Computer science and biochemistry
I had originally planned to major in biology, but I enjoyed my work in my computer science courses, and decided to pursue an education in computer science and biochemistry as an undergrad.
After reading and loving the thoughtful and detailed descriptions of Pivotal-style agile development on their website, I applied and was accepted to an internship at Pivotal Labs, where I got my first real crash education in professional agile web development.
By the end of the internship, I was helping to train client developers on how to write and maintain the software we had written.
After Pivotal I began doing Ruby on Rails consulting work with various clients, including NanoRacks, First Movers Advantage, Davidson College, Cherry Blossom Inc, and Road Race Management.
This work is ongoing and has involved maintaining and updating existing applications as well as building entirely new applications from the ground up. Here in 2021, I've apparently been doing this for almost ten years now, which is pretty weird.
I also worked on modernizing their curriculum and in 2017 was appointed to their Culture Steering Committee to work on ensuring a culture of inclusivity at the company.
After Dev Bootcamp closed, I ramped up my consulting again, but shifted my focus to working with programming schools on teaching, marketing, learning management systems, and curriculum modernization. Clients have included Kickstart Coding, Techtonica, Learner's Guild, and Galvanize.
I launched The DevBoost Program to help companies empower their junior and mid-level developers to learn, grow, and work independently like they've been coding their whole lives.
Experience page format inspired by Cat Small's story timeline.