What It’s Like to Be A Junior Software Engineer

Many imagine that building apps must be boring. Spending hours trying to make a webpage look pretty, or trying to make page loading a fraction of a section faster sounds like completely meaningless work, right? But software engineering is more than that–it’s about making people’s lives easier, connecting people to each other, and giving people tools that help them be successful in whatever their goals … Continue reading What It’s Like to Be A Junior Software Engineer

How I Went From Teacher to Software Engineer in 12 Months

  1.5 years ago when I was exploring the idea of going into technology, a friend introduced me to the Breaking Into Startups Podcast and Facebook Group. The first podcast episode had me hooked, and for 2 months straight I listened to it all day every day–all the while–imagining myself going to a bootcamp, getting a job as a software engineer, and living a whole … Continue reading How I Went From Teacher to Software Engineer in 12 Months

Failure, Resiliency, and Algorithms: My first 10 Weeks of Coding Bootcamp

In January of 2017 I was working full time as a teacher in South Florida while heavily involved in activist work. I had just written down my 1 year plan to become a junior software developer, which entailed 4 months of studying, school applications, a June/July enrollment goal, an October graduation goal, and a 3-month job hunt. If things were to go as planned I … Continue reading Failure, Resiliency, and Algorithms: My first 10 Weeks of Coding Bootcamp

Why I am Leaving Teaching to Become a Software Engineer

In May I met with my Principal to tell her that I would be resigning from my position as a teacher at Deerfield Beach Middle School. She was pretty disappointed but also very supportive once I told her that I was moving to Northern California to pursue Software Engineering. When I told her that quitting was a tough decision she looked at me and said … Continue reading Why I am Leaving Teaching to Become a Software Engineer

Prioritizing Fitness & Health in 2017

2017 has thus far been filled with milestones, successes, and lots of inspiration. There are a few different milestones worth discussing but this blog post is going to focus on my health and fitness journey which has led me to adopt a strict exercise/diet regiment and dramatically increase my muscular strength. In the process I lost 16 pounds plus 6 inches around my waist. I … Continue reading Prioritizing Fitness & Health in 2017

Time to PLAY: Incorporating Theater Into My Classroom

In my last blog post I shared an example of an activity that I used to help students learn information or practice important skill sets. We had been playing a number of similar games for 2 weeks so this past week I reduced the number of interactive games and shifted our focus to reading. Just about every day my students were reading short excerpts from … Continue reading Time to PLAY: Incorporating Theater Into My Classroom

First Day of Reading Comprehension Games

A few weeks ago I had my first Formal Observation, which is when the Principal sits in on an entire class period and completes an evaluation. Evaluations done by administrators use an evaluation system called Marzano that calculates whether you are 1) Beginning 2)Developing 3)Effective or 4)Highly Effective. Most first year teachers start off in the 1-2 range and work their way up to 3. … Continue reading First Day of Reading Comprehension Games