Kim Crayton is a woman who has harnessed the power of purpose, and has successfully reinvented herself time and again, as her life goals/dreams have evolved.
Academically, Kim started off studying, and received a bachelor’s degree in interior design, followed by a master’s degree in training and development. She then proceeded to develop, create, facilitate and administer programs for pre-teenagers and teenagers in the Chicago area, via the Chicago Youth Centers, Chicago Youth Agency Partnership, and Shoot the Hoop, Inc. She served as a teacher, a special education paraprofessional, and as a special education interrelated teacher.
As time passed, Kim developed an interest in technology and ‘with the excitement of a child’ threw herself wholeheartedly into learning all she could. She attended conferences, workshops, and meetups; and came to the conclusion that she would have to learn to code, in order to put feet to her many aspirations. Along the way, she created Tech Talk for Non-Techies – a blog designed to make easy to understand technology related information readily available; and co-organized the CodeNewbie Atlanta Meetup.
Although Kim embraces the varied roles of speaker, blogger and community advocate; she readily admits that at heart she is an educator, and that helping others learn is second nature. Currently, Kim is working on her passion project JrDevMentoring with the goal of leveraging the power of mentorship to build a community of work ready junior developers. She’s also made it a personal goal to introduce 100,000 people to code before her 50th birthday in May 2019. Track the progress of Kim’s pet project @100000Intros.
Kim’s Session Details
This Spring, Kim Crayton will share insight on Overcoming the Challenges of Mentoring during her session for Syntax Code & Craft Conference – Coastal South Carolina’s premier programmer’s code gathering. SyntaxCon brings together developers, both established and new, to learn, discuss ideas, collaborate, network and socialize in an inclusive and welcoming experience for all.
This year’s schedule provides content across 3 main tracks, each with a specific focus:
- Front-End Development
- Back-End Development
- Platforms (content management systems, cloud-hosted services, mobile applications and infrastructure.
Attendees can customize their personal agenda by choosing sessions with an aim to improve their craft, fulfill goals, and learn cutting edge trends and best practices in a relatively short time.