||Technically, a Developer
||Cherrypy, Ruby on Rails
||MongoDB, MySQL, Postgresql
||Github, Trello, Slack
||Patient, Supportive, Flexible
||Listening, Working with scraps, adapting, writing
||Upbeat and positive, with a touch of muse
||"There has to be a mod for this."
The Amynator HP 120
Weapon: Laser cats
Specialty: W A S D
weakness: overthinks | resistance: small talk
Willing to tackle most anyhing. Runs 300+ mods in Skyrim.
In 1996 (uh, yeah, I'm getting up there), fresh out of high school, I took my first step with development. Thanks to Angelfire and Geocities,
I learned HTML. I still remember how baffled I was by the concept of "magically"
getting my picture from my computer out onto this page that was 'somewhere out there'. That's when I grasped the
concept of uploading and it opened up a curiosity into the world of digital possibilities.
Later on, I interned with a local media company and got familiar with using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, and Macromedia
Flash Player (that should date me); tools that taught me how to use layers, and so much more.
I worked in supportive roles in interesting and diverse places. From my span of experiences, I mastered Espresso (came in 5th at a Seattle Barista competition),
learned a lot of people skills, general office protocal, but I also learned cool skills like how to buy aerospace parts and how to turn AutoCAD drawings into interactive digital
maps for custom security system software.
Then Wordpress came along, and I got well acquainted with it as I blogged about Arabian horses. It helped me comprehend the idea of templates and keeping data stored separately from
the visual interface. I got a sense that this technology could be a lot more than just a blog. I explored around the backend a bit,
and started learning about the power of dynamic content. Eventually, I also got familiar with hosting interfaces and tools such as CPanel, phpMyAdmin, ftp, filemanager, etc.
I was afforded the chance to immerse myself in sustainable farm-life and committed to an internship with a non-profit
organization called World Steward, in the Columbia Gorge (Oregon/Washington).
I hauled hay, learned how to be a steward of the forest
(I hate Scotch broom), and grew a wide variety of crops. I also fell in love with
In 2016, I finally embraced the path of a Full Stack Web Developer. I rolled up my sleeves and began my self-taught
journey with The Odin Project. Through the course, I was setting the foundation
for what it takes to develop: Try, Fail, Research, Try again, Fail again (with great enthusiasm because the failure is new!), rinse and repeat until I
would reach the finish line.
In early 2017, I found an amazing opportunity to both learn and work remotely for the non-profit organization, Keystone
I got used to feeling stupid a lot.
Through my time with them, I've also learned a great deal about the Linux system through SSH (though I began most of my learning with Windows, so I had extra
hills to climb), learned the importance of staging and development, wrestled with version control with Github, and grew to
have my own database preference (I adore MongoDB). I even wound up developing their user login system from scratch so that
the site could completely detach from using Drupal.
After working for them for a year, they promoted me to Developer, and I feel ready to level up and
find my permanent home as a Full Stack Web Developer!