Tonya Sims is a self-taught developer and is the Python Developer Advocate at Vonage. She has an eclectic background ranging from roles in business, pharmaceutical sales, and even is a former professional women’s basketball player! 

Tonya is humble and down to earth and has a ton of empathy. All of her life experiences allow her to see the world from many different perspectives. 

She started her career in tech working as an executive assistant for a leading financial investments company in their IT department. Shortly thereafter, she transitioned into a computer operator role and started learning how to code. Eventually, she worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn roles as a software engineer in test and software developer contracting with some of the top financial services companies in Chicago. 

Tonya is passionate about helping other budding engineers and loves to see people succeed!


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