"Nobody's free until everybody's free."-Fannie Lou Hammer

<The Coding Doula</>

STEMinist Software Developer, Full Spectrum Doula, Freelance Writer, and Millenial Mom


Sharpened in the South


     I was born and raised in South Memphis, Tennessee, where my childhood was Magnolia Elementary, Three 6 Mafia cassettes, long waits in Dixie Queen's line, trips to Libertyland and Celebration Station, and weekend shopping and ice skating at the Mall of Memphis. After experiencing the loss of my grandmother, a volatile relationship, and the birth of my son, I relocated to Seattle, Washington for a fresh start. In the seven years I spent in the Pacific Northwest, I grew exponentially as an educator,  doula, and activist, developed an appreciation of the South, and brought all of my knowledge and resources back to my hometown to promote change. I credit my Southern roots for the tech enthusiast, mother, doula, writer, and activist that I am today. These days, I reside in the Normal Station area of Memphis with my son, Hendrix (who we call 'Jimi') and our dogs, Jazz and Roxanne, my Three 6 Mafia playlist is still in rotation, I still wait in line at Dixie Queen for a double cheeseburger, seasoned fries, and a cherry slush, and I will give you my sweet tea and catfish with hot sauce when you pry it from my perfectly manicured hands. 


     My hobbies and interests are just as diverse as my skill set! I love 80's synth pop, 90's Slow Jams,  true crime television, and all things marine biology! When I'm not working, I spend my time crafting jewelry and personal care products, shark diving, arguing about The Oxford Comma and The Mandela Effect, obnoxiously blaring Tame Impala from my speakers, kayaking, traveling, binge-watching Golden Girls and horror movies, and learning languages.  I proudly speak Southern American English, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, French, CSS, JavaScript, Java, SQL, and Python.

STEMinist Software Developer


     After spending twelve years in the nonprofit sector providing direct services and conducting community outreach, I decided to finally pursue a career as a Software Developer. Boasting over a decade of providing compelling customer/client service , I aim to bring these "people skills" into the IT sector and expand my computer skills and programming language knowledge through hands-on experience and virtual learning. Through attending CodeCrew's six month Software Development Boot Camp, gaining numerous certificates via Coursera and edX, I have become proficient in HTML, JavaScript, Python, Java, SQL, and cyber security. I hope to utilize my new career in the technology sector to promote change and to inspire young women and girls from underserved communities to pursue STEM careers.

 


Full Spectrum Doula, Freelance Writer, and Millenial Mom



     Motherhood is the most important work on my resume, and I am committed to redefining and advocating for motherhood through my work in the technology and nonprofit sectors. In between Parent Council meetings, watching PBS Kids, Disney, and Nickelodeon marathons, and completing homework and projects with Jimi, I serve my community as a Full Spectrum  Doula and Freelance Writer. Armed with coffee, donuts, deadpan humor, and a southern drawl, I work to spread my feminist and womanist gospel, inspire and support women and mothers, and advance educational equity, mental health awareness, reproductive justice, and healing throughout the South.  

 


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“Most of us did not learn when we were young that our capacity to be self-loving would be shaped by the work we do and whether that work enhances our well-being.” – bell hooks


STEM Education Equity 

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Reproductive Justice 

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Mental Health Advocacy

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Restorative Justice and Healing 

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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness 

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Environmental Justice and Marine Conservation

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Bachelor of Arts in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies 

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Certificate in Women's Leadership

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AmeriCorps Alumni - Served three terms in Education and Non-Profit Work

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Feminist Camp Alumnae- Winter 2016, New York City, New York and Fall 2016, Seattle, Washington

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Southerners On New Ground- The Lorde's Werq Fellowship Cohort Member 

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Ordained Minister 

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Professional Certifications

-Google IT Support Professional Certificate

-Certified Full Spectrum Doula

-Certified WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

-Certified Community Health Worker

-Certified Mental Health Peer Counselor

-Certified Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate

-Certified Sexual Health Peer Counselor

-Ordained Minister

-Certified in Mental Health First Aid

Certified in HIV Testing (Oral and Blood Testing) 

Additional Education

Internet of Things: How Did We Get Here?- University of California, San Diego

Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)- University of Michigan

Programming Languages, Part A- University of Washington

Programming Languages, Part B- University of Washington

Programming Languages, Part C- University of Washington

System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services- Google

Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User- Google

The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking- Google

Technical Support Fundamentals- Google

Digital Security and Human Rights- AmnestyInternationalX

Introduction to Linux- LinuxFoundationX 


Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen

Preventative Healthcare for the Newborn Baby

Children's Human Rights- University of Geneva

Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally- University of California, Santa Cruz

Lactation Biology- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Childbirth: A Global Perspective- Emory University

International Women's Health and Human Rights- Stanford University

Understanding Child Development: form Synapse to Society- Utrecht University

Child Nutrition and Cooking- Stanford University

Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: University of Pittsburgh

Confronting Gender-Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers- Johns Hopkins University

Curanderismo: Tradtional Healing Using Plants- University of New Mexico

Women Making History: Ten Object, Many Stories- HarvardX

Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice- HarvardX

Wage Work for Women Citizens: 1870-1920- HarvardX

Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion- SGDAcademyX

Negotiating a Changing World: 1920-1950- ColumbiaX

Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018- ColumbiaX

Curanderismo: Traditional Healing of the Body- University of Mexico

Curanderismo: Traditional Healing of the Mind, Energy, and Spirit- University of New Mexico

Curanderismo: Global and Cultural Influences of Traditional Healing- University of New Mexico

A Voice of Their Own: Women's Spirituality in the Middle Ages- Universitat de Barcelona

Women in Environmental Biology- Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 


We will always have STEM with us. Some things will drop out of the public eye and will go away, but there will always be science, engineering, and technology. And there will always, always be mathematics.

Katherine Johnson, Mathematician