My name is Ms. Ellie and welcome to my blog, Homeschool Code! Here, I post coding tutorials and advocate for the need to integrate computer science in homeschool curriculum. Everything here is designed to teach in an engaging and real-wold way, perfect for setting kids up for success. If this is something your interested in, make sure to never miss out and join my email list!
What’s your technical background?
In 2016 I worked as a systems engineering intern at an aerospace company doing software quality tests and gained basic Python programming skills and took my first formal computer science course. Then, in 2017, I started college as a computer engineering major. Halfway through my first year I started working in IT, building computers and supporting the Computer Science department. My sophomore year, I became a teaching assistant in the intro to computer engineering course. This job refined both my technical and teaching skills. After that, I started working in cyber security as a part time student for a large agriculture company. I’m currently in my fourth year of completing my degree in computer engineering with a minor in psychology and have maintained a 3.9 GPA in a rigorous program, while working full time.
What’s your teaching background?
In 2016, I took a college level computer science course and found it to be dry and confusing. Still committed to learn how to code, I joined a project called “Learn Code, Teach Code”. Through this, I learned how to code in a simplified and engaging way and then went to elementary and middle school classrooms to teach 5th and 6th graders. A month into the project, I took on the leadership role of coordinating with schools, guiding team meetings, and creating lesson plans. I also tutored kids privately in math, to make some extra money for gas.
In 2018, I became a teaching assistant for the Introduction to Computer Engineering course at Iowa State University. I taught there for two years, honing skills to teach to both absolute beginners and students with more experience. At the same time I volunteered at the local Boys and Girls Club, becoming a staff member and running coding programs the summer of 2019.
Do you do private coding lessons?
Yes! I have a limited amount of private tutoring students. This is ideal for students who have already taken the Coding Basics course and want to take their programming skills to the next level. Send an email to email@example.com with the subject “private lessons” for more information.