Hello there! My name is Maria, a designer & web developer.

Maria Valley's NWTC Graduation - May 2010

Maria with her sister at the NWTC graduation in May 2010.

In 2008, I turned in my coloring books and crayons for Photoshop. Well, that wasn’t all I did. In the fall of 2008 I began my college journey into web development. While in 2008, I didn’t know that I would eventually become a web developer, I was in fact headed in that direction. I began the digital media technology Associate’s degree program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC). I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start my college career. This school was filled with knowledgeable instructors who actually cared about your success. I learned about photography, image editing, audio, video and motion video production and editing. I spent a lot of time in the brand new studios experimenting with lighting and even green screening. All other time was spent on a Mac with the Final Cut Pro Suite. I really enjoyed my time at NWTC. I was my own producer, director, actor and editor in several projects.

I graduated from NWTC in May 2010 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In June 2010 I had my acceptance letter from Arizona State University for the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Internet and Web Development. My choice to get into web development was my joy for the behind the scenes type of work, but also a way for me to join my digital media technology expertise into the web. I learned what I now consider the foundation of what I now know in web development at ASU.

In May 2013, I graduated from ASU and began my first web development project for Split Engineering, LLC. I had actually applied for an HTML developer position with this company, but determined quickly that what they were looking for was instead, a PHP developer. A couple weeks later, the General Manager of Split Engineering contacted me via email expressing his interest in utilizing my skills in web design to redesign their website inner pages, and create some videos for them [found here]. I helped take their website from the 90s look to the 2000s, and introduced WordPress. In the meantime, I was still looking for full-time employment which led me to my current job with CEDR Solutions as their Web Developer & IT Specialist.

I grew up with a passion for art and technology, which has led me to my interest for design and web development today.