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About Rachel

Rachel is a professional writer and Tibetan Buddhist scholar turned software developer.

In 2013, after building websites for over ten years, Rachel taught herself Python and Ruby through Team Treehouse and Coursera. She then enrolled in Bloc's Full Stack Web Development Boot Camp.

Rachel spent the winter of 2014/15 on the island of Crete, Greece, where she completely focused on her studies, finished four Rails projects, and completed the program. She then went to work as a full stack Ruby on Rails developer for a financial tech company in Northern California.

Rachel was part an award-winning two-person team that is about to launch an SEC/FINRA compliant chat app for financial advisors. She was responsible for the fully responsive user interface, as well as some backend development. In addition, she re-designed the UI of Redtail Technology's internal web app and coded it up. After a year of service, she was promoted to sole front end developer for the company.

Rachel volunteers as an instructor for Women Who Code in Sacramento. She has also spoken as a representative of Latinas in STEM on a panel for FEM Tech at UC Berkeley, discussing life as a web developer.

Her passion for teaching led her to become a mentor for the web development boot camp Thinkful, where she mentors students in HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, and Ruby on Rails, while providing strategies and tips on how to build successful careers as software developers.

In addition to being a full stack Rails developer, Rachel decided to become a full stack JavaScript developer. She was accepted to one of the top web development coding boot camps in the country, Fullstack Academy, and offered a full scholarship through Women Who Code. She is currently enjoying coding six days a week in Fullstack's first remote immersive cohort.

Follow her @CodingLady

Rachel's

Education

Rachel started pursuing higher education when she was 16 years old at UCSB. She took her first graduate level class when she was 18.

Fullstack Academy

Rachel was accepted to the competitive full stack Javascript web development boot camp on a full scholarship through Women Who Code for their first remote immersive cohort.

Bloc

Rachel completed a full stack online web development bootcamp in Ruby on Rails, half while working full-time and the other half while living abroad in Greece.

UC Santa Barbara

Rachel was a philosphy major and history minor. She earned a 3.4 cumulative GPA and graduated at age 20.

Cambridge University

Rachel earned a 4.0 GPA at the 2002 UC Education Abroad Program in upper-division history and philosophy courses.

Maitripa College

Rachel earned a 4.0 in a graduate-level summer intensive in the Classical Tibetan language. She began in the beginner class and nine weeks later finished the course in the advanced class.

Rachel's

Skills

  • Ruby
  • Ruby on Rails
  • JavaScript
  • ReactJS
  • Redux
  • Node.js
  • Express.Js
  • Data structures
  • SQL & Postgres
  • Sequelize
  • ActiveRecord
  • Mocha/Chai
  • API integration
  • Ajax
  • HTML/CSS
  • Sass
  • jQuery
  • Bootstrap
  • Responsive design
  • Media queries
  • Git/GitHub
  • Heroku
  • AWS
  • WordPress

Rachel's

Projects

Full stack Ruby on Rails projects and one WordPress project. To see the code, visit Rachel's GitHub account.

Non-Office Jobs

A ​community where users discuss non­-office jobs, find job mentors, and peruse non-­office job listings. Rachel's capstone project for Bloc.

Jackhuahua

A ​community where users share their Jack Russell/Chihuahua mixes predominantly through photo galleries. A personal project.

Blocitoff

Users create self­-destructing to­do lists that use a rake task to destroy to­dos if they are not marked complete after seven days. A Bloc project.

Rachipedia

A Wikipedia clone that accepts Stripe payments for account upgrades. A Bloc project.

Rachelmarks

Social bookmarking with email integration using Mailgun, Omni­auth for Facebook login, and Embedly for URL previews. A Bloc project.

DelPoNews

WordPress site featuring Argentina’s former #1 men’s professional tennis player, Juan Martin del Potro. Within three months had all-access press pass to cover his tournament where he was defending his title against Roger Federer in Switzerland.

Rachel

Volunteers

Women Who Code - Sacramento

March 2016 Instructor for four sessions teaching HTML & CSS at VSP in Rancho Cordova, CA. Presentation slides

May 2016 Instructor for Build a Personal Website class at Intel in Folsom, CA. Presentation slides

Latinas in STEM

April 2016 Sat on FEM Tech Panel at UC Berkeley and discussed life as a web developer.

Rachel

In The Media

The Thinkful Podcast

Ben and Darrell talk with Rachel Bird about how she navigates creating a tech network. From Latinas in STEM to Twitter, Rachel gives advice and encouragement to women who code.

Articles published by Hackernoon, Thinkful and SheNomads

June 2016 This is for struggling web dev boot camp grads Read

November 2016 For first time developers: Signs you probably shouldn’t work for that company - Published by Thinkful Read

December 2016 The Traveling Developer - Published by SheNomads Read

December 2016 A Debugging Murder Mystery Dinner - Published by Hackernoon Read

Rachel wrote, edited, and self-published two novels in one year. She landed her first literary agent shortly thereafter. Want to check out her first novel? It's available on Kindle.

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How To Get In Touch

Contact

Located in Northern California

Email : rachel@rachelbird.com