007: Lessons from Code Academy with George Mandis

Summary

In this episode, I talk to my first in-person coding instructor and good mentor friend, George Mandis of Snaptortoise Development. George is a Portland, Oregon-based web developer, who taught the first classroom-based web development bootcamp I attended when first learning to code, Code Academy at Mount Hood Community College. It turned out, I was already pretty advanced for the class, and he ended up being a great mentor to me!

What you'll learn

  • The challenges self-taught web developers can face when teaching new coders
  • Considerations when building a curriculum for new web developers
  • Why being introduced to a lot of information at once can be an effective way to learn
  • Even professional devs experience Imposter Syndrome
  • The importance of building connections and relationships with other web developers

Key moments

0:32
How I met George in 2015
1:21
George talks about how he got into computing and web development—this may resonate with a lot of new students!
7:27
What does George consider to be his greatest strength?
8:21
Why having me in his class was a “boon”
8:55
George and Nicole talk about Code Academy, a 10-week mini-bootcamp for newbies in Portland, Oregon that George teaches
9:36
How George became a Code Academy instructor—and why you may want to reconsider deleting that next opportunity you get in your email!
11:38
George on whether or not he thought Code Academy was a success overall
13:28
Most students didn’t finish anywhere near the entire syllabus in 10 weeks. Nicole thinks it’s because of the diverse technical background and lack of a “barrier to entry” to the course. Hear what Georgeactually thinks was the reason.
14:51
What George is doing differently for the second Code Academy session (and his new approach that is working great with this session)
18:37
George talks about what he’s learned from the entire experience of teaching Code Academy, and the dangers of overcomplicating and offering too many learning options
22:48
George talks about Imposter Syndrome
25:14
Why it’s important to jump on opportunities as they arise
25:56
Hear why teaching others helps boost your confidence
26:46
Nicole on why developer connections are so damn powerful
28:06
George talks about the fast-paced nature of the web development industry, and why learning on the job needs to be prioritized
30:26
George highlights out the madness of frameworks from the perspective of a new developer
35:16
International conferences George will be speaking at

Show notes

Code Academy
Code Academy at Mount Hood Community College

George's plugs

CodeAnywhere
Cross-platform IDE for web developers

GEORGE'S CONFERENCES
HolyJS – St. Petersburg, Russia
OdessaJS – Ukraine (English translation)
FullStack – London
NEJS – Omaha, NE

Find George on social media

Twitter
GitHub

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