The Coder Kids TEam
Jeff Ward is the founder and lead instructor of Coder Kids. Jeff started teaching in the Houston area with Teach for America in 2009. In 2014, he earned his M.Ed. from the University of Houston and in 2016 earned his MBA from Rice University.
Jeff has taught for 8 years in Houston schools in bilingual and ESL classrooms. Along the way, he discovered great resources like Hour of Code, Khan Academy, and LEGO Robotics, which inspired him to pursue his interest in teaching kids in creative ways. The educational benefits of coding, combined with Jeff's undying love of recess, is the inspiration behind Coder Kids.
Bevan Zuri is an undergraduate student at the University of Houston majoring in Computer Science, with a focus in Software Engineering. He enjoys object orientated programming and using languages like C++, Java and Python. He has participated in multiple CodeRED hackathons, and in his free time pursues reading, puzzles and hiking.
Bevan Zuri enjoys teaching at Coder Kids because it encourages early education with technology which is an idea that Bevan would like to see spread quicker.
Sunee Kate Quirante is an undergraduate student at Rice University majoring in religious studies. She's had a passion for computer programming since high school and is an experienced tutor, having taught students of all ages various subjects from U.S. History to Cell Biology. She's also competed in multiple hackathons which gave her the opportunity to design and program original projects with a team.
Sunee Kate enjoys working at Coder Kids as it combines some of her biggest interests: computer science and teaching!
Emerson enjoys working at Coder Kids because the program combines the ability to introduce kids to computer science in a creative way, and the opportunity to refine skills that he will be using in his professional career.
Arthur Muñoz earned his B.A. in 2009 and Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in 2010 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. He has been teaching Mathematics in the Greater Houston Area since 2012, and is currently the department chair at Scarborough High School.
As as firm believer in "learning by doing," Arthur used his teaching experience to simultaneously learn coding while volunteering at Coder Kids. In 2016, Arthur became Texas Certified in 8-12 Computer Science, and is now teaching AP Computer Science Principles.
Harrison Nordby earned his B.A. in Arts and Technology in 2008 from the University of Texas at Dallas. He has extensive experience across a variety of domains, including software engineering, architectural visualization, 3D animation, video compositing, and game development.
As an instructor at Coder Kids, Harrison delights in helping creative kids bring their ideas to life. Harrison's enjoyment of video games also informs much of our curriculum.
Paul Afnan earned a Masters in Public Health majoring in Biostatistics from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He has spent his career studying the transmission of infectious diseases in various populations. His research ranges from identifying antibiotic resistant bacteria on the cell phones of hospital employees to studying the effects of the dengue virus on children in Nicaragua. While obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies at UC Berkeley, he tutored high school students in math and chemistry from the Oakland Unified School District.
Paul enjoys teaching students how to take a complex problem and break it down into a series of small simple steps. He also develops curriculum for Coder Kids.