I'm Jessica Parsons, and I've been professionally coding for the web since 2006. My extensive knowledge
CMS platforms, ensuring wherever possible that the markup they generate is semantic, efficient, and accessible. As a former school teacher, I love sharing my knowledge and helping people solve difficult problems.
Teaching: thoughtful curriculum design, engaging whole-class instruction, and supportive individual guidance in a variety of environments, including full-time extended programs (JobTrain), evening and weekend workshops (Girl Develop It and ElmBridge), and co-worker/peer training (meetups and school positions)
Support and Documentation: "very thorough" written tutorials (sample for a meetup group), prompt and clear email support (freelance, Computer Explorers), patient and collaborative hands-on troubleshooting (freelance, all teaching positions), cross-platform procedure testing and judgement-free debugging for Mac, Windows, and Linux environments
Interpersonal: strong empathy and quick rapport-building, kind and accurate feedback, collaborative problem-solving, friendly and capable customer service
Please visit the Projects page for site-specific details
Computer Explorers for St. Simon School, Los Altos, CA 2007-2009
Designed and built the school website (re-designed via freelance contract in 2014)
Taught after-school classes in game programming (REALbasic and Scratch), hardware integration (PicoCricket), green screen photography, stop motion animation, geocaching, and girls' tech club
Trained teachers in technology use, and helped develop technology-integrated lessons
Provided all IT support, purchasing, maintenance, and deployment for the entire campus, including OS X and Windows servers, 250 MacBooks, 36 netbooks running a custom install of Ubuntu Linux, 20 projectors with document cameras, and 3 different interactive whiteboard models
With no prior server experience, trained myself in OS X server setup and re-built a crashed server in my first week on the job
Various employers, 1997-2007
School technology lead teacher
Built a student information database for scheduling electives
Taught primary age children to program in LOGO
Connected and managed network infrastructure for classrooms and homes in a variety of contexts beyond my normal duties
Web Development Workshops and Courses
General Assembly: Teaching Adult Learners
College of San Mateo: PHP and mySQL
Conferences: Forwardjs, Write Speak Code, A11y Camp Bay Area, GDG DevFest, Chrome Dev Summit
Meetups: SFHTML5, Bay Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design, SF Elm User Group, JAM Stack, Bay Area d3, San Francisco SVG, Maptime Silicon Valley, Google Developer Group, Waffle JS
Master of Arts, Mathematics Education
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Coursework included language acquisition, mathematical problem solving, school technology
Bachelor of Arts, Education and Child Study
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
Senior thesis explored linguistic aspects of mathematics and implications for teaching strategies. Coursework included developmental psychology, educational policy, mathematics, linguistics, art
A lifelong learner, trained as a teacher, I'm a pattern seeker and a tinkerer with a passion for making things beautiful, functional, or delicious (and sometimes all three).
Outside of work, I've baked and decorated wedding cakes, designed and sewn prize-winning garments, and taken apart and repaired all sorts of home appliances. I've even had someone dress up as me for Halloween!
I live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area and enjoy exploring its natural wonders with my shiba inus, Petunia and Monty.