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
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’m currently employed by Datadog as a Webmaster and I am an Adjunct Teacher of Computer Studies at Rockland Community College; 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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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
Webmaster, Datadog, Inc. January 2016 – Present.
Web/Social Interactive Developer, RNN News, LLC. December 2014 – January 2016.
Developer, LiveTechnology Holdings, Inc. May 2014 – November 2014.
Webmaster, Centro Educativo Prof. Saúl Cárdenas Cubillo. Costa Rica January 2011 – Present
Web Operations and New Media Coordinator, Madoro USA, Inc. January 2013 – May 2014
Web Developer/Designer & Digital Marketing, North Shore Advisory, Inc. January 2012 – January 2013
Data Visualization Intern for Blue Waters Project, Shodor May 2011 – June 2012
Honors, Awards, and Scholarships
Knowledge and Skills
HTML5 Mobile App Development August 30, 2013
Ramapo College of New Jersey, 505 Ramapo Valley Rd, NJ 07430
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.