Paola M. Garcia Cardenas

B.S & M.S in Computer Science.

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I am highly motivated and focused on growing in the field of computer science, engineering and technology. I consider myself an every-day learner and problem solver with strong technical and interpersonal skills.

Two of my favorite quotes:

“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” ~Lou Holtz

“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”~Confucius

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About Me

Paola Garcia Cardenas

I grew up in a small town called Nicoya, located in the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. My house was (and still is) in the middle of my grandparents’  farm, surrounded by cows and horses. I was so much into soccer, that my dad helped us build a soccer “field” next to our house (yes, right in the middle of the farm too). The goal posts were made out of pieces of wood from fallen trees, and sometimes we even had to stop games because the cows were blocking the goals or they were in the middle of our “field”.

Not everyone in our town owned a computer. Technology access in my town was limited. At the age of 8, my parents signed me up for a computer course that took place at the public high school, Liceo de Nicoya. I learned to program with LOGO and I remember  I was always excited to go to computer class to give commands to the turtle and print my creations. I did not know back then, as much as I know now, that programming was going to be a key turning point in my life.

I finished high school in 2004 at Colegio Santa Ana, located in Liberia about 1 hour away from my hometown. In 2005, I attended Universidad de Costa Rica for a year and I also was recruited to play for Saprissa Women’s Soccer team. We won our Division II championship and qualified to compete in Division I. It was an exciting year. My regional team, Nicoya, also qualified to compete for the National Games in early 2006. That same year, I decided to travel abroad to the United States and a few days after National Games, I left Costa Rica to come to the US.

I was an Au Pair for 2 years. Lived in Portland, OR for a year and then in Maplewood, NJ for another year. I wanted to experience both, West and East coast living in the US.

After my Au Pair experience I decided to attend school here in the US. I started at SUNY Rockland Community College and graduated with an A.S. in Computer Information Systems (GPA 3.83). Attending a community college opened many doors for me, which led to academic and athletic scholarship opportunities to complete my 4-year degree at  St. Thomas Aquinas College with a B.S. in Computer Science (GPA 3.56). Later on I received a Merit scholarship to attend Graduate school, and thanks to that, in December of 2014 I completed my Masters in Computer Science (GPA 3.81) at Pace University.

I currently work as an Adjunct Teacher of Computer Studies at Rockland Community College and I am actively seeking new full-time opportunities; when not at work, you can find me at the gym or home reading a book with my dog and cats!

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My Resume

Paola Garcia Cardenas

E-Mail: me at paolagarcia dot com


Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038                                   December 2014
M.S. Computer Science

Saint Thomas Aquinas College, 125 Route 340, Sparkill, NY 10976          December 2012
B.S. Computer Science, Information Usage and Management

Rockland Community College, 145 College Rd. Suffern, NY 10901            May 2010
A.S. Computer Information Systems

Professional Experience

Computer Studies Adjunct Instructor, Rockland Community College.   January 2015 – Present.

  • Teaching undergraduate students in the field of computer studies.
  • Syllabus and course planning and development for online, on-site and hybrid courses using LM Systems, and ensuring that the syllabus meets department standards.
  • Planning and creating lectures, assignments and quizzes.
  • Staying updated on innovations and any changes related to the computer studies field.

Webmaster, Datadog, Inc.   January 2016 – August 2016.

  • Maintained and optimized the performance of Datadog’s public-facing web properties.
  • Analyzed web traffic to identify hot spots and enhancement opportunities.
  • Configured and continuously updated Datadog’s web servers, CDN, and other website infrastructure.
  • Audited and assessed on-page SEO configuration.
  • Experimented with and optimized on-page elements and site navigation.

Web/Social Interactive Developer, RNN News, LLC.   December 2014 – January 2016.

  • Perform development, documentation and testing for website/interactive/digital projects
  • Proactively assist in identifying and recommending new development initiatives
  • Ensure all completed work has been thoroughly tested and follows best practices (security, performance, SEO, responsive design, etc.)
  • Maintain acceptable uptime/performance levels for website (proactive and reactive)
  • Communicate project status for both technical and non-technical audiences

Developer, LiveTechnology Holdings, Inc.   May 2014 – November 2014.

