About

Hi! I'm a 27 year old software developer currently living in the DMV area. This site is meant to show/host some projects I have worked on.

My background

I started programming in high school when I took a Computer Science class to fulfill a requirement for the International Baccalaureate diploma. I didn't fall in love immediately, but a friend convinced me to take more CS classes in college and the subject started to grow on me. Outside of class, I taught myself web development and started making websites as a part-time job.

In 2012, I was using Wordpress as a CMS for most websites I built. I enjoyed writing custom plugins that used PHP, MySQL, jQuery, and AJAX, but was frustrated by the messiness of some aspects of Wordpress development (e.g. writing SQL queries as Strings to pass to PHP functions). When I eventually discovered ORMs, MVC architecture, and the numerous web frameworks that make such tasks less painful, I was eager to start using them.

In 2013, I started my first job as a software developer where I learned standard testing practices, common engineering patterns, tools for debugging, etc. This job was almost entirely in Java, but I was exposed to plenty of other languages and tools and continued to do web development as a hobby. After a few years, the team/project initiated a move in location; while debating whether to move away from the DC area, I heard about a program called Girls Who Code.

When I started programming, it was a bit of a struggle, especially in college. At that point, it seemed like everyone around me already knew what they were doing; asking for help wasn't always the easiest. Because of that experience, however, I know why Girls Who Code is important and I was thrilled to teach with them in 2016. By the end of the program, several of my students had written basic applications using Django--something much more advanced than my high school self could have imagined!