Teaching

In the age of code schools and online content, I've formed a few strong-held values about teaching technical skills.

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.

Experience

A few highlights.

I have been working as a freelance web designer/developer since 2012. During the spring of 2013, I taught my first web development course and soon realized I had a passion for teaching. Since then I’ve been shifting my practice from client design/development work to instruction and consulting.

Teaching

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.

Decoded

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.

General Assembly

Front-end Web Development lead instructor. Teach front-end fundamentals to a course of 25 adults, including HTML, CSS, responsive/mobile first design, best practices, jQuery/JavaScript, and computational thinking.

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.

Speaking

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:

If you think my experience would be a good fit at your event or meetup I’d love to discuss. Get in touch!

Writing, Interviews, and Podcasts
Education

My background is in Fine Arts. I spent my first two years of college studying Printmaking at the University of Colorado at Boulder and finished up at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (SMFA). During my final year of college, I became a bit jaded about the art world and learned to make WordPress websites. The rest is history!

Finally, if you’re into slightly-out-of-date resumes, you can download mine here or take a look at my mostly-up-to-date profile on LinkedIn.

FAQ

A few things you may be wondering...

  • 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! I have done a ton of teaching 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 you single?

    Hey! That’s a little inappropriate for a professional FAQ on my portfolio site, don’t you think? I’ll answer all the same. No, I am not single! I moved to West Hollywood with Allie, my partner in crime and all things excluding web design. She’s a badass and has way more Instagram followers than I do, but somehow we make it work.

  • Are these really frequently asked questions?

    Well, it started that way but now I’m just having fun.