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Kathleen W

Kathleen has 4 years of experience as a elementary classroom teacher and training to become a Web Developer, working with technologies such as HTML, CSS and Javascript. She is a proponent of the growth mindset in how she encourages her students to approach their lessons. She believes that with dedication and hard work a student can cultivate a love of learning and resilience that will serve them their entire lives. When she is not coding or teaching at Penguin Coding School she volunteers as an ESL instructor.

Shelby C

Shelby is a computer science major at Johns Hopkins University. She has been working at Penguin Coding as a teaching assistant since 2016 and started teaching classes as an Instructor since fall 2018. Shelby loves working with kids and in addition to working at Penguin Coding, she teaches Learn to Skate and does private math tutoring. Her interest in coding began in high school when she took a programming class and has a background in Java, C++, JavaScript, HTML, CSS and Scratch.

Aish N

Aish studied Electrical and Computer Engineering and is currently teaching Computer Applications at the middle school level. Her love for computer science stems from an innate curiosity about how the world works and she loves getting to instill that in her students. Working with them to break problems down and then put the pieces back together to build applications inspires her. She believes that every student is capable of great things if only they are presented with the right explanations and tools. Outside of programming, she loves experimenting with new recipes, writing and is on a mission to find the world's best chocolate chip pancakes.

Shipra A

Shipra is working as a software engineer and has a background in math and computer engineering. She has also worked with numerous organizations that aim to make STEM education more accessible to children and minority groups. Her favorite part of software development is the ability to create a tangible solution to a problem at hand. Shipra hopes others are able to share the excitement (and frustration), as well as, celebrate the little victories, that come with creating and problem solving using code!

Alli B

Having recently returned from teaching math and CS in Cambodia, Alli is a graduate student seeking a MEd to continue teaching as a career! She loves to give seemingly impossible challenges to students and work with them to break down the problem into manageable pieces. She loves that relatively simple blocks of code can be combined to solve actual real-world problems. Currently coding in Java, Python, HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and Scratch.

Sarah F

Sarah is a current graduate student studying for her Masters in Education in high school education. Recently, she has worked as a firmware engineer at a local Boston startup. Sarah is excited about the ways that programming can empower students to accomplish goals and solve problems in creative ways. She enjoys having the opportunity to combine her passion for teaching with her love of computer science.

Alex F

Alex is currently a student at Swarthmore College studying Computer Science, English, and Education. She has worked as a Computer Science teaching assistant at Swarthmore for Python classes. She loves showing students the power of programming,even at the introductory level, and is excited to work with the students at Penguin.

Kayla L

Kayla is a computer science major at Wesleyan University. She's spent over five years working with kids as a tutor for elementary through high school students and as a volunteer at a local children's museum. She loves being able to combine creativity and coding to create enjoyable and useful games, visualizations, or sites. She encourages students to have fun with learning, while showing them that STEM can be an accessible and enjoyable field of study! Some of the languages she has worked with include Python, HTML/CSS, and C. Aside from teaching and coding, she likes to spend time appreciating the outdoors and crafting up new recipes.

Kaylee F

Kaylee has over six years experience as an educator. She currently has a position as an Elementary STEAM teacher in Richmond, Virginia. Her passion for coding began in college as she developed student activities for local maker spaces. Since then, she has acquired skills in multiple coding languages and machine learning. She enjoys challenging her students to step outside their comfort zones to reach their full potential. She has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington and a certificate in Data Analytics from the University of Richmond.

Megan A

Megan is a computer science major at Franklin & Marshall College. She became interested in computer science during her freshman year of high school and is planning to attend Washington University to obtain a Master's degree of Computer Engineering. She is interested in mobile applications and software design. During her free time, Megan enjoys teaching young softball players to pitch.

Alex P

Alex graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2018. As a non-traditional student she knows the life changing value of an education. She sees code as a perfect outlet for both her creativity and passion for problem solving. A love for applied mathematics led her to discover code as a practical application for the skills her strong math background gave her. After being invited to speak to a group of high school girls and their parents, she realized anxiety that STEM is too difficult of a path was keeping kids from pursuing code as a career. Alex wants to do everything she can to help alleviate the problem. Alex loves watching the light blub moment when a student figures out a difficult problem.

Julia R

Julia is an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, studying Computer Science and Public Health. She volunteers as a tutor for high school students with intellectual disabilities and is on a team that holds sustainability hackathons. Julia hopes to show her students how fun and rewarding coding can be. Her own coding journey began with a class in high school, which has since launched her continued quest to learn and master programming languages.

