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Nicole Parrot

multi-faceted techie and mom

Nicole Parrot


From an industrial engineering background, to a decade of professional experience as a software developer, and years of homeschooling experience, I can bring a varied set of tools to your projects.

Work Experience

Dexter Industries

Tutorial Writer

June 2015 - present

Creating tutorials for the GoPiGo robot and the GrovePi+ board. Tutorials are either in Python 2, or in Scratch 1.4, all running on the Raspberry Pi. Software quality control as needed.


Back-end Wordpress Admin - Web Servers

June 2015 - present

Installing droplets from scratch at Digital Ocean, on NGINX, paying close attention to security issues, manually installing Wordpress, MySQl, PhpMySql, and optimizing the installation. I've also moved Wordpress websites, optimized page downloads and rendering, and coded Redmine plugins.

Fabule Fabrication

Tutorial Writer

August 2014 - December 2014

Authoring several beginner oriented tutorials on how to control Clyde, an Arduino-based lamp, including how to connect it to the Arduino IDE to change the programming, connecting it to other devices using Xbee connections, and controlling the ambient colors through jelly bean candy.

The Learning Tree Co-op


September 2011 - Present

Teaching homeschool children in a classroom setting. Subjects varied from French as a second language, to Scratch programming, NXT Robotics, and Python.

West Island Alternative Learning Centre

Coordinator and Teacher

September 2010 - Present

Scheduling full days of classes for each of the students attending the centre. Classes cover French as a Second Language, Canadian History, Logic, Arts, singing, Science labs.

Jesus Light of the World Parish

Administrative Assistant

September 2011 - September 2012

Ensuring the parish ran smoothly

Key contributions:

  • Creating the weekly church bulletin
  • Rental manager
  • Buyer for all relevant supplies

First Career


1998 - 2003

(please note that none of these websites still exist in their original format due to the fleeting nature of the Web)
  • Biztrek Partner (Australia).
  • Search engine creation Éditions Sur Scène (, Access)
  • Intranet work for Fédération des Cégeps. (ASP, Access, VBScript, IIS 4.0)
  • Parental email control for Zeeks LLC ( (C++, C, ASP, VBscript, MS SQL, Rockliffe Mailsite, IIS 4.0)
  • Shopping cart for AustralianFlowers.
  • Tools and applets for Mailsite (Email server) Rockliffe
  • tech lead, and forum administrator.

Softimage / Microsoft

Software Development Engineer

May 1994 - November 1998

  • Soft|3D and XSI development. Member of the UI team.(C C++ COM Unix Windows OpenGL).
  • Group Leader 1995-1997.
  • NT Port team member. Microsoft/Redmond and Montréal.
  • Maintenance and dev work on Soft|3D on both Windows and Irix (SGI)

Virtual Prototypes Inc (now called Presagis)

Software Development Engineer

May 1991 – April 1994

  • User interface specialist.
  • Project lead on Stateform Editor 3.1
  • Consultation work for VPI's clients on their user interface design.
  • Design of highway surveillance system interface. Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix, Arizona (1993)
  • Consultation work for IBM Rockville, Maryland, on Air Traffic Control (1991).

La Société Désig Inc.

Software Development Engineer

Dec 1989- May 1991

  • Lead programmer for their Hotel Management System, including the bookkeeping software.
  • Support hotline.
  • Supervision of the translation effort to Spanish, for both software and written documentation. Presentation in Spanish, Tecnotur 90, La Havane, Cuba.


Best at:

  •  C / C++
  •  Presenting
  •  Teaching / Mentoring
  •  Learning New Technologies

Worked with:

  •  Python
  •  Wordpress
  •  HTML / CSS
  •  PHP / ASP / Perl
  •  Arduino / Raspberry Pi


  •  Django
  •  MongoDb
  •  Git / GitHub
  •  Data Wrangling


École Polytechnique de Montréal, 1989

Industrial Engineering, specialization in Computer Science

The specialization was in generic Computer Science, but also in Robotics, and User Interface design from a cognitive ergonomics point of view.

McGill University, Physics, 1984-1985

First Year

CEGEP Brébeuf, 1982-1984

D.E.C Pure and Applied Sciences

College Ste-Marcelline, 1982

High School diploma

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