Growing up in a small town, there wasn’t much to do for a preteen and teenage boy besides get on his Playstation or computer and kill time. Through this exploration of technology, I began to show an interest in computers and thinking back on my youth, the first true coding experience I ever had was building MySpace backgrounds using HTML and selling them to my friends. I only wish I had known that doing this was actually a potential career path that I could look forward to doing one day. At my high school, there weren’t any computer science specific classes, but I took as many classes with computers and math as I could. My passions in school were math and computer aided design (CAD), but I didn’t really understand what I wanted to do for a living until my junior year of high school. I learned that I truly had a passion for helping other students and tutoring friends in my free time. With this and some advice from my parents I decided to major in Math Education and become a high school math teacher.
Now in my seventh year teaching, it is honestly fun to think back to the various events that have happened in my life that have shaped me into the person that I am today. I still have a passion for teaching and helping others, but I also have a somewhat newfound interest in computer science that has rekindled lately that I didn’t realize I still had. My day job fills my cup completely. I honestly don’t see transitioning from teaching to computer science full time happening, but I know that learning about and practicing coding is one of my true passions today.
“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”