Katie F

Katie was an elementary school teacher for 8 years, and recently discovered the awesome world of coding. She wishes she had learned about coding sooner, and is excited to get to share code with kids! Katie lives in Northern Idaho with her husband, two kids, and their Bernedoodle. When not teaching kids to code, she enjoys reading, hiking, and watching movies.

Lena D

Lena holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and works as a Meteorologist at Western Mass News in Springfield, MA. During her Master's degree, she was a Teaching Assistant for a Global Environmental Studies lab and has also taught a Weather and Climate class at College for Kids in the past. Lena is very passionate about the sciences and enjoys sharing her excitement for the endless opportunities within STEM with the younger generation. Throughout her education, she took several classes and internships in Matlab and Python and utilized her coding knowledge to conduct weather and climate research, simulate geoengineering experiments and analyze and display complex weather data. She also has experience with Unix and NCL.

Shriya J

Shriya is a professional software developer and teaches dance in her free time. She wants to combine her joy of teaching along with her experience in software development to help kids learn to code. Shriya has a Masters in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University.

Hanifah K

Hanifah is a middle school STEM educator in New York. She comes from a computer science background, working with the USDA and a few startup companies to develop both software and websites. Hanifah has a passion for working with kids and making coding fun, approachable, and easy to understand. She enjoys guiding her students to explore the world around them.

Jessica P

Jessica has worked in education for over 5 years, and is a 5th grade bilingual teacher in Texas. She has a BS from UT Austin and a Masters in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University. In addition to teaching, she is also the coding club coach at her campus. She is a firm believer that by exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore the field in a fun and engaging way, we can help students achieve improved problem solving skills, creativity and mental alertness.

Laura G

Laura has worked in education for over 7 years, having been a middle school English and special education teacher, high school English teacher, ESL teacher, and academic tutor. Her interest in coding began in working her way through online programming tutorials, and she quickly developed a passion for learning how to create websites and games using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Laura loves to show students how anyone can learn how to code, and that with hard work and dedication, students can make something that might have initially seemed impossible!

Chandrama K

Chandrama is a software developer in the greater Boston area. Her interest in teaching began when she started teaching her own son coding. Besides coding, she likes to watch movies and read books.

Dong Mei S

Dong Mei is a recent graduate from Connecticut College where she studied Human Development and Computer Science. For the past 7 years, she spent her free time working with children from preschool to middleschool. With her two passions of coding and children, she wants to work in educational coding program which is why Penguin Coding School is the perfect place.

Ryan S

Ryan is a computer science teacher at a Boston Area public high school. He has been an educator in a variety of settings, and with a variety of age groups, for about 6 years. His interest in coding began with an interest in the "maker" movement and STEM education. The more he used code to create interesting projects, the more he wanted to learn. Ryan likes to show students how they, too, can make something cool happen with code. He likes building websites and games with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python. His favorite part about teaching students to code is seeing students excited about something that they made themselves.

Sarah W

Sarah is a computer science educator with three years of experience teaching middle school students everything from coding with Scratch and Python to creating 3D models online. Her favorite activities are those where students get to be as creative as possible! Outside of the classroom, she loves to bake, read, and learn new hands-on skills.

Carina R

Carina has worked in elementary education for 4 years and has a Masters degree in Education with an emphasis in teaching instructional computer technology to students. She also has experience teaching students Scratch, a block based coding along with other technologies. She has a passion for teaching students that anyone can learn to code and when we make mistakes it is proof that we are truly learning. She wants to inspire students to make mistakes, challenge their current thinking, and push the boundaries of what has already been designed to come up with something new. Watching students have their "ah ha!" moment is one of the many reasons why she loves to teach coding. Aside from teaching, she enjoys reading a good book on a sunny day.

Jamila S

Jamila has been involved with education in the roles of both a student and an educator. As a parent and a teacher, she is passionate about nurturing and enhancing core educational skills of children in a safe and friendly environment. Jamila earned a Masters degree in Science from Carleton University, Canada and recently completed Graduate Certificate in Web Development from Boston University.

Yumio S

Yumio started Penguin Coding School in 2016 after spending over 15 years in the tech industry in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having worked at numerous companies in Silicon Valley, he witnessed the power of computer programming and the influence that coders wield in creating products and services that have transformed the world. He is the founder of Yahoo! Answers, the world's largest free Question and Answer service used by hundreds of millions of people. His experiences in the Internet industry taught him the importance understanding coding - even if you never intend to be a programmer. He believes passionately that ANYONE CAN CODE - and is working to spread that belief to as many people as possible. Yumio received his BA from Williams College and Masters and Ph.D. from Harvard University in Business Economics.