Coding is about solving problems, understanding concepts, and having the faith that you can always figure it out. In my experience, learning syntax, frameworks, and memorizing acronyms through tutorials and coding classes will only get you so far.
I like to say I teach what you don’t learn in tutorials. Things like workflow, keyboard shortcuts, debugging, best practices, and project planning. You’ll learn about where files actually go, why they go there, and how the Internet really works (you think you know…). Stuff like that. And of course, code.
Most importantly, I’ll teach you how to continue learning. At the end of the day, you have to have those “Ah hah!” moments on your own, and my role is to set those up for you.
In addition to my independent work with clients, I have taught classes and workshops with a few reputable organizations:
Pratt Institute of Design
Courses: UI Prototyping in Code, Coding I – III. Instruct and develop curricula for Pratt’s continuing education courses, including the new Mobile UI/UX certificate and Coding program. Course material is catered to designers.
Facilitate Code_in a Day, a full-day intensive seminar where non-technical corporate professionals create a webapp in a day. Clients include GE, Liberty Mutual, Capco, and McKinsey & Company.
Girl Develop It
I have taught several workshops with Girl Develop It including Hands-on Sass Fundamentals in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Coding for WordPress and Building Custom WordPress Websites in Pittsburgh.
The Tackle Box
The Tackle Box is a curriculum of online courses I developed to teach WordPress development. I enjoy teaching with other organizations, but I occasionally found myself limited by pre-existing curricula and infrastructure. My solution was, quite simply, to make my own school! Read more and check out the classes here.
I find writing to be the most illuminating, and most difficult, of the things I do. Like teaching, you can’t write about something without getting to know it inside and out. I love that process and am always striving to publish relatable and useful content.
Here are a few things I’ve written over the years, and be sure to check out my blog for more.
- CSS-Tricks: Advocating for Accessible UI Design
- CSS-Tricks: Tales of a Non-Unicorn: A Story About the Trouble with Job Titles and Descriptions
- The Pastry Box Project: The Time a Bird Shat on My Laptop
- The Pastry Box Project: On Cocktails, Websites, and Originality
- Workspiration: Interview
And some podcasts:
- ShopTalk Show: The Value of HTML and CSS with Mandy Michael and Lara Schenck
- The Versioning Show: WordPress Development, Freelancing, and Taking Time Off, with Lara Schenck
- ShopTalk Show: Guest, Episode 171
- Sass Bites Podcast: Road to Sass Conf
- Code & Supply Podcast: Code & Supply Meets Lara Schenck
As well as teaching, I am always on the lookout for speaking opportunities whether it be at a meet-up, school event, or conference. A few highlights:
- Abstractions Conf: The Five-figure WordPress Website
- WordCamp Pittsburgh: Vetting and Choosing Themes
- SassConf: Why the Designer Failed FizzBuzz
- WPNYC Meetup: Regular presenter, Archive of Presentations
- WordCamp Montreal: Sassy WordPress
- WordCamp NYC: Freelancing, Real Talk
If you think my experience would be a good fit at your event or meetup I’d love to discuss. Get in touch! I’m currently studying up on Computer Science fundamentals and hoping to speak about that soon.
How much does a website cost?
Ah, the ultimate question. To a web designer, that’s a little bit like asking “How much does a car cost?” or “How much does a wedding cost?”. You can buy a beaten up 1986 Buick Century or walk to City Hall for your wedding and it will cost you $500. On the other end of the spectrum, you can invest in a Tesla or rent out an island in the Caribbean which will cost well into six figures.
Now, an actual answer. I can show you how to make your own website through a few hours of tutoring for around $500 or I can build you a 2017 Audi A3 for upwards of $12-18k, and everything in between. It all starts with a phone conversation so we can figure out what you need.
I'm not in LA, can you still help me?
Sure! Most of the tutoring I do is over Google Hangouts. Our sessions will be recorded and available for later reference, so I often recommend that over in-person sessions.
What's your favorite cocktail?
Ah, the ultimate question! It’s a daiquiri, hands down. And note that a daiquiri is not a frozen strawberry drink with a tucan on top, rather:
- 3/4 oz. (fresh) lime juice
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. white rum
And honorable mention would be a Jungle Bird, a classic tiki cocktail made with blackstrap rum, and any quality Mezcal, neat.
Did you really grow up on a llama farm?
You betcha, though I was way more into horseback riding during my childhood. I think my first experience with HTML and CSS was on a site called Horseland when I was around 10 years old. And looks like it still exists!
What podcasts do you listen to?
Ohh, I love podcasts:
Did you have fun in Utah?
Utah? Oh, let me fill you in. I got a little burnt out on business and NYC living at the end of 2016, so I took a ski-bum sabbatical to Alta, UT. I poured a lot of 3.2 beer at Goldminer’s Daughter Lodge, and turns out it didn’t take long to get my fill of beautiful mountains and fresh air. I cut the season a little short and took off to Los Angeles in March of 2017.
Are these really frequently asked questions?
Well, it started that way but now I’m just having fun.