nicole is a Novato resident  and she is married with four children.

Linda Siegel

 

closeupAs a Computer Science major at UC Berkeley, Linda hadn’t really considered a career in film.  But an internship at Skywalker Ranch as a database consultant led to more than twenty years at Lucasfilm. As a digital artist, she was responsible for lighting and compositing for feature films, earning credits on films such as Forrest Gump, the Star Wars prequels, and Pirates of the Caribbean.  She was fortunate to work on the feather shots of Forrest Gump – which at the time were the longest computer graphics ever created.

In recent years, Linda was responsible for technical training and artist management for LucasFilm, ImageMovers Digital and other leading animation and visual effects studios. She created training in software and production techniques, artist enrichment and development programs as well as outreach to educational institutions.

Linda works with adults in the Whistlestop Computer Lab as well as offering one-on-one consulting and computer support.  She focuses on creating education that is interactive, practical and ensures the student is able to use and apply their knowledge. She volunteers with Whistlestop’s Meals on Wheels program.

Linda earned her B.S. in Computer Science at U.C. Berkeley and her MBA from Cal’s Haas School of Business.  She lives in Marin County with her husband,  author Sheldon Siegel.