Back in October, I left Microsoft after 3 years as a PM in the Office organization. I learned a lot in my time at Microsoft, and they were very good to me. However, I spent a lot of time in 2014 taking stock of my life, career, and goals and had realized that it was time to look for something new. I had these vague notions that I wanted to work closer to the education field, and perhaps with a smaller team, but I wasn’t sure what that meant. I worked with my managers to arrange a (hopefully) smooth, orderly hand-off over the course of a month.
I left Microsoft without a job offer in hand, prepared to take a few months off to wander in the desert. I planned to recharge my batteries by cooking, reading, writing, teaching, and thinking a lot about who I wanted to be for the next two to five years. During this time, a friend of mine who knew I was interested in teaching introduced me to Marek Brejl, founder of Coding with Kids. As I got to know Marek and learned more about the business, we realized there was a good opportunity for me on the team. I’m excited to say I am joining the team at Coding with Kids as a Program Manager. Read the rest of this post