Announcing the Roost 2015 Instructors!

Posted by James Smith on April 30, 2015

The next Roost is coming up fast — it’s less than three months away — so, on behalf of my fellow instructors, I wanted to take a moment to introduce the team that’ll be teaching in Austin this July!

Who are we?

We are four web developers and educators hailing from Bocoup, and we can’t wait to make the trip to Texas to meet all of you.

We work at Bocoup not only as educators, but also as consultants, which means we spend time teaching while also learning and honing our web development skills on leading-edge client projects. This helps us bring you the best in class when it comes to all things web dev, from workflows to the latest tools and standards. At Roost, we want to share that knowledge with you!

OK, so, what is Roost?

Roost is all about learning the essential skills and tools that every web developer needs to build a modern web application. In this intensive two-day program, you will build an entire production-ready application from scratch, and get involved in break out sessions that will give you the opportunity to do deeper on the topics and skills that interest you the most.

We strategically scheduled Roost this year to be just before TXJS, the best JavaScript conference south of the Mason-Dixon, and we teamed up with the TXJS organizers to provide combo tickets for both events. Head over to the tickets page to see pricing and availability of the tickets.

Seriously, a blog?

Seriously, a blog! Leading up to July 22, we will be blogging here to let you in on the discussions and decisions we’re making here at Roost HQ that will inform what and how you’ll be learning during Roost. To stay in the loop, and for more Roost and JavaScript related tidbits, or to get in touch with us, follow us us at @roost_js on Twitter.

We can’t wait to see you this summer in Austin! In the meantime, we wanted to let you know who we are and what we’re all about.

Mike Pennisi

Mike Pennisi is a contributor to a number of open source projects, including JSHint,, and Backbone.LayoutManager.

Mike’s primary interests at Bocoup are user interface design, privacy, and peer to peer networking on the Open Web. Mike also writes articles on and develops tools for third party JavaScript development such as DressUp and srcdoc polyfill.

Check out Mike’s website, github and twitter.

James Smith

The only thing James is more passionate about than chickens is education. No, but really, he loves to help empower people with new knowledge, and he can’t wait to meet you at Roost this year. James has been involved in the open source community as a core contributor to Marionette.js, the most popular extension of Backbone.js, for over a year now.

Check out James’s website, github and twitter.

Kassandra Perch

Kassandra is a native Austinite and a JavaScript addict. When she’s not building NodeBots, she’s obsessing over architecture on the server and the client. She’s super excited for ES6 on the client side, and ready to spread that excitement to students. Ask her about how software architectures matter, and why there’s no one perfect answer to any software-related question.

Check out Kassandra’s website, github and twitter.

K Adam White

KAdam is a project lead on Bocoup’s consulting team. As a JavaScript advocate in the WordPress developer community, he has presented on Backbone at conferences across the country.

Check out KAdam’s website, github and twitter.