In December, KidsTek was fortunate to welcome back Suzi Grishpul and Clayton Dewey to share their experience as web developers with our North High School Business Computing class.
During the student-led introduction presentation, Nathaniel Contreras, sophomore at North, shared that Clayton started his career as an elementary school teacher. Clayton followed up saying that after five years as a teacher, “I realized I had been in school my entire life and I decided I wanted to do something different.” Clayton designed websites as a hobby throughout college and his teaching career, but his desire to do something different allowed him to grow that hobby into a full-time job.
Suzi had a similar story about her path to web development. Despite being a self-described computer nerd, Suzi majored in sociology during college. Through her work in several campus programs, Suzi discovered she could combine her passion for social change and technology by creating websites for activists and community groups. Today she works for 350.org, a climate justice organization, as a web developer.
Suzi and Clayton shared tips for students interested in the tech field, including: find a mentor, work on something you care about, solve a problem, and find your people. Suzi also emphasized the need for empathy, even when working with technology. “I’m more interested in changing the world than changing technology,” she said.
KidsTek highly values all our volunteer speakers as they introduce and inspire our students to various college and career paths across the Denver Metro Area. Thanks Suzi and Clayton for sharing your stories!