Problem-solver Rebecca Bearden-Tellez thrives on finding simple solutions to complex problems. With an iced coffee in hand and newly-acquired Java skills from the Iron Yard, Bearden-Tellez is ready to jump into a new role as your new back-end developer. Her passion for learning and flexibility will help your team with ease during sprints and product development.
Pull up a chair and learn how this newly-minted graduate is ready to grow her skills to help scale your company’s code.
What program are you graduating from?
The Iron Yard’s Back-End Java Program.
What is your previous education?
I graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Psychology.
What startup/tech projects have you worked on?
What tech/tools are essential to you as a developer?
IntelliJ IDEA is wonderful asset in my toolkit. The keyboard shortcuts, debugger, autofill suggestions, dependency management, and various color schemes make it a very pleasant user experience. The flexibility it allows across languages and the user experience it provides make it a wonderful asset. GitHub is my lifesaver! Accessible version control allows me to code with a safety net. Coffee! An iced coffee (or 5) fuel my code.
How do you stay informed & on-top of emerging trends?
I check out various sources: Hype, CodeNewbie, The Verge, TrackChanges, and the Tech404 Slack channel. I also enjoy attending different MeetUps, checking in with my friends from The Iron Yard, and watching TED talks and different conferences.
What are your best technical or creative skills?
After years in customer service, I also have stellar interpersonal and communication skills, patience, a positive attitude and the ability to remain flexible and pivot to tasks as importance levels change. My last role as a scheduling and travel coordinator at a consulting firm strengthened my time management, multitasking, and conflict resolution skills. It also showed me how much I enjoy figuring out efficient solutions to complex problems.
What’s next on your list to learn?
I have been looking into automated testing frameworks like Selenium. Test driven development wasn’t the easiest for me to pick up during my time at The Iron Yard, but by the end testing became a lot easier. I want to grow my testing skills and ensure that I am a great developer.
I created two apps for Android at TIY and want to further explore making apps with AndroidFX. The focus was on substance more than style, so I will also focus on creating a great user experience with my personal projects.
Why the interest in the technology field?
Technology is our future and I love feeling like I have a hand in making a difference for people. I also consider myself a lifelong learner and being in a field that is the epitome of constant learning is a dream come true.
Are you interested in working for a startup, mid-sized company, or a corporate giant?
I am open to companies of all sizes as I have worked in environments of varying levels. I am looking for a company that allows me to have a mentor and continue to grow my tech skills while growing the company.