I am a freelance software developer specializing in educational software development.
Since I completed my undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Chicago, I have been working in museums.
So why transition from physics to software development? My physics degree gave me the foundation to be able to solve complex problems, but I realized early that physics research wasn't where my heart was. After I graduated from college, I moved to DC and found Quatrefoil Associates, who gave me my first real job and ignited my love of software and museums.
In the spring of 2016 I taught introductory Web Applications where I taught basic PHP, AJAX, and Node.js as well as briefly introducing my students to Ruby on Rails, jQuery, and PHP frameworks. My Master's thesis (Field Project) was Sim Pueblo, an interactive developed on the HP Sprout for the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo, NM. It combines physical and digital components to teach visitors about the history of the Kuaua Pueblo.
I care passionately about getting people to explore their world and to inspire awe in everyday life, and I believe that educational software is one way I can contribute to that goal. Projects for museums are particularly enjoyable to work on because they're always visually interesting and cover diverse subject matter. From weird frog mating habits and the history of the US Postal Service, to the periodic table, the Constitution, and Wassily Kandinsky, I've certainly learned quite a bit and had a blast at the same time.
When I'm not working, I am hanging out with my husband and three children and drinking beer on my back porch.