Here are some significant events from my life, focusing on my education and professional development.
This is at the intersection of many passions, including learning, communication, non-coercive relationships, and decentralized solutions. This is exactly where I want to be.
Microsoft environment, Agile methodology. This fully front-end focused role highlighted the value of investing in myself and building a skillset focused around my strengths and interests.
Outside of work, I began deeply researching cryptocurrencies and economics and using open source web development tools for personal projects.
This Microsoft based company was a good first step into corporate development. I was exposed to a variety of development roles, and began building a personal specialization in front-end development.
Also, shortly after moving for this job, I met my wife!
This includes about a year of small-business home computer repair, as well as some valuable time improving my communication skills at a satellite TV tech support center.
After a couple semesters as a part time math instructor at my old community college, I switched to a role supporting instructors with remote learning, software assistance, and classroom technology.
This is also when my love of board games really exploded. Local friends had an extensive game collection and we used to play until late at night.
My first time living away from home. Aside from the education, I connected with a lot of people who have remained important in my life.
Highlights include a public speaking class and an excellent Java programming class, my introduction to object-oriented programming. I have such fond memories of the teachers here and their dedicated enthusiasm.
“Calculus with Analytic Geometry I”. I showed my teacher a Newton’s method root-finder program I made for my TI-83 calculator, and at the end of class she surprised me by having me demonstrate it to the class. When I asked why she hadn’t given me any warning, she asked, “Would that have made you less nervous?”
Reading, field trips, spelling bees. Developing interest in math, art, and computers. As long as I stayed ahead of the baseline public school standards, I could explore whatever interested me. What a great beginning.
Big thanks to my parents for nurturing my appetite for learning. Thanks also to my brothers for teaching me patience and conflict resolution!