Giving Back

My next thirty years

By tessa on June 5, 2017

In my next thirty years I’m gonna have some fun Try to forget about all the crazy things I’ve done Maybe now I’ve conquered all my adolescent fears And I’ll do it better in my next thirty years -Tim McGraw, My Next Thirty Years If you enjoy country, this song is likely ringing through your […]


Overnight Website Challenge: MEAN Team

By tessa on May 12, 2017

I had the greatest pleasure of participating in the Overnight Website Challenge¬†hosted by the Nerdery Foundation back in April. It all started when Karly Anderson reminded me about the event (we tried to do it in previous years) and we decided we should start a team! I put out a call for team members and […]


My experience with natural healing

By tessa on April 20, 2017

This is going to be a strange post, at least strange compared to what I normally post. I made an appointment with a local chiropractor hoping to find a doctor similar to the one I saw in northern Minnesota. He had these crazy ways of knowing what my body needed and what I didn’t need […]


Crawl 4 the Cure

Crawl 4 the Cure: Donated Non-Profit Website Build

By tessa on April 5, 2017

Occasionally, I like to use my dev skills for good. Recently, I was connected with a non-profit called Crawl 4 the Cure, that raises money for Multiple Sclerosis. Being that it is an atv-ing & jeeping event, it hit home for me. I was raised mud-racing, four-wheeling & snowmobiling and it’s an important part of […]


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 […]


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 […]