About Me

A little about me

I built my first web page in the fall of 1995. Soon after, I built my first pair of sites for pay. Since then the majority of my professional career circled around academia--first as a graduate student, then as teaching college-level, web. Between graduate school and teaching, there was a brief stint in a dot-com company (sadly that dot-bombed). Freelance design work wove in and out along side the teaching. The teaching was really meaningful to me and I met some really amazing people I was proud to have as students and, in some cases, later as friends. This career path came to a bittersweet end in 2018.

In 2019, I pivoted from teaching to working in industry. This was definitely an adjustment. My first post-teaching position was with a small IT company where I really got to be a Jill of all trades, wear many hats, and put my 'academic' knowledge to use 'IRL'. I learned that writing user stories for Agile isn't that far removed from writing learning objectives for a lesson plan (be concrete).

I moved on to my current position in the beginning on 2022. I'm excited for the challenges, opportunities, and learning opportunities this position presents. For example, I'm currently diving deep into design systems, visual regression testing with BackstopJS, Drupal (I managed to avoid it for so long, but it finally caught up with me), and React (same). Who knows? Maybe I'll manage to write about some of what I'm learning.

Visit my LinkedIn profile for a more resume-like accounting of my career.

Those who can…

“What really is the point of trying to teach anything to anybody?”

This question seemed to provoke a murmur of sympathetic approval from up and down the table.

Richard continued, “What I mean is that if you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else. That forces you to sort it out in your mind. And the more slow and dim-witted your pupil, the more you have to break things down into more and more simple ideas. And that’s really the essence of programming. By the time you’ve sorted out a complicated idea into little steps that even a stupid machine can deal with, you’ve learned something about it yourself.”

From Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams.

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