Posts Filed "Education"

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

CS Education Resources

One of the things I’ve always been passionate about is STEM Education. When I was in college, I considered pursuing a teaching career after graduation, but I decided I should go work in industry (at least for a while). However, I’ve tried to stay involved in Computer Science education while working. I volunteered at Newport High School with Microsoft’s Hunt the Wumpus program for a few years, and in the 2014-2015 school year I began volunteering at Garfield High School through the TEALS program. As part of that volunteer work, I’ve put together some materials for students. I’ve created a home for these documents on this site. I’ve also added a link to this on the sidebar.

I’ve made most of the content there available under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, meaning you’re free to share it and build upon it as long as you give credit where credit is due. My folks always told me sharing is caring!

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