Hey, I'm Jamie!
I'm a product manager.
I used to be a high school math teacher; I made the transition to tech working with The Flatiron School, Wyncode Academy, and Codecademy. Now I'm at Major League Hacking, perfecting the learning experience for our community. With nearly a decade of teaching experience and close to five in tech, I have learned how to translate understanding the needs of a heterogenous group of students into painstaking empathy for my users.
Areas of Focus
The Emergent Developer
The focus of my career over the last several years has endowed me with a particular expertise in the emergent developer. Technical skills are only one part of the equation; problem-solving, interviewing skills, networking, and personal branding are critical to matching early-career engineers with the right job.
Diversity and Inclusion
D&I isn't just about getting more women or more people of color or more neurodiverse or more non-traditional engineers at the stand-up; it's about making them comfortable, valued, and included — from day one.
Technical Education Pedagogy
In teaching and learning, there's the what and there's the how. I spend a lot of time exploring the ways in which the what informs the how and bringing that intersection to life for anyone who wants to learn new technical skills.
MLH Localhost Landing Page Redesign
In partnership with Ashley Hockney, and building on top of the style guide created by Mike Swift, I redesigned the MLH Localhost landing page with the following considerations:
- Conversion Copy
- Updated Web Standards
- General Aesthetic
- Okay Google, How Do I Build Actions for Assistant? (2019)
- Build and Deploy Node.js Apps with Microsoft Azure (2018)
- Blockchain Basics: An Introduction to Quorum, developed by J.P. Morgan (2018)
- Introduction To Full Stack Web Development (6 Week Summercamp Curriculum, Wyncode 2016)
Talks and Panels
Pursuit Feedback Fair Panel on Networking
I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at Pursuit on how to successfully network at meetups and other industry events in January 2019.
What We've Learned About Learning
At Major League Hacking's Hackcon VI, our annual user conference in 2018, I had the privilege of giving a talk about new ideas in how emergent developers learn new tech skills. You can watch it here!
Teacher Turned Techie: Non-Traditional Pathways to Learning Tech Skills
At the 2018 Computer Science Fair in New York City, I gave a lightning talk on pursuing a tech career without a computer science degree.