Hello!

This blog is about how to learn computers, specifically, JavaScript. It follows my winding path of learning, from online courses to Hack Reactor, and my own personal projects. 

On occasion, this blog may feature things I happen to like that are not at all related to programming. Things like: German Shepherds, DIY projects, the Olympics, the mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, minorities, and snacks.

About Me

I'm a software engineer in the Bay Area. My background is in foreign affairs and program management. I work in the field of educational technology, and believe that education is a human right. I also believe that democratizing education requires more human contact than previously assumed. 

Prior to moving to the Bay Area, I worked at the U.S. Department of State and managed the gender justice portfolio for women and girls in Afghanistan. I worked with badass women who ran incredible programs like this. I also worked abroad in Kosovo (Faleminderit, Kosova!) and Jerusalem. I hold a Top Secret/SCI security clearance.

My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Batman (follow his adventures here). In my free time, I like to tackle (and only occasionally botch) home improvement projects and practice my dog training skills.

I am obsessed with the Olympics, American football, NBA basketball (Go, Kings!), March Madness, and a wide variety of professional sports. 

I graduated with a Bachelors degree in History from Stanford, and a Masters in Media and Public Affairs from the George Washington University. Lucky for me (and the world), online education is a thing now, and I've managed to teach myself programming and other useful skills. 

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