In 2013, I stumbled into the world of software and it's been a thrilling journey ever since. While residing out of state and working as a secretary, a company spotted my resume on a job board and invited me to interview for a junior development role. I was initially skeptical, (I joked that all I could do was update a MySpace page), but they recognized my proficiency in foreign languages and believed they could teach me to code. Although I absolutely bombed the technical interview, my future boss saw potential and told me he saw a working brain at play. They specialized in a healthcare abstraction software written in Smalltalk and it unlocked a part of my brain that I didn’t know existed — something creative and analytical and puzzle-y and I was hooked from word one.
I worked with them for about a year before circumstances led me back to North Carolina to be with family. I knew I would never have such luck again, I enrolled in night school and pursued a software apprenticeship. In 2019, I made the decisive shift to a programming career, a choice that has become the pride of my life.
Professionally, I am a passionate software engineer specializing in Ruby/Rails, driven by the challenge of solving complex problems with innovative solutions. I am dedicated to maintaining high code quality and ensuring long-term maintainability while approaching new features with a focus on fundamental design principles. Demonstrating confident ownership of my work, I strive to deliver projects with speed and accuracy. I thrive in both collaborative team environments and self-directed settings, embodying a lifelong student mindset, always eager to swiftly learn and master new technologies.