Amy is an extroverted Web Application Developer with a traditional Computer Science background. She shares the same “built my first site in Notepad” story as many of her colleagues and is a self-proclaimed geek with an interest in all things tech. With a history of hybrid roles, Amy has managed to avoid choosing between the front-end and the back-end. She loves to feed her geeky extroversion by getting involved in several of our local tech meetups and organizations. Her favorite one, of course, is Girl Develop It.
Styling with SASS, Intro to Git, Intro to Wordpress
Tamara Temple is a self-described “Webologist”, Tech Maven, and deeply interested in Software as a Craft. As a life-long learner, Tamara has long had an interest in teaching, coaching, and mentoring people in the arts of programming and helping people to learn how to use computers to solve problems, communicate with others, and have a lot of fun. Tamara works on both back-end development in Ruby on Rails, and front-end development in AngularJS, ReactJS, and loves playing with Bootstrap for designs using static site generators such as Jekyll. She loves mentoring and TA’ing for the GDI Minneapolis Front End Developer Series. “I am deeply committed to increasing the diversity of my chosen field by increasing the opportunities for women, LGBTQ people, people of colour, and people with disabilities to have wonderful, rewarding, and respectful learning opportunities.” When not working around computers, Tamara is a mom to two grown daughters, a watercolourist, photographer, and sometime musician.
Intro to Bootstrap
Clare O’Neill is a front-end developer focused on creating websites that are user-friendly, device-agnostic, and performance-optimized. Like many internet-makers, Clare started her development career in middle school while tinkering around with MySpace layouts in the early 2000s. She later pursued a degree in Web & Interactive Media from Minneapolis Community & Technical College and landed her first internship at an advertising agency after graduation. She currently works at a multidisciplinary creative studio in downtown Minneapolis, where her curiosity and drive to learn help her keep up with the ever-changing web.
Intro to Wordpress, Design Terminology for Devs
Michelle is an independent visual communications designer and WordPress frontend theme developer in Minneapolis. Her formal education is in design, including print, branding, packaging, etc., plus studies in Psychology and Sociology. Together, this resulted in a love of How To Solve Problems. She loves the design, tech, and open source communities and speaks/volunteers/organizes at WordCamps, AIGA, GDI, and other events around the country.
Intermediate HTML & CSS, Advanced HTML & CSS, Intro to Wordpress
With over 10 years of web development experience, Tessa currently works as a Web Developer at a creative agency producing WordPress & Joomla websites in NE Minneapolis. She enjoys taking on various side projects when time allows. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and anything that is related to Girl Develop It.
Intro to HTML & CSS
Sam Oyen received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota – College of Science & Engineering, and currently works as an Application Developer at General Mills. A native Minnesotan, Sam spent a large part of her youth at C. McGee’s Deli, a family business established and run, to this day, by her mother. This kind of strong female role model growing up, along with her IT-inclined father, played a huge part in her career confidence in a male dominated field, and motivates her to share her knowledge with other female professionals. Sam believes in the importance of growing the number of women in the IT industry, and is excited to work with Girl Develop It to achieve this goal.
Sam is also passionate about getting local youth involved in the IT community, and spends her spare time mentoring through the Technovation program, and helping to lead a General Mills program, Discovering IT, that presents at local High Schools regarding IT careers.