About Ms. Martin

Though I was born in Montréal, Canada, I grew up primarily in Palo Alto, California. Palo Alto and the rest of the San Francisco bay area has been at the center of the computer revolution since the early 1960s and being around legendary places including the Stanford Research Institute, PARC, HP Labs and Sun Labs captured my imagination.

I went to Gunn High School, a public school roughly the same size as Garfield. There, I took a lot of AP courses and was captain of the school’s FIRST robotics team for a year! High school was a very important time for me to explore my interest in computing technologies and to learn about teamwork and the importance of being a self-learner.

I earned computer science and linguistics degrees from the University of Washington. During my time there, I worked on a number of interesting projects including a volunteer-management system for a homeless shelter in the U-District and an online marketplace for artisans in the Yakima valley to sell their wares.

While at the University of Washington, I was a teaching assistant and lecturer for the first programming course. I also worked as a technical editor on the popular textbook Building Java Programs. I have spent some time at Microsoft as a program manager and at Grameen Foundation‘s technology center.

Computer science and programming are incredibly fun and I hope you’ll join me in their study!

If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me.