User:Michelle Laverick

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Michelle Laverick is the Founder of vmWiki. She's been active in the vCommunity since 2003. She was born on the 18th Feb, 1970 in small North-Eastern town in the United Kingdom called Stockton-on-Tees. As a teenager, Michelle had an early ZX Spectrum computer upon which she played games, and tried unsuccessful to write a game. At school Michelle learned about computers using the popular BBC Micro system, upon which she created a database to record all this records in her music collection. Michelle left school with few qualifications (Maths, English Literature, Computer Studies), and recognising the errors of her way went back to college. Having spent three years turning around her academic misfortunes - he left Stockton-on-Tees in 1990 to read English and American Literature at Warwick University. There she encountered her first word processor - Microsoft Word for DOS.

After graduation, Michelle went on to teach training college in Bristol, UK. However, she hated children, and they hated her - and flunked out of the PGCE programme without completing the course. Back in Stockton-on-Tees, Michelle happened upon a job ad requesting graduations with some teaching experience to be 'Computer Trainer". This covered teaching adults the rudiments of Windows 3.x and early Windows programs such as Lotus 123 and Microsoft Word. Later, Michelle learned the then popular Novel Netware 3.12 system before taking a career break. In 1996-7, Michelle undertook a Master degree in "American Studies from the 1950's to the Present" at University of East Anglia, covering a range of domestic and foreign policy issues, as well as literature and cultural theory.

After graduation, Michelle return to her IT career taking a technical trainer role in Bristol, UK. There she mastered and delivered the Microsoft Curriculum in technologies such as Windows NT, Windows 2000, Active Directory, Microsoft IIS. Toward the end of her time she also became a Citrix Certified Instructor as well as Microsoft Certified Trainer. After a brief career break spent travelling around the US, Michelle returned to the UK in 2001 only to find herself made redundant months later. Michelle started her own freelance training company and website called "RTFM Education". In 2003, stumbled upon VMware and virtualization, and excited by the prospect of all new vista of technology to learn plunged in at the deep-end. Michelle subsequently became a freelance VMware Certified Instructor delivering the VMware Curriculum across Europe. In 2009, Michelle after writing series of books and contributing to local VMUG's - Michelle sold the "RTFM Education" to TechTarget Inc, a media company based in Boston, Mass. Michelle used the next two years to start a podcast series called the Chinwag and the Vendorwag. Additionally, she started speaking at larger VMUG "User Conferrence" Events across the US.

In 2012, Michelle joined VMware as their "Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist". In August, 2014 she moved to the position "Product Integration Architect" within the Hyper-Convergence Team.