Between building computer networks and arcade games, Allison Laureano is the human hub of tech and fun at Edmodo. Originally from the quiet streets of Russellville, Arkansas, Allison attended elementary school at St. John’s, and middle school at Russellville Middle and Gardner Jr. High. After beginning her West Coast education at Westmoor High School in Daly City, she pursued a parent-approved Biochemistry and Pharmacy degree from the University of California, San Francisco.
Now a proud resident of Brisbane, California, (also known as The City of Stars), Allison became the star of Edmodo’s IT department as a contractor in December of 2011 before joining the team full-time in July 2012. As she lovingly walks through the Edmodo office and greets each department with a “good morning” every day, Allison also strives to ensure everyone is comfortable in their working environment by providing everything we need to get our jobs done and helping to organize social events (especially ones involving dessert).
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
At first, R2D2. I flirted with hairdressing for a bit, but decided to be a doctor or pharmacist to make my parents happy.
What was your first job?
I babysat in my early teens, but my first “real” job was Stockroom Assistant at the Chemistry Department at USF (University of San Francisco, not South Florida).
What was your first concert?
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I spent time on the USS Carl Vinson, a nuclear Aircraft Carrier in the U.S. Navy. We sailed from Pearl Harbor in Hawaii to Alameda Naval Station in California.
What’s your greatest achievement?
I designed, implemented, and maintained a full $3.5 million computer and network system before the age of 29.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to go to movies or watch movies at home. Of course, I play some computer games. In the summer, I like to play tennis. Mostly, I think of fun things to do with friends. My motto is, “Work hard, play hard.”
Where are you going on your next vacation?
Probably the Philippines again, or maybe a long weekend in Hawaii. I’d really love to go to Japan and visit Kyoto.
Do you have any pets?
Sadly, no. I’m deathly allergic to cats, and we just don’t have the time to keep up with a puppy. I used to raise Siamese Fighting Fish (Bettas), but haven’t done that in about seven years.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work?
Turn on the TV and find a rerun of Big Bang Theory or NCIS. Then I look to see if I can cook anything quick, but usually just end up getting take out or delivery.
- Food: Sushi!
- Movie: Star Wars
- TV Show: Star Trek
- Music: Jazz
- Book: What are those?
- Superpower: Telekinesis
- Quote: “It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and I’m wearing Milk-Bone underwear.” – Norm Peterson
Three Things I Could Never Live Without:
- Friends: I know, so esoteric.
- My Computer, and by extension, the Internet. (Hey, I’m in IT after all.)
- Freedom. Yeah, yeah…kinda existentialist. (I’m an activist after all.)
(Not Diet Coke, despite what some co-workers might think.)