Utah Kate Newman Front End Web Developer

UTAH

About

Committed user advocate with a wide range of development skills. I build user interfaces that are responsive, compatible across browsers, and easy to use. I flourish in close team environments, integrating pair and solo programming. I write clean code, care deeply about best practices, and work hard to always be better.

Experience

Northwest Independent Ruby Development (NIRD)

Front-End Web Developer

June 2015 - March 2017

  • Flexible Implementations: Built responsive web sites compatible across all major browsers with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS, and several preprocessors. Targeted desktop, tablets, and iOS and android mobile devices. Used combination of Bootstrap grid layouts and flexbox.
  • Design Integration: Matched client mockups using HTML, CSS, and jQuery. Adapted desktop mockups to tablet and mobile screen widths. Used JavaScript and AngularJS to build desired behavior and interaction. Discussed user experience issues and technical limitations with clients, and recommended solutions. Incorporated feedback, iterated on designs.
  • Software Development Cycle: Replicated and triaged UI bugs, verified fixes, met strict sprint deadlines, actively participated in standups and retros.
  • Learning: Consistently studied and applied new techniques to improve code.
  • Search Engine Optimization: Applied SEO techniques to client and NIRD internal sites to improve ranking and appearance in search engine results. Created semantic heading structures, canonical links, and structured data.
  • Accessibility: Implemented compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Acts
  • Specialized Third Party App Integration: Evaluated and incorporated third party libraries. Wrote and debugged server side code in Ruby, integrating user input from a JavaScript Content Management System gem with Ruby PDF and docx generation gems.

Ada Developers Academy

Instructional Assistant

February 2016 - July 2016

  • Lectured on fundamentals of semantic HTML5 and CSS3
  • Communicated difficult technical concepts in written and 1-on-1 contexts
  • Worked with students to troubleshoot code problems

University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education

Teaching Assistant - HTML5 and CSS3 Foundations

October 2015 - December 2015

  • Lectured on web accessibility and the Bootstrap framework
  • Field student questions on in-class work in HTML5, CSS3, responsive design, and git
  • Provided clear and constructive feedback in grading weekly student assignments

Rails Girls Summer of Code

Intern

June 2014 - September 2014

  • Worked with immense legacy code base for an open source social networking site
  • Customized Bootstrap themes to match style guides
  • Communicated with an international team of developers

Community Involvement

Open Source & Feelings Conference

Core Organizer

04/15 - 12/15

A conference for creating and maintaining healthy, inclusive Open Source culture, with 19 invited speakers and close to 200 attendees.

Girl Develop It!

Study Group Coordinator and Teaching Assistant

07/14 - 4/16

Girl Develop It provides affordable and judgment-free opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development.

Railsbridge

Teaching Assistant

04/14 - present

RailsBridge puts on free and supportive workshops for women to get started or level up with Ruby and Rails.

Skills

Ruby, Rails, HTML5, Haml, ERB, CSS3, Sass, Bootstrap Framework, JavaScript, jQuery, AngularJS, Responsive Design, SEO, Web Accessibility, Sinatra, Agile Methodologies

Education

  • University of Kentucky Master of Science in Biology MS in Biology
  • The Evergreen State College Bachelor of Science in Biology BS in Biology
  • University of Puget Sound Bachelor of Arts in History BA in History