Hi, I’m Miriam.
A mom, software developer and programming teacher, who likes to spend her baby’s nap times drawing and writing stories for kids about computers.
Growing up, my dad wanted me to go into Computer Science. But I had to find my own way.
My idea of computers as a kid was that they were gray and boring, and I wanted to be creative, colorful. I wanted to spend my life building things that helped other people.
So, I went to college and studied architecture. It seemed like a perfect fit… for a while. Until I met my husband. Being a video game programmer, he had a passion for his work that I hadn’t found in my architecture career. From the very first date, we were diving into geeky tech stuff over dinner. And then it hit me.
I realized that programming could be a powerful avenue for creativity, giving me the tools to build beautiful, useful things that people loved.
In summer 2013, I quit my job as an architect and taught myself how to code. It took me 30 years to find that creative, colorful, human side of technology.
Ever since, I’ve been working full-time as a software developer, educator, writer, artist, and mom. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I don’t want my kid to miss out on how creative and colorful the world of computers can be.
That’s why I believe it’s important to come up with fresh, exciting, innovative ways to introduce kids to the world of technology. To reach as many of them as we can.
In today’s world, all of us, young and old, need to start thinking about technology and to care about it.
May Zerus & Ona help our kids understand the world around them. So, one day, they can create their own, in whatever way they choose.
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