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AJ Smith

Front End Developer
AJ Smith

While I wasn’t born in Nebraska, I have lived here the majority of my life. I attended most of elementary school in Lincoln before moving out of state. I returned when I was 16 and found it was a great place to raise my children. My three daughters are now adults and live in Nebraska as well. I also have three four-footed children, my dachshunds Max, Zoe and Obie.

I have spent most of my working life in an office, but never felt like I had a career. I discovered I really liked working with computers, so I decided to go to school where I obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree in Microcomputer Technology. I quickly discovered I didn’t like working in a help-desk environment and fell back on my office skills.

After a few years I got a wild hair and decided to work with animals in a veterinary clinic. After four years I found that I loved animals too much and watching them in pain or worse was too much.  I returned to desk work, but still felt unfulfilled.

As fate would have it, I lost two jobs in a three-month period due to budget cuts at each company. This turned out to be a good thing. I remembered how much I enjoyed coding and working with web sites.  So 13 years after obtaining my AAS, I decided it was time to finally get my Bachelor’s degree. I recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Web Technologies, and will shortly (hopefully) start my Masters degree.

For fun, I used to play Roller Derby with the local team, the No Coast Derby Girls. During my third season I tore the ACL in my left knee, and discovered that I had torn the right ACL at some point in the past.

After surgery and a year of recovery, I decided to transfer to a skating referee position, which was slightly less dangerous. After 4 more seasons and many aches and pains, I decided to skate less often. I still help as a Non-Skating Official (NSO), and enjoy helping with Junior Roller Derby.