Posts Filed "Career"

A New Professional Endeavor: Coding with Kids

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

On Confidence: Puddles, Men of Steel, and Faking it

I’ve spent most of my life regressing to the mean. I don’t mean that I’ve actually been getting worse at what I do, or getting any less intelligent, but every big transition in my life has been into a larger pond. I started my life in Paducah, Kentucky, a small town that – for all its faults – was a good place to grow up. I had some nurturing, positive influences from family and teachers, and I finished high school near the top of my class. From where I stood in 2006, it looked like I could do anything. The world was mine for conquering. I was headed to Georgia Tech, where I intended to double major in Computer Engineering and Mathematics before earning a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. My real journey was a little different than the one I had charted. Read the rest of this post