At Remote Learner, our greatest strength is our staff. We have a diverse group of employees around the United States and Canada, individuals with unique backgrounds and skills needed to meet the challenges faced by our clients. In this blog, we regularly profile the staff members that make the Remote Learner team strong. This week we talked to Mitchell Dawkins, a Front End Developer with Remote Learner’s Development & Design team.
Name: Mitchell Dawkins
Position: Front End Developer
Home: Orlando, FL
Brief: Mitchell and his wife, Breanna, live in Florida with their son, Mitchell III. They are expecting a second son this fall. Mitchell grew up with dual passions: sports and computers. He loves the challenge of developing code-based solutions to the problems he’s presented with each day at Remote Learner. Mitchell is passionate about working with and mentoring young people in his community.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself, Mitchell.
A: I was born and raised in Orlando, FL as one of 13 siblings so there weren’t too many dull moments. I have always been interested in sports and computers. I played basketball and football most of my life and have been tinkering with computers since as far back as I can remember. I attended Eastern Michigan University on a football scholarship and that is where I met my wife, Breanna. We have been married for 8 years. We have a 3 year son (Mitchell III) and another son due in the fall.
Q: How did your career path bring you to Remote Learner?
A: I began my career after I was diagnosed with a heart condition that brought sports to an abrupt end for me. That moment forced me to make some tough decisions. I knew I loved computer science, programming, and problem-solving, and life created a situation where it was time to pursue those passions 100%. I transferred to Seminole State College of Florida where I studied Computer Programming and began my career in programming and web development. After working in an office with a few companies, I really wanted to work from home and to give back to online learning because online courses helped me complete my degree. I came across an opportunity at Remote Learner, so I applied and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made for my career.
Q: What’s a day at Remote Learner look like for you?
A: My day at Remote Learner starts with a virtual team huddle where we chat briefly about what we did yesterday and what we plan to do today. After that, I dive headfirst into providing code-based solutions for whatever issues or enhancement the RL team is working on. Every day is another opportunity for me to provide value to Remote Learner, which in turn provides value to colleges, companies, students, and teachers around the world.
Q: Is there any work you’ve done with Remote Learner that you’re particularly proud of?
A: There are a few accomplishments that I’m proud of. The one I’m most proud of has to be the revamp of our main Moodle/Totara theme, Altitude. It was a heavy lift for the development team. Working with new frameworks and high expectations, the team was able to revamp the theme and get it out to users in a timely fashion. That was a major win for us and it came with a great sense of accomplishment.
Q: What do you like to do outside of work?
A: Outside of work I like to stay active any way possible. That can be sports or a nice walk with my family. Anything to break a sweat. I also enjoy giving back to youth in my community. I cannot stress enough the importance of spending time with the next generation. When I was younger those relationships played a major role in my personal growth and development. Now, I enjoy building those relationships with youth to help them see themselves as leaders and world-changers.