Show and Tell: Gavin Brown

A Q&A with an IXL Software Engineer

May 13, 2015


Life at IXL

His middle name is Danger (really!) and he grew up on a llama farm. Meet Gavin Brown, a software engineer for IXL’s mobile apps!

The Basics

Name and title: Gavin Brown, Software Engineer, Mobile

Has been at IXL for: 10 months

Hometown and current city: Grew up in Bend, Ore. Currently lives in San Mateo, Calif.



Life at IXL

What did you do prior to coming to IXL?

I taught English in Japan for two years, at three different elementary schools in the middle of nowhere [see photo, right]. Before that, I was in Honduras teaching English, but I got tired of the living conditions—for example, we had water every other day for four hours, and we weren’t sure what hours! The water came from the river so it was brown, and you’d pour bleach in there and use it for everything.

What do you do at IXL?

Most of my day is spent writing code for features for IXL’s mobile apps, and working on bug fixes. One of the projects I did was the scratchpad for the Android app, and right now I’m working on developing push notifications.

What do you like about working at IXL?

I like the work and the people I work with, which is always important. I also like the flexible work hours and laid-back environment.

Life beyond IXL

Is it true you grew up on a llama farm?

It was more of a “ranchette.” We had llamas because my dad really likes hiking. It’s difficult to take young children hiking for a long period of time—we would go for 1, 2, or 3 weeks, and that’s a lot of food and equipment to carry on your back, so we got llamas as pack animals and they would carry our gear for us.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like rafting—I hope to go rafting at least five times this year, and I’m in the lottery to do the Colorado River. I’m into hiking [see photo, right] and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and I read an inordinate amount of trashy fantasy and science fiction. I like the good stuff too though; my favorite book is “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas.

Do you have a nickname?

Well, my middle name is Danger…my parents are special people!

Just for Fun

Let’s play “this or that”! Answer as quickly as you can:

  • Dogs or cats? Dogs.
  • Beach or snow? Beach.
  • Early bird or night owl? Night owl, but I want to be an early bird!
  • Roller coaster or Ferris wheel? Roller coaster
  • Pizza or burrito? Burrito.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

Carrots, tomatoes, spinach, cilantro, soy milk, tofu, BBQ sauce and all sorts of condiments, and sausage.

If you were an animated/cartoon character, who would you be and why?

I’d be Genie from Aladdin, because he’s funny, he has awesome powers, and I love Robin Williams!


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All Comments (9)

wschengj May 14, 2015 at 5:12 am

nice to meet you


bobby May 18, 2015 at 4:56 pm

I hate this so bad! It made me waste 80 hours of my life! It didn’t even teach me anything! Also, my mom is making me do it every day now! It SUCKS!


The IXL Team May 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

Hi Bobby, we’re sorry you feel this way! We think a bit of practice every day helps you improve your skills, so if you have suggestions for how we can make practice more interesting, please visit


BOOOOO June 20, 2015 at 5:29 pm

###&^%$&) &*%(*&% (%%^$$% @#& __ *(^^#$^Y $. I totally agree with bobby. u guys say its practice that feels like fun but you guys just make us answer questions! Make it like Study Island where if you get the answer correct you get to play a mini-game. Study Island is sooooooooooooooooooo much funner than good ol boring IXL!


BOOOOO June 20, 2015 at 5:38 pm

*Bad Ol Boring IXL*


Shealee42 November 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

In a quick reply. IXL is exactly what it sounds like. I excel. I have not been on it very long but my knowledge has reached new heights.


ryan June 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm

hi i wold pick pizza ho and hi IXL team


Shealee42 May 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm

I love the education you give us. I am excited for Sun Usage Contest!


The IXL Team May 27, 2016 at 9:48 am

Glad to hear this and good luck on the contest!


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