Mike has followed an untraditional journey to become a developer. During this journey he has always gravitated towards junior developers and helping them out.
"What I most look forward to is catching sight of that satisfying moment when a new concept becomes clear to someone"
"Helping fellows land great jobs is a strong motivation for me."
Mike prefers to take a slightly slower approach to coding so that the foundation for building something is magnified and more useful.
He considers himself a great listener and takes the time to figure out where developers on his team are.
"There are many ways to explain a particular concept so I try to find the one that works for whatever stage the student is at".
"As long as you come in with motivation and drive and you believe in yourself and you are willing to keep going... (even it feels like it's not going to work out)... just keep pushing and pushing and I'll be there to guide you and make you a valuable and marketable Software Developer".
After stepping down from Stack Overflow Mike was looking for new challenges, a culture of diversity and inclusion and also having the opportunity to mentor people.
When Mike saw an opening as an Instructor for Sabio he was intrigued by the opportunity to mentor and try to diversify the technology industry.
"There is no way that someone comes into a job like this and not progress and advance and develop their technical skills and certainly soft skils".
"We are constantly evaluating new technolgies and always weighing the pros and cons of adjusting our curriculum to the market".
Mike is currently a Node.js Instructor in our Culver City Campus but has also been a .NET Instructor in the past.
Mike has had an interest in computers at an early age and started programming as a hobby on graphing calculators in High School.
Started as a Computer Science major but the traditional teaching framework was not for him so he changed his major to Political Science.
Mike started in tech support at UCLA and later as a Programmer/Analyst.
In 2007, joined Famous Interactive as a Lead Developer.
In 2008, was hired as a Software Engineer for GameFly.
Mike founded Blocvox.com and worked as a Technical consultant to LAB49.
In 2014, Mike joined Stack Overflow as a Full-Stack Software Developer.
“Michael really did his due diligence. He was always available to answer questions, keep you on the path, and point you in the right direction. He’s a natural teacher.”Joseph T. Full Stack Developer at Conifer Health Solutions
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