It’s time for our second “Meet the Team Monday,” a new series where you’ll get to know one of our team members every other week! Today, meet Ian Gallacher. He’s a Software Engineer, creating tools to help us handle our rising growth rate.
Where did you grow up?
In the Seattle area, by Microsoft. Growing up in that area really helped me refine my tech skills.
If you had to teach a subject, what would it be?
Software development. I have taught it to middle schoolers and high schoolers in the past, and would love to do it again in the future.
Would you rather explore a new planet or the deepest part of the ocean?
I'd probably explore the deepest part of the ocean. We can see other planets with telescopes, but we can't use telescopes to see the deepest part of the ocean. It is too dark! If we had a way to explore the bottom of the ocean, I'd love to know what is down there.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
I'd like to go back in time and talk to a founder of a religion, or one of the early religious leaders. Many of them lived hundreds, or even thousands of years ago. All we have today are many secondhand accounts, sometimes even re-told over and over. I'd like to meet them firsthand. They often get thousands of people to follow them and their teachings, even up to this day. What made them so inspiring?
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses, or 1 horse-sized duck? I'd personally rather fight the horse-sized duck if weapons are allowed. There is only one enemy to focus on, and that means that there is no chance of getting surrounded. If they are not allowed, I'd rather fight 100 duck-sized horses. Most horses do not have a very strong predator instinct, so I could probably just scare them all away.
What teacher impacted you the most?
My art teacher in high school was one of the concept artists for Halo 2. His artwork is an inspiration, and his constantly positive outlook on life was contagious. He would always look for the good in our art and try to help us improve. The guy is a genius, and was a massive influence on my life.
What do you like most about working for ParentSquare?
I enjoy working with schools and improving the education system in whatever way I can.
Ian has been at ParentSquare since July 31, 2018.