  • Designed, developed, documented, analyzed, created, tested and/or modified computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on and related to user or system design specifications, and/or such other duties as the company may assign from time to time
  • Programmed design layouts and creative assets into LivePlatform, using LiveObject and LiveExplorer

Webmaster, Centro Educativo Prof. Saúl Cárdenas Cubillo. Costa Rica    January 2011 – Present

  • In charged of requesting an educational Second Level Domain name ( in Costa Rica
  • Administration of their domain, hosting, SQL databases including backups, and emailing system
  • Coordination and management of the school’s website content including all related Social Media sites
  • Proactive SEO analysis and technical recommendations for improvement of the school website and other social media outlets

Web Operations and New Media Coordinator, Madoro USA, Inc.    January 2013 – May 2014

  • Managed the company’s domains, including web design and content organization, as well as reviewed and maintained website back-up and data archiving activities
  • Promoted Bel Frantoio’s brand development, web site traffic growth, website UI and advertising revenue as part of an ongoing eCommerce project
  • Partnered with company’s professionals to create, develop and manage content
  • Maintained a proactive approach and abreast of all software and technical upgrades as needed

Web Developer/Designer & Digital Marketing, North Shore Advisory, Inc.  January 2012 – January 2013

  • Designed, developed, and implemented web architectures for the company’s site
  • Played the main role in the migration of all of the domains and the web sites hosting
  • Laid out and executed online projects, updating and revisiting existing online assets, and created a new site with CMS technology.
  • Analyzed the company’s SEO proactively, including any technical recommendations for improvements of multiple websites
  • Managed all of the company’s domains, hosting and SQL databases, and implemented their backup procedures
  • Implemented a PC-Cluster in a 25-PC Lab using a Bootable Cluster CD (BCCD)
  • Developing of an application in C programming language for visualization of large amount of data
  • Linux scripting, programmed in parallel using Messaging Passing Interface (MPI)

Data Visualization Intern for Blue Waters Project, Shodor  May 2011 – June 2012

  • Implemented a PC-Cluster in a 25-PC Lab using a Bootable Cluster CD (BCCD)
  • Developing of an application in C programming language for visualization of large amount of data
  • Linux scripting, programmed in parallel using Messaging Passing Interface (MPI)

Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

  • 2014 CRA-W Graduate Cohort Scholarship Recipient
  • Recipient of ACM, NSF and Google Scholarships
  • 2013 Pace University Graduate Merit Scholarship Recipient
  • Silver Key Service Awardee during the St. Thomas Aquinas College graduation ceremony
  • Dean’s List at both SUNY Rockland Community College and St. Thomas Aquinas Community College (multiple semesters
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award in Student Excellence and All NY-Academic Team
  • Hispanic Heritage Leadership Student Award
  • Outstanding Student Service Award
  • 3rd Place at First Annual Pace University Programming Competition for Community Colleges
  • NJCAA Division III Distinguished Academic All-American
  • Scholar Athlete – Region XV Academic Team and Mid-Hudson Conference Academic Team NJCAA Division III

Knowledge and Skills

  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Programming languages: Java, C, C++,, Assembly language (8086 family), Javascript, HTML5, XHTML, XML, CSS3, MPI, SQL
  • Experience using MS Office tools (Project, Visio, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Graphics design programs: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, and InDesign
  • Audio and video editing
  • Basic experience with the Selenium IDE automation tool
  • Google Analytics, AdWords, Facebook Ads, Social Media Marketing
  • Content Management Systems Platforms: Joomla!, WordPress, Concrete5
  • Human-Computer Interaction software: Prototyper Pro, Balsamiq Mockups


HTML5 Mobile App Development    August 30, 2013
Ramapo College of New Jersey, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd, NJ 07430

Volunteer Activities

Committee Member, Airmont, NY Technical Committee  May 2013 Present

To identify instructional and administrative technology goals and objectives for the Village of Airmont, NY and align those goals to the greatest benefit of all Airmont residents. To encourage the use of the latest technology to bridge communications with all Village residents.
Creation of tutorials to educate senior citizens with the latest technologies.

LiC Web Assistant, Latinas in Computing  October 2012  Present

General website management and updates.
Running of scripts to generate data from a membership request form.

 Database Developer, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County, NY        September 2010 December 2010

42-hour Service Learning Project collaborating with the development and implementation of a database of non-profit organizations in Rockland County.