MIT MSc Computer Science
Experience: 0 years
I trained as an elementary school music teacher in England and taught in both public and private schools before moving to the US. Finding I couldn't teach in the US with British qualifications, I ran several Girl Scout Troops, and then moved into teaching music within a choral music program. As part of my job I had to promote concerts, and found that I loved graphic design, and wanted to learn more.
After raising my children I was able to go to grad school in 2004, and alongside courses in visual communications, took extra courses in graphic and web design, and since graduating from Penn have been running my own freelance graphic design business. In addition to creating print materials for non-profit groups and creating over 100 websites, I have moved into collaborative web design projects, working directly with my clients. I found this to be very helpful, as in talking as I work, I have gained a great deal of insight into the ways people think about the design process and have learned ways of explaining how to do things and make things work without using overly technical vocabulary.
Added to all this is the British accent and dry sense of humor, so learning is accompanied by a sense of fun.