My original career plan was to be an English teacher. Although life has sent me in a different direction (or several different directions), I am still passionate about the topic of education, even after several years in the trenches as a substitute teacher.
I have served in volunteer leadership positions in several children’s organizations, including as a Girl Scout leader (Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, 2010-11) and Girls on the Run coach (GOTR Cincinnati, 2012-14). These are both fantastic nonprofits that teach girls to be kind, helpful, independent, and strong.
Since its opening in 2012, I have also been a volunteer learning coach for Wordplay, a reading and writing resource center that provides free homework help, tutoring, and other programming for Cincinnati youth.
Of course, learning doesn’t stop when you finish school! I have also been a volunteer teaching assistant for Girl Develop It since 2014, helping local women learn new tech skills. I was a member of the inaugural GDI Cincinnati class in 2012, and the organization has connected me to several new career opportunities and a whole lot of programming-related knowledge that has been immensely helpful in my career.
In my day-to-day work, I always enjoy helping others learn, whether it’s training a coworker on a new software program or assisting customers with the products they buy from my company. I regularly create training manuals and process workflows, and completed a technical writing course from Northern Kentucky University in 2016 to help me make them even better.