Name: Valerie Moyo
What Location do you teach at and for how long?
I teach at the WTRC in West Tennessee. I have been with Persevere since November 2022
Where are you from originally?
Botswana, Africa. I’m also from Zimbabwe by marriage.
Where did you learn coding?
Rhodes University, South Africa where I got my computer science degree.
What is your favorite thing about coding?
I enjoy designing programs, using the problem-solving process to come up with code solutions. I like to go through the process of thinking through problems because the ability to overcome challenges is satisfying. You get to see how programs come together and being involved in the process is also a worthwhile endeavor.
What is the hardest thing about coding?
Thinking about the code is harder than coding itself. The code is the goal, the final product. The process of coming up with the code is actually harder because thinking is not as easy or as straightforward as you can expect. It took a long time for me to learn how to think like a programmer. Once I was able to figure it out, it has made coding a lot easier because I have the right tools and processes, and with enough time, patience and knowledge, I can code anything.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy interacting with my students and walking with them through their learning journey. I also enjoy building content for my students because I get to answer the questions I also had when I was learning how to code.