Team Q&A: Christina George – Software Development Intern
From coding to quality assurance, Christina George wants to help! Christina started her career teaching children, before switching gears to coding; now she helps our utility partners minimize their carbon footprint through smart, affordable, cloud-based solutions! Join us in formally welcoming our Software Development Intern, Christina George!
How did your previous life prepare you for Virtual Peaker?
I have a passion for creating things that work efficiently and solving problems. From organizing my garage, planning an event, or designing a web app, I thrive in these situations and love the rush when things fall into place. My desire is to make a positive social impact wherever I am. I had the privilege of working at Pediatrics Plus in their developmental preschool where I helped children succeed in all stages of life as a classroom teacher, including my work with at-risk youth in a group home as a social worker. While this isn’t what I do now, I was able to offer support and a better future to the people I worked with.
My family is full of individuals with big hearts who desire to help. When I decided to step away from casework in 2020, it was still important to me that I worked somewhere that was making a positive social impact. I had a family member involved in software development steer me in that direction, and I applied for Coding Dojo. I went through a full-stack development program that included three different sessions, which informed my love for problem-solving.
When my friend connected me with Virtual Peaker, I was so excited to have the opportunity to work on a team that is so supportive, inclusive and working to make a supportive, inclusive, and working to make a positive social impact.
Tell us about your role at Virtual Peaker.
I am a software development intern at Virtual Peaker. My job is to assess bugs that the quality assurance team finds and deploy fixes to ensure clients have a smooth interaction with our products. We do coding on the front end and back end of the applications. We work directly with the client success and quality assurance teams to provide responsive and accessible applications for clients.
How do you personally engage in sustainability efforts?
In my personal life, I engage in sustainable efforts by recycling and buying clothing secondhand. We also do a lot of shopping locally for food (meat, eggs, vegetables, etc.), as well as gifts. In the last year, we’ve also started gardening. We use mealworm frass fertilizer that is produced locally by some friends of ours at Sulphur Springs Truck Patch to help our crops grow beautifully. I haven’t cut out meat completely but try to eat beef made from plants when it is available. I use a lot of reusable cleaning products around the house instead of harsh chemicals. Initially, when asked this question, I wasn’t sure of the ways in which I do this, but upon consideration, it has just become a way of life that my family has started to implement unconsciously a lot of the time.
What can you tell us about yourself?
I live in Mount George, Arkansas with my husband of five years. I have three beautiful children – our son who is 11 years old, our spunky 3-year-old daughter, and our brand new 2-month-old daughter. I also have a 5-year-old Catahoula dog named Lucy who loves to cuddle. My husband and I really love to travel and experience all different types of cultures, and we also love singing and producing music. I love camping with my family, as well as playing board games and singing. I also enjoy cooking, crafting, and antiquing.
During the pandemic, our family switched gears and were looking for ways to spend more time together and impact the community we live in. We moved to Mount George in 2021 to work more with the local community and get involved in nonprofits, churches, etc. Making a positive social impact is really important to us as a family, so we are continually looking for ways to do that!