My 4 year old has been singing “Everything is Awesome” as he’s been playing throughout the house this weekend, and after last week’s blog post and important conversations, I can finally breathe easily and agree – everything is awesome!

Everything is awesome
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team
Everything is awesome
When you’re living a dream

And it’s true – everything is cool when you’re part of a team.  So today, I wanted to take time to talk about some of my teams and how fun it’s been so far.


In the past year, I’ve become friends with two of my fellow instructors – Dave Balzer and Victor Pudelski.  We eat lunch together and talk about everything under the sun.  I really enjoy the conversations we have, as sometimes it’s pure laughs and enjoyment and sometimes I catch something surprising that I don’t expect.  Dave had the awesome idea of recording some of our lunch conversations and turning them into a podcast – hence DevCoaches!  We talk about topics that people in software development could benefit from – from technical (polyglots) to non-technical (interview, impostor syndrome) to coding bootcamp life.  If you haven’t heard it yet, check us out – subscribe with iTunes, listen on Stitcher, and check out our website!

The Software Guild

Earlier this year, I signed on full-time with The Software Guild.  At the Guild, I am a lead instructor – contributing to our curriculum for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C#, Java, and SQL.  I also am privileged to teach one of our Java cohorts out of our Akron location.  I am lucky to be part of the Guild’s team – not just as an instructor but also working with our other teams – enrollment, marketing, curriculum, employer network, and operations.  It’s great to be part of such an enthusiastic team that is all committed to the success of our apprentices.  While we are in different locations and serve different roles, the end game is to our customers and we are truly, genuinely committed to them.  Our Akron team is where I call home, and it feels like I’m going home to another family – the staff is that close-knit and welcoming.  They make my job a lot easier and more enjoyable, and I am still finding it hard to believe that I have such a fun job with such an impact on people’s lives.  I am thankful for Eric Wise giving me the opportunity early on to work with them and to keep me on board.

Space Apps Challenge – Cleveland

This is one of the few local teams in the community where I have been collaborating and planning events.  I get to work with some of the coolest people from NASA Glenn – some of the NASA GVIS team! – as well as Brad Nellis, one of the most well-networked tech business guys who’s down-to-earth and helped sponsor our Space Apps Challenge event from last year.  When I meet with these guys, I am in awe of the fun things we get to do while planning on bringing the community together to hack on challenges for NASA.  I look forward to our event in 2017!

Stir Trek

I’ve been working with the Stir Trek planning team for many years now, even though the event is in Columbus and I’m here in the Cleveland/Akron areas.  My fellow Stir Trek planners are friends of mine that I’ve met early in my career and have grown with throughout our community.  We work well with each other, helping where needed and making suggestions on how we can do better and become better.   Next year’s Stir Trek planning is already in the works, as we have a new location and new adventures with that.  No matter how difficult the challenge is and no matter how dramatic things can get, we’re still putting on these events, helping our fellow devs to become the best that they can be.  Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is our target movie for next year – stay tuned for more details!

The Dynamic Duo / Hacker Twins

A team doesn’t always have to be a lot of people.  In fact, my favorite team I’m on is a team of 2.  We have had people call us the dynamic duo, and when we were younger, our friends called us the Hacker Twins – Hack Boy and Hackerbabe.  Good times!  We are team Sadukie – that’s right, sadukie isn’t just me.  Sa is from Sarah and dukie is one of my husband’s nicknames.  This year marks 20 years of awesome adventures together as friends and more, with a lot of craziness ahead.  I couldn’t picture a better partner-in-crime for me, as we both bring out the best in each other and have brought two more lives in the world, with high hopes for them as well.  And yes, not just personally, we can also collaborate professionally, which makes me that much prouder of us.  We respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses and defer to each other when a situation requires one of our expertises.


These are just some of the teams in my life, and each team has shown me some of the various purposes I have in life.  I really enjoy my roles on those teams, and I look forward to serving them more in the future!  Everything is awesome; everything is cool when you’re part of a team!

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