"Learning game design at 9 years old through a camp not too dissimilar from Focus Learning sparked my interest in math, science, and technology while giving me a lucrative career path that I never knew existed. My goal as an instructor is to teach programming concepts in a way that is accessible and shows students how fun computer science can be if you start small and build your way up.“
As a child, programming always seemed like an unachievable goal. Its portrayal in media painted it as a field for only the most advanced learners and seemed like something that was inherently complex and unapproachable. Coding camps like Focus made this goal seem real to me. Signing up with a similar organization allowed me to develop my own games as young as 8 years old. It taught me that given the right pace and tools, coding can be for anyone. My early experiences in programming are the driving force behind hobbies in Web design, Game Design, and personal programing. They pushed me towards great academic success, giving me a significant advantage in the completion of my major in Communications Technologies, Minor in Computer Science, and Minor Mathematical Sciences at the University of Toronto. But my programming journey is not unique. In fact, it is the same journey that I aspire to start students on as an Instructor at Focus. The goal of my courses is to give students challenges and projects that play into their fascinations with technology inspire them to hunger for more.