We have a paid Software Apprenticeship Program at Greater Sum and recently hired Natasha Carlyon onto our team.  We asked her a few questions to get to know her better!

natashaGS: What is your professional background?

After graduating from Emory University with a Masters in Art of Teaching, I became an elementary school teacher and taught for four years. I also taught piano on the side.

GS: What is your previous coding experience?

I started teaching myself html, css, and some JavaScript during my last year of teaching. I then gained a deeper understanding of the fundamentals behind coding while taking the Learn Verified online course for full stack web development.

GS: What excites you about the prospect of becoming a developer?

I love building useful things and figuring things out, and you get to do both as a developer. I feel like a puzzle master trying to fit all the pieces together. Although I love seeing the big picture when everything is done, I love the process of problem solving more.

GS: What excites you about the Greater Sum Apprenticeship Program?

My philosophy of learning coincides with Greater Sum’s. I love how Greater Sum emphasizes on experiences and collaboration instead of lectures and passive reading. We learn through breaking things and then fixing them, through reading and then reflecting, through thinking and then communicating. I am excited to be part of a team that embraces an active approach to learning.

Furthermore, I am excited about Greater Sum’s approach to software development. I appreciate how Greater Sum believes in developing well-crafted software with TDD  instead of overly focusing on deadlines.

GS: What do you do for fun, other than code?

I love traveling. Whenever I visit a new place, I enjoy learning about the culture, the language, the people, and, of course, the food! I’ve visited many countries including Japan, China, Thailand, France, Italy, Greece, and more.

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