2001 – 2005
Through my four years attending Brighton High School I was very active in extracurricular activities, especially in theatre and drama. While I excelled at math and related subjects while in school, I completely failed to make the connection between those skills and my future career. My first introduction to programming came in my Sophomore year when I started writing programs for my TI-83+ graphing calculator to save time during exams.
2005 – 2009
I started at the University of Missouri as a broadcast journalism major, only to discover after three years that I hated doing broadcast journalism. I quickly changed my major to another subject in which I had at least an academic interest (and perhaps more importantly, was close to completing a degree in), political science.
I graduated in December 2009 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Journalism. While these programs don’t lend themselves directly toward my career as a developer, I credit them with building my excellent communication skills, which have been invaluable in dealing with co-workers, project managers, and directly with clients.
I started taking training at CAIT shortly after I began my employment at Washington University. They offer condensed courses on specific technologies, and my focus there was on SharePoint and ASP.NET development. Within a few months, I completed enough coursework to earn a certification in SharePoint Technologies.
I attended the annual Microsoft SharePoint conference in 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference mainly focused on the upcoming SharePoint 2013 release, and I attended most of the developer sessions to help prepare my department for the upcoming changes from SharePoint 2010 to 2013.