Front-End Web Developer



I started my career in journalism. As newspapers began focusing more and more on digital products, my interest in technology grew. Most recently, I served as Digital Content Editor for a business publication. I decided to officially make a career switch and attend The Iron Yard Academy in summer 2013, an intensive, 13-week coding school. There, I learned the ins and outs of front-end engineering. I'm currently looking for an exciting opportunity to continue developing my skills. I'm willing to relocate for the right position.


I'm most proud of my final project, a social application that allows users to share or search for local food and produce stands. It was built using Backbone.js and Parse as the back-end. Check it out on GitHub.


I can mark up any website design, pixel-perfect. I also can create responsive sites and have experience with cross-browser compatibility.

  • Sass
  • Compass
  • Modernizr


I started out using vanilla Javascript at The Iron Yard Academy. Toward the end of semester, most of my projects were being developed with Backbone.js, jQuery and Underscore.js. I also have experience using jQuery plugins.

  • Backbone.js
  • jQuery
  • Underscore.js
  • Moment.js
  • Isotope
  • Chosen


I used Parse as a back-end for most of my projects. I've touched the surface of mongoDB.

Scaffolding tools

  • Yeoman, Grunt, Bower
  • HTML5 Boilerplate
  • jQuery Boilerplate
  • Bootstrap
  • Skeleton

Testing tools

Projects at The Iron Yard Academy were required to be fully unit tested.

  • Jasmine
  • Mocha

Previous work experience

Before becoming a front-end developer, I worked for several publications as a reporter, writer and editor. I have experience working in deadline-driven environments that require accuracy, a keen sense for detail and strong communication skills.

Digital Content Editor at SC Biz News

November 2011 to August 2013

  • Initially served as Copy Editor and was promoted to Digital Content Editor.
  • Edited online editorial content for the publication's Greenville, Charleston and Columbia markets as well as content for a biweekly print newspaper, GSA Business.
  • Managed six daily e-newsletters in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Served as leader of SC Biz's digital team, which strategized ways to improve the company's digital presence.
  • Managed the flow of editorial content across the publication's three websites.
  • Proofread advertisement and promotional materials.
  • Reported and wrote articles with a business-to-business focus.
  • Technologies used: HTML, Windows Live Writer, Microsoft Office, Dropbox, Adobe InCopy, Mad Mimi.

Weekend & Features Editor at The Evening Sun

July 2010 to November 2011

  • Initially served as Reporter and was promoted to Weekend & Features Editor.
  • Edited content for the front page and local section of the newspaper three days a week.
  • Managed content of the newspaper's weekly entertainment publication, as well as the newspaper's lifestyle section.
  • Managed the flow of editorial content across the publication's website.
  • Managed a team of reporters, photographers and freelance writers.
  • Oversaw the newspaper's social media, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Technologies used: HTML, Merlin Picture Desk System, Dashboard Content Management System, Harris Publishing Platform, Adobe Photoshop.

Staff Writer & Film Critic at College Times

February 2009 to July 2010

  • Initially served as an intern and was asked to join the company as Staff Writer & Film Critic.
  • Attended film screenings and reviewed and critiqued those films.
  • Conducted interviews with celebrities and wrote feature stories.


The Iron Yard Academy

August 2013 to November 2013

The Iron Yard Academy is an intensive, 13-week front-end engineering program in Greenville, S.C., taught by developer-pro Mason Stewart.

Arizona State University

August 2006 to December 2009

I earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I graduated with a 3.5 cumulative GPA.