I am a self-taught Software Developer with over 4 years experience working with major brands like American Express, CBS, and U-Haul. I dropped out of college in early 2015 after moving from Phoenix to Los Angeles. There I was introduced to a side of tech I had never known existed. I met a lot of young, confident, successful, self-taught developers and started to wonder if I could do this myself.
Since then my entire life has changed in a whirlwind of new opportunities and experiences, which is what drives me toward mentoring. I know there are a lot of people out there looking to make a change, and I want to help. Embarking on this adventure can be nerve racking with “The fear of missing out”, “The imposter syndrome”, and constantly reading articles about how method X is "dead". Sometimes it feels like nothing ever seems to work. But what many don’t realize is that this is normal, we all have been through it.
Toughing it out may pose its challenges, but it is worth it. Through it, I have been brought a lot of great opportunities and experiences. It is one of the most rewarding feelings being able to say that I have become the highest paid member of my family at 25, have the flexibility to work remote, a steady stream of incoming job offers with a non-empty savings account.
I work best with students who “Do the Work”, who are honest about their struggles, and who are eager to learn. With me as a mentor, you can expect from me to find your ideal learning style, and optimize our sessions around that. We will work hard to minimize your weaknesses while identifying and doubling down on your strengths. I will leverage my personal and professional network to set you up for success. Together we will hit your goals.
Currently, outside of mentoring for both Bloc and Thinkful, I am writing my first course on React. I recently left my full-time employment and have now supplemented my income with mentoring and freelance work. When I am not at the computer, I enjoy exploring the downtown area on my Trek Earl (the coolest fixie on the road), watching movies with my fiance and our dog, playing and making video games, indulging on craft beer, and working out at the gym.