HOMER HIGHLIGHTS: Meet Lena, Our VP of Systems Technology!

From our animators, content creators, and graphic designers all the way through to our finance managers, we have so many passionate people bringing #kidpoweredlearning to life here at HOMER. In this series, we’ll introduce you to the team, one by one.

Next up: HOMER’s Queen of Code— VP of Systems Technology, Lena Krug!

What do you do at HOMER?
I am VP of Engineering for our Systems Technology Organization. I support our teams that build our backend systems, infrastructure, data engineering, and game development.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Being able to take my experience in building software and growing teams/people to build a software product that helps educate our children. One of my favorite things is helping the people on the teams I support to grow and succeed.

Which interests would you pick in the HOMER app?
Songs & Rhymes (especially the rock-inspired Dinosaur song!), Discover the World because I love learning about different cultures, people, customs, and places. Story Time because who doesn’t love a good story read to them!! And last but not least, Brain Games so I can remain sharp and feel challenged!

Who is your favorite HOMER character?
Homer the pigeon of course!! When I found HOMER the company, I had a Basset Hound named Homer. So of course, I love the name! Homer the Basset Hound has since crossed the rainbow bridge but will always be a special part of my life, not only because he helped me find a great place to work like HOMER, but because he was my friend, my family, and my companion.

What were you passionate about as a kid and how has that shaped you into the adult you are today?
Inclusion. As a child I was often excluded from things or the last to be picked for a team. While that may seem sad, it has actually guided me to a place to think more actively about inclusion, and more importantly if I do X who am I excluding?

What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Hike the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail (maybe both!).
Visit all 50 states.
Retire to running an inn with a restaurant and small farm for fresh eggs and goat milk!

What are the words you live by?
Build tables, and make them round. This goes back to inclusion and making sure there is an equal space for everyone. I would also add that I believe People > Money.

What are your top 3 emojis and what does that say about you?
😂  LOL
💖  Sparkle Heart

Also, this one, which is a Slack emoji for Hooray!:hooray:

I think it says that I am whimsical and try to find the joy in as many places as I can. I also hope that it means I do my best to celebrate the things others enjoy even when they aren’t exciting for me.

What would your band name be?
Whimsical Bees – Because I view myself as being whimsical but I also have an unhealthy fear of bees (but I try to do my best to overcome that). Bumble Bees are very cute… when they are not flying around me!

What does learning mean to you?
For me, learning is a journey that is unmapped. It’s about following my curiosity and not just my passion. I love to dive into something and learn something new on a whim. Sometimes that sticks and sometimes my curiosity wains, but it allows me to explore and try and see new things all the time.

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Want to learn more about Lena and the HOMER team? Follow @learnwithhomer to see more of what happens behind the scenes in the office.

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