For better or worse, I am a completely self-taught programmer. For years I worked as a high school band teacher in a small school district in Missouri, but in April of 2016 I decided to learn to code.
I didn't initially have any specific goals in mind, and I certainly wasn't looking for a career change, but as I started to dig in I discovered that I actually really liked it, and I was actually quite good at it as well. I found myself spending almost all my free time doing projects, reading articles and going through The Odin Project,which was my primary learning resource, especially in the beginning.
Almost exactly a year after diving in I was offered a position as a front-end web developer and I decided to go ahead with the career shift. I've written a little more about my Journey here. These days I work from home most of the time and I'm loving it!
As far as my personal life, I live in Missouri with my wife and three kids. Besides programming I have an intense love for music, I was a band teacher after all. I play guitar in my church band and compose music, which you can check out below, if you like.
I offer tutoring to people who are just learning to code. Everyone knows that pair-programming (programming with someone else) is a fantastic way to boost your skillset. Working with someone that is more advanced than you can shortcut the frustrations of trying to figure things out all on your own.
I am flexible with what I am able to offer, but ideally the setup would include a couple of screen-sharing sessions throughout the week and regular email and text chat support. If this is something you're interested in, contact me using the form at the bottom of the page.
Pricing is variable based on demand and the specifics of our plan (i.e. how often we meet) but I guarantee I'll be cheaper than a college degree or a bootcamp.
Most of these projects are a bit old at this point. They're mostly things I created while I was learning. I've left them here from now because a few of them are still kinda fun to play with. Take a peek at my GitHub profile if you want to see what I'm up to these days.
A little toy for creating musical loops, with the ability to implement a little randomness for interest.
Classic snake game... you eat the food, grow, don't hit the walls... good luck! 😎Check it out here.
Select a Puzzle then click on Waldo when you find him!
This one is a clone of the classic board game Mastermind. Guess numbers and follow the clues to break the code. (watch out for duplicate numbers!)Check it out here.
Ok.. tic-tac-toe is a foolishly simple game, and the code is easy to write, so I decided to spice it up a bit and write a "perfect" bot.
You can't win this game. Try it...
A Rails app for teachers. The intention is to allow teachers to quickly enter tagged notes about student's progress during class as he or she walks around the room. The site is fully responsive so it works well on whatever device the teacher has available.Check it out here.
I love music.. and I enjoy composing and producing it. I am currently a high school band teacher by profession, regularly play guitar in my church's band and I have two other musical projects as well.
There is no film associated with this music of course, but I enjoy composing and producing this style of music. If you are needing music for a project and want to use one of these tracks, or if you are needing some original music composed, feel free to contact me.
I also enjoy composing some more exciting electronic music under the moniker VIKING JUNIOR. Turn it up! 🔥