Career Profile

I had a love of design and art since I was a little girl. I would draw and color all day long. When it came time to pick a subject to study in college, I decided on Graphic Design. At the same time, I created my own website for the singer Mariah Carey back in 1998. It went on to becoming the top fan site and even Mariah herself worked with me on it. I graduated college and worked in various marketing positions for realtors, newspapers, photographers and local businesses. While raising my children, I continued my love of creativity and started selling children's hair barrettes. For hobbies, I love to sketch and do digital scrapbooking in Photoshop. Creativity is a daily part of my life everyday whether I am drawing a picture on my child's lunchbox note or designing a website. In 2017, after being a manager at Wal-Mart for 5 years, I decided I wanted to get back to my design degree. I loved maintaining and creating my Mariah website so I figured it is time to get back into the coding field. I started taking classes online and creating websites for local businesses like Carnevale Electric and Music from the Heart. I hope to continue learning coding and progress my skills to have a job in web development.

Experiences

Manager at Wal-Mart

2012-2017 - Williamstown, NJ

I took a position as a cashier at Wal-Mart in the evenings while I was raising my children. I was promoted to a manager position and handled various tasks of counting money, changing out money drawers, being responsible for the cashiers, handling customer complaints and assisting the customers. My job was to make sure the front end, the last thing the customer experienced, was running in the best possible way so their last experience in the store was a positive one.

Graphic Designer Courier Post Newspaper

2006-2007 - Cherry Hill, NJ

One of the top graphic designers among the night crew. Handled various design projects for major car dealerships, retail chains and local businesses. Had to leave so quickly due to a maternity leave.

Lead Graphic Designer at Congress Title

2003-2005 - Cherry Hill, NJ

Lead Graphic Designer for this Fortune 500 Company. Designed company catalog, newsletters, marketing publications and customer publications (postcards, business cards, labels, brochures).

Pharmacy Associate/Technician Wal-Mart

1997-2003 - Marlton, NJ

I started at Wal-Mart as an associate in the Pharmacy department. I worked here while I was finishing up high school and continued through college. I ended up learning how to be a technician in the Pharmacy. I worked this job to help support myself while I went to college. By doing this, I wouldn't have to take on any loans in my five year degree that I completed in four years due to summer courses.

Education

Rowan University

1999-2003

After completing High School, I enrolled at Rowan University to study art, with a focus on Graphic Design. I received my Bacheolor of Fine Arts in Spring of 2003.

Lynda.com

2017-2018

In 2017, I decided I wanted to take my knowledge in Graphic Design and apply it to web development. I started my coding journey with Lynda.com. Here are the courses I took and successfully completed.

  • Web Development Foundations: Full Stack vs Front-End
  • User Experience for Web Designers
  • UX Foundations: Accessibility
  • CSS Core Concepts
  • Web Design: Efficient Workflow
  • CSS: Page Layouts
  • CSS: Styling Navigation
  • HTML: Building Tables
  • CSS: Selectors
  • Building Responsive Forms with Flexbox
  • Learning Responsive Designs
  • Bootstrap 3 Essential Training
  • Bootstrap 4 Essential Training
  • Programming Foundations: Fundamentals
  • JavaScript Essential Training
  • HTML Essential Training
  • CSS Essential Training 1
  • CSS Essential Training 2
  • Learning Visual Studio Code
  • Visual Studio Code for Web Development
  • Learning Git and GitHub

Additional Learning Online

2017-2018

Along with learning from Lynda.com's online web course, I took courses in HTML, CSS and JavaScript at the following online resourse.

  • freeCodeCamp
  • CodeSchool
  • CodeAcademy
  • Microsoft Bootcamp Course
  • Udemy: The Web Developer Bootcamp

Google Developer Challenge Scholarship

2018-Current

In January 2018, I found out I received a scholarshop from Google to study Udacity's Front End Web Development course. Over 100,000 web developers applied in October 2017 and only 15,000 were picked. I am grateful I was one of the 15,000 and got three months of lessons on HTML, CSS and JavaScript along with mentor and community assistance. I am currently working through the program and will find out on April 11th if I receive the next month 6 month scholarship for the Nano Degree, which only 1,500 students will receive.