Vanessa Sickles

  • @vanessasickles
  • Adjunct Instructor, Maryville University
  • She/her
  • Saint Louis, MO
Hello! I'm a full time, front end web developer who teaches adjunct. I love development, design, and video games. I love to teach and am always looking for teaching opportunities. 
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Front End Engineer

  • Matchbox Design Group
  • Jun 2018 - Present

Adjunct Instructor

  • Maryville University
  • Jan 2021 - Present

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Development Work

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Dec 28, 2021
Dec 28, 2021
Started learning React
Taking Lessons from Codecademy
I've started taking the ReactJS course on Codecademy during the break to broaden my skill pool and experiment with other JS frameworks. I'm used to Vue, so I find React very interesting. JSX is surprisingly intuitive and fun to use. I'm looking forward to continuing to learn!
Nov 05, 2021
Nov 05, 2021
Launched a website
Built a custom WordPress theme
Developed Gutenberg Blocks
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Matchbox finally launched our newly designed site! It's been in the works for a while and we were so excited to finally push it live.

The Tech Stack
The new site is built on a brand new custom WordPress theme that uses a Sage boilerplate with a Bedrock structure. We used Tailwind CSS for rapid CSS structuring. The site includes a plethora of custom Gutenberg blocks built with Advanced Custom Fields, allowing for dynamic and flexible layouts, including custom Work and Team Member pages!

My Role
I developed the functionality, structure, and style for practically all of the Gutenberg blocks you can see on the homepage and work pages. Developing these blocks was a ton of fun, and they provided some interesting layout and interactivity challenges.
Front End Engineer, Matchbox Design Group
Oct 17, 2021
Oct 17, 2021
Attended All Things Open
Learned about open source projects
Our development team had a blast at All Things Open 2021 in Raleigh, NC! We won several awesome prizes, including a MacBook Mini for myself! Hoping to attend more conferences next year!
Front End Engineer, Matchbox Design Group
Jan 01, 2021
Jan 01, 2021
Started a new role at Maryville University
I was honored to be offered an adjunct position at my alma mater, teaching a class that I took several years ago!
Adjunct Instructor, Maryville University


Jun 01, 2018
Jun 01, 2018
Started a new role at Matchbox Design Group
Joined Matchbox as an intern developer; moved up to junior, and finally to a full-fledged front end engineer in 2020!
Front End Engineer, Matchbox Design Group
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