A little about me…

CodeLikeAGirlHi! My name’s Marissa, it’s nice to meet you! I’m one of those people who puts their hand up and says “pick me!!” whenever an opportunity presents itself, so I’m a bit of a mixed bag. I’m a self-professed computer geek and lover of all things sciencey, a qualified primary school teacher, and a computer scientist with a passion for getting students enthused about STEM. I love to show people why it’s such a fantastic and exciting field to be in! I’m currently working as a science communicator, and at the same time doing my PhD developing software to help high-functioning children with autism to improve their social skills. It’s wonderful being able to combine my love of computer programming with my passion for helping people! I’ve worked as a software engineer, as a relief teacher, as a coordinator and carer in out of school care, as a private tutor for students in primary school all the way through to tutoring whole classes of tertiary students, and even developed some websites for people along the way. Like I said, a mixed bag! But I’ve been very fortunate to be able to do things that I really love.

 

Outside of my professional life, I’m a mum to a beautiful little girl and I’m an avid crafter! I love crafty gadgets (must be the tech geek in me!) and trying out all the newest crazes, so naturally I’m a Pinterest addict too. Jewellery making, scrapbooking, cardmaking, sewing, polymer clay modelling, glass fusing and etching, you name it, I’ve dabbled!

And now, I want to help you to teach STEM, especially coding, to our future computer experts, engineers, mathematicians and scientists!