Meet Our Team

We are passionate and driven change-makers who are excited about learning.

Meet the team behind the scenes of the fun filled, inspiring coding and STEM camps and courses :)

Michelle

Michelle

CEO & Co-founder

Michelle believes every person should be empowered to use technology to express themselves and bring their ideas to life. She started First Code Academy to provide hands-on learning opportunities in software development in Asia. Michelle held various roles in high growth startups in Silicon Valley, including Buffer, a tool that helps people share smarter on social media and Bump Technologies (acquired by Google in 2013). Previously, she attended the inaugural class of Hackbright Academy, an intensive program in San Francisco on software development. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she graduated from University of Chicago and began her career at Goldman Sachs.

"Every day at First Code I work on a variety of different tasks including product development, teacher training, parent communication, and of course, teaching! I feel incredibly lucky to be able to combine my passion in technology and the endless inspiration from the kids we teach. When I’m not at office, you can likely find me trying out new recipes in my kitchen, reading a book or doing TRX in a park."

Kevon C

Kevon C

Co-founder & COO

Kevon has a mix of business and programming background. Started to build websites at 14-year-old, he always knows that his passion is with technology. After he graduated from Babson College with a major in Entrepreneurship, he worked at a startup and later joined Favorite Medium, a software development house in Singapore, writing code for web and mobile products. He joined Michelle in the early stage of First Code and trusts that coding will open doors for more young people to explore the impossible.

"I love building things from nothing to something. I am now focusing on Operations, People Operations, and Software. The laughter in our classrooms and the confidence in our kids' eyes really got me. First Code is not just a startup or a coding school, it is a mission and a lifestyle. We're creating a place where team members are excited to get together and students are thrilled to come to classes. We're full of dreams, energies, and determination. If I'm not at First Code, you might find me at home coding or reading and running outdoor."

Samiya N

Samiya N

Lead Instructor

Samiya has over 5 years of experience as a Firmware Engineer in design and development of hardware and software such as Wireless Transceivers, Home Theatre Systems and AMD Processors. She worked for Kenwood Electronics, Analog Micro Devices, Panasonic AVC, and also taught ICT at a local primary school in Singapore. She strongly believes in lifelong learning, so she went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Visveswarya Technological University, an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Embedded Systems course from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore, and the International Baccalaureate in Teaching and Learning (PYP) from California State University.

"Teaching is my true calling, it is something I feel extremely passionate about. Working at First Code Academy as an Instructor is a double treat for me, its the best team ever and I get to teach what i know best while remaining so relevant in technology. I take pride in teaching children how to code and helping them gain skills to prepare for a truly digitized world. It is supremely satisfying to see young minds turn into creators of technology, pushing the boundaries to turn their visions and imaginations into reality. Their spark, uninhibited nature and zest when learning new things are what keep me going. While I am not teaching, I am a doting mother taking care of my little ones or running chores for my family."

Raycelle G

Raycelle G

Instructor

Before coming to First Code, Raycelle spent over 5 years in the Bay Area where she graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Math and Science Education. After embarking on her career in the Bay Area, she decided to return to Hong Kong and pursue her strong interest in the field of education. First Code Academy presented an ideal opportunity for Raycelle to attain this aspiration. Raycelle believes teaching coding and technology is a great opportunity to inspire young minds.

"Being an instructor at First Code is a fun and rewarding experience. With its amazing team and students, the First Code family is one that supports, encourages and learns from each another. The students bring so much energy and excitement into the classroom, and seeing them apply new and personal ideas to their technological creations, sometimes even beyond the classroom, is truly inspiring. In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy novels, knitting, solving puzzles and eating chocolate."

Elva C

Elva C

Shanghai City Director

Born and raised in Shanghai. Elva graduated from Tongji University and major in Business administration. Elva has been working in K12 education industry for more than 10 years. She always feels proud of her job and mission to help countless students to learn the future skill in the right way and be the witness for their growth in coding.

"English might be the door for children to open the world, but coding will be the skill for them to explore the impossible."

Sheryl G

Sheryl G

China Marketing Head

Born and raised in Shanghai, Sheryl has 12 years of strategy and hands-on marketing experience in education and online consumer industries across Mainland China, HK, and TW regions. She is in the know of the latest customers' insights, user journey, media trends, and digital tools. As a journalist who used to work in SMG, she loves to witness and participate in the growth of K-12 coding in China.

"Coding definitely is a fundamental skill-set every kid needs to develop in the 21st century. It is fun!"

Chi C

Chi C

Launcher

Having studied in Communication and Technology made Chi believe that the future of the world relies heavily on these two topics. In order to create a greater impact on society, Chi found a way to understand global cultures and diversities by exploring different corners of the world. After spending 2 years being a merchandiser in China and sales in New York, she is now at First Code empowering a better tomorrow through innovative education.

“Joining First Code fulfills two of my dreams. First of all, I get to work and grow with a team of passionate teammates who come from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Secondly, I am able to create a positive impact to Taiwan, my beloved hometown, by bringing in the world latest tech trends and perspectives. I believe that a happy work life is the foundation of a happy life. You can find me either watching movies in my room or running around in nature when I’m not in the office.”

Natasia S

Natasia S

Expansion

First Code Academy provides a great platform where Natasia can combine her experiences working at international apparel companies in Shanghai and in Taipei and her strong belief in the importance STEM education plays in a child’s learning. Born and raised in Taipei, she graduated from Brandeis University where she majored in Business and Psychology.

"Rarely do you get to work alongside a group of positive, talented and motivated individuals all striving towards the same goal. First Code Academy is truly a special place! It’s unbelievable to see what kids as young as 4 years old can create nowadays. During my spare time, I enjoy fitness dancing, reading, and watching shows on Netflix."

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