Why I founded Coders of Tmrw

By tessa on March 8, 2017

Up until January of this year I played a huge role in the Minneapolis chapter of Girl Develop It. And I still am very much involved with teaching within their chapter, but have stepped down from my leadership role so I can spend my free time finding ways to teach kids to code. Girl Develop […]


#WebChallenge Team – We Want You!

By tessa on March 3, 2017

The Nerdery’s annual #WebChallenge registration is officially open and we have created a team! We are looking for a diverse team of awesome people who feel passionate about women in tech and increasing those numbers! We are seeking people who share our passion. If you are looking for a team of powerful people – look […]


Proud to Speak at DrupalCon 2017

By tessa on February 27, 2017

My session, Back to the Basics: Best Practices for Front End Developers, was accepted for DrupalCon 2017 in Baltimore! I am very excited about this because I have been out of the Drupal dev world for many, many years and I am happy to be so graciously welcome’d back. Register for DrupalCon 2017 Slides will be […]


WordCamp San Diego Talk

By tessa on February 15, 2017

My Designer vs Developer: Creating a Collaborative Workflow session for WordCamp San Diego was accepted! I am excited because this is a talk that I am very passionate about. I have worked in many places where the designers and developers do not always see eye-to-eye, even worse, argue over whether things are possible or not. With that being […]


LoopConf Recap

By tessa on February 12, 2017

I was lucky enough to be able to attend LoopConf in Salt Lake City this year. It was one of the most organized conferences I have ever been to. The speakers were knowledgeable and from all areas of expertise. Not only were there lots of great dev talks but there were also quite a few […]


Hack the Gap: Why you should get involved

By tessa on April 14, 2016

Hack the Gap is a female hack-a-thon founded by Jenna Pederson and Kristen Womack. Hack the Gap is going on it’s second year and will be hosted at Clockwork, an interactive design & technology agency in Minneapolis on May 14th & 15th. I had the opportunity to speak to Jenna recently and she convinced me to […]


“The Executive” – ESTJ

By tessa on February 25, 2016

I am sure most of you have heard of the Myers-Briggs personality test. I had always heard about it but never actually completed the test, mainly just because I didn’t want to pay for it. So when I stumbled upon 16personalities.com I was intrigued. I began completing the personality test and in less than 10 […]


Chapter Leader with GDI Minneapolis

By tessa on February 8, 2016

It’s pretty obvious that I am very passionate about Girl Develop It and it’s mission and students, therefore, when I found out there was an opening for a Chapter Leader position, I immediately applied. I try to make myself available for just about every chapter event, so why not take on the greater responsibility of […]


Time Machine set to 1995

By tessa on February 6, 2016

Now that my amazing new logo by Karly A. is complete, it was time to create an awesome new email signature. It’s actually really crazy how important email signatures truly are. I feel like if I see an awesome email signature I tend to take that person more seriously and perceive them in a more […]


Intro to WordPress Class

By tessa on February 4, 2016

If you have ever been interested in learning the basics of WordPress, this class is for you. This class is for beginners wanting to learn about using WordPress as a framework and content management system for a blog or website. You can arrive knowing nothing about WordPress and will leave knowing how to start up, […]


Intermediate HTML & CSS Class

By tessa on January 30, 2016

Interested in expanding upon your Basic HTML skills? This class is for you! If you already know basic HTML & CSS but want to take your website to the next level, then this is the class for you! We will cover layout-type CSS such as positioning and floats, more advanced css techniques like psuedos, combinators […]


Preparing food in a public restroom

By tessa on January 27, 2016

As I sit in a public handicapped bathroom stall pumping I start thinking to myself how much it sucks to be a working mom. I mean don’t get me wrong I love what I do, but not having a proper location to do such a task is quite despicable. I mean would you eat food […]


Aries Systems

By tessa on October 6, 2015

Aries Systems was a website build done with Windmill Design in the WordPress platform where I completed all of the front end development as well as some of the back end development. Visit Site


Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota

By tessa on September 28, 2015

Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota was a website build done with Windmill Design in the Joomla CMS platform where I completed all of the front end and back end development. Their website contains a complex member management system in the back end that allows a member to subscribe to a membership level, immediately […]


Critical Measures

By tessa on September 23, 2015

Critical Measures was a website build done with Windmill Design in the WordPress platform where I completed all the front end and back end development. Visit Site


Climate Generation

By tessa on May 5, 2015

Climate Generation was a website build done with Windmill Design in the WordPress platform where I completed most of the front end and some of the back end development. Visit Site


National Latino Network – Blog

By tessa on February 2, 2015

National Latino Network requested a re-design of their WordPress blog page. I completed the front end and back end development and use a masonry layout for the blog listings. They have an English version and a Spanish version of their blog that had to be connected as well. Visit Site


Sustain Our Great Lakes

By tessa on January 21, 2015

Sustain Our Great Lakes was a website build done with Windmill Design in the WordPress platform where I completed all of the front end and some of the back end development. Visit Site