Stories from the Trainers’ Trenches: Nate Stammer

Veronica Sopher - Microsoft

In cities around the world, thousands of Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are in front of professionals like you, helping prepare them to pass Microsoft Certification exams. Thanks to their hundreds of hours of in-classroom experience, these trainers always have great stories about helping people earn new certs. In our “Stories from the Trainers’ Trenches” series, we want to highlight these stories—and the storytellers—here on Born To Learn.

Last week, in our first post in the series, we shared with you stories from MCT Armando Lacerda, a trainer based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who has literally traveled the world to help train professionals. This week, we have more great stories to share with you, this time from seasoned MCT Nate Stammer.


 1.       When did you become an MCT?

I became an MCT in 2011.

 2.       What does your training focus on?

I focus on the infrastructure side of IT: Windows Server, Exchange, System Center, virtualization, etc.

 3.       Why do you enjoy training people and helping them pursue Microsoft Certifications?

I like to help people advance their careers. It is a great feeling having someone who has taken your course pass the test and show the excitement and relief that comes with passing a Microsoft exam. It is really rewarding to help someone meet their certification goals.

4.       Please share a memorable candidate-related story from your experience as a Microsoft Certified Trainer.

I do not have one experience, necessarily, but multiple. The best candidate-related story is when someone has taken an exam in the past, without success, and then takes your course and passes. As an MCT, I am always trying to help candidates. And when you help someone succeed—someone who previously came up on the wrong side of the score sheet—it’s gratifying.


Big thanks to Nate for letting us share his stories here on Born To Learn!

Want to connect with Nate? Connect with him on Born To Learn. You can also find Nate helping to moderate our online study groups, where he answers questions in the MCSA: Windows Server 2012, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, and MCSE: Messaging (Exchange) forums.  


  • Bill Stephens
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    I recently took a 3-day class in .NET Fundamentals, offered by a Microsoft training partner.  When I took the exam, I was dismayed to find how ill-prepared for the exam the class was.  In my opinion, it was a complete waste of time and money, and if I had not already had some experience with .NET, I might very well have failed the exam.  A colleague of mine who sat for (and failed) the MCSE exam after attending the training class said the same thing.  If you're going to offer training classes for certification tests, is it too much to ask that the training include material that's going to be on the test?

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @Bill - Have you spoken with the training center about your exam result?