In Episode 19 we talk to Allison Hartnett – Regional Manager of TEALS, about their work in high schools throughout the US to build and grow sustainable computer science programs.

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Show Notes


  • Teals: 3:25
  • Getting Started: 27:00
  • Picks: 35:39





Allison Hartnett
Allison is a physicist and mathematician who spent the majority of her career teaching at the University level. In addition, she worked hard to create STEM experiences for high school students. For her TEALS is a perfect way to introduce a large number of students to computer science, and have fun along the way. Allison is an avid reader who enjoys spending time with her family, particularly her 5-year-old daughter Shalimar.
Eric J. Gruber
Eric J. Gruber has worked in technology for more than 10 years after switching from a career as a journalist. ​

Eric's interest in the web began while working at a newspaper as a pagination editor. He spent his lunch breaks in his car reading web design books, and then experimented with what he read in his spare time in the evenings. His studies paid off, leading to a career in web development working for Mid-America Regional Council, City of Lawrence, Kansas, and City of Olathe, Kansas, before coming to VML. In his career, he has used Drupal (and some WordPress) to get things done. ​​

A fan of autodidacticism, Eric likes to consume podcasts, audiobooks, and ebooks to expand his knowledge for both work, health, and pleasure. He co-authored one book Learning Rails 3, and went solo for another, Coding with Coda, both for O'Reilly Media. He also co-organizes a Meetup group, Lawrence Coders, has particiated in Startup Weekend, and is a Certified ScrumMaster. ​​

Eric is a songwriter and musician, can play guitar, bass guitar, and sing, and likes motorcyles (although it's been too long since he rode one). Eric and his wife, Amy, have three children: Ember, Remi, and Rogan. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, but a move to the KC area is planned for 2016.
Jacob Berthelsen
Husband, father, web dev/designer, expert gif'er, oxford comma user, & seeker of awesomeness.
Richard Davenport
I love the web and I love helping others understand what the web is and how it works. Currently working with Integrity Inspired Solutions, a Lean/Agile Consultancy. We help teams transition to a more agile way of working and we do that through our software development. Currently working with Angular, Node, Firebase, ASP.NET and dipping my toes into React.
Landon Cline
Ever since I was little I was taking computers apart and rebuilding them. Since then I've had various jobs in tech, but eventually I stumbled upon programming and development. The problem solving and engineering of solutions drew me in like moth to flame. I continue to refine my skills and have found my passion for front-end development and Angular. Most of what I learned has been self taught and from mentoring in the community. I can't say enough about how great the community is for development!