About Me

leslieI make stuff. I teach people to make stuff.

I make things with code, pixels, words, audio, video, screenprinting ink, x-acto knives, paper, and resin.

I’ve spent 17 years designing and building websites, and teaching others how to design/build websites. As a Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) and Adobe Certified Instructor, I specialize in web design/front-end development, software/code training, consulting, and project mentoring. Basically, I’m a corporate trainer who doesn’t wear a suit, doesn’t hide my sleeve and a half of tattoos, and doesn’t engage in corp/geek speak. I teach from a practical, real world perspective. I’ve been fortunate to work with some really cool people. Prior to the tech field, I worked in the social services field for 11 years before I switched careers, so I have extensive non-profit experience.

Teaching for Others

In additional to my own clients, I’ve taught online WordPress courses and provide real-time customer support for WP Training Courses; taught classes at Green River Community College in Kent, WA; Training Connection, Computer Training Source, and Mac University in Chicago, IL; Luminous Works in Seattle, WA; and roundpeg in Beaverton, OR. I’ve also taught customized, on-site group training for the University of Mississippi (OleMiss), Nordstrom Product Group, and thePlatfom.com.

Podcasting

I was the producer, co-host, and co-creator of the WordPress Help Twins podcast where Kelli Wise and I talked about a variety of WordPress topics relevant to beginner-intermediate WordPress users and interviewed members of the WordPress community. We also talked about cats, music, and Jello molds. Listen to episodes.

Youth & Volunteer Work

I taught WordPress 101 sessions for the Seattle WordPress Meetup Group. I served as the volunteer webgeek/technical consultant for The Backpack Project, an all-volunteer, non-profit collective providing basic survival items and resources to homeless youth in Seattle, WA, from 2008-2012. I was a video production and web design teaching artist/mentor for Streel-Level Youth Media, Girls Get Digital, and Alternative Schools Network, all of whom provide free media arts programs to Chicago-area youth. I taught digital filmmaking for Digital Media Academy’s summer tech camp at the University of Washington in 2014 and 2015. I served as a How-To track/Media Lab Advisory board member for the 2009 Allied Media Conference in Detroit, MI, and I served on the board of directors of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center (UMCAC) in Chicago, IL, where I was also a volunteer screen printing instructor from 2004-2007.

Stuff I Make

My side gigs include 27% analog (formerly aac projects) and the SteelCode Collective. 27% analog is my primary creative outlet where I create a variety of digital and analog projects. I co-founded the SteelCode Collective with Bryan Robinson and we combine analog and digital media to make interactive creative projects. Bryan uses steel, wood, fire, silicone, and plaster, while I use code, pixels, words, Arduino, and Markdown. Together we made Hello, Flower, with more projects in the works.

Sometimes people ask me to speak in public:

2015 WordCamp Seattle, Seattle, WA: Co-facilitator of the There Are No Dumb Questions: Q&A with the WordPress Help Twins session
2008 Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI: Co-facilitator of the Future of Film and Video Online workshop
2007 Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI: Facilitator of the Sell Without Selling Out workshop