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Meet Caroline – Cohort 12

Meet our next Adie in Cohort 12, Caroline.  Caroline had enjoyed her previous career as a pharmacist, however, due to a pharmacy-specific workplace injury, she was forced to take a hiatus and re-evaluate her true passions in life.  One day, after plowing through a children’s book on programming, Caroline started dabbling in Python, and realized that this is not just a new hobby or career option… she may have found her ikigai (Caroline had to google that term, and it made everything…

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Meet Angele – Cohort 12

Continuing our awesome lineup of new Cohort 12 Adies is Angele. With a background in Chemistry, Angele knew she had a heart for the Sciences, but her creativity and passion for teamwork and collaboration always seemed hindered by working in a limiting chemistry lab. Motivated to find an environment that better suited her passions, Angele began attending networking events where she was introduced to several software engineers, who sparked her interest in the world of coding. While taking free online…

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Meet Yitgop – Cohort 12

Meet our next Cohort 12 Adie: Yitgop. Motivated by her passion for global advocacy, Yitgop moved from China to the United States to study international and public affairs. Through her work with government entities and nonprofits, she began seeing technology as a growing opportunity to create greater social impact for marginalized communities. Yitgop began taking online classes in coding to supplement her policy work and fell in love with the world of software engineering.  After further experiencing the real-world impact of…

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Meet Dianna – Cohort 12

Our next new Adie in Cohort 12 is Dianna. Dianna’s passion for programming began at an early age, when her interest in video games shifted from just playing them for fun, to wondering how they were built and how she could make her own. Unfortunately, like many young girls, Dianna was unable to find role models in the industry she identified with, and ended up pursuing other interests. Always the “tech savvy” one amongst her coworkers, she began working through…

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Meet Morgan – Cohort 12

Morgan joins Ada’s Cohort 12 after spending several years on scholarship teaching English to students first in Spain, then in Mexico as a way to connect further to her Mexican-American roots.Her experience abroad introduced her to many new friends, including several digital nomads working in the tech industry. Her passion for coding, which began as a hobby, exploring free programming resources online in her spare time, was rekindled through these conversations, and motivated her  to seek out a community where she…

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Funding the Future of Tech

Help us support students who need Ada the most!  The Ada team is deep in the review and interview process for our next group of Adies!  We will soon extend invitations to 48 students to join us for Cohort 13, starting in February of 2020.  We know that many of these students will only be able to attend Ada with the support of Ada’s Financial Aid program.   The program is designed to fund basic needs including housing, childcare, medical…

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Why the Rebrand?

Hey, What Happened to the Trees? By Alexandra Holien Change at Ada Developers Academy has been in full swing in 2019. With our Interim Executive Director Christine Martin at the helm since February, Ada has realigned and restructured our staff; brought on 4 new Advisory Board Members and 7 new staff members (5 full-time, 2 contractor); established cultural values; and is in the final stages of our Strategic Planning process. With lots of change and exciting growth, it seemed like…

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Meet our New Director of Education: Bethany Lindsey!

Bethany Lindsey, Director of Education (she/her)  Share a little bit about your background and previous experience in education. Education is my career. I have worked in schools as a teacher, volunteer, or admin since I graduated from college. Most recently, I was working as the Program Director at Galvanize’s Seattle office. I truly believe that education is the best way to create positive change in the world.  What part of Ada’s mission resonates with you most? Ada’s mission really resonates…

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Teaching Inheritance, Revisited

By Dan Roberts, Lead Instructor, Interim Director of Education In a previous post we discussed the problem of teaching inheritance in object-oriented programming. Ada’s curriculum relies heavily on inheritance, so we asked three questions: What about teaching inheritance is hard? How is inheritance used in the real world? Given those constraints, how can we teach inheritance more effectively? We identified that inheritance solves a complex problem, and that the way inheritance is typically taught doesn’t correspond well with how inheritance…

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Meet Our New Program Manager Gabriela!

By: Gabriela Pinto (she/her), Program Manager – Philanthropy & Communications  I am excited to join the Ada family as our newest Program Manager of Philanthropy and Communications!  Working closely with our Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, Alexandra, I look forward to strengthening community support for our Adies, expanding our fundraising channels to create a foundation for growth in our programs and cultivating and sharing the amazing stories from our current and past students.  Before landing at Ada, I spent…

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