A Journey from Ed to EdTech: Reflections of a College Professor

Summer 2016 MotherCoders Solidarity Scholarship Winner Sue Homer, and MotherCoders alum and Course Manager Natalie Low.

Summer 2016 MotherCoders Solidarity Scholarship Winner Sue Homer, and MotherCoders alum and Course Manager Natalie Low.

My kids have two moms, and they are proud of their family.  My 10 year old daughter wears “LOVE WINS” on her school t-shirts, and is the kid in her class who breaks it down when anyone says ignorant things about same sex marriage.

At camp earlier this summer she learned to code in JavaScript to customize weapons and food in Minecraft, her favorite game. In my house, I’m the mom who loves helping with math homework and asks every day what cool things my kids learned in math and science at school. I’m also determined that my daughter, especially, will not fall victim to gender bias in her education. But when she came home from her weeklong camp motivated and full of questions, I realized I wasn’t prepared to help her answer them. That’s when I decided to get my act together so I could keep up.

Enter MotherCoders

I’ve had a growing interest in tech over the last few years not only as a parent of a tech savvy kid, but also as a college educator keenly interested in the ways that learning is being transformed by the digital revolution. While I had applied to MotherCoders because I knew it would be a supportive environment to learn tech skills, I had no idea how much of an impact it would have on my life.

My experience in MotherCoders this summer has been transformative for many reasons – not only because of the skills I’ve acquired – but more significantly because of the insight and wisdom that Tina and our guest speakers brought to our conversations. Every week, they demystified the tech industry, led us through the process of learning to code, and helped us envision the creation of our dream projects. Their experiences and their stories were living proof that all moms -- including queer moms -- -- belong in the industry, and they gently (sometimes not so gently) encouraged us to take our place by their side.

Key Takeaways

I can’t say enough about the impact this experience has had and will continue to have on my life and my kids’ lives.  Now that I’ve gained insider knowledge on the tech industry and realize  how accessible tech can be, it’s only a matter of time before I make my mark in EdTech and make a difference in the lives of kids from other families.

And to all my fellow MotherCoders: Keep coding, keep dreaming, and pretty soon we’ll be changing the world, with our kids and our families by our side.

Sue is one of 2 recipients of our Solidarity Scholarship for queer moms for Summer 2016. She can be found on Twitter @PoliSciSue

a special thank you to Awesome Without Borders

MotherCoders is extremely grateful to the generosity of Awesome Without Borders, who helped fund the Solidarity Scholarship for Summer 2016 through a $1,000 grant. Thank you also to Ruth Ann Harnisch of Awesome Without Borders and The Harnisch Foundation for her unwavering commitment to uplifting women and believing in us from the very start.