Hi, I’m Stephanie.

I’m a self-taught web developer who is currently (re-)learning React JS and tackling WordPress web development. I’m taking courses with Scrimba, Udemy, and recently brushed up on WordPress, Advanced Custom Fields, and PHP through Skillcrush’s WordPress Developer Blueprint. I used to be a freelance journalist and I still enjoy writing and editing.

During this COVID-19 pandemic:

  • I continued volunteering on WordPress and other websites for new Catchafire clients and for organizations I had previously met through Catchafire, including Uptown Stories and Copper City Community Connection.
  • In 2021 and 2022 I worked on a main site and subdomain site for Hope Partnership for Education, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that runs a middle school, graduate support program and adult education program. Sadly, this paid project, which involved a number of stakeholders, experienced setbacks because of staff turnover. It ended at the one-year expiry date of the contract. In spite of my best efforts, the websites and a portal for families were never launched.
  • In 2021 I helped Washington Heights NYC nonprofit Uptown Stories complete a website featuring students’ work called Uptown Ink. The original developer had to leave because he no longer had time to volunteer. Finishing and launching the website was a challenge since the site is built entirely in PHP and uses WordPress’s WP REST API.
  • Revamped a WordPress website, significantly improving its appearance and created a membership section with payment options for Copper City Community Connection.
  • In 2020 and 2021 I built a microsite for Hope Partnership for Education’s virtual FriendRaiser event and helped promote the fundraiser on the school’s main website. That event raised over $300,000. I rebuilt the microsite for the 2021 FriendRaiser event held in November 2021, promoting it on Hope’s main website front page.
  • I worked with Marlo Turner Ritchie of Montreal’s Social Impact Consulting to build a bilingual website showcasing COVID-19 community resources for residents of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Our website was mentioned in a Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough newsletter for residents.
  • I built a landing page and mapped data for the Postal Greenhouse team during April’s Together vs Virus online hackathon.

When I’m not coding (which is most of the time), during the summer I can usually be found in my garden, or walking or bicycling around my neighbourhood. When this pandemic is over I’ll head into the city (Montreal) to enjoy good food, music, and company. For now, I’ll be at home, relaxing with a good book.