Hello, World! My name is Chris, and I am a web developer currently located in South Florida. I have a background in teaching, yet I simultaneously and continuously hold the position of student. I am always looking to expand my knowledge and to grow as a developer with the aim of creating software that benefits everyone involved in the process!
Prior to working in software, I was a social studies teacher - as well as de facto tech support - at a small private school in South Florida.
I enjoy learning as much - if not, more - than I enjoy teaching! My passion for learning can easily lead me to research and obsess over topics ranging from the development of utopian communities throughout mid-nineteenth-century America to the disappearance of shopping malls to the nuances of music subgenres. I appreciate great style, and I am always in pursuit of intellectual conversation!
My interest in web development began in the mid-1990s when I created a webpage for my favorite video game of all time: Chrono Trigger. Some twenty years later, after completing Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History, I began taking courses en route to obtaining a third degree in Computer Science. While being steered toward web development, I discovered and completed a Web Development Bootcamp with Thinkful, from which I learned the fundamentals of frontend and server-side development.
I used my experience in education (both as a teacher and a student) to design several web applications which help to solve issues for students, teachers, coders, job-seekers, and all-of-the-above! (Please feel free to check them out!)
Getting involved in the local coding community has further combined my passion for learning and teaching. I was invited the host of a local coding meetup to give a presentation about the challenges faced by those learning to code in the present year. I was also fortunate enough to offer my skills as a participant in a Hackathon devoted to creating software which benefits the local county school district.
Finding a job can be its own job! As coders and job seekers, we know all too well the laborious task of searching job postings, editing resumes and cover letters and trying to remember which company was sent which copy and what interview was scheduled when!
Apply Yourself takes care of the drudgery of monitoring job prospects from beginning to end by keeping all aspects collected and organized, with a particular emphasis on the elements related to coding jobs!
Distractions are everywhere! Studyficient is an app that helps you to eliminate them and maintain focus by allowing you to keep all of your study materials in one place, and in the form that is most helpful to you!
Studyficient takes into account different learning styles by allowing you to use written notes combined with videos for lecture material or other content you find helpful. Just as importantly, Studyficient keeps you organized by allowing you to categorize and arrange your notes and videos by subject.
Planning to enter a new career field? Looking to change things up a bit in your current field? This app will help you do either (or both)! Be There allows you to search for a career field and receive data about the best locations for that field based on the number of jobs available – including the states and cities with the most jobs.
Additionally, you can enter your current job title in order to find related jobs, along with related statistics such as the number of jobs available and median salary. Links are provided for each job title in order to browse the job listings over at Glassdoor.